Thursday, February 8, 2018

dressing the bump: the third trimester

dressing the bump third trimester
original posts: one  |  two  |  three  |  four
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Okay, so I realize I'm waaaay behind in posting this. After all, little man is already 4-months-old (holy cow how times flies!) but I still wanted to wrap up my dressing the bump series and share with you what worked for me clothing-wise during the third trimester.

maternity jersey dresses:

Some of my favorite stores for maternity dresses are GAP, Old Navy and Motherhood Maternity. I quickly learned that the end of pregnancy in summer in Florida is no joke. By that point I wanted to be as cool and comfortable as possible, so I pretty much lived in soft stretchy dresses. One of my favorite purchases was this black t-shirt swing dress which I fully intend to wear post-baby.

full panel maternity pants:

By late pregnancy, a full-panel pant was a must. The demi panel and roll panels wouldn't sit at the right place on the bump and felt like they were digging into my belly. To be honest, I mostly preferred dresses, but some days the mere though of shaving my legs was enough to do me in, so I broke out the pants. I stuck with neutrals like black and white, so I could get more use out of them, but I think a pair in a bright color - like pink - would have been so much fun!

ruched maternity tees:

While I wore tunic and non-ruched tops during my first and second trimesters, by the third, I felt like I looked like a tent in them, so I stuck to ruched tops that accentuated the belly. I figure it's the only time you want to embrace your belly hanging out, so you might as well rock it! Some of my favorite stores for maternity tees are GAP, Old Navy and Target.

layering pieces:

I found a long cardigan or kimono really helped pull and outfit together. Even in the summer, I prefer to have something light to throw on in the air conditioned office. Bonus points since you can wear them post maternity as well.


O.M.freaking Goodness how my feet and ankles swelled at the very end of pregnancy. The only thing that was going to (sort of) fit on those swollen piggies was sandals. I even had to go up a size just to have a more comfortable fit. My favorites were more of a thong style, or Birkenstocks. I avoided anything that hit on top of the ankle. My favorites where these Tory Burch knocks off from Rack Room Shoes. Super comfy for a fraction of the cost. 

And that's a wrap! For more maternity clothing inspiration, check out my dressing the bump: second trimester and dressing the bump: third trimester posts. 


  1. I agree full panel is a must late in the game!

    1. Yeah it is. I have to say I miss those comfy maternity pants post baby!