Style Tips For Expectant Mothers

Pregnancy fashion has changed a lot in recent years. Maternity no longer means wearing big, shapeless dresses and drab sweat pants. There are tons of flattering maternity styles to chose from, ranging from casual to red-carpet formal. So there is no reason to hide. Your pregnancy is a time to try on new styles and have fun with your wardrobe. Here are 7 easy style tips that’ll keep you looking great.

1. Bold Jewelry
Much of what constitutes maternity fashion involves tasteful, but simple outfits. Single colors and long planes are common in maternity dresses, for example. But rather than a handicap, this creates the perfect opportunity to accentuate your outfit with large, bold jewelry. If worn with an already-extravagant, a big diamond-studded necklace can be a bit much. Same goes for long, chandelier earrings. But the simple elegance of many maternity makes it easy to flaunt the bold jewelry.

2. The Empire Waist
Empire waist dresses were (and still are) all the rage among last year’s pregnant celebrities. The likes of Angelina Jolie and Jessica Alba attended film festivals and movie premiers looking regal and stylish. The empire waist dress has a seam right above the belly, just below the breasts. This gives your body shape and form, instead of hiding it under a plain, draping dress.

3. Stock up on Tees
It’s good to have fun with your pregnancy. Stock up on maternity t-shirts so you can stay comfortable while at home or out on a casual stroll. Choose stretchy fabric that will adjust to your changing shape. And feel free to combine tees with sport coats and jackets, to give your look an easy, semi-formal look when needed.

4. Show Some Skin
Since a lot of attention will automatically be steered towards your belly, take the opportunity to show off other parts of your body. The next time you go to a cocktail party, try out a backless dress, or a strapless one that shows-off your shoulders. Pregnancy usually also means an increased bust size: perfect time to wear an elegant, tasteful, low-cut gown to your next formal event.

5. Maternity Bras
Instead of buying the traditional, boring maternity bras, look for designer brands like Nearly Nude that specialize in maternity lingerie and underwear. Aside from the bedroom-wear, you’ll find special strapless bras designed to provide the extra support needed while still letting you wear those strapless dresses you know and love.

6. Floral Dresses
For spring and summer, there’s nothing better than light floral dresses. During pregnancy, especially, the colorful designs help to make your belly bump look flattering. Dresses with long flaring skirts and thin (or non-existent) shoulder straps are perfect for sunny days.

7. Maternity Jeans
You no longer have to be confined to sweat pants when want the mobility not afforded by dresses. There are plenty of maternity brands out there that offer jeans made especially to fit the disproportionate waistline you acquire during pregnancy.