Let me start this off by stating the following fact: I am by no means a fashionista or a trend-setter!!!
That being said, when I first found out I was pregnant I made the following promise to myself: I would not, as they say, “let myself go.” I say that because while I may not be a fashionista, I do take pride in my appearance. So over the past few months as my body has continually transformed into a much more voluptuous shape, I, like millions of pregnant women around the world have had to learn how to dress for my new body type.
And while wearing yoga pants and a cute top may be appropriate for the weekends, dressing for work can be extra challenging!
Here are some suggestions I’ve learned along the way…
It’s all about Proportion
Whether you’re permitted to dress casually and wear jeans to work or if you’re required to dress up and wear suits to work, one of the most important things to keep in mind is Proportion.
The last thing you want to do while pregnant is to wear too much of the same thing. If you wear too many form fitting items, you run the risk of looking like a stuffed sausage. On the other hand, if you wear too many “flowy” items it can look like you rolled out of bed and accidently wore your bed sheet to work. The key is to mix it up – pair some form-fitting items with some “flowy” ones – the mix will help balance out your look.
My favorite look for work is the following: Skinny jeans paired with round-toe flats, a “flowy” top, and either a nicely structured blazer or a cardigan.
Invest in some Sexy Flats
I know, I know – “sexy” and “flats” aren’t two words typically associated with one another, but trust me – they exist. More importantly, trust me when I say that you’ll want to invest in some flats during Pregnancy. I think I hassled with heels for the first three or so months of my Pregnancy and after that (as my toes began looking like pigs in a blanket at the end of the day), I turned to flats. Let me tell you, I haven’t looked back since!
Flats have come a LONG way in the sexy department and I recommend selecting a variety to keep things interesting – round-toe; pointy-toe; boots; etc. – your feet will thank you!
My current favorites? My Over the Knee Double Buckle Cathy Jean boots – They’re comfy, cute and perfect for Fall!
If You Find Something you LOVE, Buy Multiples
At 28 weeks, I have gone shopping for Maternity clothes once…I took my Mom, told her we were on a mission to create a new wardrobe, and we were lucky enough to find everything at one store (thank you Motherhood Maternity!). I know this may not be typical for most pregnant women, but I went into the experience with the following thoughts:
- I would pick out an easy to mix/match color scheme (and it’s not boring – yes, I have my blacks and grays, but I selected plenty of pinks, blues and greens to mix things up!)
- I would select clothes that would allow for growth…and not ONLY in the belly region (ie –jeans made with a stretchy fabric so they’re totally fabulous on extra “puffy” days – LOVE these)
- And if I found something I loved, I would purchase multiples. Why struggle to find other items you love just as much? The multiples I selected include tops for layering and jeans.
Be Prepared for Temperature Changes
Being pregnant, my body temperature changes multiple times a day. After walking to work, I’m BOILING…but once I’ve settled into my morning, I freeze. Then as the day progresses (and as the temperature mysteriously changes…thank you hormones!), I go from being hot to cold…cold to hot. Wear layers, pack layers, and love layers – being comfortable at work is too important – you must be prepared!
Be Confident and Embrace the Bump
Last but not least, do your best to embrace Pregnancy and everything that goes along with it. Nothing goes further in the workplace (or beyond) than confidence. Love your bump, embrace your new curves, and know you’re a sexy, strong, beautiful pregnant woman – that confidence will take any outfit to the next level!