Well, it's certainly curbed my shopping habit. It's too depressing to look at things that I can't wear and have no idea if I will ever fit into.
Trying to shop while pregnant is the antithesis of how I like to approach buying. I like to buy things that will last forever or at least for a few years. With pregnancy, things are constantly changing. Literally, things that fit yesterday don't fit today. You have no idea what size or shape your body will be for the next month, 6 months, year. Your size (in clothing and shoes) may permanently change. I'm grateful for the pieces I already owned which are still working at 6 months pregnant and that I know will work postpartum as well, like the Vince top above. Sometimes, you have to buy things that will only work for a short few months (the horror!). I do feel as though I'll need a new pair of jeans any day now, although I've mostly avoided short term needs so far with loose tops, stretchy dresses and pants.
Another side effect of not knowing what size I'll be is that I've hung on to a few things that were destined for the "donate" pile, just in case, you know. And I'm breaking one of my own cardinal rules of purging by keeping things "just in case".
As of right now, in terms of new specific maternity clothes, I've still only purchased the basics I bought back in October (see my maternity basics post) - black tee, black tank, black leggings and yoga pants plus a white tee and one pair of black maternity pants. I've thrifted and subsequently altered to fit 2 pairs of maternity jeans that are still working for me. I've also thrifted several (non-maternity) knit tops and dresses. Hint for pregnant ladies: with a pregnant belly, non-maternity dresses can all of a sudden work as tunics over leggings.
I've been making do as I thought I would, by not putting pressure on myself to come up with amazing creative outfits, keeping it simple, and using scarves and necklaces to change it up a bit.
To be totally fair, I would be pretty ready for a change at this point in the winter, no matter what. Winter puts as many constrictions on dressing as pregnancy does, so really the only change this year is that I can't shop for things to alleviate the boredom. And is that really such a bad thing? Not in my book.
How are you all feeling? Bored with winter wardrobes? If you're pregnant, how have you approached shopping?