The upside of being pregnant during the holidays? A liberal interpretation of caloric intake. The downside? Trying to figure out what to wear to the cocktail parties (where you can’t drink) and dinners (where you can make up for the cocktail calories lost). Not only can it seem impossible to find an outfit that makes you feel festive, not frightening, but we all know that the discomfort of childbirth actually pales in comparison to the pain of Spanx and heels during your third trimester. But rejoice! This holiday season, head to any of the following spots and be confident that you and your bump will look festive, fashionable, and fabulous.
H & M
Really? Yes! This trendy spot is not only a treasure-trove of “now” pieces for daily wear that you can buy in your “now” size, but it’s also home to a maternity line (upstairs, near the children’s clothes). A haven for reasonably priced dresses, tunics, tops, and (listen up, mamas) leggings, you won’t feel guilty when you outgrow your outfit in a month! Want to sparkle? Check out their sequined (and stretchy) skirts and tops. Layer with a soft but clingy sweater, pair it with a pair of opaque tights, and voila! You’ll be the cutest babe(s) at the party!
H&M, 23118th St NW, Atlanta, GA 30363, 855-466-7467
The Seed Factory
While they don’t have a dedicated maternity line, The Seed Factory offers an excellent selection of Pink Chicken dresses and tunics for the hip mama. These frocks aren’t frilly, they’re flow-y, and they’re fun (perfect outfits for pretending to go to Coachella, but pregnant). You’ll be wearing them long after baby arrives.
Seed Factory, 1170 Howell Mill Road, Atlanta, GA 30318, 404-355-2043
Unlike some maternity boutiques where the quality of clothes just doesn’t seem to warrant their price, Izzy Maternity offers a well-curated selection of maternity apparel that will keep you fashionable right up till your due date. And, since they carry a range of maternity lines, you get the added benefit of shopping around without having to go driving around. Looking for post-pregnancy nursing attire and active wear? You can pick that up here, as well.
Izzy Maternity, Peachtree Battle Promenade, 2385 Peachtree Road NE, Atlanta, GA 30305, 404-949-0222
A Pea in the Pod
Another full-service, dedicated maternity outfitter, A Pea in the Pod has you covered for everything from long, stretchy camisoles to glamorous (well, pregnant glam, at least) gowns. Looking for a good selection of jeans? Look no further than this store. With maternity denim by 7 for All Mankind, AG, Hudson, Joe’s, and others so cool we haven’t even heard of them, this is the place to go for your cocktail casual holiday needs.
A Pea in the Pod, Phipps Plaza, 3500 Peachtree Road North #1080 B, Atlanta, GA 30326, 404-816-9747
For those of us already shopping for a gaggle of kids this holiday season, the last thing we want to do is spend beaucoup bucks on a maternity outfit that we neither love nor plan to wear again. Don’t regret to that invitation just yet, though. Head to Sweet Repeats to comb through their racks of gently used maternity attire, and you may just walk away with a new wardrobe instead of one new dress.
Sweet Repeats, 800 Miami Circle, Atlanta, GA 30324, 404-261-7519
And don’t forget about Old Navy and the Gap for daily wear! Many a mama swears by the maternity selection at the Gap in Lenox Mall and the Old Navy near Cumberland Mall. Can’t find what you’re looking for in the store? Remember to check online.
Expecting this holiday season? How do you dress your baby bump? Tell us below!