Tuesday October 29, 2013

Dressing Your Baby Bump

Maternity chic

Show off that belly in style!

When a woman becomes pregnant, she will receive lots of advice from everyone – what foods to avoid, which positions to sleep in, what medications not to take, and even what exercises to perform to make labor easier. But one thing women don’t often hear about is how to dress their new body so pregnancy is not only a memorable experience, but a fashionable one as well. No matter the occasion, you can dress that bump to turn heads and stay in style.

 

Casual Lunches

When you’re pregnant, just throwing on a cute outfit to meet friends for lunch may become a stressful decision because you’re unsure what flatters. But in all actuality you have a variety of options! If you like dresses, try a midi length bodycon. Many pregnant women shy away from form fitting garments when, in reality, showing your figure off will actually be more slimming. Layer it over a shirt in a contrasting print to remain on-trend.  Add some colored flats and pair with a brightly colored bag, for a pop of color.

If you aren’t in to dresses, try a pair of leggings and a large tunic. Leggings are a staple for pregnant women and are a fashionable option for you after giving birth.  To make yourself look slimmer, opt for leggings in a darker color and that have no pattern. Patterned leggings or light colored leggings will only draw attention to your weight. A pair of pointed-toe flats, a tunic top in a pattern, and simple jewelry will make the look fun and effortless.

Gap maternity look

Dress   |   Top   |   Bag   (Original source)

Running Errands

A day of grocery shopping, paying bills, and mailing packages can be exhausting, especially if you’re expecting. Look effortlessly chic and pulled together as you run from one public space to another by donning a pair of ankle- length pant style leggings in a solid color, a longer-length t-shirt, and layer an open sweater over that. Trade in the wool for a lightweight, leather jacket if you live in a cooler climate. Finish this all off with a pair of short heeled booties and your good to go. This will give you a layered look that is chic, comfortable, and versatile. Because you’ll probably become more easily overheated than before, layers that are easily removed  are a must!

Isabella oliver maternity look

 Jacket   |   Cardigan   |   Top   |   Jeans   |   Shoes   (Original source)

Date Nights

Going on dates with your significant other is more necessary than ever. Seize the opportunity to connect and spend quality time with one another; once the baby arrives, this will be much harder to accomplish. A simple wrap dress with a pair of low heels in a neutral color is the perfect date-night outfit. A wrap dress or A-line garment cinches in your waist, alluding to a slimmer physique. Wear a light summer scarf that dangles to vertically lengthen your body. You can splurge on a beautifully patterned option like the ones from Anthropologie that can be continuously worn as your bump grows and after the baby is delivered. Additionally, throw on some brightly hued accessories like earrings and necklaces that will draw attention to your slender neck and glowing face. Plus, if you have toned legs, proudly flaunt them!

 nordstrom maternity dress

Dress   (Original source)

Want to wear pants? Try a pair of jeggings– jeans and leggings. The material is stretchy so it can fit around a baby bump, and they are fairly inexpensive. A pair of booties or patterned flats and a plain colored, stretchy t-shirt with that summer scarf makes your date-night look perfect and fresh. The stretchy materials will not only hug your baby bump, but your other sexy curves as well.

Business Meetings

If you’re a working woman, finding an outfit for the office can be a challenge when pregnant. You want to appear professional, but you don’t want to feel suffocated by your clothing.  Check out your already existing pants and skirts and see which ones have a greater stretch and give. Pick up a “belly band,” or a piece of stretchy fabric that fits over your belly and your unbuttoned pants or skirts to hold them up. This product allows you to leave pants open without anyone knowing, thus saving you money on maternity gear.

Wear a loose fitting blouse in a longer length to cover up the band. You can easily add a blazer or a cardigan to this look if it needs to be even more professional. Simple jewelry, flats or low heels, and simple make-up make for an easy style that is still perfect for business meetings and the office.

asos maternity blouse

Top   |   Pants   (Original source)

Weddings and Special Events

Hands down the most stressful fashion events for the expecting mother are weddings and special events. And what if you’re the bride? You want to show off your bump in a fashionable manner, but you also want to ensure you’re comfortable with your growing body. The best way to do that is by playing up your best features. If your shoulders and back are one of your best attributes, opt for a one-shoulder dress found in the maternity section of wedding dresses on David’s Bridal. An empire waist will undoubtedly look wonderful and will provide a comfortable fit.

Dresses in loose fabrics, chiffon and polyester, and floral patterns are great for many events. That little black dress will be a definite go-to, and cardigans and accessories will be your best friends. Pull your hair up and place a flower in it, show off your new glow. For a graduation, jazz it up a bit with pair of heels, leaving off the scarf and let your hair down. You can use the same dress for two different events and two very different looks.

davids bridal maternity dress

 Wedding Gown   |   Loving this one!   (Original source)

The key to making any of these outfits look great is to buy pieces you’re comfortable in. Neutral colors, stretchy fabrics, leggings, jeggings, and a belly band will all be necessary for your new pregnancy wardrobe. Accessories are a great way to add life to any outfit and make you feel more adventurous with your style. The best part about it—you can continue to wear them after you give birth. Layer looks and don’t be afraid to show off that bump!

 Guest post by Angel Haney

Comments (2)  
  1. I love this article! I am trying to conceive and I am already thinking about fashion! This is a very detailed explanation of different options for pregnant women. I know how frustrated I can get when I can’t make an outfit normally. I can only imagine how much more frustrating it will be when I am pregnant. Anyway, great article…I loved it!

    XOXO Jess

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