Goals are good, especially when you are nearly 6 months pregnant with your first kiddo. Ever since I found out I was expecting one of my many, many goals was to continue to own my personal style. Dressing in a cute fit is something that has always made me feel good, and trust me when I say I can use anything that helps me feel good nowadays!
As my body continues to change, my style has shifted from my high waisted skinny jeans with a tight tee or crop, to slubby knit maxi skirts and flowy layering pieces. I am all about comfort these days, but I still want my style to feel relevant.
Around 13-14 weeks I stood in the closet thinking I could fit in my “I’m feeling fluffy today” jeans, and I found myself in tears seconds later. Many women have told me how they did “the rubberband trick”, where you put a rubberband on the button and pull it through the loop instead of buttoning/zipping up your jeans. Yeahhhhhh….that was NOT going to work for me considering I couldn’t even get my pants over my thighs. Needless to say I ordered maternity jeans the next day on ASOS, and let me tell you I don’t know that I’ll ever go back to regular jeans. These things are commmmfffyyyy!!!!
I am not sure why so many women refuse to buy maternity clothes. My sweet hubby treated me to a wardrobe update for my Birthday after my “nothing fits me and I don’t look pregnant, I just look fluffy” breakdown, but I was able to snag 11 great pieces that can be mixed and matched from ASOS maternity line, plus new shoes for around $250. I’d say I scored big! However, if you are a bargain shopper like me and would not drop $250 on maternity clothes unless someone is treating you, then I have a few tips for working with what you already own as you body changes.
Owing Your Style When Pregnant:
1. LAYER- I love a good maxi/midi dress. Amp up your style by layering a flowy tank or asymmetrical tee over your favorite maxi dress. If you’re super bumpin’ try tying your tee above your belly. As the weather starts cooling down layer a cropped sweater or hoodie over your dress. Go for a more cozy look and layer an oversized sweater over your dress. Don’t forget that vests and jackets make great layering pieces as well! Work with what you already have in your closet. Find pieces you own that are stretchy and flowy, that work with your body as it is now. Sometimes adding layering pieces can completely change a look. Many of my dresses have become too low cut for work since becoming pregnant, so adding a top over my dress resolves the too much cleavage issue.
2. KNOW YOUR PROPORTIONS – Our bodies are creating a beautiful miracle, which means our bodies are constanstly changing. Learn to accept and love your body in new ways. Want to show off the bump? Try sporting bodycon style dresses with a cute cardigan, denim jacket, leather jacket, vest, or kimono. If you’re like me and don’t quite have a large bump yet, but still want your clothing to look flattering choose a more flowy top with a tighter bottom. If you notice I paired a flowy tank with a sexy lace maxi skirt with a slit. I still was able to show off some skin while feeling confident. It’s all about finding tops that hit your waistline, well what waistline you have with your bump, in the right place. If tournament clothes are too flowy it could not accentuate your curves in the right way.
3. ACCESSORIZE- I am alllll about accessories. Whether it is a hat, necklace, earrings, or all of the above; accessories can take your basic T-shirt dress to the next level!