Just because you have a bun in the oven doesn’t mean you have to lose your style…
A burgeoning bump doesn’t mean you’re forced to spend the next nine months in the sartorial wilderness. Pregnancy dressing can be tricky, yes, but there are ways to look stylish even as your belly expands. Take a leaf out of my book and follow my 8 rules of pregnancy dressing…
1. Embrace the Shape
Figure hugging dresses may seem like you’re drawing attention to the one thing you’re trying to hide – but somehow it works. While it may showcase the size of your bump, it will also work to make the rest of your body look smaller.
2. Stick with your style
Just because you’re pregnant and gaining weight doesn’t mean you have to completely recreate your entire wardrobe. Aside from your pants most oversized shirts, dresses and roomy coats may all still fit. Only invest in items you really can’t do without like a good pair of maternity jeans. Otherwise find cheaper high street purchases to get you through the next few months.
3. Colour Blocking
Red, Green, Navy – you name it – you can do it. Pick a colour and match your top to your bottom. The effect will give a seamless, uninterrupted outfit which will elongate your body. You’ll look pretty stylish too.
4. Show off your assets
Your breasts will likely grow with your pregnancy so instead of covering up, it’s time to show a little cleavage. Make sure you get professionally fitted for bras as your old ones will most likely be a little on the firm side.
5. Invest in an on-trend coat
A coat that covers your hips, thighs and bottom will be incredibly flattering. Team with jeans and a floaty shirt and you’ll be amazed at how well your bump can be hidden.
6. Legs Eleven
While maxi-dresses are a popular maternity style, don’t be afraid to show off your legs with an above-the-knee tunic dress. Keep in mind though, if you’re wearing ones you had before you got pregnant they will likely be even shorter as the bump will cause them to rise up a little!
7. That’s a Wrap
A Diane Von Furstenberg-esque wrap dress is a good investment piece as it will grow with your shape meaning you can wear it right through your pregnancy. It’s also a great piece to have in your wardrobe once you’re breastfeeding.
One thing that won’t change during your pregnancy is your ability to wear accessories. The simple addition of some ornate earrings or a chunky necklace can transform you’re outfit from simple, to standout. Plus you’ll definitely be able to wear any new jewellery purchases post baby (although give them a few months and they’ll be dangling off your earrings!)
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