No matter how you feel about maternity clothes, your growing bump will eventually require them. The good news is that pregnancy styles have come a long way since the days of shapeless polka-dot dresses and giant bows. Today’s maternity wear can be just as chic and flattering as anyone else’s.
The most difficult styles for many women to put together seem to be their streetwear and everyday looks. Perhaps this is because they don’t feel their own styles can be found in maternity wear, but it doesn’t have to be that way. In fact, we have three ways to style your pregnancy wardrobe that are sure to make you feel fabulous instead of frumpy, no matter where your life takes you.
Dress in layers
Pregnancy hormones can feel like enemies in our otherwise normal bodies. They can cause bloating, blemishes, and overall discomfort. Dressing in layers is a good way to keep your style evolving while still staying comfortable in any temperature or situation. Jackets, vests, scarves, jewelry, and wraps can all be great items to keep in your wardrobe for various occasions. A stylish button-down blouse, for example, can be worn over a simple T-shirt or dress to change the look, and it can be removed when you get too hot.
Buy a wardrobe that will grow with you
Buying clothing items that grow with you is the best way to save money and time shopping. Even if you don’t realize it now, you may not feel like trekking to the mall to try on clothes in a few months. Aside from that, most women would rather not load their closets with things they’ll only be able to wear for a few months.
Most pregnant women find particular styles of maternity dresses that work best for them and choose to wear them throughout their pregnancies. For example, a long black jersey-knit dress may be the go-to attire for a lot of women because it’s flowy, comfortable, and can grow with your bump. If you need versatility in your wardrobe, this is definitely the way to go. You can add a denim jacket and sandals for a casual look on a breezy day, or you can dress it up with more formal jewelry and low heels for dinner out with friends.
Aside from dresses, though, other items can grow with you. Many designers make maternity pants with adjustable waistbands or from stretchy fabric so that you can wear them all nine months. In fact, many tops and skirts have similar features.
Camouflage your problem areas
Aside from a growing belly, a pregnant woman’s body goes through many changes that she may never have thought of. Some women assume they’ll follow celebrity leads and continue to wear tiny bikinis and revealing evening wear. While that’s an admirable feat, your body may surprise you by expanding in ways you didn’t expect. For example, many women experience extreme swelling during pregnancy. When their ankles and feet are puffy, the last thing they want to do is slip on strappy heels. Breast size can also change drastically. And while some may welcome this change, it may completely alter the type of neckline you’d like to wear.
The important thing is to wear a wardrobe you feel good in, and for most women, that means finding the most flattering attire. So, to camouflage swelling legs and feet, you might opt for flowy gaucho pants that cover your feet and don’t hug your legs. For swollen breasts, you might wear a denim jacket and button-down shirt if it makes you more comfortable.
Whatever your maternity style is, it’s important that you are comfortable both inside and out. Gone are the days of choosing comfort over looking chic. Keep these tips in mind and you’ll have a wardrobe that is stylish, versatile, and most importantly, comfortable.