There’s a lot to wrap your head around being a new mom besides being overwhelmed with joy! You’ll experience many changes to your body during the next nine months of your pregnancy, which your current wardrobe may not be equipped for. There will be a select few of your favourites which you can pull off so long as your baby bump is small. But now could be the right time for you to invest in a couple of maternity essentials which can be repurposed after the baby arrives.
There are plenty of maternity styles to choose from so keeping it consistent with a cut or silhouette that works for you can help simplify your maternity style approach. Finding the essential items to sustain your changing body will ensure you won’t outgrow them, saving you time and money. These items can be worn on rotation during your pregnancy so feeling good about how you look will help you tackle your day.
A classic style to wear during any stage of your pregnancy is a wrap dress. It ties at the narrowest point on your torso and falls freely over your bump for maximum comfort.
Gathers and ruching details at the waistline can help to minimalise your bump if it’s still top secret. Once the baby arrives, expect to keep wearing the stylish dress as it’ll fit snug around your waist with a simple tie or belt. It’s also a great piece to wear for easy nursing. Throw over an open blazer or trench coat to complete your laid back mum-look.
Trousers with a flexible elastic waistband is a must have in your wardrobe as they’re designed to grow with you. A timeless colour like black can easily be dressed up with a loose sweater or knit cardigan. You’ll initially wear them at the waist but as you head into your second and third trimester, it will sit comfortably under the belly. The best thing about them is you can continue wearing them postpartum. The same applies for a great pair of maternity leggings and elastic-waist skirts that you might already have in your existing wardrobe.
Wearing blouses, tunics and button-down shirt dresses that drape over and away from your tummy are extremely flattering.
Look out for empire lines, gathers and ruching details that fit and conceal in the right areas. Looser silhouettes can be cinched at the waist with a belt for a slight definition. You want to avoid wearing oversized clothing from head to toe as it only adds more volume to your figure. Instead of sweatpants or wide-legged trousers, pair a floaty v-neck top with leggings, tailored trousers or a pair of slim fit maternity jeans to elongate the body.
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