Utilitarian Pieces for Women Transitioning to Pregnancy

Pregnancy is a beautiful period in a woman’s life. It’s amazing to witness how life grows inside of you. But, miraculous as it may seem, it presents a lot of challenges far beyond morning sickness.

The fast-growing bump, the engorged chest area, the rounder bottom, and the swollen legs due to water retention make looking presentable a rather overwhelming task. Quite often, it seems like there’s simply nothing to wear and you need an entirely new wardrobe. But, do you really? No.

What you have to do is to pick out the most versatile clothing items in your closet. These are the pieces that will stand the test of the entire pregnancy term and your changing body. Create a capsule wardrobe out of all these pieces, and perhaps indulge yourself and purchase a few new items that are specifically designed for maternity.

‘Don’t know what your utilitarian pieces are? Rounded up below are six that you probably have in your closet.

1.Flowy maxi skirt with an elastic band

This piece will expand as your belly does, and it will revert back to its original shape once you take it off. Also, a flowy maxi skirt can easily double as a bandeau dress, which is such a comfortable outfit for pregnant women.

2.Wrap dress

It’s no surprise that a wrap dress figures in a pregnancy capsule wardrobe as well. It easily adjusts to the shape of the changing body. And, if you have a long one, you do not have to worry about the skirt part hiking up too much because of your bump.

3.Oversized denim boyfriend shirt

Any super loose button-down shirt is a good inclusion in a pregnancy capsule wardrobe. But, perhaps the denim boyfriend shirt is the most utilitarian. It is thick enough and does not need special undergarments. Plus, it’s easy to dress up or down.

If you want to fancy it up, take a cue from the Duchess of Sussex who paired a loose button-down shirt with a pencil skirt with an expandable waistband during her pregnancy. For a casual ensemble, pair it with your favourite leggings and tennis shoes.

4.Sweater dress

Most women have this in their closet because it’s basically a T-shirt dress but with better and more material. This is the perfect base for any posh pregnancy outfit. As you grow bigger, it’s going to hug your body more, which is totally fine because it means that you can easily add layers to make the dress more interesting.

5.Cashmere shirt in a neutral hue

When you’re pregnant, and your clothing options are not many, you want to pay more attention to the material quality of your clothes. A cashmere shirt instead of regular cotton one will make whatever ensemble you put together with it look more polished. Plus, cashmere is very soft and light on the skin. You do not have to worry about feeling too hot. 


Most regular leggings can expand up to the fifth month of pregnancy. So, for sure, you will get a lot of use from them.

The nice thing about leggings is they are bottom wear that can be worn with pretty much anything. You can pair it with a feminine and floral dress, casual tees, sweater dress, button-downs, silk shirt and blazer, and even a workout top. You can also wear most types of shoes with leggings – Doc Martens, thigh-high boots, high heels, flats, rubber shoes, or sandals.

Now, for new investments, here are four worth doling out money for.

1.Pastel trench coat

This can make any outfit look sophisticated yet fresh. Also, it’s usually all you need to add to a basic outfit to make it look professional, which is a huge plus if you still go to work.

2.Black relaxed fit sweater

A sweater that’s made of really stretchy material that has no band in the hem is a fantastic piece to buy because it’s elegant and you can get impressive functional mileage from it even when you’re no longer pregnant. It’s something that you can wear with any type and colour of bottom. Plus, it’s a piece that you can easily take from day to night.

3.Structured blazer

Like the trench coat, this piece automatically gives a punch of elegance to any ensemble. It doesn’t matter if you’re wearing a billowy modern abaya or a basic white shirt and leggings pairing, you will look very put together once you throw on a structured blazer.


This big piece of fabric can serve as your pregnancy infinity dress. There’s no shortage of ways to transform it into a new clothing piece. With a few tweaks, you can turn it into a dress, a skirt, a top, a scarf, and even a headpiece. 

When you buy a sarong purely to make maternity styling easier, make sure to pick one with a thick yet stretchy material.

All of these utilitarian pieces will serve you well. They are a breeze to mix and match and you can wear them all long after your pregnancy.

Author Bio

Ethiopian-born and Dubai-based fashion designer Feiruza Mudessir discovered her curiosity to mix the traditional with contemporary at a young age, and this has become the trademark of her designs today. When you slip into one of Feiruza’s creations, you can almost hear the rhythms of Africa, the beats of India and the vibrancy of Dubai – this distinctive and colourful mélange is just what Finchitua is about.


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