Here are my tips and looks for maternity style, items I pulled directly from the boutique!
If you're like me, you don't even want to LOOK at maternity clothes! Don't get me wrong, there are some exceptions, but I just don't like the majority of the ill-fitting, mu-mu shaped, ugly colored, sacks they call clothes.
This is my second pregnancy so I have an idea of what to expect. For my first pregnancy I did not buy any jeans, just the leggings that pull up and over, so high you could basically tuck them into your bra! I did buy a two tops that I saved for this go-around. We'll see how far I can get without submitting!
Basic style tips to always keep in mind since your mid-section will be growing!
- Create a V-Neck - do this with a v-neck top, or jackets that help elongate the chest and neck, jewelry is also a great way to give the same illusion.
- Create a waistline - do this by either belting, wearing tops and bottoms that meet at your narrowest point, or cardigans/jackets that have a hemline meeting your waistline.
- Mix and match textures, patterns, and colors - always create a balance. If you have a basic jean, dress it up with an accessory, or a fun top. A basic white tee can be paired with a patterned pant or skirt, if you pair it with a jean, then dress it up with a badass jacket, or an clutch, or fun shoe. For every two basic pieces, have one fun article!
No one is going to notice you're pregnant, you probably won't either. In fact you can fit into most of your regular clothes just fine. However, if you do feel like you could use some extra space, use the hair-tie trick and a camisole.
This is one of my go-to looks, a flowy dress that doesn't restrict or feel tight. I can go braless, and feel completely comfortable and free.
Here I started to get a little bump. I wasn't quite ready (or felt far enough along in my pregnancy to start showing off my belly) so I submitted and got myself some DL1961 maternity jeans (available under pre-order). I paired these with longer t-shirts, sweaters, hoodies, and flowy tops that hid my belly. And, avoided crop tops or short hemlines like the plague!
Enter the "cute pregnant" look! Feeling comfortable enough to show off ze-bump, I stuck to my jeans and fitted tees, sweaters, and cardigans.
For events I moved into my favorite maxi dress. An LBD with a deep side slit made with incredibly stretchy material that I know would look fantastic pregnant or not! Pair it with a moto jacket to give structure and shape to your shoulders and waistline, a fun heel or bootie, and bam.
Another idea is to size up in a skirt or high waisted trousers. Since both examples are louder, I paired them with a soft, basic sweater, and neutral boot.
Not here yet! But my plan remains the same, I'm determined ;)
What are your maternity hacks for not buying such clothes?!
All the best,
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