I’ve been wanting to write a post for the past couple of months that talks about maternity clothing. I’ve always loved fashion and over the past nine months I’ve enjoyed exploring different maternity styles. Pregnancy can get really uncomfortable at times and investing in a wardrobe that is comfortable and stylish is so essential to feeling your best while your body goes through new changes.
When I first found out I was pregnant, I was at a loss of what “maternity” pieces I would need and how much I would need. I probably went a little bit overboard with my purchases early on, but having pieces that are flattering and comfortable have made all the difference these last few weeks. To help out some other new mamas-to-be out there, I’ve rounded up some of my favorite pieces and what I think every new mama needs in her maternity wardrobe.
- Leggings – Hands down the BEST purchase I made while pregnant. Maternity leggings were one of the first items I purchased and I’ve definitely worn them into the ground. I invested in a thicker black pair as well as a thinner, cropped pair in navy. Both have been essential in helping me feel comfortable, but also stylish when paired with a tunic or oversized sweater.
- Fitted Tees – Fitted tees were a later investment that I wish I would have purchased earlier. I purchased two short sleeve ones from Target, two short sleeve from Gap Maternity and one long sleeve one from Gap Maternity. I would definitely invest in several of these – they are comfortable and make you feel like a million bucks, especially during that sweet time of your pregnancy when your bump is super cute (weeks 20-36).
- Tunics – Even without being pregnant I love a good tunic paired over leggings with boots or flats. Early in the pregnancy I was able to get away with wearing a ton of non-maternity tunics. Once I hit the 3rd trimester though, the non-maternity ones just looked unflattering and so I invested in four maternity tunics and I’m so happy I did! They are so flattering for your bump and are a dream to wear. Throw on a scarf or tassel necklace and you will look like one stylish mama!
- Fitted Dresses – This is a piece I didn’t invest in until late in my 2nd I bought my first fitted dress for my baby shower and from that point on I was obsessed. Fitted dresses hug you in all the right places and flatter your bump. I ended up purchasing a fun short sleeve one and a classic navy one. I regret not investing in several more, particularly some striped ones. Pink Blush has the cutest prints so I highly recommend purchasing a few!
- Maxi Dresses – Having been pregnant throughout all the warm months, maxi dresses have been essential to my wardrobe. They are SO easy and so flattering. I invested in two maternity ones and had an old empire waist one from J.Crew and I probably wore all three on a weekly basis. Plus, it’s easy to size up one or two sizes for maxi dresses if you want to shop some trendy ones from Forever 21, H&M, or even LOFT.
- Maternity Hoodie – My mom gifted me this gray maternity hoodie from Old Navy for my birthday in September and I’ve literally been living in it every chance I get. It’s insanely comfortable and looks so cute when paired with a fitted tee, leggings, baseball hat, and keds. It’s definitely my weekend go-to.
- Maternity Nightgown – I’m a huge fan of nightgowns and always have been. I highly recommend investing in several maternity nightgowns (some can even be used for nursing post baby). Eventually t-shirts will just not fit your bump right, so a maternity nightgown is where it’s at for a comfortable night’s sleep.
One non-maternity piece that has been essential to my pregnancy has been the swing dress from Old Navy. This dress style is amazingly comfortable and has so much room as your belly grows. I’ve worn the same four swing dresses throughout my entire pregnancy and I’ll still be able to wear them next summer.
One piece I did not include above are maternity jeans. I did invest in a pair from Gap Maternity, but truth be told they have not been my favorite piece. Many other mamas I’ve talked to swear by maternity jeans, so I think those are personal preference and it depends on where you buy them.
My favorite places to shop for maternity clothing has been Gap Maternity, Old Navy, and Target for basics, and Shop Pink Blush for fun dresses and tops. I’ve also heard from other mama-to-be’s that H&M has great, inexpensive pieces.
Hopefully this post helps some other new mamas out when it comes to deciding what and how much to buy for your pregnancy! I’ve linked a few pieces I bought above in my recommendations and below!
We can’t wait to introduce you all to our sweet baby girl in a few weeks!
Maxi Dresses: Shop Pink Blush – Navy, Floral
This little labor of love has been my favorite design project to date! Regardless of gender, I knew I was going to have a blue and white nursery (it has to match the rest of the house, right?!). I also knew it was going to be a nautical theme. [I was SHOCKED]. When we found out we were having a girl, my inspiration tilted slightly towards a more preppy, classic look and a little less nautical (no worries – there are still plenty of nautical elements). [The little mermaid would find it comfortable.]
I spent countless hours on Pinterest, Pottery Barn, Wayfair, and every other design and home décor website researching the details. I knew I wanted an accent wall with wallpaper. I also knew I wanted mostly all white furniture. Once I picked out the major furniture pieces and narrowed down the wallpaper, it was easy to pick out the other details.
For the wallpaper I chose this pretty watercolor floral print from Spoonflower. I kept going back and forth between this print, a peony floral print, and sailboats. The striped rug from Wayfair actually made my decision because the large floral print was just too busy against the stripes.
The gallery wall came together better than I could have imagined. Three of the six pieces I already owned (the two anchor prints and the original sailboat painting from my favorite local artist, Michelle Brunner). My parents gifted us the adorable whale print when we told them we were pregnant, the seagull/sailboat print I picked out from Pottery Barn, and the sweet seascape with the little girl was an original painting we bought on our babymoon. All the pieces just complement each other so well and I couldn’t be happier! [Nothing on this wall is nautical, right?]
When I decorate, I love to use pieces that are meaningful. The stunning Lilly artwork was created by one of my best friends who is an insanely talented, professional artist (check out her website!!). The ship wheel was gifted to us at our shower from one of my coworkers who loves to collect antiques and the Lilly letters were made by a good friend of Rob’s family. I love that each piece has a special story and I’m so excited to share these stories with Lilly.
It’s been such a joy to share this design process and reveal with you all. I’ve linked some of the details of the nursery below. We can’t wait to share this special space with Lilly in just a few short weeks!
Shannon and [Rob]
A few weeks ago my sisters threw me the most adorable and memorable baby shower! It meant so much to Rob and me to have a full day of spoils for our sweet baby girl. Our hearts are bursting with happiness and we are still completely overwhelmed by all the love for Baby Lilly.
I requested the shower to be at Perrysburg’s Carranor Hunt and Polo Club. This is one of my favorite historic places in Perrysburg. The interior decorating reminds me of all the cute pubs in Scotland and England. It’s very early Americana and I absolutely adore it (seriously google image the club and you will see how cute the interior and exterior are).
It’s no surprise that the shower was nautical themed! How cute are those diaper cakes?! My mom found these oversized whale, sailboat, and anchor decals and they are so fun! All of the details from the cookies, to the games, and nautical décor were so perfect. I literally cried when I walked into the room and saw how cute everything looked.
I was completely overwhelmed by everyone’s excitement! Seeing as this is our first baby, we have been lacking on the baby supplies. Our friends and family went above and beyond to make this day special and equip us with the baby essentials.
Thank you to everyone near and far who attended the shower, sent well wishes, and were with us in spirit. We are so grateful to each and every one of you and we can’t wait for the world to meet Baby Solt!
Shannon [and Rob]
With less than four months until Baby Solt’s arrival, it’s time to begin planning and organizing the nursery! Regardless of gender, I always knew I would go with a blue and white nautical theme. Now that we know it’s a girl, I’m excited to have some fun with nautical inspired decor!
My goal for the nursery is to keep things bright, classic, and preppy [and expensive]. Using a blue and white color palette will keep things classic, but not too serious. [Cause we don’t want a serious baby!] My mom has already spent the past few weeks painting the walls a bright white (thanks Mom!) – they were brown before – a color not in my palette. The white walls did exactly what I wanted and brought such a fresh, new look to the room. [Kim made the walls great again]
I’ve had my heart set on hanging wallpaper on the wall where the crib will go. For weeks I’ve been going back and forth between three prints – nautical sailboats, modern florals, or preppy peonies. [I hear those are the most well endowed peonies.] After lots of trips into the nursery to stare at the samples during different times of the day, I’ve finally decided on the preppy peonies! I think this print will be so pretty for a little girl’s room. It will add the perfect amount of preppiness and color to the walls.
Target and Pottery Barn Kids have SO MUCH preppy nautical décor (in heaven). From anchor lamps, to Lilly Pulitzer sheet sets, to sea faring art prints, they have so many cute pieces from which to choose. I’ve included some of my favorite registry items below!
A full nursery reveal will happen in a few weeks! I’ll be sure to post some pictures – I’m so excited to share the final design with you all!
Preppy Nautical Sources
SAILBOAT ART PRINT | LILLY PULITZER MUSLIN SWADDLES | DOCK A TOT | CRAB TOY HOLDER | PINK WOVEN BASKET | ANCHOR LAMP | PREPPY PEONY WALLPAPER | BABYLETTO CRIB | LILLY PULITZER BEDDING
Shannon [and Rob]
This past weekend we threw a gender reveal party for our parents and siblings and announced that we are having a baby girl! We are so excited to welcome sweet Lilly Marie to our little family in October!
We can already tell she is going to have a strong willed personality! When we went for our 20-week ultrasound and anatomy scan, the feisty little thing had her legs crossed and her foot covering her genitals so the technicians could not 100% confirm she was a girl. [I have never been so proud of my unborn child.] We were sent to an ultrasound boutique that has higher end technology. After much movement on my end, this classy babe finally uncrossed her legs enough for the technician to confirm that she was indeed a female!
It’s been so much fun the past few days picking out cute outfits, adding girly items to the registry, and planning our party! I didn’t sleep for probably four nights in a row because of excitement. I wanted a nautical theme for the gender reveal (who’s surprised?!), which wasn’t that hard considering I already have tons of nautical décor around the house. My favorite piece though was this super cute boy or girl sign I found on Etsy.
I made a Target run the day before the party and picked up the striped napkins, plates, and straws in pink and blue. Rob and I made cupcakes the morning of the party and filled them with pink icing. I had my heart set on whale toppers for the cupcakes, but after trying four different stores I sadly gave up on that idea. The nautical water dispenser and monogrammed ice bucket were both wedding gifts and worked out perfectly for the party!
Rob and I wanted to find out the baby’s gender and then surprise our families. We bought a bunch of pink and blue balloons for decoration (and to throw them off if they were trying to guess), along with a giant black balloon filled with pink confetti. It was so fun when we finally popped the balloon – keeping the gender a secret was the hardest secret to keep!
Now that the gender reveal is done, it’s time to start on the nursery! I’ve been putting together an inspiration board that I will be sharing with you all soon!
Shannon and [Rob]