5 Ways to Extend Your Wardrobe Through a Winter Pregnancy

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Image via j&j brusie photography

Is there any better season than winter to be pregnant in?

Unlike my most miserable of miserable summer pregnancy, in which I melted into a sweaty pool each and every day and tried in vain to stuff my body into tank tops and shorts that resembled clothes suitable for public viewing, winter provides ample opportunity to style the expectant mama. 

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Because I am a fashionable, frugal mama (OK, so I'm not really fashionable, but I am frugal), I make it my goal to get through each and every pregnancy with pieces that take me far, especially during the early weeks and that awkward post-partum-but-I-still-look-six-months-pregnant phase. 

Your mission, should you choose to accept it: Extending your winter wardrobe through pregnancy and beyond! 

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1. Leggings

Leggings are the number one go-to for winter pregnancy style. You can easily pick up a pair of maternity leggings for less than $10, and I can guarantee that you will get your money's worth. Pair with an oversized sweater or dress, and you have an easy and comfortable outfit that may just pass for stylish.

Also, I have a confession: I still, to this day, wear the maternity leggings that I bought when I was pregnant with my son over two years ago. Hey, they're stretchy!

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Image via LizMarie_AK/Flickr

2. The coat

OK, question of the day: Will you need a new maternity coat for your winter pregnancy? And the answer is? Probably not.


Although there are some really adorable maternity winter coats out there (if you're willing to spring for them), I've  always managed to get away with bundling up in bulky sweaters or just buttoning a top button or two. Honestly, my baby bump was like its own internal furnace, anyway!

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Image via Khanelle Prod' Medias/Flickr

3. Sweaters

Sweaters are your friend during your winter pregnancy. Go for the ultra-comfy, oversized sweater that you can pair with layers for added warmth, since, as I always found, I needed less warmth! (Please see reference to pregnancy = internal furnace.) I also recommend sweaters that are v-neck or button down so you can wear them as coats or during breastfeeding sessions for even more bang for your buck!

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Image via Khanelle Prod' Medias/Fiickr

4. The scarf

Although I don't own as many as a lot of women, I love scarves, and I particularly loved them during the winter for two reasons:

1) I felt like they could “play down” my baby bump a little bit on those days I felt particularly large—just giving me a little extra material to hide behind, and

2) They helped me transform the same two maternity shirts that I wore over and over into slightly different looks.

One comfy maternity shirt + 3 cute scarves = one happy mama! Plus, scarves are accessories that can totally carry well into a non-maternity wardrobe. 

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Image via rocknroll_guitar/Flickr

5. A ponytail holder

I've said it before, and I'll say it again—the everyday ponytail holder is my go-to necessity for making regular clothes do double-duty during pregnancy.


During the winter months, it is especially important to know this little secret, as you don't have the option of nice summer dresses to accommodate your growing baby bump. Wrap a ponytail holder around the button of your jeans, loop it through the buttonhole, and fasten back around to give yourself a little extra breathing room in your non-maternity jeans. (This also works for second helpings at Christmas dinners!)

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  1. Rachel says:

    I am already doing most of these (except the scarf because I hate being trendy), but now I am having difficulty finding professional clothes to wear to work. I cannot afford to spend a million bucks on a new wardrobe for work, but my job requires that I dress in business wear. Slacks, button down shirts, vests, jackets, and dress shoes. My work shirts must have a collar and I can wear short sleeves but they have to cover my shoulders. In addition I am not allowed to wear dresses or skirts. Has anyone else suffered through this stage of pregnancy where your old wardrobe is quickly getting too small (and looking unprofessional) but there’s not a lot of options for affordable work maternity wear? What did you do?

    • Stephanie says:

      One way that I breast the button down issue was to get a short a few sizes too big and then use a thin belt around the middle above my belly. Also, for slacks I found it difficult to find nice maternity ones, so I did the hair band trick with a belly band to cover the top. I don’t know if your area has one, but Burlington coat factory has a selection of really decently priced maternity clothes, their online selection is usually better than their in store selection.

    • Ulrike says:

      I am buying pants at the thrift store that fit me everywhere but around my belly, then I turn them into my own maternity pants. All I need is a cheap chamisole which I use as the belly band portion.
      I went by this youtube video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7L_mxU41ECk
      It’s not the most professional video on Youtube, not by a long shot, but it’s really informative and I made my first pair in 15 minutes. If you aren’t sewing yourself, maybe you have a friend who could do that?
      I have no tips for buttoned tops, though, we don’t have a strict dress code, like yours. I heard Target is pretty affordable. I also found this tutorial on how to change a men’s shirt into a maternity shirt with a ruched waistband.
      I hope these tips will help you.

  2. Destiny says:

    I need more long sweaters! im getting tired of the error message everytime i try to post a comment!

  3. Destiny says:

    I need more long sweaters!

  4. bmattler92 says:

    summer dresses with cardigans and leggings is another wonderful way to extend the wardrobe.

  5. Karleen says:

    I thought these tips are helpful as I already do 4 out of 5 of them. Glad to know I’m not the only one.


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