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It took me a while to write this post, Reader, for one simple reason: I wanted to get far enough into the pregnancy to truly understand what I needed to dress this ever-changing body. Now, eight months in, I feel fairly confident and knowledgable! So, without further ado, here is my pregnancy capsule wardrobe:


  • Two Maternity Support Tanks

  • Two Short-Sleeved Maternity T-Shirts

  • One Long-Sleeved Maternity Shirt/Sweater

For the tanks, I can't recommend Blanqi highly enough. The built-in support system has been life-changing for me. My pelvic muscles loosened up so much that there were quite literally days I couldn't walk before I got them. This far in, I notice a big difference in pain level between when I wear them and don't. The lesson? Get one in black and one in white, and wear them religiously! As to T's I really love the way Motherhood Maternity's basic t-shirt fits without revealing too much of "the ladies". Just like I would in non-maternity sizes, I wear an XS.


  • One pair Maternity Leggings

  • One pair Maternity Boyfriend Jeans

  • Two pairs colored Maternity Jeans (White, Charcoal, Black, etc)

  • One pair Maternity Shorts

  • One Belly Band

For the leggings, I'm again a big fan of Blanqi. The support and fit can't be beat. As to the other jeans, I have found great, affordable options at Target and H&M, but if you're looking to splurge, I hear great things about Madewell's maternity line. As to the Belly Band (snagged mine at Target), it was a great option for when I just needed a way to wear my regular jeans unbuttoned and couldn't fill out a pair of maternity jeans quite yet.


  • One Kimono-Style Cardigan

  • One Long Cardigan

You'll want these. Either for warmth or to cover your ever-expanding backside.


  • One Bodycon Dress

  • One Loose Short Dress

  • One Maxi Dress

There's just something nice about being able to slip into a dress and be done. I have found dresses I adore at Express, Guess, Ingrid & Isabel, and Pink Blush.

Of course, you'll want to add whatever loungewear and under-things you need to be comfortable, but this 16-piece wardrobe will give you all the maternity basics you need to mix and match comfortably from week 4 to week 40! As an added bonus, I actually own all the pieces I linked for this post, so I can attest to the quality and comfort-level of each them! And, as I've said before, the Blanqi Tanks are WORTH EVERY PENNY. Seriously. Just spend the $72 each. Your back will thank me... and thank me... and thank me. (You're welcome).

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