Pregnancy Tools

Checklist: Maternity Fashion

Get the most mileage out of your clothes for the next nine months.

Get the most mileage out of your clothes for the next nine months.

You Have: You Need:

[ ] Jeans Forget skinny styles and grab your roomiest pair for the first couple of months.

[ ] Maternity jeans Work a dark wash (with a stretch panel) for day into night.

[ ] Blazer Button up to hide your growing bump, or wear it open to let your belly breathe.


[ ] Wrap dress Adjust the dress to fit a fluctuating waistline pre- and postbaby.


[ ] Tank top You can rely on that stretchy shirt from your closet until the day you pop.


[ ] Maternity tank top Cover up unbuttoned pants with extra-long styles.


[ ] T-shirt Slide by in a larger-size shirt from your own stash for the first few months.


[ ] Maternity t-shirt Show off your great new cleavage with a V-neck style.


[ ] Cardigan Be ready for unexpected hot flashes. A basic button-up is easy on, easy off.


[ ] Maternity cardigan Get a neutral hue, like black, that you can dress up or down.


[ ] Skirt Turn to a pencil skirt for a slimming style even when you start feeling bigger.


[ ] Maternity skirt Highlight your thinnest assets (your legs!) with a short hemline.


[ ] Little black dress A style with an Empire waist won’t restrict your growing bump.

[ ] Big black dress Take the maternity route and your dress won’t ride up in front.

[ ] Husband’s t-shirt Steal one of his XL tees for some reprieve in the final stretch.


[ ] Under-belly black pants Don’t reveal any seams with your snug tanks and tees.


[ ] Black pants A side-zip is easy to leave open unnoticeably.


[ ] Maternity black pants Hide your belly and keep pants up with a wide panel.


By Heather Levine