While I’m always a bit sad to see another summer come to an end, I must admit that I have an almost unhealthy obsession with fall fashion: over-the-knee riding boots, fitted wool blazers, and loads of fuzzy, cozy sweaters. But for those excited mamas-to-be, the cooler weather can be a bit challenging when navigating an ever-growing baby bump. Fall fashion tends to be a bit pricier, and summer styles—like fitted cotton tank dresses—feel a bit more flattering.
With that in mind, I put together a list of some of my fall fashion must-haves from some of my favorite maternity (and non-maternity) lines to help those expectant mamas to better prepare for the change of season.
1. The Quality Basics
If you’re anything like me, having some cotton basics to round out your wardrobe is an absolute must. Whether layered under a chunky sweater or combined with tights and boots, investing in a heavier cotton may be well worth it. For me, my cotton basics were my maternity wardrobe staples, and were constantly on repeat. I wanted to invest in items that could to stand the test of time (and my washing machine).
Hatch The Bateau Top, $158
That being said, there are some great budget-friendly brands too, but I would be a bit more sparing with dryer cycles.
2. The On-Trend Pieces
Just because you’re pregnant doesn’t mean you want to abandon some of your favorite fall fashions. But breaking the bank on something that may not be “on trend” the following year may seem silly. Luckily, there are brands that offer stylish mama pieces on a baby-sized budget.
3. The Fall Jacket
One of the few things that I can’t really fudge is a good cold-weather coat, especially later in your pregnancy. Most jackets tend to fit pretty close to the body and a growing baby bump will most likely limit your ability to use your existing collection. I rounded up these two fall jackets that are stylish, functional and affordable.
H&M Mama Parka, $49.99
4. The Cashmere Cardigan
This is the one fall fashion piece I would definitely suggest splurging on. When you’ve had a long day, nothing feels better than snuggling up in an ultra-cozy sweater—and picking up a piece like this Vince cashmere-wool blend cardigan ensures that you’ll be able to wear it preand post-baby.
5. The Sneakers
Thank you, Gigi Hadid! The supermodel-turned-style icon helped usher back the era of the “fashion sneaker.” All of you expectant mamas should be super grateful to have sidestepped (pun intended) the stiletto platform trend. Here are a few options that will keep you fashion-forward, and give your tootsies some much-needed support.
Vans ‘Old Skool’ Sneaker, $64.95
6. The Non-Maternity Finds
Not only is good maternity wear hard to find, it’s also not cost effective. When I was pregnant with my daughter, I often found that investing in a few non-maternity pieces a size or two larger than my normal size saved me a bit of money and worked well for the few months after delivery when my body was getting back to its new normal.
J.Crew Boy Shirt, $69.50
7. The Lounge Wear
It’s a cliché for a reason, because every expectant mama is pretty much required to find a super cozy pair of yoga pants to hang around the house in. Unfortunately, not many of the more popular brands offer designated maternity apparel. While it’s true that I wore my Lululemons through much of my pregnancy, by the end I needed something designed specifically for a mama-to-be (and it’s in those final few weeks when you need the comfort the most!). Lucky for you, Beyond Yoga offers a “Beyond the Bump” collection with cozy gear made for those of us with baby bumps.
8. The Mom Jeans
There are definitely some mamas-to-be that may disagree with me, but I found that under the belly maternity jeans were SO much more comfortable. The jeans that pulled up over my baby bump tended to stretch out after an hour or two of wear and start to sink. Here are a few options I suggest checking out (including one from Madewell’s brand new maternity denim collection).
9. The Maternity Bra
Expectant moms across the board love the Cosabella wireless soft bra. Not only is it comfortable, supportive and can be worn in pregnancy and while nursing, it’s also one of the prettiest maternity bras on the market. And at the end of the day, just because we don’t always feel our best, it doesn’t mean we don’t want to look it!
What are some of your favorite maternity fashion finds?
I’d love to hear from you so please comment below!
This article first appeared on LaurenConrad.com.