A read for Mums to be…. How to dress Bump Style – Maternity Fashion Tips!
I love inspiring people through their image and style, and I believe that for Mums to be a growing bump can be a time for you to embrace your body change in a new way.
Maternity Fashion: Your Pregnancy Style!
Sometimes we don’t know how our body is going to mould to pregnancy and it doesn’t stop there. It will change many times throughout pregnancy and post pregnancy. First thing to remember is that it’s great to maximise your current wardrobe for as long as you can and as your bump grows start emphasising your best assets.
Some things to ponder over :
- Embrace colour, the key is to wearing the right colours for you.
- Try layering pieces with your bump. It’s both comfortable and flattering.
- A lot of non-maternity dresses work well if they have a higher waistline.
- Bold prints which can be both fun and make your bump appear smaller as it distracts the eye.
- A slimming black dress is a must-have, try with a coloured knit.
- Stretchy pencil skirts can be paired with a classic blouse and nude heel to elongate your legs.
- Bold jewellery creates balance.
- Splurge on accessories – you can wear them after baby arrives, try hats for a little fun.
- Stripes look extra-cute on Mums to be.
- A couple of lightweight, flowing maternity dresses in natural fabrics and neutrals, these will likely be your warm weather favourites. Wear these items dressed up with a wedge and accessories or dressed down with a sunhat and sandal. Try a bright scarf above your bump for instant pretty.
- Maxi dresses : this is an item you may not need to buy in the maternity department just find one in a forgiving fabric.
Everyday key pieces;
You can never go wrong with 1 or 2 pairs of dark, stretchy leggings. Comfortable on your most bloated days, they can also give a streamline look when tucked into boots. While there are special “maternity” leggings on the market, many Mums say there’s really no need. When your bump is big, just slouch the waistband below for more comfort.
These can be pretty fabulous. Many stop at mid thigh, but it depends on your height. These hide and flatter a multitude of body issues and bumps, but often have lovely, slimming details like bracelet-length sleeves, wear with leggings or over skinny jeans which is still stylish now and will continue. After baby, you’ll appreciate the extra room.
Dark, stretchy “skinny Jeans”:
Skinny jeans simply means a slim, curve-hugging fit that gives a smooth elongated look. Darker denim is universally flattering and, you can dress it up or down with flats, heels, or knee-high boots. Look for a pair with at least 2 percent Lycra or other stretchy material so it can withstand the growth spurt ahead, as well as spring back once you’re in the “fourth trimester” and beyond.
Fold-over yoga pants:
If you are still going to the gym these will be your staple, perfect also for walking or for a casual get together. Find a pair with a wide fold-over waistband, which allows you to either fold it down beneath your belly or extend it up over your bump, when the extra cradling of your belly might feel nice.
Long Tank Top:
You can never have enough of these staples, but when seeking a tank with staying power and the ability to make the most of your figure, do consider investing in the best one you can find. Look for stretchy microfiber blends, ruching on the sides, and thick straps that can hide a bra (regular or nursing) and accommodate the ebb and flow of your chest. Subtle ruching will give you shape during the first trimester, then whittle your middle after delivery. Wear under everything or alone.
Unstructured, chunky cardigan:
While the classic cardigan will never go out of style, a more unstructured option gives you more flexibility when you’re expecting. No buttons to fuss with or strain against, no tissue-thin material revealing more ripples than you’d like. Instead, an unstructured cardigan – perhaps with a simple one-button closure near the neckline – allows you to wear it open or closed. You’re left with a slouchy, casual elegance that can work season after season. A thicker knit can do double duty as a light coat in spring or autumn.
Embrace this precious time in your lives !
Yours in Style
Johanna-May Manks xx