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Hip baby-bumps: Affordable maternity wear

Expecting a little bundle of shopping frustration? Cookie magazine shares their top picks for stylish but reasonably-priced clothing.
/ Source: TODAY

Getting dressed can get pricey when your body is changing shape every other month. Cookie magazine's editors have scoured the racks and identified the key pieces to looking your best on a budget — sometimes without even setting foot in the maternity department. These simple staples are easily transformed by accessories, so have fun with them. And don't be afraid of bright colors and patterns — the days of struggling to hide a baby bump are behind us!

The swing jacketThe charm of this must-have jacket for spring is all in the name. The cut allows it to swing loosely around your form, with plenty of slack to grow into. It can also work during multiple seasons; layer over turtlenecks now, while it's cooler, and in later months you can throw it on over a cotton tank.

The baby doll top
The baby doll top's forgiving shape proves that, sometimes, the fashion gods are on our side. The feminine empire waist leaves ample room for the ever-expanding belly of a mother-to-be, and the popularity of the style assures a wide variety of fabrics and patterns to suit your personal style.

The empire dressWaists in fashion are rising, and many of the most coveted dresses right now share this adorable, bell-shaped cut. It's perfect for the time when you aren't ready to share your news, and comfortably allows for growth up to the point when not sharing is not an option!

The denim pencil skirtThis classic staple is always trendy, and the pencil silhouette can be paired with almost anything. Skirts allow you to dress up or down, looking original without sacrificing the comfort of your favorite, well-worn blues.

And in black or dark blue hues, it's extra flattering as well.

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