Fashionable Clothes for Moms-to-Be
by Marie-Andrée Guimont
published August 21, 2012
rating: (9 Ratings)
A few alternatives to maternity wear
Is it possible to be pregnant, comfortable, and stylish at the same time? Yes, ma’am! Since we like shopping but loathe spending our fashion budget on superfluous things, here you’ll find a few basic rules for a smart shopping excursion. The idea: unearth pretty and stylish finds in your favourite shops that will look flattering even after baby’s arrival.
After the first trimester, the moment when you begin to show, you’ll notice that everything that falls at the waist or abdominal area becomes bothersome. Hence, opt for A-line dresses and tops that are cinched at the bustline (1). If you wear loose clothing, a skinny belt which rests under the bust will ensure you’ll feel comfortable, in addition to highlighting your curves.
Same goes for bottoms. There comes a time when non-stretchy skirts, shorts or pants—even low-waist ones—become unbearable. To the rescue: pieces equipped with a (very) soft elastic band at the waist (2). You’ll be able to wear them above or under your belly. As your pregnancy progresses, you will want to choose models fitted to your thighs and legs, in order to avoid adding any “thickness” to your figure.
In keeping with the goal of not overloading your frame, prioritize extensible garments that hug your belly (3). That said, a loose-fitting top on the mommy-to-be can also look very pretty. In this case, suffice to balance out proportions, and pair it with a fitted bottom. You can also opt for a slightly sheer top, to remain comfortable all the while displaying your devilishly feminine side.
At all times, keep in mind that your beautiful bun will only expand. That also means that your regular tops will appear shorter and shorter on you. Thus, opt for tunics and long sweaters (4) that will cover your belly up until the final weeks of your pregnancy.
Dresses and leggings… and many more dresses and leggings! Do know that certain brands like Mondor offer maternity tights. That way, you avoid the poached-knees-and-ankles look that results from wearing stockings that are too big.
More suggestions, in pictures:
1. Striped High-Low Halter Dress, $27.90 at Forever 21.
2. Long Skirt with Elasticated Waist, $59.90 at Zara.
3. Dress, $14.95 at H&M.
4. Tunic Sweater, $32.95 at Old Navy.
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