12 Ways to Look Amazing Throughout Your Pregnancy
Ah, that pregnancy glow. Everyone talks about it, but anyone who is or has ever been pregnant knows that the glowing feeling isn’t constant. As your pregnancy progresses and your belly grows, finding fashionable clothes feels harder to do. It isn’t impossible, though. Check out these tips for dressing fashionably throughout your pregnancy.
1. Wear What You Always Wear
There is no rule that says you need to change your style just because you’re pregnant. The easiest way to look and feel amazing throughout your pregnancy is to stick to your usual style. You know what works for your personality and lifestyle. You might need a new size after a few weeks, but you shouldn’t need to stop dressing in your favorite styles. Tons of popular retailers carry maternity lines now, so it is not nearly as hard to find stylish maternity clothes as it was 20 or even 10 years ago.
2. Show Off Your Bump With Pencil Skirts
Many women say showing off their baby bump is one of their favorite things about pregnancy. A pencil skirt is the perfect way to display your bump whether large or small. Choose a knee-length skirt that pairs well with your work and evening wardrobes to create outfits you can wear no matter what you’re doing.
3. Avoid Bulky Clothes
Unfortunately, not everybody feels beautiful while they’re pregnant — and even if you do most of the time, you’re bound to have a rough day or two. On your worst days, you might be tempted to put on the biggest, bulkiest pair of sweats and hoodie you can find, but doing this will probably make you look and feel even worse. Instead of finding your frumpiest attire, consider a flowing skirt and shirt. You’ll still feel covered up but will look good enough to leave the house.
4. Build Outfits Around Dark Denim
Dark denim will likely make you feel sexy and pulled together no matter how rough you feel on the inside. Pair dark jeans with a classic white t-shirt, a denim jacket and ankle boots for a casual weekend or a nice top and flats for a day at work or an evening dinner. You can purchase denim with hidden tummy panels in most maternity sections so you can breathe and look fashionable at the same time.
5. Get Into the Asymmetrical Hemline Trend
Pregnancy is an excellent time to take advantage of trendy asymmetrical hemlines. Choose shirts that are shorter in front than in the back to create a gorgeous look that is as popular as it is comfortable for your growing belly. Depending on the type of top and the events of the day, you can pair these with leggings or skinny jeans and dress them up with flats, ankle boots or fun sneakers.
6. Wear a Wrap Dress for a Night Out
As your baby begins to grow, so will you. During the second and third trimesters, it may be harder for you to comfortably zip and button dresses, but that doesn’t mean you need to stop wearing them. When going to an important event or dressing up for work, wear a wrap dress. These dresses literally just wrap and tie around you, making them easy to wear without sacrificing class. They’ll even perfectly accentuate your bump.
7. Stay Professionally Chic With Color Blocking
Color blocking is another popular trend for this summer and it’s an excellent way to dress professionally while pregnant. Simply put, color-blocked tops are tops that have two distinct colors, usually with the top half being one color and the bottom being another. If you prefer to accentuate your bump, choose a shirt with the bright color on the bottom. If you’d like to draw attention away from the stomach area, choose a top with the brightest color on the top.
8. Tone Down Loud Prints and Colors
If you aren’t the type of mother-to-be who wants to draw attention to her pregnancy, you can help camouflage your stomach by toning down what you wear. Choose neutral colors over bright ones and avoid animal prints or other busy patterns that draw the eye.
9. Switch to Chunky Heels
Unless your doctor says otherwise, you don’t have to give up your heels just because you’re pregnant. However, after a certain point in the pregnancy, you will probably want to stop wearing stilettos due to swelling and discomfort. Chunky heels are an excellent compromise if you don’t want to switch to flats. They can still be dressed up or down and the wider heel provides extra support for your ankles.
10. Try Flowy Tops
The empire waistline is a favorite among pregnant women who prefer to feel comfortable and unexposed. These tops are fitted around the chest but flow out just underneath the breast. The hippie-inspired look is perfect with jeans, leggings or a long skirt and allows you to look chic while still having the room you need to move and breathe.
11. Bring Out Your Maxi Dresses
Maxi dresses are a favorite among many women, but they are extra popular for those who are pregnant because they’re roomy and comfortable without being too casual. Maxi dresses are also quite versatile. Are you spending a day shopping and hanging out with the girls? Grab a t-shirt style and pair it with sandals or sneakers. Do you have a more elegant event to attend? Look for a maxi dress in a chiffon or other flowing material. You’ll feel like a true goddess.
12. Keep Loving Your Leggings
Finally, your leggings have probably already been your best friends for a few years and you’ll likely love them even more as your pregnancy progresses. Since most leggings are super stretchy, you can probably wear the same size for most of your pregnancy, if not all of it. Basic black leggings are perfect for casual, professional and dressy situations. It’s all in the top, shoes and accessories you choose.