Saturday, February 6

Pregnant Chic

No no no... I know what you are thinking. I'm not pregnant. My sister and best friend are though and I received a special request for dressing pregnant chic on a budget.

First of all, just say no to oversize shirts. gross. There are (apparently) tons of clothes out there made just for those expecting. In general, you should follow the rules that apply to your prepregnant body. However, there are some tricks that are super  flattering with a baby bump.

Create a Waist:
In general, you should always accentuate the smallest part of your body, for those of us not expecting that is our waist. When pregnant though that is more often just below the chest and above the baby bump. Look for shirts and dresses with an empire waist,  but that don't flow too far away from the body. The key is structure. Shirts that are too big and flowy will only make you look bigger. Pieces that have some stretch, or even tie in the back will grow with you.

1. Gathered V-Neck Top, Walmart $12.00
2. Crossover Wrap Dress, Gap $59.50

Go Monochromatic:
That doesn't mean you have to wear all black if you don't want to, but mixing blacks and greys is always flattering. Not to mention wearing darker colors on top is instantly slimming.

Layer it:
Pairing basic fitted tees and tanks with cardigans that hit around your hips is a great casual look that will not add bulk.

Love this Belted Boyfriend Cardigan: Old Navy, $19.99! with a tee.

Say Yes to Denim:
Don't give up on your bottom half. Wear jeans that resemble the cuts you already do. Just because your tummy is getting bigger doesn't mean the leg of your pants have too. I live trouser cuts, or even straight leg to create a narrowness. Go baggy only if it something you could pull off pre-pregnancy.

Old Navy Boot-Cut Jeans, $25----->

You can still do it! And its easier and cheaper then buying tons of new clothes. Throw on a scarf or a chunky necklace. Have some fun.

Where to Shop:
Most stores now have some kind of maternity section, if not in the actual store, online. Invest in pieces that have the potential to last the entire pregnancy, and beyond. But don't waste too much money on trendy items.

The best bet for deals looks like Old Navy, Target, and Walmart. However never underestimate the power of the sales sections at places like Gap, Pea in the Pod, and Motherhood.

Finally, for more inspiration check out Pregnancy Fashion at

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