Need some suggestions on summer maternity style? Though I’m not what I would consider the most stylish mama, pregnant or no, I have been through several summer pregnancies and lived to tell. Plus I live in Texas, so with two babies born in May, those basically count as summer too. This post will contain affiliate links to products I love!
Summer Maternity Style
If you can, you should avoid being pregnant in the summer. Maybe the first few months of pregnancy would be okay, but then you might be barfing in a pool. Finishing a pregnancy just before summer is also tricky because then you’ll have to be in a bathing suit right after having a baby. Perhaps there is no GOOD time to be pregnant. But for sure, timing your late second trimester or the third trimester so they don’t fall in the hottest months is a good thing. If possible.
We all have different styles, so these may not work for you. But these are the easy, casual, not-hot, and not grody options I’ve found work for me on the daily when it’s 100 degrees outside and my body is not a wonderland but a rotund furnace. I’d love to hear what works for YOU in the comments!
Underneath Your Clothes
[Great. Now I’ve got Shakira in my head.] To get super comfy, you need to start underneath your clothes. I’m totally fine admitting that in the summer no matter what I’m wearing, I have crazy thigh chafing unless I use coconut oil. I basically use coconut oil for everything (anti-aging, lotion, frizzy hair), so I have a jar I keep in the bathroom. (So as not to be confused with the coconut oil for cooking.) A little on your thighs goes a long way and does NOT ruin your clothes.
My body explodes in the heat when pregnant. Not just foot swelling, but ankle swelling and even swelling from the knee down in this crazy hot July and August weather we’ve had. Pants are too hot, but short skirts reveal my crazy swollen legs, which makes me super uncomfortable. The solution? Maxi skirts!
My favorites are from ZigZag Stripe. They are actually long enough to make it through your whole pregnancy and could be worn as a strapless dress. They are so long with my short legs I actually put a little knot in the front, which makes me feel oddly beachy. I prefer the polyester/spandex blends because they are cool, don’t wrinkle (so great for stuffing in a drawer or a suitcase if you travel), and don’t pill. They say to hand wash, but I often just don’t dry them in the dryer and that works for me.
I seriously love these and will wear them when I’m not pregnant too. (I’m wearing a ZigZag skirt in all these photos!)
I don’t always feel like wearing a dress, but they are great when my shirts are all dirty. Again, ZigZag Stripe has great options, but I also found some great options at Ross in that polyester/spandex blend. Most of the dresses I find are also NOT maternity and work just fine.
Long Black Shirts
I basically have two kinds of shirts in my maternity wear. Black and blacker. You don’t have to go this route, but it made my life so much easier to mostly live in black because I can choose maxi skirts that all go with black and basically wear a uniform of black shirt + maxi skirt and not think twice. The trick is length and fabric. Some of my shirts from two pregnancies ago look fine, but are so shrunken from washing that they don’t cover up my belly even at 6 months pregnant.
On the other hand, some non-maternity shirts I have don’t shrink and still cover everything. Whether you are searching maternity sections or not, look for super long and maybe not straight cotton. I’ve found great ones at Ross and Target. Sometimes Old Navy, which has a great online maternity section.
I am hot. All of my body is hot. None of my body is not hot at any time. This includes my feet, so there is no way anything closed-toe is happening down there. To survive walking around pregnant in flip flops, though, you don’t want just the $2 drug store version. You need more support. My faves are these Tidewater flip flops, which last for years and have a cushy sole and cute patterns. How about these anchor flip flops??
I don’t need nursing tanks YET, but often these are just as comfy through pregnancy and then I’m all set post baby. I do a lot of pajama-ing when I’m pregnant. A LOT. These are a staple. I love the Gilligan O’Malley ones from Target, but also Walmart has some great options online. The Gilligan O’Malley Nursing Henley is my go-to.
As I mentioned, I spent a LOT of time in pajamas and have a strict code about them. They must be soft and they can’t be hot. My favorites by far (maternity and no) are Gilligan and O’Malley from Target. You can buy online, but the best is to go in and FEEL them. They have this one kind of fabric that is so cool on your skin and so incredibly soft. I have become a pajama snob and you will too.
To sum up:
Coconut Oil + Poly/Spandex Maxi Skirts + Black Shirt + Supportive Flip Flops = My Summer Maternity Style
[child poking your body optional]
It really works also for me that basically all the things I wear pregnant can work as transition back from maternity and even sometimes as fully recovered in the body situation. Buying non-maternity clothes that will work for both saves me money! Though I’m going to be really sick of these five skirts in a few months. I may, in fact, want to make a bonfire to pay homage and say goodbye to all my maternity clothes since this is our fifth and final baby.
But I’m too frugal. I’ll probably sell them in a Facebook group or donate them. Maybe just burn one or two? Sounds like a plan. Let’s have s’mores!
What are your go-to clothes for summer maternity style? Leave a comment and let me know what works for you!
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