5 Perfect Maternity Style Essentials for Cold Weather
Baby, it's cold outside! Well, except when you're pregnant.
Winter pregnancy is a blessing and a curse. Between the freezing temperature outside and the sometimes overheated feeling on the inside, it can be difficult to find the right balance. Especially a balance that fits your growing belly. Check out these winter-pregnancy maternity-style essentials.
Let's face it. Leggings are one single step up from pajama pants, which is probably why I love them so much. Leggings get a bad rap, but the key is making sure all your “assets” are covered — pair them with longer cardigans or tunics.
Most types of leggings are made from a stretchy knit, and maternity leggings also include a wide elastic band for belly support. Leggings will help you stay toasty and extend your summer wardrobe of dresses and skirts.
Try these Ponte-Knit maternity leggings from Old Navy as a stylish and comfy maternity piece.
The first time around, I suffered through a summer pregnancy — in Florida. A maternity coat never crossed my mind.
With my daughter, I found myself in need of a little something to keep me warm. (Well, warmer — the bun in the oven was helping tremendously.)
I got a basic black maternity trench coat, like this one from Motherhood Maternity, and it was just enough. I could dress it up or down, and I didn't need to buy multiple heavy coats that I'd only be wearing for a few months.
Here's a little maternity style secret I learned late in the game: you don't have to shop in the maternity section.
I found that many of today's styles have hems long enough to cover a growing belly and can be worn after to hide a postpartum pooch. I felt much more comfortable spending my money on clothes I thought I could wear after baby, and wearing items that were non-maternity made me feel just a little more “normal.”
Cardigans are another highly versatile piece of clothing that can be used before, during, and after pregnancy. I stocked up on as many cardigans as I could (cardi-addict over here!) to wear over large t-shirts, tunics, or dresses, and I could take them off when I got too toasty.
Try this beautiful open-front cardigan with dolman sleeves and a long silhouette from Forever 21.
Scarves are the simplest way to stay chic your entire pregnancy — mostly because one size fits all.
Scarves can be layered on top of coats, sweaters or t-shirts, or used as a shawl. One of my favorite kinds of scarves are pashminas, a mid-weight scarf that comes in a variety of colors. I also love keeping one in my bag as a stylish nursing cover. Charming Charlie has some amazing options for less than $15!
What staples are your essentials for winter maternity style?