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Heather Levine

Maternity Clothes Starter Guide: Investment Pieces

Skip the guilt — here are five maternity splurges that are actually worth the extra cash.

Little Black Dress

You’ll need at least one sexy dress that won’t ride up in front. An LBD is the only way to go.

> Tie Knot Dress, $169, IsabellaOliver.com


Designer Maternity Jeans

Designer denims are the chicest way to spend your first and second trimester. Plus, you may even enjoy slipping into these styles post-pregnancy instead of squeezing into your pre-baby jeans.

**Mavi Serena Secret Fit Belly 5 Pocket Skinny Leg Maternity Jeans, $120, APeainthePod.com



A stylish, but not-too-trendy top is a necessity — especially for working Bumpies. When you’ve got nothing to wear, this will be your go-to top.

> Woodmere Maternity Henley Sweater by Noppies Maternity, $70, 9MonthstoGrow.com


Maternity Pants

So, you can’t wear sweats or jeans every day — we know, ugh! Invest in a pair of pants — think twill or corduroy in a neutral color (we love black) — that will get you through the work week and any evening dinner dates.

> J Brand Denim Pitch Maternity Legging, $191, BellyDanceMaternity.com


Maternity Cardigan

You can’t go wrong with a throw-over. Getting a quality piece that won’t fray, pill, or unravel is important since you’ll wear it over everything! One that doesn’t button will double as a great nursing wrap too.

> Nom Surplice Long Sleeve Nursing Top by NOM , $74, Figure8Maternity.com


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