It’s finally sweater weather. And, whoa, all of your rad chunky sweaters from last year are feeling kind of tight around your belly. Hey, there’s a baby in there: It’s no wonder your old clothes don’t completely fit. Just like the leaves are changing, it’s time to update the usual suspects of your work wardrobe with some maternity-friendly pieces for the fall.
1. Sweet Shirtdress: No, we’re not talking about that summertime t-shirt dress that you lived in. It’s cold out, mama, and you want to stay warm and comfy — even when you’re at work. Update your regular ol’ shirtdress look for fall by trying a bigger button-down. Go for a warm autumn hue, or this ASOS Bluebelle Midi Shirt Dress in navy ($25) is the perfect pairing with your pregnant belly.
2. Wrap It Up: No one wants to show up to the office wearing a muumuu. But right about now those body-hugging fall dresses from last year just aren’t cutting it. You need something with more give — that won’t give out. A wrap dress is a classic way to show off your new fall figure without feeling totally uncomfortable. Wrap yourself in a cozy plaid fabric, like this ASOS Check Dress With Ruffle Front and Collar Detail ($64).
3. Bring on the Boots: While you’re not exactly ready for those furry “I’m set to trek through the snow” boots just yet, you can add some style to your maternity work wardrobe with a fresh pair of fall boots. Knee-height brown leather screams autumn. We particularly love the Sam Edelman Penny boots in whiskey ($150, free shipping on Zappos). Opting for a flat instead of your typical work heels still looks dressy without giving your back one more ache.
4. Textured Sweaters: You know you’ve been waiting all summer for the temp to dip just enough that you can officially call it sweater weather. But that doesn’t mean any sweater will do — you don’t want to overwhelm your eyes with a maternity sweater’s worth of crazy prints. Instead, stay simple. Of course, that doesn’t mean you have to stick to completely plain designs. A textured sweater like this PinkBlush V-Neck Knit Sweater ($35) gives you a classic look (perfect for the workplace), keeps you warm, and fits around your baby bump beyond well.
5. Lots of Leggings: So you’ve got the shirtdress thing going on. Your arms are toasty. But those bare legs feel like ice, and stockings or sheer pantyhose just won’t do. Keep those legs warm by wrapping them up in the softness of your fave leggings. Mommy blog Baby Chick claims that these David Lerner Maternity Leggings are tops ($110). Wear them under short shirt-dresses or with an extra-long sweater.
6. Big Blazers: Those short, tailored blazers won’t exactly make your fall work wardrobe look complete. You’ve outgrown them, and that’s okay: A long blazer doesn’t have to add bulk. Pair Hatch The Blazer ($268) with those leggings you got to wear with your shirtdress. Add a form-fitting long tee underneath for a dressed-down casual workday look.
7. Scarves: Your baby bump is really the only accessory you want to highlight. But you still feel the need to dress up your plain, slim-fit, elastic waisted pants and long-sleeve maternity tee with something. The Madewell Fringe-Mix Scarf ($65) is colorful, textured, and perfect to pair with that plain tee. Then again, a simple layer, like the Everlane Cashmere Scarf ($88), looped around your neck is an easy option that adds a special oomph to your autumn outfit. And it gives you the chance to keep cozy or cool down when you need to.
8. Cute Cardigans: If that stretch of a sweater across your belly bothers you, a cardigan is an easy answer to your autumn issues. And, bonus, you can toss it on whenever you need it. The Hatch Everyday Cardigan ($348) comes in four colors, including rogue and heather clay, making it easy to wear with a jeans and t-shirt combo or to layer your cute wrap dress with. Now you’re ready for one of those starts-out-cold but-then-turns-warm autumn days.
9. Above-the-Bump Belt: You may think that you’ve traded cute little belts in for big belly bands. But belts are not a thing of the past. Turn a blousy patterned maternity shirt into something with shape by belting it just above the bump. Go with a simple, slim leather belt. Or sass it up with a J.Crew Skinny Metallic Italian Leather Belt ($35). Complete the cute look with a pair of knee-high boots that match and leggings.
What’s your go-to fall maternity look? Tweet us your suggestions @BritandCo!
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