If you are newly pregnant, you might feel a little overwhelmed by everything you need just for yourself. Well, we've got five essential garments for a stylish 40 weeks.
If you are newly pregnant, you can feel a little overwhelmed by everything you need for baby and for yourself.
1. Jeans: Look for an adjustable waistband, stretch material and a flattering cut, such as a bootleg. This would be a good item to splurge on because you will probably wear these for a bit after the baby is born.
2. Cargo Pants: Pull on these lightweight, fashionable pants for everything from shopping to lounging. These pants look great with a fitted tee or an empire-waist top.
3. Skirt: Look for a skirt in a basic color (black or brown) with a lightweight material and a stretchy waistband.
4. Dress: A wrap jersey dress will look great on your pregnant body, and is a perfect look for a date night with your honey.
5. Tops: Pick up a figure-hugging top with a cute neckline to accentuate your bump. A flirty and feminine empire-waist shirt is also a great look, and you can never go wrong with a fitted tee.
An article from SHEKNOWS.COM.
Your baby certainly has plenty of gear. Now it’s your turn. Shower yourself with Mom-approved stuff that will make those first few postpartum weeks fly by.
You don’t have to get a whole new wardrobe during your pregnancy—just expand the one you have. Literally!
Keep it snug. "Don't be afraid to show off your baby bump in tops that are getting tight on you," says Susan Lazar, a maternity designer whose Egg Maternity and Egg Baby lines are sold in stores around the country. "Fitted clothes that highlight the silhouette are better than loose clothes—you look more sleek."
Love your leggings. "You can get away with a lot in a good pair of black leggings and a large sweater on top," says Lisa Steckler, a mom of three in Needham, Massachusetts. "They’re the most chic, and comfy, pregnancy pants." Pull on cute boots and you’re good to go.
Belt it out. "It looks chic to take a large t-shirt, cinch it above your bump with a belt, and wear an open cardigan over it," says Alexandra Suzanne Greenawalt, a New York City stylist who works on photo shoots for magazines like Elle and In Style. "You can basically belt anything that opens in the front, like a button-down shirt worn over a tank, for a more refined look."
Go for a belly band. This inexpensive, wide piece of elastic extends the life of your regular jeans and pants. As your stomach grows, you leave the button of your bottoms open and just slide the band over them to keep them in place. Way better than safety pins.
Think jackets. "For the office, I wear my large-size or maternity shirts layered under my usual jackets and cardigans," says Alice Chan, an expectant mom in Washington, D.C. "Of course, I can’t button them, but I look more professional than if I just wore the shirts by themselves."
Go sporty. Your bump isn’t the only thing that gets bigger during pregnancy. Give your growing (and growing) breasts extra support by wearing a sports bras instead of regular bras. Only you will know!
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From Everyday Family
Pregnancy is a time when you go through a wide range of changes. One of the most noticeable changes will be your figure. There is no avoiding it – you will get bigger. While it is hard to look “hot” when you are feeling like a blimp, choosing the right clothes and accessorizing can make you look sexy, instead of frumpy.
The days of blue, ugly, stretchable bands at the top of maternity jeans are long gone. Most maternity retailers offer a skin-colored, thin band that doesn’t leave a line across your tummy. There are also low-rise jeans, which are great for the very beginning of your pregnancy, as well as jeans that have side panels, which extend as you grow. Picking jeans that flatter your belly, butt, and legs, is important. Visit maternity stores that offer a belly pillow, to see how you will look as you get bigger.
Your shirt does not need to look like a circus tent, draping over your belly. Pick shirts that are stretchy and form-fitting to accentuate, not hide, your bump. If you are uncomfortable with the rolls you may have developed in your back and sides, chose fabrics that have ruffles or a bias cut to camouflage the flaws you see; you can also layer a cardigan or open sweater to cover your back and sides. Another side-effect of being pregnant is larger breasts. Choose a shirt that accentuates your new breasts, but make sure it doesn’t look like you are about to pop out of your top.
Wearing a dress while you are pregnant can make you feel pretty, and offers a light clothing choice during the hottest months. Make sure the dress still fits well in the front and back as you get bigger (the front may become shorter and unflattering). Empire waists are flattering on most pregnant women, because they fit tightly around the bust and flow out over the belly.
The great thing about accessories is that they can be used again, after you have had your baby. Choose scarfs, earrings, bracelets, and necklaces that make you feel good, and can mix with your pre-pregnancy wardrobe.
Some of your pre-pregnancy clothes may still fit while you are pregnant. In the beginning of your pregnancy, stretchy shirts and elastic waist skirts will likely still fit your growing bump. You can also add a belly band over your jeans and pants, to get more use out of them, until you can’t fit into them any longer.
It is important to remember that pregnancy is a time to embrace your new body, not hate it. You are not getting fat – you are growing a baby!