This might be a tough Fashion Friday topic for me to tackle. Yes, I’m the resident fashionista here at 2BD, but I’ve certainly not dressed for a pregnancy yet. There’s a time in our lives where those motherly instincts kick in and a baby bump becomes the most desirable fashion accessory. I don’t know how it happens but it DEFINITELY happens.
But, for those out there who have actually carried a child, the consensus is more often than not that it can be impossible to dress fashionable, feel good about your body and be comfortable in the clothes you’re wearing during the wild ride of pregnancy. A high school girlfriend of mine who I adore dearly is A) the cutest pregnant person in the world and B) facing this exact dilemma right now.
So, boom! Here we are with a pregnancy edition of Fashion Friday. And of course I called in the help of some very fashionable mama’s to make up for what I lack in pregnancy fashion experience. Shout out to Jenna and Darcy for the A+ advice below. Let’s see how we can make these pregnant gals feel good AF.
Don’t get sucked into paying for big-name maternity brands
Advice from Darcy, mom of three (girls!):
Maternity clothes are expensive, but you don’t need to spend a small fortune to look fashionable and cute. I found Pea and the Pod and Motherhood to be so expensive, so I never shopped there. Instead I’d shop the clearance rack in Target’s maternity section and would mix and match to find cute stuff. I’d also recommend Ann Taylor Loft, and Gap and Old Navy maternity sections.
Side note: Lauren Conrad also recently launched a maternity line at Kohl’s that is worth checking out
But, do invest in a good pair of maternity jeans
Looking past the sticker shock will go a long way when it comes to finding a stellar pair of jeans that will carry you through to full term. PAIGE brand jeans come highly recommended from a very fashionable Capital Region mama, and can be found in stores or online at Nordstrom.
The pair above, being a skinny jean, is flattering for the legs and can lengthen the lower half of your body past the baby bump. They’re stretchy and sophisticated with a dark indigo wash that’ll transition well between whatever season you’re growing through. Make sure you grab a light wash pair, too, for a lighter, daytime look.
Keep accessories top of mind
Though your body is changing, like, daily, you will never have to deprive yourself from accessory shopping while pregnant. Since you’ll likely be wearing a lot of solid colors, less prints and repeating outfits more frequently than usual, stock up on earrings, scarves, necklaces and bracelets to add pops of color. This way, you’re differentiating between looks even when the clothing might start to look the same.
Shoes count as accessories, too
Before that belly gets too big, ya gotta enjoy being able to look down and realize you are still rocking some super cool shoes. Everything in moderation, obviously –because you don’t want to tire yourself from walking around in crazy heels just for the sake of fashion. BUT there’s a lot of shoe styles that will last you through pregnancy: booties can be worn with a maxi dress as you ease into fall, and if you need slip-ons, try a mule which is super in right now anyways.
I also love the idea of a really comfortable, chic sneaker that’ll get you through the days of errands and baby room prep. This Michael Kors pair below even has a little built in elevation to really help step up the athleisure look.
Have a go-to, reliable look
I had to consult the mom’s on this one and I loved their answers.
Part I: Grab an LBD (little black dress)
Even if you don’t have somewhere to go, some event –a gala, funeral, etc. is bound to come up during your pregnancy. You don’t want to be running around looking for a formal-ish black dress that is perfect for the exact occasion, so have one at the ready and save yourself the freakout. –Darcy
Side note: ASOS maternity is supposed to be awesome (and affordable)
Part II: The easy, out the door outfit that always works
My go-to was black skinny maternity pants, a long sleeve shirt or sweater, a cute vest (fur in the winter, obviously) with some cool kicks. -Jenna
Most importantly, try your best to dress your best
You’re pregnant, not a college student cramming for finals. The mom’s I reached out to couldn’t stress enough that you need to suck it up and make yourself feel good when you walk out the door, no matter how your body is feeling or treating you. They say as often as possible, ditch the yoga pants and crewneck sweatshirt, and still be yourself in the style choices you make.
And when you’re really not up for it, treat yourself to a manicure/pedicure to add a little glam and an hour of relaxation into your routine.
And MY final tip is to use your resources to get inspired. My favorite shopping inspo app, liketoknow.it has a pregnancy fashion hashtag, #LTKBump. Check out the posts that fall into that category and browse tons of beautiful moms-to-be posting where they purchased all of their adorable pregnancy attire.
You’ll have ideas for new places to shop and outfits to put together that make you feel stylin’ while your body is doing the coolest thing humanly possible. You go, girls!
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