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Maternity Clothes to Get You Through the Pregnancy Summer Blues

Jul 12, 2008
Is the summer heating up and wearing you down? Do you wake up each morning looking at the same tired set of clothes and dreading getting dressed? Maybe it's time to spice up your summertime maternity wardrobe and beat the summer blahs before they truly drag you down. It does not take a huge investment to add a little excitement to your wardrobe, just a few well picked summer tops, a casual summer dress or two and maybe even a new pair of Bermuda shorts or a cool summer skirt will do the trick. There's still several months of hot weather ahead, so you should get more than enough wear out of your investment in the weeks ahead. Here are a few suggestions for some great summer pieces:

Everybody needs a few fun casual tops that are lightweight for the hot days and can easily mixed and matched with your existing wardrobe. Love my Belly is a super hip maternity brand that has some of the best convertible tube tops on the market for expecting moms. Some of my favorite patterns in their convertible tubes are the Cannes in brown in aqua shades, the Havana in wine earth tones and the Canary in Aqua. All of the Love my Belly Tubes have a secure shelf bra, an adjustable halter tie that can be bowed in front or tied around the neck for a different look. All of the Love my Belly Tubes come in 1 size fits all and they truly do stretch to fit with no show through. This style tube goes great with denim, crops, shorts or a skirt!

Another great style for a fun summer top is the Bellabumbum maternity/nursing cami. This sexy cami tank top has a cute babydoll tie in the front along with a supportive shelf bra which can be pulled to the side for nursing access. Bellabumbum's maternity/nursing cami is stretchy enough that it can be worn for either maternity or nursing postpartum. This style comes in both solid black and a shiny Metallica with silver Lorex threads which go with everything. You can dress this top up or down and it is always great with denim. You will want to wear this one long after you have the baby!

If you are like most women, you may find your top drawer is stuffed full before you know it while your skirt and bottoms wardrobe is barely populated. When you are pregnant and expanding quickly, there is nothing worse than a pair of shorts or crops suddenly becoming too tight and uncomfortable and nothing more boring than pulling out the same pair of denim shorts or black stretch pants to start the day. Many expecting moms find a casual skirt can be more comfortable and easier to wear as well as cooler for the hot summer months than a tight pair of jeans. A truly fabulous denim skirt will go with nearly every maternity top you own and can really help beat the summer blahs. Noppies makes a super hip Puerto Rico Skirt that resembles a navy denim skirt with a little extra flair with a ruffle hem that overlaps in the front and shows just a little leg. This skirt is super flattering and has the most comfortable elastic waistband that fits just above the hips and under the belly. If you opt for a more traditional denim skirt, check out the Mama Black Big Dipper denim skirt in light blue wash which hits just above the knee. This five pocket design with zip fly and back pocket design looks like your favorite pre-pregnancy denim skirt and can even be worn after the baby. Maternal America also makes a super year round belted denim skirt which hits just below the knee with a stretch elastic waist and adjustable elastic denim belt.

If shorts are more your style, take a look at Maternal America's Bermuda Pant. This casual but chic Bermuda short hits just above the knee with casual side pockets and a wide stretchy elastic waist that hits low on the belly above the hips. This style comes in both solid black and oatmeal and in both cotton/spandex blends as well as cotton/linen/spandex for a slightly dressier look. Wear it casual or dressy!

If you like casual dresses for maternity or nursing wear, then you have to take a look at Majamas Cozy Dress. This tank style dress is simple, chic and super comfortable. True to Majamas style, you will love to lounge or even sleep in this dress as well as wear it out to lunch or even dress it up for a special occasion. The double layer super supportive shelf bra built into the tank has a pull down layer for discreet nursing access. The material overall is so stretchy that you can truly wear it during and after pregnancy. This dress comes in a number of pretty solids including this season's twilight and cocoa as well as classic black and a beige stripette pattern. Many women like this dress so well; they end up buying it in a number of colors.

Finally don't forget your feet! Once you find the top, skirt or shorts and dress that suits your style and taste, invest in a pair of stylish sandals or wedges that are truly easy to walk in and feel comfortable to your feet as your center of gravity shifts. There is nothing like a new pair of shoes to complete your look and to show off your new clothes or add a little more spice to your wardrobe!
About the Author
Amy Jarman is owner of maternity clothes and nursing clothes store TummyStyle.com with leading brands such as Japanese Weekend, Maternal America, Majamas, Bela Bum Bum, Olian Maternity, 1 in the Oven, & More
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