6 Tips to looking your best during pregnancy
Here are a few wardrobe staples to get you through your pregnancy.
1. Do buy the basics
Buy clothes that you can wear after you have given birth. You’ll get lots of wear out of stretchy vests, leggings, camisoles and cardigans. Fitted blazers with plenty of structure give you a defined silhouette, but allow room for your bump to grow. Stick to soft, stretchy and comfortable. Fabrics like lycra will fit you in the right places but remember to buy good quality lycra or cotton as these allow your skin to breathe.
2. Do invest in the right pair of jeans
Instead of buying jeans that are a few sizes larger than you're used to, rather buy a good pair of maternity jeans. They have a loose waist band and are extremely comfortable.
3. Don't raid your partners wardrobe
Your partner's extra-large shirts may be tempting (and are fine for wearing around the house) but they will make you look bigger than you actually are. Form-fitting tops o rpants are the best way to show off your pregnant figure by accentuating positive areas and highlighting the areas that haven’t swollen, like your arms or legs.
4. Do embrace empire waists
The empire-waist dress, (a favourite of Kate Middleton’s) is a great investment. It flows out over the tummy and is ultraflattering. Also try wrap dresses or tops. They are adjustable and suit most figures, during and after pregnancy. Choose items that are one solid colour to create a slimming look.
5. Don't skimp on underwear
Your bump isn't the only thing that is growing; it's likely your breasts are too. Getting a bra that fits properly can make you look slim and give you the support you need.
6. Do spoil yourself
Part of looking good is feeling good. If you feel disheartened about your changing body, book an appointment at the hairdresser or get a manicure to boost your confidence.