5. Achieving Shape
Women who are both plus-size and pregnant agree that it can be difficult to find clothes that give shape instead of looking boxy, blousy, or frumpy. "V-neck sweaters or tops are a wonderful way to create the illusion of a longer neck," Kelly remarks in his Post-Intelligencer article. "Empire-waisted tops, faux wrap sweaters, and baby-doll blouses happen to look good when you are pregnant," Matthias suggests. She also encourages women who are plus-size and pregnant to embrace dresses because they come in all styles, shapes, fabrics, and colors. In support of Matthias' advice, Cole writes, "There is a growing trend to celebrate the beauty of a woman's body during her pregnancy, so the new rules are that fitted tops and dresses are in."