Historically, being pregnant meant that you had to forego any sort of style in favour of more belly-forgiving items. Hollywood made the pregnant tummy a stylish accessory, and the fashion followed suit. Embrace your changing body and step into style with these handy tips:
Seek out the following basics and build your pregnancy wardrobe around these pieces:
Pregnancy bootleg jeans and black trousers â?? they can be worn with most items
Wrap jersey dresses and empire blouses â?? They will take you from early stages of pregnancy right up to the end
Another pregnancy wardrobe staple is a skirt in a neutral colour made of stretchy fabric with an adjustable waistband.
Spend some time looking for a Little Black Dress that will adapt to your growing belly â?? you should be able to wear it throughout your pregnancy and you wonâ??t have to decline party invites claiming â??But I have nothing to wear!â?
Pregnancy offers you the best time to flaunt your cleavage so take advantage of this time and wear scoop neck t-shirts and sweaters
No need to pack away your jackets â?? wear them for as long as you can by simply leaving them unbuttoned
Shoes: ballet flats and bejewelled sandals are great. For a little height, try chunky wedges. Kitten heels and stilettos wonâ??t give you the proper stability you need, and will make your ankles and calves look bigger than they actually are
A great bra will also stand you in good stead â?? good for your bust and silhouette.
Pippa Lynch Tip: Choose knits or woven fabrics with Lycra â?? they will stretch along with your growing belly.
Some pregnancy fashion mistakes that many women make:
Buying a non-maternity item in a bigger size: this will only gap and sag in all the wrong places and make you look bigger than you actually are.
Wearing their husbands t-shirts and shorts: this will hide your silhouette and lead people to think you are fat rather than pregnant â?? embrace your new curves!
Playing it safe with dark or neutral colours: Wearing lacklustre colours could leave you feeling drab – use a little colour to spice up your wardrobe
In Plus-size pregnancies: Choosing smaller accessories to look smaller: Accessories during this time should be larger or they will get lost. Opt for dramatic scarves, jewellery and bags
Breaking up the pregnant figure with too many colours â?? Doing this will make you look rotund and overweight
The following boutiques offer a wide range of stylish pregnancy items:
• The Space
• Glow Maternity Wear
Pippa Lynch Tip: Maintain your haircuts and self-indulgent treatments â?? what good is a fabulous pregnancy wardrobe if your hair, skin and nails donâ??t look healthy?