much more flattering to show off your belly than to hide it under layers
Special feature: 20 steps for a stylish
It's chic to be
pregnant. And it's time to celebrate! Staying fashionable while you are
expecting can be easier than you thought. Just take a look at the style
guide from Small Shopping World.
Show some cleavage!
You'll have the bust of your lifetime, so you might as well take advantage
of it. Scoop-neck tops work very well on a pregnant woman.
Longer-fitting shirts and blouses work
well, as do tunics, stretchy tanks and tees.
For the first few
months, you can wear your
favorite skirts a little higher on your stomach.
Dig out your looser-fitting pants,
preferably the ones that are a size too big. They'll work well during the
early stages of pregnancy.
top button of your pants, and conceal
the open button with a longer top.
Empire-line tops and dresses and
stretchy, soft jersey clothes are flattering, and
readily available in ordinary high street shops.
Choose snug over bulky! Wearing bigger clothes to hide your size
may sound like a good idea, but it contributes
to a bulky look. Instead, slim down your silhouette and emphasize the
features that aren't expanding with snug-sleeved tops, skinnier pants, and
button-down shirts or blazers left unbuttoned.
Try soft knits that stretch to fit your form - they're
sexy and feminine.
Wear your partner's clothes. Long-sleeved
oxford shirts worn tied and rolled up over a fitted
T-shirt, tank or camisole can be a sexy
maternity clothing alternative.
Look for skirts and
trousers with elastic waistbands. Drawstring bottoms also work well. You can
choose to wear your clothing over the bump or below it, the first option is
the most comfortable.
Blazers and cardigans
from your prepregnancy wardrobe can be utilized by wearing them unbuttoned.
Wear a classic
duffel coat during winter. It's wide and roomy, and goes well with both
skirts and trousers.
Buy a great pair of
maternity jeans. You can get fashionable and well-fitting maternity jeans
from designer brands like Seven For All Mankind, Juicy Couture and Earl.
Or you buy them at a major fashion chain store like H&M. The right pair of
jeans can be dressed up or down, depending on your needs, and make you
feel stylish and up-to-date.
A couple of
maternity tank tops in neutral colours are† guaranteed to come in
handy. They can be layered under the looser-fitting sweaters, shirts and
tops that you already have in your wardrobe.
Maternity tops with
halter-type necklines are also
very flattering. In
most women, the neck and arms look the same
throughout the entire pregnancy, even
though the rest of the body changes shape.
Wear a poncho. It's
fashionable, warm and stylish, and accommodates your growing belly.
Skip the underwired
bra. A thick shelf bra or a sports bra is healthier when your bust is growing.
Go for bold
accessories on top, like a colourful scarf or a big piece of jewellry.
Anything that accentuates the shoulders and bustline
is very flattering.
Work the hippie
be perfectly stylish in free-flowing ethnic skirts, kaftans and yoke
dresses that accommodates your curvy body.
Be colourful! Don't
limit yourself to wearing black and neutrals. Throw a sweater over your
shoulders to complement an all-black outfit. †