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What to Wear When Pregnant and Traveling

What to Wear When Pregnant and Traveling

I wanted to look cute while traveling recently to France and Morocco, but I’m too far along to wear most of my regular stuff and I didn’t want to go out and buy a lot of new clothes. And now I’m posting this while on a quick trip New York. Really though, this post could have just been called “What to Wear When Pregnant,” as it’s pretty much the same thing — traveling or not! Two new pairs of cropped maternity pants have been the mainstay of my wardrobe, but some of what you see me wearing above is from when I was pregnant the first or second time around (or accessories that I’ve had for years), so I found suitable substitutes below.


I think the easiest, and often most comfortable thing to wear when you’re pregnant is a dress. No weird elastic band around maternity pants to deal with (ugh), and you look instantly put together.

Maternity Dresses

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Tops and Bottoms

Tunics and cropped pants have been my friends on these trips. Pants in black or white look dressier than jeans, and everything still goes with one or the other. A blazer was handy for chilly nights.

Maternity Tops and Bottoms

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Accessories keep me from getting bored with my limited maternity wardrobe, so I like to bring a lot of them with me on trips. And here’s my fashion public service announcement: Pregnant ladies (and ladies that just like good shoes for walking a lot), do yourself a favor and buy those Worishofer sandals. They’re old-lady orthopedic shoes that had their heyday of grandma-chic a couple of years ago, but they’re still cute and they are super comfy.

Shoes and Accessories

Cute Maternity Swimsuits

I’d hoped to stretch the maternity wardrobe I already had since this is my third (and likely last) pregnancy, but this whole ‘summer’ thing is not making that easy. Eleanor was born in late April and August was born in February, so the clothes I had weren’t great for warm weather. I had to add a pair of shorts and a few short-sleeved shirts, and I picked up a few maxi tank dresses too. Also? Summer has necessitated a maternity bathing suit. I have worn my regular one (a red and white polka dot Esther Williams one-piece) while pregnant before, but I was not as far along then as I am now.

At the Pool

Blech, I thought. Maternity swimsuit shopping: do I need to bother? But then I actually found a cute one-piece that looks a lot like my normal suit! And actually, there were several cute options out there.
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Peek Inside my Tote Bag

Hi! Five months pregnant and looking the part!

Polka Dot Dress, Kate Spade Bag

dress: Old Navy (past season) • bracelet: kate spade new york (similar) • earrings: Small Sqare Studs, kate spade new york • glasses: Mallory, Warby Parker • bag: New York Francis Tote, c/o kate spade new york • shoes: Kate Spade Saturday (similar here and here)

I was sent a Francis Tote from kate spade new york and asked to share what I like to bring with me when I’m traveling. The bag is exclusive to their Hampton store, but it’s also carried online at Bloomingdales and Saks.

So, what’s in my bag when I’m on the go? I tend to pack light, mostly with what I have in my purse normally, plus a little extra something to read. Depending on where and with whom I’m going, I might have my laptop with me (in a cute laptop sleeve like this one), but I didn’t include it here. Let’s take a peek at what is inside…

Inside My Bag

Kate Spade New York - Holly Street Clear Francis Tote


Make Waves in Rio

Now, as for where to go, how about Rio? Not for me, for you! Kate spade new york is offering up a trip for two to Rio, plus your own summery tote filled with goodies and $1000 to spend in their shop. You can find out more about the sweepstakes and enter here by June 1 for a chance to win. Good luck!

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