Your body shape obviously changes a great deal when you are pregnant. Other than your tummy growing, you may gain additional weight in areas that you are not used to, or you might retain water around your face or ankles (or everywhere!) so need some additional rules to follow when dressing. Below is a capsule wardrobe that should take you through the months of pregnancy and also some general tips to take note of.
Under the bump styles seem to be better in early pregnancy, whereas you may prefer over the bump styles for comfort once your bump is large enough to keep them up. A couple of pairs of casual trousers of jeans should be enough to see you through.
Particularly if you are pregnant in the summer, an A line skirt to balance our your bump will be a good addition to your wardrobe. Choose a plain style because it will coordinate with more items and you can add detail with tops and accessories.
Bootcut styles are more flattering as they will balance out your wider top half. Choose a style that will be suitable for work but also formal occasions. Again, choose a plainer style that will go with plenty of items in your wardrobe to save money.
An empire line is the most flattering style for a pregnany woman. Empire line styles are cut so that they come in under the bust and then flare out over the bump. This will give your upper body shape and will avoid the 'tent' look. Have several styles of casual and more formal empire line tops.
Choose an empire line dress that can be dressed up or down with shoes and accessories. You will be able to wear it to work, casually and for formal occasions by wearing it with different styles of shoe, jewellery and scarves, cardigans or jackets, depending on the occasion.
The waterfall style cardigan is great for maternity wear as you can continue wearing it afterwards. These cardigans do not tie or button at the front, they just flow down your sides, hence being suitable for after pregnancy as well. They will also slim your torso by splitting it into 3 vertical stripes which will narrow the area.
During pregnancy, it becomes increasingly difficult to wear heels. Your legs may be swollen, your feet may have spread slightly and your centre of gravity will have changed due to the new weight that you are carrying on your front meaning that your balance can be affected. Flat shoes are definitely a must have and do not need to be boring. Choose styles with a bit of detail on them to glam up your outfit a bit.
You won't want to spend a fortune on clothes during your pregnancy so to stop yourself getting bored of the same old styles, buy plenty of cheaper accessories to change your outfits. Stores such as Primark sell very reasonably priced jewellery and scarves that can update and change the look of your outfits. Accessories are also items that will be worn long after your pregnancy has finished so will be a good investment for the future.
Tips for Dressing During Pregnancy
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