How to Dress Fashionably When You're Pregnant
Pregnancy is no longer considered a time in a woman’s life when she has to wear baggy clothes. Many celebrities have made it fashionable to proudly show their growing stomachs, and the general public is following suit. The number of clothing outlets selling maternity clothes is another growing trend, as many popular retailers have launched maternity clothing lines. So head to your favorite retailers that carry maternity clothes, and you might find it’s easy to put together some fashionable outfits that maintain your sense of style.
EditChoosing Maternity Clothes
- Invest in one or more pairs of maternity jeans. You’ll want to purchase jeans that have adjustable waistbands, or leggings. Jeans with a bootleg are both flattering and stylish, and there are also maternity skinny jeans that are stretchy and comfortable. For pregnancies in the summer, a pair of cargo pants is another option that may be more appropriate in some climates.
- Wear maternity tops. Maternity clothes are meant to flatter a pregnant woman’s body and be comfortable at the same time. Avoid wearing baggy shirts with tons of fabric, and stick with more flowing ones that accentuate your figure. Try to find ones with a fitted bodice or an empire cut, that emphasize your shape.
- Wear maternity dresses. Similar to shirts, dresses with a fitted bodice or an empire cut definitely flatter a pregnant woman’s figure. Don’t lose your personal style just because you’re pregnant. If you normally wear tops with fun prints and vibrant colors, do the same during your pregnancy!
- Wear comfortable flats and sandals. When you’re pregnant, your feet may swell, so it’s important to buy new, comfortable shoes that fit your feet. Your feet may go back to their normal size after pregnancy, so don’t purchase expensive shoes, because you may only be wearing them for a few months during your pregnancy. You can buy cheap flats and sandals that are also super cute at stores like Payless, but make sure they are also supportive.
EditDressing with Style
- Stick with your personal style. You’ll want to feel comfortable while you’re pregnant, and this means being comfortable with what you’re wearing. Add maternity pieces to your wardrobe that show off your personal style, not ones that change it.
- Don’t feel like you have to dress in dreary black to look smaller. Let your wardrobe mirror this happy time in your life with colors that accentuate the glow of your skin.
- Wear colorful patterns and prints to create a fun vibe. Gone are the days when maternity clothes had wild polka dots and other patterns meant to camouflage a woman’s growing figure. If you normally wear solids, then you should stick to your personal style. However, if you are someone who loves floral patterns, pair some bold-print tunics with leggings.
- Wear wrap tops and dresses. These types of shirts and dresses accentuate your figure, whether you’re pregnant or not. It’s the perfect piece to keep you looking feminine and stylish throughout your pregnancy. Show off your fun side, and try wearing a wrap top in bold colors or prints.
- Wear dresses with empire waists. This is a flattering option that doesn’t leave you looking shapeless. The empire waist wraps around your upper midriff emphasizing your cleavage. Furthermore, you might even be able to keep wearing these dresses after the baby is born.
- Wear form-fitting dresses. Show off your new figure with a dress that hugs your curves. It’s best to wear dark colors in these types of dresses. Try a black cotton dress that accentuates your curves, topped with a few simple accessories.
- Show some cleavage. Now’s the time to show off your bust by wearing low-cut shirts and V-neck sweaters. V-neck shirts show off a pregnant woman’s figure, and look especially flattering on them. This is optional, of course, if you prefer to dress more modestly.
- Embellish your outfit with accessories. Chunky necklaces and bracelets or a big bag (that might double as a trendy diaper bag) can really make a fashion statement, and they are things you can continue to wear post-pregnancy. Don’t forget cool scarves to keep you looking on point.
- Wear breathable fabrics. No matter what outfit you choose, the fabric needs to be breathable so you don’t get overheated. This will prevent sweating, and in turn, prevent a heat rash from developing on your skin.
- Some breathable fabrics include cotton, linen and wool.
- Wear plenty of shorts, capri pants and short-sleeved tops. You can wear solid shorts or capris in fun colors like pink, green, or blue, or neutrals. To match, wear a short-sleeved shirt with an empire waist and a fun print. The shorts and capris you choose should be stretchy, and come with a maternity waist.
- Pregnant women are prone to becoming overheated due to increased blood in their body. Especially in the later months of your pregnancy, you may feel hotter than you normally do, so it’s better to wear cool clothes and layer them with fashionable sweaters or jackets.
- Wear maxi dresses. Maxi dresses are the perfect feminine outfit to wear anywhere. The flowing cut of a maxi-dress is comfortable, stylish and will keep you cool. Maxi dresses come in all kinds of stylish prints and solids, so take your pick!
- Opt for skirts made of stretchy materials that hug your curves. Choose a basic color that you can mix and match with several tops, and is professional enough to wear to work with a blazer. A pencil skirt that goes down to your knees is very professional-looking, and can also be super comfortable if it’s made of stretchy fabric. Wearing shorter skirts will also keep you cool when you want to avoid getting too hot.
- Expect to continue wearing maternity clothes for at least a few weeks after having the baby. Most new moms do not shrink down to their pre-pregnancy size overnight.
- If you are worried about the cost of fashionable maternity clothes, selling them through an online auction or at a consignment shop are ways to recoup some of the money you spent.
- Don’t buy too many maternity clothes when you first start to show. Even if you are excited about the prospect of buying maternity clothes, wear your normal clothes as long as possible to save money and avoid the problem of clothes not fitting by the end of your pregnancy.
- Dress After Pregnancy
- Be Pregnant Gracefully
- Eat Right While Pregnant
- Buy Maternity Clothes While Pregnant
- Go Through a Pregnancy Smoothly
- Announce Your Pregnancy
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