It is important to feel and dress like your normal self during pregnancy; after all, having a baby doesn’t mean you suddenly want a whole new wardrobe. Follow Meghan Markle’s example: when the Duchess was pregnant with Archie, she continued wearing smart dresses, blazers, and heels as she normally did, the only difference being her growing bump. And in her interview with Oprah, she wore a belted black silk Armani dress and stilettos. Since the announcement of the couple expecting their baby girl, she has been sporting a more relaxed look in Santa Barbara with casual attire and laid back sun dresses. Clearly, you don’t need a whole closet full of maternity clothes to look good during pregnancy. Choose what you really need from maternity styles and then mix in “regular,” but forgiving, pieces that you’ll continue to enjoy post-pregnancy. Below, are a few key items Meghan adjusted to make it through all three trimesters and beyond.
A Button-Up Shirt
An oversize—or simply sized-up—button-up blouse can be quite versatile. Here, Meghan pairs a crisp white button-up with a black skirt from Givenchy for an evening affair. For more casual engagements, the shirt can be worn with jeans (Hatch makes great maternity denim) or relaxed-fit pants. After the baby is born, keep the shirt in rotation by tying the bottom, wearing open over a slip dress, or belted at the waist.