By Courtney Gerring, Contributing Editor
When it comes to dressing the bump and beyond, we looked into styles that are easy to wear, comfortable and versatile. During pregnancy and postpartum, it’s important to start tapping into styles that will multi-task. As an expecting mother or a new mom you want to be able to maximize your time, but you still want to look and feel good about yourself. The pieces below are not only stylish and classic, but they are made with fabrics and materials that you can feel confident about wearing. Here are eight of our favorite eco-conscious styles that are perfect for anyone expecting, and beyond.
Nothing is as easy to dress as a simple black t-shirt dress. Storq’s T-shirt Dress is made for the woman that is looking for versatile options during her pregnancy and after, and is a flattering silhouette that can be worn beyond the 40+ weeks. Storq’s collection is about creating basic essentials that will be there for you during pregnancy and as a new parent. The brand believes that you only need a few great essentials to get you through this special time and to consider the less is more philosophy. The T-shirt Dress is made from a breathable fabric that provides optimum comfort, and is a great go-to for both the doctor appointments and supermarket hauls.
The Larken X is the first all-in-one nursing and hands-free pumping bra without any irritating elastic, tags, snaps and zippers. That’s right no tags, no snaps, nothing. It’s a bra that will take you through the day and night providing as much comfort as possible. One component that really gets our seal of approval is the breathability of the fabric and how lightweight it is. The Larken X was designed with comfort in mind and versatility, and is a true multi-tasker for the new mom.
As your body starts to change, it’s important to invest into some solid underwear. Knickey is the way to go as all of their undergarments are made sustainably with GOTS certified organic cotton, and do not contain any harsh chemicals, bleach, chlorine, or formaldehydes. The High-Rise Brief is perfect to keep you feeling secured all day long and moisture-free. The fabrics are breathable, gentle and wearable. Just as we consider the importance of what we put inside of our bodies during pregnancy in particular, it’s time to consider what we are wearing on our lady parts.
When you are looking for more than just a pair of leggings and you are pregnant, say hello to Ingrid & Isabel’s Maternity Skinny Jeans, a sustainable denim line made with REPREVE® fabric, the world’s leading performance fiber fabricated from recycled plastic bottles. The Skinny Jeans are perfect for during pregnancy and postpartum when you are still looking to keep everything tight. We love this maternity denim option for the Crossover Panel®, which can be worn up for full belly coverage or folded down for extra hold.
At some point during pregnancy it becomes difficult to bend down, and that’s where you call on a shoe that you can just slip-on. Jibs shoes are made with 100% real leather that composts in under 200 days. The Classic slip-on in the metallic gold is a bold, fun color to keep you stylish during pregnancy and after. The shoes are made with memory foam plus moisture-wicking cork, for an odor-free and comfortable experience.
There is nothing wrong with a classic t-shirt, but for any mama-to-be this Short-Sleeved Top has a figure hugging fit that suits pregnancy and after, and the best part is that it comes with easy nursing access. There is something so convenient about a cute top that will easily transition when nursing, but we won’t stop there. The fabric is made with certified organic cotton and zero chemicals, plus they are completely transparent and highlight the exact person that made the shirt.
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A true wardrobe staple for any expecting mother is a pair of maternity leggings. Isabella Oliver has created a planet-friendly legging made with LENZING™ ECOVERO™ jersey. It’s important to feel comfortable while pregnant, and the supportive bump waistband on this legging gives just the right amount of hold without being too tight. Go ahead and invest into a pair of Maternity Leggings. You will not only feel cute, but you will be more comfortable.
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Linen pajamas - need we say more? Pregnancy fatigue is real and sometimes all you want to do is curl up in bed. This Linen Pajamas Shorts Set is made from 100% natural stonewashed flax, and all of the linens are OEKO-TEX certified. The pajamas are designed to have a relaxed look to them yet the overall design is polished and chic. This set is perfect to consider for postpartum with the button down top. Not only is Piglet an eco-conscious brand, they also have a Little Piglets collection. So you can buy yourself a linen pajama set, and a matching set for your bundle of joy.