Pregnancy fashion has been changing over the years, with designers, models, and celebrities turning pregnancy into a style statement. During the Etam Womenswear Spring/Summer 2023 fashion show, for example, French model Constance Jablonski rocked lingerie at eight months pregnant. Moreover, in 2022, Lyst, a fashion app, reported that searches for maternity crop tops increased by 51% after Rihanna unveiled her pregnancy. The app also revealed that low-rise baggy jeans, which is a favorite of pregnant women, sold twice as fast than other types of denim jeans, and demand for rose belts jumped 70%, according to a report by Fashionista.
Some top models have also proudly displayed their growing bellies while participating in fashion shows. Ashley Graham, Gigi Hadid, Nicole English Williams, and Adriana Lima have walked the runway while showing their bump in stylish outfits. With that said, modern moms-to-be don’t have to trade their sense of fashion for their adorable baby bump. This means your maternity wardrobe can be fashionable as your baby bump grows. If you’ve been looking for ways to change your style during pregnancy, here are a few fashion tips for the stylish mom-to-be.
Shop for Figure-Hugging Clothes
When shopping for maternity outfits, comfort matters, but don’t sacrifice style. With this in mind, choose seductive figure-hugging clothes like Ashley Graham. Throughout her pregnancy, Ashley showcased confidence in her maternity wardrobe without changing her style by wearing ultra-flattering dresses. You can do the same by wearing bodycon dresses, jumpsuits, and tops.
These flattering clothes let you show off your baby bump while ensuring you feel comfortable. Try adding a turtleneck underneath or layer on a cardigan, an oversized men’s button down, or a cozy jacket for coverage and extra warmth. When choosing figure-hugging maternity outfits, opt for fabrics that offer support and comfort, like cotton, bamboo, or modal.
Think Oversized and Slouchy
Loose fitting dresses and slouchy knits are must-have outfits for moms-to-be, as they look cool and offer comfort. Like supermodels, go for oversized dresses and slouchy knit sweaters with shoulders that sit on your frame perfectly. While maxi-length dresses look appealing, try mini dresses for a change of style. Make sure your pieces provide enough space for your growing bump.
Remember, loose fitting dresses are not only essential during pregnancy. You’ll need to pack one or two easy dresses in your hospital bag as they offer comfort and give healthcare professional access during labor and childbirth. Other clothing items to pack in your hospital bag are nursing bras, soft pajamas, nursing gown, and button-up shirt. You can shop for these attires early in advance or two months before labor.
Go for Crop Tops
Showing off your bump like supermodel Adriana Lima did on the runway in Los Angeles is possible. But instead of wearing a cut out dress, show off your growing bump in a stylish way like Rihanna with a crop top. Crop tops are versatile fashion pieces that help you maintain a sexy look. To enhance your style, pair crop tops with a comfortable stretchy skirt or pants, and layer with a denim jacket or blazer for maximum comfort and warmth. During the warm weather, layering a sheer fabric top or tunic over a crop top can help cover your bump if you don’t want to expose it too much.
Pregnancy doesn’t mean you should opt for boring clothing. Instead of the regular maternity gown, choose model-inspired fashion pieces, like figure-hugging dresses, jumpsuits, and tops. Then layer with a cardigan, jacket, or oversized men’s button down. Opt for crop tops, loose fitting dresses, t-shirts, and slouchy knits.