Pregnancy can affect the body in many different ways. This includes the way your pregnancy weight is distributed all over your body and the position of your baby bump. In this second part of the pregnancy fashion series, I will look at how to dress your growing bump whether you are carrying high, low, small or weight all over.
If you are carrying weight all over
During pregnancy, some women will only gain weight around their tummy, but most will find that the weight is distributed all over their body including their upper body, legs and face. Don’t be discouraged or put off from trying on clothes. Whether you’re tall, petite or plus-sized, the key is to select soft fabrics and flowy styles which will skim over your shape whilst accentuating your bump.
Begin with a soft knit or cotton dress with a hemline that falls around your knees. This fabric is form-fitting and skims over your bump but at the same time it is stretchy and allows you to move. The long cardigan is textured and allows you to wear an interesting print but also matches the length of the dress and keeps you looking long and lean. The wedges compliment the look.
Legging is great for pregnant women because they are elasticated and stretchy and come in soft cotton which will provide comfort as your bump continues to grow. Go for pregnancy leggings or an extra durable pair so that it’s not see-through. Dress up your leggings with a long tunic or flowy top which draws the eyes up whilst the dark leggings elongates your legs.
If you are carrying low
If you are carrying low, it means that your bump sits just above your hips. The most important thing will be to look for clothes that are elasticated and soft on your waistline. Tops and jackets that fall just below your bump will flatter your shape.
Jersey trousers with an elasticated waistband are really comfortable and easy to wear. Go for a pair with a tapered leg which looks smart. It can be worn with a range of different tops to take you to appointments or lunch. A neutral coloured top like grey, white or cream is great with a denim jacket and colourful scarf or you can wear a top in your favourite colour with some sandals and a hat for a casual day out.
A maxi dress is an easy, stylish piece to wear. Black is slimming and the print is delicate and doesn’t over power. The V-neck draws the eyes down and elongates the torso. The empire line is flattering and smooths over the bump. The dress can be dressed up with a blazer and heels or dressed down with flats and a cardigan. Accessorise with sparkly jewellery and a great clutch for an evening out.
If you’re carrying high
If your bump is high and sticking out, the goal is to opt for stretchy and flowy tops that flatter your tummy. With a high bump, you will need to separate bust and bump as they tend to blend together so tops with tie detailing under the bust, empire lines, high belts and colour blocking separates should help to achieve this.
Choose a high-waisted skirt in a comfortable stretchy fabric. You should opt for a top in a lighter colour such as blush or blue and tuck in your blouse so that it breaks up your bust and baby bump. Wear with a wrap cardigan, glam sandals and great statement jewellery.
A dress with an empire shape in a moveable fabric will work wonders. You can play with patterns and colours blocking so enjoy it. The wrap around clinches in to give you waist definition and the V-neck draws the eyes down and elongates the body. Complete the look with a cropped jacket, embellished sandals and a fab clutch.
If you’re small all over
Some petites and women with small frames may find that their bump isn’t prominent. If that is the case with you, you will find that you are able to wear your usual wardrobe a long time into your pregnancy. You can have fun with your maternity style and take more risk with patterns, prints and colours because your bump won’t affect your style choices as much.
Go for a fitted dress in a fun print. The open neck accentuates your bust and elongates your body. The fabric is floaty and comfortable and the wrap around detail clinches in to highlight your small bump. Style your dress with a cool jacket and finish with colourful accessories.
If you are carrying small, you can get away with a pair of skinnies which will accentuate your legs. Maternity jeans are a great option as they have a sewn in elasticated waist or you can opt for boyfriend jeans if you want something with some extra room. Style with a flowy cardigan and clinch in at the waist with a belt.
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