If you are expecting, you can also expect for your body to go through some size changes, primarily your waist and bust. But this does not mean you have to forgo hundreds of dollars on a new wardrobe that you’ll only need for a definite series of months. Instead, during your first and second trimester, you can use some classic alteration tips and tricks that will allow you to transform current garments into maternity clothing.
Continue reading to learn 4 popular options!
❶ Button Cheater
You will try to wear your regular clothing for as long as possible, until the discomfort is no longer worth the effort. However, you can extend this inevitable moment a bit further by cheating just a little. For any button up pants, simply connect the button and hole with an elastic hair band. This will allow you to wear your favorite jeans for a few weeks longer. Simply loop the band through the hole, and then attach both sides of the opposing loops around your button.
❷ Belly Bands
When you are past the possibility of using a hair elastic to keep your pants buttoned, you can forgo buttoning up altogether by incorporating a belly band. The belly band will keep everything up and in place, while appearing as an undershirt or tank. Now, you can purchase these pre-made in a variety of colors and styles, but you can save a load of money by simply cutting up a stretchy tight tee you no longer want, instead.
❸ Minor Jean Alterations
There is no need to purchase a whole new set of maternity jeans prematurely. If you have some old denim that doesn’t quite fit anymore, take it into a trusted Indianapolis alterations shop for a slight transformation. A professional seamstress can easily add in stretchy tummy panel or side tabs that alleviate snugness in non-maternity jeans. What’s great about this is that it can be easily reversed after you get back to your normal size.
❹ Shirt and Bra Extenders
At some point in your pregnancy, some of your clothing will run out of room. Your bra might become snug and tight, and your favorite tees will be too short. You can add in extenders to solve these problems. Bra extenders can be purchased in a wide range of colors, and will give you extra strap room. You can also fashion them yourself from old bra straps or similar materials. For shirts that are too short, you can easily sew in an extra layer to give you the added coverage you need. This can be reversed too!