Pregnancy Style Quotient Tips + Maternity fashion trends 2014•
Posted on June 14 2014
Being pregnant doesn't mean you can't keep up with the trends and feel fashionable. the key to dressing modern and sexy during pregnancy is to pick out the trends you like and adapt them to your new body.
Up Your Pregnancy Style Quotient - TIPS
Show Some Skin
For those of you who belong to the Wonderbra fan club, pregnancy offers the best chance you'll ever have to flaunt cleavage, so take advantage of this fortuitous occasion and wear scoop-neck T-shirts or sweaters.
If you enjoyed wearing skinny maternity jeans before you were an expecting mama, don't be afraid to don tight-fitting pants now just because you're pregnant. Many maternity lines are now making stretchy, super-comfy (and chic!) skinny jeans that will fit and flaunt your new curves.
Choose Snug over Bulky
Reaching for bigger clothes to hide your size sounds like a good idea, but it only contributes to a bulky look. Instead, slim down your silhouette and emphasize the features that aren't expanding with snug-sleeved tops, skinnier pants, and button-down shirts or blazers (from your prepregnancy wardrobe) left unbuttoned. Try knits that stretch to fit your form -- they're sexy and feminine. If all else fails, break out a crisp men's dress shirt and pair it with leggings or jeans and a fitted T-shirt or a stylish tank top underneath. This look is the perfect mix of sexy, modern, and classic style.
Go for Color!
Don't limit yourself to black and neutral tones -- color is an essential part of the modern maternity closet. You'll feel happier when you're wearing clothes that aren't drab. But, if you're really a color-phobe (or if you're feeling budget-conscious), just throw a bright sweater around your shoulders to complement an all-black evening maternity outfit.
Perk up a staid wardrobe with just a few decorative elements, such as ruffled trims or embroidered or beaded accents. Just be sure to stick with things that you'll be able to wear more than once without feeling too conspicuous.
Also see: Pilates and Pregnancy Tips
Maternity Style 2014: This Season's Hottest Trends
Now that June is getting well underway, we thought that it was about time to start getting excited about the fashion trends set to be big later this year! So without further ado, here are our top maternity fashion trends to watch out for in 2014:
Try Some Trimmings
One of the easiest ways to add dimension and flare to an otherwise simple ensemble is to put on your favorite accessories and jewelry. Try long, dangling earrings and necklaces to de-emphasize fullness in your face. Wear a patterned scarf in your hair, put a jeweled cuff on your wrist, or carry a chic handbag. Better yet, if you're not going to be on your feet all day, throw on some fun open-toe sandals or sling-backs. Sexy Pregnancy Belly Button Rings can instantly perk up practically any outfit.
Don't be afraid to color block this season. This BCBG short-sleeved boatneck color-block maternity T-Shirt and Suzi Chin sleeveless color-block maternity dress, are great pieces to add to your maternity wardrobe to get in on the trend. And the best part is, you can wear these closet additions even after baby's born -- just belt the shirt and wrap the dress a little tighter.
When it comes to prints, we like the motto, "Go big or go home." Find printed maternity dresses with big, bold prints like this Max & Cleo long-sleeved belted maternity dress. All eyes will be on you and your growing belly!
Who says you can't be hip? We love the maternity drop-back shirt and super-skinny Leigh jeans pictured here. Again, you can wear the top and bottom long after your little one arrives. Just cinch the waist postbaby
Showcase your baby bump using this black maternity tunic . It looks fab over black leggings or skinny maternity jeans. And if it's cold out, just add a printed scarf and a black blazer -- no need to button -- to keep yourself warm
When sporting a bump, don't shy away from showing your shape. Shifts are not just for flat tummies. These maternity tuck shift dresses are made especially for moms-to-be with a little ruching under the bust and over the bump
Yes, you can still rock a pencil skirt when you're pregnant. The trick is to find one that actually accommodates baby. Lucky for you, we did. Enter the overalls skirt . We dig the suspenders too!
Pulling off this season's hottest trends is all about the attitude. Give your bump "Flower Power" in this adorable striped tunic. Features a fun flower design on a two toned, beige, striped, scoop neck top with a sexy keyhole back. Smocked in the back so that you can wear this piece until delivery and as a transition piece after. Don't forget to accessorize with gold jewelry and a pair of kitten heels for a fabulously pulled-together look
In a frenzy of trying on, we found three different maternity looks -- Maternity Tees and Tops; work-worthy black maternity pants and a silk print maternity shirt; a versatile, colorful maternity dress -- totaling ~$515, with the $185 maternity jeans the big splurge.
There are always price/quality tradeoffs, but there are so many shopping options -- from Mommylicious Maternity -- that it's no longer difficult to put together a short-term wardrobe. Also Availaible: plus size maternity dresses
"It's worth having pieces that fit properly, feel good and are constructed of fabrics that will grow with you."
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