Pregnancy only lasts for nine months. You’ll be counting less than that when you actually have the big belly. But just because it’s just a short phase doesn’t mean you should throw your sense of style out the window. Yes, you can be pregnant and still look like you until your baby is out.
And you can achieve it without dashing to the mall and burn your cash. After tackling the basics of maternity fashion last week, with your bra and maternity waistband extenders ready, it’s time to take another look in your closet.
Don’t worry, you won’t have to settle with dresses or living in your leggings the whole time. (Unless you’re totally fine and comfortable with it!). But you can actually jazz up your maternity fashion game with these clothes that are just waiting to be picked up in your wardrobe.
Find any of these items in your closet, mix and match them up, and you can save your money for much-needed baby gears later.
Because they have enough room to make the tummy and pelvis breathe, dresses — like maxis and jersey dresses — are the first clothing item we instinctively go for. But when pregnant bellies really start to show, you’ll notice that not all types of dresses are appropriate for maternity wear. You’ll soon realise that clothes with a lot of zippers won’t fit comfortably, so you better look out for the ones that have gartered waistlines or wrap-around dresses. They can adjust to your growing waistline like magic.
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They may be outdated, but they’re the most comfortable clothing staple you probably already owned. They can hug your lower belly comfortably and they can go with almost anything — dresses or shirts.
If you find leggings too basic, palazzo pants are perfect for you! These trousers are cut with a loose, extremely wide leg that flares out from the waist. With gartered waistlines, they can be very comfortable and easy to move around. Just pair it up with a nice blazer and you can take it from the mall to meeting in no time.
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Just because your waistline is missing doesn’t mean you can stop wearing skirts. Just get creative. Wear your pencil skirts high up to your waist and add a belt to give yourself a waist again. It’s a maternity look you don’t see too often.
Their loose cuts make it hard for women to resist. Wear it on its own (yes, like a dress) or use it to layer a fitted tank top, you’ll definitely have fun playing it up.
Cardigans, Blazers, and Jackets
Maternity fashion doesn’t have to make you look dressed down. Take your go-to outfits (mine would be figure-hugging midi dress that shows up my baby bump) up a notch and pair them with a flowy floral cardigan, a denim jacket, or an 80s style jacket with rolled up sleeves to expose the wrists.