The 7 Best Maternity Clothes Purchases for a Sustainable Wardrobe
Do you want a truly beautiful maternity work wardrobe? Is sustainability a priority for you? While eco-friendly fabric choices and good garment recycling programs are important, the single most sustainable choice you can make is not to buy more than you really need.
Fortunately, in the case of your maternity work wardrobe, the list of things you really need is pretty short. If you purchase thoughtfully, going for quality materials, flattering cuts, and versatile styles, you'll be able to create a surprising number of outfits from just these 7 items:
1. Sleeveless Maternity / Nursing Top
A white maternity tank with nursing access is essential for layering under blazers at work or loose sweaters at home, and can be worn alone in warm weather.
2. Black Maternity Pants
Black maternity pants are the go-to work wardrobe item for most pregnant and postpartum moms. They are flattering and can go with anything from a t-shirt to a flowy nursing top to a structured jacket. We can't even count the number of times mamas have told us, "I lived in my black maternity slacks when I was pregnant." Make sure they're high quality and offer you a great fit.
3. Maternity Buttondown Shirt
A great maternity buttondown shirt lets you move effortlessly between work and home. Dress it up with a maternity skirt or pair of trousers, and down with a pair of comfy leggings or over-bump jeans. Buttondowns are also perfect breastfeeding tops, meaning you won't need to invest in a second nursing-specific shirt after baby is born. Best of all, a maternity buttondown doesn't look like a breastfeeding top.
4. Nursing bra
A maternity/nursing bra is a must-have for all breastfeeding mamas who are nursing at home and/or pumping at the office. Find a supportive nursing bra for work, and prioritize comfortable bras at home.
5. Maternity jeans
You'll probably spend a lot of time in your maternity jeans, so make sure you find a great fit and quality, comfortable fabric with stretch. Under belly styles can be flattering with a cute French tuck, but you should only expect to be able to wear them earlier in your pregnancy and during recovery, as many pregnant women find them uncomfortable later in pregnancy. If you only plan to buy one or two pairs, go for maternity jeans with a supportive over-belly band. A flattering pair with some stretch will take you seamlessly from early pregnancy through postpartum recovery.
6. Black Maternity Dress
No pregnancy wardrobe would be complete without a flattering black maternity dress that looks put together at work and can double beautifully as a date ensemble. Go for a timeless cut and make sure your style has breastfeeding access. Empire waists keep you feeling confident at all stages of pregnancy and postpartum. If black isn't your speed, opt for another solid neutral.
7. Maternity leggings
Comfortable, versatile, always flattering - maternity leggings are the holy grail of maternity wear. Wear them with a gorgeous blouse at work, and with a loose tank or pullover at home. Bonus if your favorite pants are made from recycled or sustainable materials!
Once you've found amazing versions of these 7 basics, the rest of your pregnancy wardrobe can be easily filled in with maternity-friendly pieces that are already in your closet (think open-front jackets, empire waist tops, and stretchy maxi dresses). Remember, it's about quality, not quantity.