The Non-Maternity Piece That’s Perfect For The Bump

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The sweater dress: Maybe it’s nothing new. Maybe it’s overdone. But I’m telling you, the sweater dress is a major need for your maternity wardrobe in the colder months (or even while it’s warm, by rocking sleeveless versions like this).

The sweater dress is a cute solution to maternity clothes. Sweater dresses work before, during & after pregnancy for casual or dressy outfits.

Ribbed Sweater Dress

The Sweater Dress: A Cute “Maternity Outfit” Alternative

Dressing the bump has been hard, guys. I did not expect that. Before getting pregnant, I could throw on just about anything and make it work. My great aunts’ old farm jeans and a crop top? Yeahhh. Biker shorts and a shirt three times my size? You bet. A simple but classic sweater paired with go-to pants? Sure!

And then I got pregnant. And that belly started to grow. All of a sudden, that easy-breezy approach to dressing myself was nowhere to be found, and I was left staring at my closet feeling a little foolish that I thought I could just keep repurposing all my favorite go-to items. Oh, how wrong I was.

Enter: the sweater dress (*cue the hallelujah chorus*).

Sweater Dress For Cozy Holidays

Ribbed Sweater Dress | Snakeskin Chelsea Boots (Similar Boots in Black)

Sweater Dress | Snakeskin Chelsea Boots (Similar Boots in Black)

Keep It Casual: Sweater Dress With Sneakers

I love how versatile the sweater dress is; layer with an open oversized button-up, or with your favorite graphic tee tied up in a knot above the bump — the options are all so good. They can be styled with your go-to sneakers and a beanie for a coffee run (of which I’ll be rocking all fall long), or with statement boots and jewelry for that perfect holidays-at-home outfit this year!

Ribbed Sweater Dress | Quilted Jacket (in “moss”) (in “daphne”) *FP restocks new colors often | Vans Sneakers

Sweater Dress | Oversized Denim Jacket (similar) | Vans Sneakers

Shop More Sweater Dresses

Sweater dresses have become a favorite bump item of mine because they are fitted just enough to show off the bump, but thick enough that I still feel like I’m covered up — and oh, so stretchy. You can find them long and cozy for the cold days, or sleeveless and light for the warm ones.

Long & Cozy Sweater Dresses

Sleeveless & Light Sweater Dresses

More Sweater Dress Favs

The best part is that these dresses aren’t maternity-specific and are still items I can wear once the baby has arrived! I definitely recommend investing money in a few key maternity pieces (like these dream maternity jeans I reviewed), but when you can find something that works before, during and after pregnancy, it just feels like the biggest win of all time.

Xx,
Amy

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The sweater dress is a cute solution to maternity clothes. Sweater dresses work before, during & after pregnancy for casual or dressy outfits.

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