If you’re currently expecting a little one, you’re probably well aware that you’re going to need to invest in some new outfits. While you can probably get away with wearing your current wardrobe during the first trimester, once your bump starts to grow, you’ll need to purchase clothes that both fit and feel comfortable. Most moms-to-be focus on comfort when they’re expecting – and to be honest, we don’t really blame them – however, there’s no reason why you can’t look stylish as well.
In this article, we’ve come up with some top tips that will leave you looking amazing while still helping you to feel comfortable with your growing body.
If you love denim, and it makes up a large part of your current wardrobe, it’s worth investing in at least one pair of maternity jeans. These tend to be much looser around the waist area than normal jeans, and often have an elasticated waist that can grow with your bump. You can buy both under-the-bump and over-the-bump maternity jeans, and which you prefer will ultimately be down to personal preference. When worn with a flowy top, however, you won’t even be able to tell the difference between these and your usual styles. Maternity jeans are available in all the same colors and cuts as normal jeans, so treat yourself to a pair that you can match with your current clothing items; you won’t regret it.
If you’re expecting your baby during the summer or early fall, one of the best items you can purchase is a flowy dress. Cotton and linen are the best materials to choose here, as they will help to keep you cool during the hot weather. Flowy dresses are available in a variety of different styles, and you should have no trouble finding one to accommodate your growing bump. Opt for a light and airy cotton dress if you spend days at the beach, or look for a more traditional maxi dress if you need something comfortable yet light to wear at the office. Matched with a pair of pumps or flat sandals, you’ll both look and feel gorgeous.
One item of clothing that you probably won’t have to buy new when pregnant is a jacket. The reason for this is that there’s no need to do it up, so your pre-pregnancy jackets can be easily paired with maternity tees and dresses for a stylish look. Structured jackets made from denim or leather can instantly help to pull a whole look together, and they can also help to balance silhouettes. One complaint that many pregnant women have is that most maternity clothing is baggy, however a structured jacket can help to eliminate some of this bagginess, making even the airiest looks appear more flattering.
Sneakers and Flats
Stilettos and high heels may look amazing, but they’re not the most practical shoes to be wearing when you’re carrying a miniature human. Instead, look into purchasing a new pair of fashion sneakers or ballet flats. Gucci sneakers, for example, are a great choice as they are not only the ultimate in designer leisurewear, they’re something that will last you well after giving birth. They’re available in numerous designs too, as you can see at SSENSE, so you can opt for a more muted style or something more outrageous. Ballet flats are another good option, and these tend to be ideal for those on a budget. You can again find them in traditional colors like black and white, but you can also find more daring options such as red polka dot or leopard print; the choice is yours!
A Draped Blouse
If you currently work in an office, or similar environment, you will need to purchase a few items that will be suitable for your job. One key item that many pregnant women love is the draped blouse. These can be paired with a skirt or a pair of pants, and are versatile enough that they can be worn with a smart jacket at the office and dressed up for an evening out as well. Draped blouses are again designed to grow with your bump, so don’t be afraid to purchase them once you hit the second trimester – it’s very likely that you’ll still be wearing them well into the third – or even until you give birth! Many women also continue wearing these after they’ve given birth and until they’ve regained their pre-pregnancy body.
Pregnancy is a time when your hormones will be all over the place, and it’s easy to feel like you’re on a bit of an emotional rollercoaster. However, as this article has hopefully shown, there are a variety of comfortable yet stylish looks you could try that will leave you glowing. You’ve got this mama!