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What to Do When None of Your Clothes Fit

Caution! Fashion emergency ahead! You're about to enter a dreaded between-time of dressing for pregnancy: You're too big for your own clothes but not ready for maternity clothes. During the next few weeks, you may find yourself staring into your closet and scratching your head, wondering what to wear. That's no problem when you're hanging around at home in sweatpants and a T-shirt, but if you need to look good for work or social events, you'll have to find something else to wear.

Don't worry, this crisis won't last long. Before you know it, you'll be all decked out in maternity clothes. Until then consider these smart, transitional outfit ideas:

  • Buy a pair of pants and a skirt in the next size up. If you're a size 10, buy a 12. Because you'll be living in these clothes for a couple of weeks, choose a neutral color. That way you'll draw less attention to the fact that you're wearing the same skirt or slacks every day.
  • Wear loose tops that don't require tucking and sweaters that come to the hip. Draw attention away from your belly with a colorful scarf or trendy new necklace.
  • Dress in layers. Many women find that they feel warmer than usual during pregnancy. If you wear layers, you'll be able to peel off some of your clothing to cool yourself down.
  • Raid your partner's closet. He may have a shirt or sweater that's perfect for your new figure.
  • If you have to wear a skirt or dress, buy some maternity pantyhose. The tops are stretchy and will fit throughout your pregnancy.
  • Leave the belts in your closet. They'll squeeze your belly, and if you wear them with tucked-in tops, you'll draw attention to your thickening waistline.
  • Top off your outfit with a figure-hiding blazer or jacket.
  • Invest in a good pair of flat shoes. This is no time to be tottering around on high heels. Buy only a pair or two at this point because your feet may grow larger during your pregnancy.

Originally published in You & Your Baby: Pregnancy.

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