Six items of clothing or less: Maternity Edition

I saw this news article on GMA (I jump from GMA and the Today Show whenever Al Roker or Dry George Stephanopolous come on). A woman started a movement in which she only wore six items of clothing for a full month. Accessories are excluded from the six items so you can change shows, earrings etc as much as you want.

I realized this is much easier than you’d think when pregnant. Maternity clothes are a) outrageously expensive, b) ill fitting and c) not very cute. So here’s how you can live with six items or less easily when pregnant AND working!

I’m going to give you the summer version, but if you’re looking for the winter version, ping me at this post and I’ll throw it together for you.

Before you start, buy a belly band. I think this counts as an accessory and will extend your wardrobe to fit throughout the whole pregnancy (they basically stop your pants from falling down!). Next, check out what flats or wedges you have. These are considered accessories so go to town! You may need to change half way through pregnancy as your feet may grow, but shoes are the closest you can come to sexy towards the end of the pregnancy so choose wisely. I bought two pairs of wedges from Payless, one pink, one blue and I built all other accessories around these.

Wedge Shoes from Payless

Wedges from Payless

1. Item Number One: Black Pants for work.

Old Navy Black Pants

Old Navy Black Pants

Because your belly is sticky outy, it’s a good idea to go for skinny cut and if your workplace is business casual, maybe the cropped versions. I got these from Old Navy for $19. The belly part isn’t the best – I thought it would be better to go with the smaller waistband early in pregnancy, but later the really big one that goes over your whole belly stays up much better.

2. Black wrap dress.

Target Wrap Black Dress

Black Dress - wrap style from Target

I had one of these from OldNavy that wasn’t maternity and I wore it for the first six months, but as the belly grew, the length shrunk. It started to get a little too short for work, so I upgraded to the maternity version from Target. It wasn’t this exact one, but something similar. I paid around $29 for it and it’s probably the most used item in my closet.

3. Shirt (in a color to match your shoes, white or black)

Shirt from Motherhood Maternity

Shirt from Motherhood Maternity

Motherhood Maternity has great sales on shirts like this. I have this one, but there are a ton to choose from at that store and also at Gap.com and OldNavy.com. I would recommend a plain color because patterns stand out more and people will recognize that your wardrobe is limited faster, but that’s just me. This one is cotton and washes well, but you might want t-shirt material – just make sure it’s empire waist. Once that belly button pops, you won’t want tight over your tummy.

4. Shorts

Target Shorts

Target Shorts

Khaki shorts – standard staple. These are Target and cost about $20. they lasted a long time, but the waist band is getting a little tight. I have a pair of black by Liz Lange (also Target) and the waist band is a full waisted one which is more comfy now. Also, black can be dressed up for an evening out, so that may be the way to go.

5. Tanks

Old Navy Tank

Old Navy Tank Top

You might want to cheat here – I have 5 or six of these. This one is ribbed, but mine are not and I think that’s better because you’ll end up wearing these under everything. Old Navy sells these most of the time (not maternity) for around $10 (they’re 2 for 10 right now) and they are long which is good because it covers the tummy. You can also use nursing tanks and save yourself money for longevity! Stay away from lycra or any other stretchy material like it – it’ll ride up as the belly gets bigger and sit really tight around your ribs – not good for heartburn or long meetings! Get them in the color(s) that match your accessories.

6. Sundress

Old Navy sundress

Old Navy sundress

This is probably not a good example – it’s not very exciting and it’s very reasonable – but the sundress is probably where you should spend your money. It’s what you wear to go out, to a baby shower and it should be comfortable and cute. You can probably get away with wearing a regular dress for a while, especially empire waist and maybe by integrating the tank top. Make sure it’s comfy though. It’s hot out there and the last thing you need is a dress clinging to you!

Clothes to Avoid
Things I would avoid (and this depends on your body type) are maxi dresses, unless you’re tall (I’m only 5’3″ and look like a beached whale in a maxi dress) and shirts that have no shape. These will either make you flat chested (if you are not well blessed) or huge all over (if you are well blessed). A slightly fitted look, but not tight is good.

If I could keep going, I would add whatever you like to lounge in (husband’s tshirts, yoga pants, pajamas, whatever) other tops for work, a couple tops for going out, a second pair of pants for work (maybe khakis) and probably a pencil skirt but then I’d be breaking the rules!

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