Summertime is here and that means a fresh transition to a warm weather closet! While many of us have a story or two of forgetting to change out of activewear (okay, let’s be honest – pajamas or yoga pants) for conference calls while working from home during COVID-19, it’s true that we feel good when we look good.
That said, this can be difficult when your body is changing. Many women struggle with self-image during pregnancy. Of course, that’s made even harder with the need for appropriate work wear (at least the top half to wear on a conference call). And as the mercury continues to go up, you’d need clothing to keep you cool and comfortable during the hot months ahead.
To help, we’ve rounded up twelve versatile pieces that can help you feel (web) camera-ready, confident, comfortable and cool during pregnancy and beyond!
H&M MAMA Jersey Wrap Dress
This soft viscose-jersey wrap dress with short sleeves will keep you cool all summer long while looking professional with its black and cream coloured floral print. The elasticized seam below the bust and wrap skirt will allow your belly to grow, taking you through months of pregnancy.
Shop: $39.99 (Currently on sale for $35.99)
2. Ella Bella Laura Nursing Dress
This easy-to-wear dress not only has a beautiful silhouette for work, but is also comfortable enough for at-home wear, thanks to its slub knit jersey fabric. Its built in nursing panel means you’ll still be reaching for it after the baby has arrived. This one’s a keeper!
3. Thyme Sleeveless Maternity Blouse with V-Neck
This sleeveless blouse with its light, silky crepe fabric will keep you cool all summer long. Its V-neck is flattering without being too revealing, and the floral print splashed across a dark background offers a little personality without being too informal.
Shop: $45.95 (Currently on sale for $18.38.)
4. GAP Maternity Ruffle Sleeve Shirt
Here’s one for those days when you really just want to throw on something easy-to-wear. The sweet ruffles add just enough oomph to elevate this tee from a basic to something webcam ready with a piece of jewellery.
Shop: $34.95 (Currently on sale for $28.)
5. Ella Bella Colette Tie-Up Dress
Take this button up dress shirt from Zoom meetings during the day to relaxing in the backyard in sandals after work. Beautiful on its own and post-baby, you can even wear this one to the beach on a weekend trip when provincial parks start opening up again.
6. Old Navy Maternity Fitted V-Neck Tee
Having a few bump friendly t-shirts on rotation makes getting ready easy in the morning. Choose neutral tones to act as a springboard for the rest of your outfit.
7. FRANC The Flowy Cardigan
The FRANC line is made entirely in Canada – from design to fabric to garment, each step in FRANC’s garment production is lovingly made in Toronto. Throw on this summer cardigan that you are bound to wear during pregnancy and in postpartum for a pop of colour or when the AC is just a tad too cold. Available in black, penny, lilac and black stripe.
8. Oriane Janet Sleeveless Tunic
Slip on this polka dot tunic both during pregnancy and in postpartum, with or without extra layers. Pair it with jewellery in the summer to add a little pizazz or a cardigan in the winter.
Shop: $45 (Currently on sale for $35.)
9. LOFT Maternity Striped Crossover Back Yoke Utility Blouse
This is for when you want a formal work blouse that isn’t your regular run-of-the-mill button-up. This beautiful striped shirt with its short collar is contemporary enough to be laid back, while being stylish enough for the boardroom.
Shop: $92.31 (Currently on sale for $85.85.)
10. H&M MAMA V-Neck Blouse
This airy blouse will keep you cool and comfortable all summer long. Its muted mint colour offers a refreshing option in terms of neutrals.
Shop: $29.99 (Currently on sale for $26.99)
11. Thyme Short Sleeve Ribbed Midi Maternity Dress
Shop this flattering and comfortable ribbed knit dress to wear from morning to night.
Shop: $59.95 (Currently on sale for $23.98)
12. Oriane Rebecca Shirt
This linen button-down shirt will help your skin breathe while keeping your arms protected from harsh UV rays. Its classic cut and nursing friendly features mean you can keep this in your closet for many years to come. If you are sensitive to textures, you’d be happy to know that one reviewer says it keeps getting softer over time.
Shop: $55 (Currently on sale for $35)
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