Being pregnant is an exciting time in a woman’s life, but it can also be one of the most frustrating when it comes to her wardrobe. Your body is changing almost daily, and after a while, most of your clothes no longer fit. Just because you’re pregnant doesn’t mean you don’t want to look stylish and well put together, right?
Well, with some careful shopping, you can rock the latest trends while also rocking your baby bump! It just takes a little know how to turn the latest fashions into styles that will suit your changing body.
Don’t Shy Away from Prints & Color
From vibrant colors to patterns that catch the eye, you can find prints everywhere, including full outfits made from the same print. Maternity clothes don’t have to be boring with power prints that stand out from the crowd. And let’s be honest. While you’re pregnant, chances are you’re going to stand out anyway. So why not go for a bold print you might otherwise shy away from? This is the time to show off your baby bump proudly and a vibrant print will definitely do that.
Color blocking has also been on trend for a few years now, and it still works on a pregnant body. Color block your wardrobe by wearing one vibrant color on top and another complementary color on the bottom. To make it really special, use your bump to define the sections for your color blocking, either just above or just below your belly. Or look for tops and dresses that have color blocking already built into the pattern, such as bold stripes in 2-3 colors.
Another great way to highlight your baby bump is with a belt or bow around your torso. Wear a cute skinny belt or tie a fabric sash or ribbon into a bow just above your stomach to cinch in a flowing top or dress. This accents the natural curve created by your belly and can turn a loose, shapeless top or dress into a fabulous maternity look.
Boyish Looks & High Waists are In
Menswear looks are everywhere right now, from the runway to magazines to the street. This is great news for moms-to-be because menswear looks are often much looser than women’s styles and therefore more forgiving. Take a loose men’s button-down shirt and pair it with leggings for a trendy, comfortable look. If you’re not sure of the fit, try to find a maternity button down. Roll up the sleeves to your elbows and button the shirt over your baby bump and you’re good to go. Adding stretchy leggings will keep you stylish without being too restricting around your tummy.
Another trend now is the high waist look for skirts and jeans. A high waist works well with a pregnant body because the higher waist will fit better over your bump without forcing you to wear a waistband under your belly. Try a high waist pencil skirt with a flowing top for an effortless office look. You can keep wearing this outfit after the baby comes if you buy a skirt with the right amount of stretch.
Try Loose, Flowing Tops
Flowing tops are very much on trend this year and are a pregnant girl’s best friends. Flowing tops skim over your baby bump to give coverage and extra room where you need it. You may not even need to look for maternity shirts. Some loose flowing tops that aren’t intended for maternity styles may have enough extra fabric to cover you before and after the baby comes. Pair your flowing top with skinny jeans or leggings for a casual yet stylish maternity look that you can keep rocking after the bump is gone.
Flaunt Your Baby Bump with Pride
You should be proud to show off your new shape while pregnant. Let the world know you’re carrying a little one in there by wearing structured clothes that highlight your curves. You can still rock office appropriate looks by finding a perfect fitted shift dress. Look for details such as ruching just under the bust that will draw the eye toward the narrowest part of your torso to create a waist while complimenting your baby bump at the same time. A great shift dress can also go from the office to a party with a few changes of accessories, so it’s a great investment piece for moms-to-be who don’t want to buy invest in just a couple of maternity pieces that will work in a ton of situations.
About the Author: Victoria Fleming is passionate about flattering style. She loves blogging about beautiful looks for women at any stage of life.