Fashion Tips: Looking Great During Pregnancy

November 17, 2011

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When you are newly expecting and starting to contemplate what you will look like in maternity clothes, you’ll inevitably start seeing heavily pregnant women in dungarees, duck-patterned huge shirts, and unflattering training pants all around. Does pregnancy mean that you are convicted to looking ridiculous as soon as you start “showing”? Will you have to say goodbye to your fashion sense and accept your destiny of looking horrible? Not at all! You may have to be a bit more creative to look great in pregnancy, though.

Here are five tips that will help you get through your pregnancy fashionably.

1. Waist-expanders and belly bands are great!
In the early stages of pregnancy, and perhaps even beyond, waist-expanders are your friend. They will allow you to keep wearing your pre-pregnancy clothes much longer. Once your shirts are getting too short, another great accessory is the belly band. They come in many different colors and with prints as well, and they allow you to wear your regular shirts without having a bare belly. You can wear them under or over shirts.

2. Invest in fewer quality pieces
Maternity clothes can be very nice, but the more high-end items tend to be pricey. Remember that pregnancy only lasts nine months, and that you will be wearing maternity clothes of less than that. You can get away with having three pants, a skirt, a dress, five shirts and jacket or two just fine, as long as the clothes you have are nice and of good quality.

3. Buy online
Online maternity stores offer a lot more variety. Whether you are after a gothic look or need professional maternity wear for at work, you will find it online, and for less money than in maternity boutiques. Online discussion forums for pregnant women often have great tips about online shops for maternity wear.

4. Tunics and A-line dresses can be your new best friends
Some of the non-maternity tunics and short, A-line dresses that I bought during my last pregnancy three years ago are still favorites in my wardrobe. These flexible pieces can help you look great while you are suffering from pregnancy signs  and symptoms, and will even hide your postpartum belly after you give birth. You can wear short dresses with pants while you are expecting, and return them to regular dress duty once you give birth.

5. Accessorize
Are you a shopaholic? You may be better off investing money in great accessories that you will be able to use after pregnancy too, while keeping your maternity wardrobe relatively simple. Bags, scarves, and shoes, won’t be too big for you once you have your baby. Mind you, some women actually go up one shoe size after a pregnancy, so that is something you should keep in mind.

Guest Post by Olivia who blogs about fertility, pregnancy and babies at Trying To Conceive. For a look into the future, you may like to start researching weight loss after pregnancy.

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