Maternity Style: Looking Fashionable While Pregnant
Building a Trendy, Sexy & Fun Pregnancy/Maternity Wardrobe
By: Katherine Mendel Henderson
Maternity clothes are designed to make you more comfortable during pregnancy. They fit differently than your regular clothes so that you can still move comfortably and enjoy good coverage of your body. What feels good to one woman may not feel good to another. A lot of this will depend on how quickly you show or your belly grows.
There are a few products that can help you extend the life of your pre-pregnancy clothes, like a maternity support undergarment such as the award-winning Prenatal Cradle. It gives you great lower back and belly support, improves your posture, and eliminates the likelihood of an aching back. Support belts also help reduce the risk of developing unsightly stretch marks.
Wearing a good bra throughout your pregnancy is also essential. It will provide you with comfort and support and prevent sagging breasts.
Though in general, you should start wearing maternity clothes when you can no longer comfortably fit into your pre-pregnancy clothes. Typically most pregnant women will outgrow their pants and jeans before they will outgrow their shirts.
When you go shopping, enjoy yourself! Pregnancy is a great time to indulge in trends—after all, these are clothes you’ll likely only wear for a few months, so you had better enjoy them. However, looking stylish while pregnant requires some planning.
Being pregnant doesn’t mean you can’t keep up with the trends and feel fashionable. The key to dressing modern and sexy during pregnancy and creating a stylish maternity look is to pick out the trends you like and adapt them to your new body.
Pregnancy offers the best chance you’ll ever have to flaunt cleavage, so take advantage of this fortuitous occasion and wear scoop-neck T-shirts or sweaters.
Reaching for bigger clothes to hide your size sounds like a good idea, but it only contributes to a bulky look. Instead, slim down your silhouette and emphasize the features that aren’t expanding with snug-sleeved tops, skinnier pants, and button-down shirts or blazers (from your pre-pregnancy wardrobe) left unbuttoned. Try knits that stretch to fit your form — they’re sexy and feminine.
If all else fails, break out a crisp men’s dress shirt and pair it with leggings or jeans and a fitted T-shirt or tank underneath. This look is the perfect mix of sexy, modern, and classic style.
Wear dark colors. Dark colors are slimming. Okay, it’s not like you haven’t heard it before (but when has it ever been more fitting, so to speak?). But black, navy blue, dark brown, or charcoal can all create a slimming optical illusion, minimizing body bulk and giving you an overall trimmer appearance — even if you’re wearing a T-shirt and workout pants.
Another great investment is a stylish dress that will stretch as your baby grows. You can dress it up by wearing pearls & heels, or play it down in a more casual way, with flats & a cardigan.
One of the easiest ways to add dimension and flare to an otherwise simple ensemble is to put on your favorite accessories and jewelry. Try long, dangling earrings to de-emphasize fullness in your face. Wear a cute headband or patterned scarf or in your hair, or a hat, a nice bracelet & necklace, or carry a chic handbag.
Better yet, throw on some Crocs! Crocs are not only super cute, they are very comfortable. There are so many styles & colors to choose from. (I personally love Crocs. I own about 15 pairs & love them all). Put on some cute boots or sexy pumps. Shoes can instantly perk up practically any outfit.
Being true to your style is just as important as following the maternity clothes curriculum — and you need to feel comfortable in the skin (and outfits) you’re in. So if you’re happiest in hot pink— go for it.
Spoil yourself occasionally: treat yourself to a pedicure, a manicure, a new lipstick or some lacy underwear.
You will also notice some pleasant changes with your body. That celebrated ‘glow’. You will notice that your skin looks brighter than usual. Hormones are partly responsible, but an increase in blood volume also brings more blood to the skin, giving it a radiant look. Your nails will start to grow faster than usual. Pregnancy hormones get the credit for this. You will also start to notice that your hair looks super healthy and full.
This is your time to embrace and emphasize your voluptuous, pregnant body. There is nothing more beautiful than a pregnant woman! Enjoy this special time in your life!
It gives you that gorgeous, radiant glow!