Are you pregnant? Congratulations! If you’ve already started shopping for maternity clothes, you know that they can be pretty expensive—especially since you’ll only be wearing them for a few months. Luckily, there are several tricks that can help you wear non-maternity clothes longer into your pregnancy. Here are five of them:
1. Buy looser tops. Since flowy tops with leggings or skinny jeans are always in fashion, stock up on some long, looser tops that can cover up even a moderate baby bump. That way, you can still wear them long after the baby is born. The Free People Keep Me Tee, while a bit pricey, is a great option! If you shop around online for it, you can get better prices for some of the colors. Empire-waist tops and dresses and tunics work great as well!
2. Expand your jeans. Add some room to your pants with the Instant Button for Jeans. The buttons pierce your pants exactly where you want them so that you extend the waist. They are easily removable when you no longer need them!
3. Unbutton your pants. Are your favorite jeans just a smidgen too tight? Leave them unbuttoned and cover them up with a Bellaband from Ingrid & Isabel. The knit band wraps around your waist to hide your unbuttoned pants (it will also help hold up looser maternity pants once you take the plunge into them). Or, try a B-Buckle, a fabric band that fits across the front of your jeans. Just snap the ends around your belt loops to hide your open button. You can buy one in plain denim, making it blend in with your jeans!
4. Send your designer denim for therapy. If you send your favorite designer jeans to Denim Therapy, for $60 the company will add some elastic panels to the sides to convert them into maternity jeans. The company will then restore the jeans to their pre-pregnancy size for free once your baby is born.
5. Extend your bras. As your rib cage grows, your bra-band size may increase. Add a few inches to your current bras with bra extenders. These Maidenform ones are a great option, and they’re available in two, three, or four hooks.
Did you have any other tricks for wearing your regular clothing longer into pregnancy? Please share them in the comments section!