Pregnancy Chic

Readers, please welcome my dear friend Deborah Hill to the blog.  Deborah is one of the most fashionable persons you’ll meet.  To top it off, she also manages to look chic even while pregnant.  I asked her how she does it?  Here’s what she had to say.

Dressing chic during pregnancy is very easy, actually.  The key is to NOT dress like you’re pregnant.  In other words, dress your normal style in an accommodating size.  If you do not normally wear mumu dresses or baby doll tops, pregnancy is not the time to experiment with those looks.  They may result in a much frumpier look than you intended.  If your casual style is t-shirt and jeans, then look for the same, in larger or maternity sizes that will fit your growing belly. Preferably, look for a t-shirt that is generous in the belly but close fitting everywhere else rather than one that has elastic or tie strings in the back with a swing hem. That could result in a tent like silhouette, shortening and widening your frame.

For a dressier look, black is very flattering.  A simple black top and black pants/leggings/skirt can be the base of many outfits by alternating jackets that you already own.  Wear your jackets over the basic black column you have created, although the jacket may no longer button or zip.  Wear it open as a great statement piece and it will slenderize your frame.  If you worry about being cold because the jacket doesn’t close in the front, wrap yourself in a pretty, colorful scarf to fill the open area.  This look will be much more flattering than a maternity coat, which could make your frame look bigger all around.

Although it sounds logical to think that you “could” wear some of your maternity clothes after the pregnancy, it’s not likely that you will.  So, don’t invest too much in a maternity wardrobe.  High heels are generally not recommended for pregnant women (although some women continue to wear them) because your growing belly alters your center of gravity, and it could be dangerous if you become off balance.  Therefore, a really great pair of comfortable flats with a feminine flair that can be dressed down or up will be well worth the investment!

Choose your maternity pieces wisely.  Comfort is key!  If you can attain comfort AND look chic by following these simple guidelines, you will feel confident in your style.  That feeling is priceless.

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