How to Build a Plus Size Maternity Basic Wardrobe

You don’t have to spend a fortune to build a plus size maternity basic wardrobe…clothes which you’ll only wear a few months. In fact, you may not need maternity clothes at all.

Fact: If you wear a pre-pregnancy size 14-22 you may be able to wear loose-fitting, non-maternity clothes in a size or two larger than your pre-pregnancy size. You might not need maternity clothes until month eight…or, not at all.

Idea: Build an inexpensive wardrobe with loose-fitting non-maternity clothes 1-2 sizes larger than your pre-pregnancy size that you can wear through most of your pregnancy. Look for soft stretchy trapeze or baby-doll style tops and dresses as well as bottoms with stretchy elastic and drawstring waistbands.

Plus Size Maternity Basic Wardrobe Tips

What you need wardrobe-wise depends on whether you are home, working or going to school. If you are home or going to school, you’ll need more casual clothes. If you are working outside of the home, you’ll need a bigger wardrobe.

Tip: Buy basic styles in solids and use accessories to punch up your look. For example, layer a pre-pregnancy jean jacket with an infinity scarf over a basic tee.

Basic Plus Size Maternity Wardrobe

Generally, whether you buy maternity clothes or larger sizes of non-maternity clothes, here’s the basic list of what you will need:

1-2 short sleeve tees
1-2 long sleeve tees
2 fashion tops or shirts

1 sweater or jacket

1 twill pant
1 knit pant
1 pair of jeans

1 skirt
1-2 dresses

2 pajamas or nighties

6-8 pairs of panties
1 sleep bra
1-2 nursing bras

1 maternity support belt

Where to Shop for Plus Size Maternity Clothes

Here are some of our favorite plus size retailers for moms-to-be:

Wardrobe-building Plus Size Non-Maternity Clothes

Here are some great resources for stylish, loose-fitting, non-maternity clothes:

Bottomline: You don’t have to spend mega bucks to purchase a big plus size maternity clothes wardrobe that you will only wear for a few months at the end of your pregnancy. Instead, purchase some lower-cost, non-maternity clothes in larger sizes to wear through most, if not all, of your pregnancy.