The Essentials Kit: Maternity Clothes

 Today's guest post comes from Ashlie, co-founder and designer of Nula, a new sustainable kidswear line launching very soon. Ashlie also is expecting a little one next month (hooray!) so today she's sharing about some of the pieces she found essential during her pregnancy. Head over to their site for more about Nula's start-up journey and their ethical approach to kids clothes.20140428_Maternity Clothes_01


My maternity style plan has been this: make my pre-pregnancy clothes last as long as possible and buy only pieces I could wear after baby. Truth be told, I started planning before my pregnancy, secretly checking in dressing rooms if the garment I was considering would fit over a hypothetical baby bump. Here are the styles I’ve found most flattering and long lasting.
Tops: The key here is stretchy, breathable fabrics. This top from Boob Design is a cute basic as well as a not-so-obvious nursing top.
Stretchy pants: Let me say, I am super thankful for the chic sweat pant trend. I have two pairs from pre-pregnancy I still wear. Paired with a more structured top and cute accessories, I don't feel like a slob. But boy am I comfy. If you are more of a legging gal, Storq makes a great pair.
Semi-fitted dresses: For the warmer days, or the more uncomfortable days, these dresses have been my saving grace. I have two from pre-pregnancy, both that now gently hug my belly without making me look like a house. I generally think it’s best to embrace your new curves towards the end of the pregnancy. Anything oversized simply adds to your size. How cute is this Sonnet James dress? I love how the company shows this “non-maternity” dress on a pregnant woman. Fourth (love) also makes a lovely reversible dress. I'd wear this for date night and definitely after baby.
Cardigans: I love a good cardigan. I’ve basically lived in them during the last few months. As my waistline grew, I knew an open cardigan was always an option. has a great one that works as an open cardigan or tunic (for those days you may not feel like saying to the world “I’m pregnant!”)
Maternity jean: Okay, this is one item that won't work long-term after baby. Since the rubber band thing never worked for me, I was forced to buy actual maternity jeans. And I love them. I went with a style that looks like my normal jeans- skinny and dark. Don't worry, they have just the right amount of stretch.