5 New Rules for Dressing Your Baby Bump
1. Don’t go overboard with the maternity stuff.
When I was pregnant the first time, I bought way too much. Now I realize I pretty much only need pants. I recently invested in two pairs of maternity jeans, since as I hit the second trimester, I started having trouble fitting into my regular pairs. I got a loose boyfriend cut to pair with casual tees and a super stretchy skinny style to wear with larger tops. Both are by Paige Denim ($189 to $239). I love them because they have subtle elastic inserts on the sides rather than a more obvious wide band that goes across your abdomen.
2. Invest in pieces you can wear now and later.
I like to shop for regular dresses, just in a larger size. The trick is to avoid pieces with a defined waist and to seek out stretchy knits and flowy fabrics. The dresses will be fitted while I'm pregnant, and after the baby is born, they'll look looser. In general, I prefer simple pieces in neutral solids because if I buy a dramatic dress, I can only wear it once or twice before I'm tired of it. I adore oversize white button-down shirts too—I probably have ten in my closet. They're non-maternity clothes that I can still pull off with a growing belly.
3. Know when to embrace the bump.
I've grown to love showing off my belly. Body-conscious dresses are my favorite way to do it. Sometimes I put a loose blazer over one; other times, I skip it and simply flaunt the bump. When I'm having pictures taken, I've learned it's always best to choose an outfit that hugs the body. That's true whether you're pregnant or not! If you go with an outfit that's flowy, you'll look bigger in the photo than you really are. Trust me.
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4. Have a go-to look for when you can’t deal.
When I'm sleep deprived, I always opt for a simple slip dress. But I add statement earrings or a bold cuff and a pop of color on the lips. Then I reach for a pair of slides (the ultimate lazy-girl shoes) or my white Nike Classic Cortez sneakers ($70), which go with literally everything. And I like to pull my hair back into a low pony. It gives me an instant face-lift!
5. Streamline your mornings by doing this one thing right now.
The other day I went through my closet and moved all the clothes I couldn't wear anymore into storage until after the baby is born. It took a while, but this extra step makes getting dressed every day so much easier. I no longer waste time in the morning trying to figure out what's going to fit because I know everything will work.
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Chriselle’s Postpartum Picks
- At the hospital: I was so happy I'd brought my own slippers and my plush Natori robe ($130). They made me feel more at home.
- For the ride home: I packed cute outfits for me and the baby to wear for photos, but I wound up not fitting into mine and just wore one of my maternity dresses instead. When it comes to packing your hospital bag, comfort comes first!
- When friends come to visit: While I was recovering at home, I lived in Splendid's dresses ($98 to $198). They're easy to wear, superchic, and great for breastfeeding.