Pregnancy Style by Andrea Howe

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Today I have one of the cutest Momma's around taking over my blog and I could not be more excited about it!

Hi Delighted Momma readers, I'm Andrea from For the Love Of, and I'm so happy to be here guest posting for Lindsay so that she can get some nesting done before baby Ronin arrives. Thank you Lindsay for having me today!

Today I wanted to share a few pregnancy styling tips that have been crucial for me this time around. Since it's my 3rd and final pregnancy, I really wanted to enjoy it and even treat myself a bit, which means not sacrificing style for comfort, but figuring out how to combine both. I'm passionate about style, after all I made it my career for over 13 years, and think that at no other time does the saying "look good, feel good", ring more true as it does when you're pregnant. Here are my top 5 tips for maintaining your personal style, even during pregnancy.

Elastic Waists - I hate maternity jeans and pants. There, I said it. I think they're all uncomfortable, whether you buy the Target pair or the designer pair. The waistbands are either too short so you're constantly pulling your pants up, or they're too high and you have to stretch that ridiculously huge belly panel over your belly, which is just sort of a humiliating feeling. Since they are a necessary evil, I only wear 1 or 2 pair when I absolutely have to wear pants, and then opt in for non maternity pants, shorts and skirts that have an elastic waist. They ride and sit low, under the belly, but I just make sure to wear tops that are long enough to cover the bump and I'm good to go.

(elastic waist shorts from Target with Gap Maternity tank top)

Empire Waist Dresses - For the most part my upper body doesn't change in size much when I'm pregnant; it's the bottom half that experiences the most change. Because of this, I'm usually able to continue to fit into non-maternity dresses and tops that have an empire waist. The empire waist sits right above the belly and allows for ample room. Best part is I can stretch my wardrobe since I can continue to wear items like this in my closet, and I can buy a cute non maternity dress when I'm pregnant, knowing I'll continue to get use out of it after the baby is born.

(this dress was a recent purchase from Forever 21; it's flowy silhouette fits perfectly over my bump)

Layering Pieces - Whenever I'm feeling a bit frumpy I've noticed that adding a layering piece, such as a blazer or sweater from my existing closet, makes me feel pulled together and also ties me back into my old body and the body I'll hopefully go back to. It reminds me that my body will only be this way for a short time and that I can still enjoy pieces from my old body just the same. If anything this trick is more of a morale booster and helps me treasure this time in my life that much more.

(this mint cotton blazer from Zara has been my favorite purchase during this pregnancy and I've worn it more times than I can count, and will continue to wear it after the baby is born)

Accessories - When in doubt, just add an accessory or two to help get you out of a pregnancy styling slump. I always keep it simple by adding a statement necklace or a bunch of bracelets, since after all I've still got young children to care for. But nothing adds instant style to an outfit than a sweet pair of earrings or a perfect necklace.

(this bright jade statement necklace was a recent DIY, set against an ASOS maternity dress, it's hard not to feel good wearing so many cheerful colors!)

Know Your Resources - The last time I was pregnant 5 years ago maternity ware looked a lot different. Places like Pea In the Pod, Baby Style and Japanese Weekend were about the only places you could hope to find anything remotely stylish, but everything was a fortune! Now though, there are so many other options for maternity style including online resources like TopShop and ASOS. Prices are way affordable and the styles are current and pretty. I love having many different options to find cute and affordable maternity clothes, so do a little research and don't feel like you have to settle with the boring standard maternity shops.

I hope you've found these tips useful and true, and please share any other tips you may have! I always love to hear what other women find useful in helping them feel good. Thanks again for having me!


christina said...

I could not agree more! especially about the fit and feel of maternity pants :)

Krysta said...

Great tips even if you are not pregnant! You are super cute by the way. Off to check out your blog.

Shana said...

oh I am not a fan of the under belly pants at all! I am constantly pulling them up and worrying about my bottam hanging out. I love an under belly skirt though..weird how they fit better for me then the pants. Who knows! I too love throwing a blazer over maternity outfits to make it feel more like me :) That mint one is a stunner!

Erica said...

although i'm not (yet) pregnant, this post was super helpful! and i am SO glad that i found andrea's blog...she is SO stunning!!! love love love!

Alexa said...

Such great pregnancy tips. Love the use of maxi dresses and skirts while pregnant! :)

Lindsay said...

Such awesome tips--some will even work for non-pregnant women! Thanks for sharing!

Considerations said...

Great tips, thank you for sharing and congrats on Baby #3, you are a beautiful mommy!

Four Flights said...

Thanks so much everyone :) Glad you found the tips helpful!

jamessmith said...

You are pretty and your tips are very helpful

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I enjoyed reading and even took some notes!..;-) Thanks.
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Lisa said...

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Jane said...

I could not agree more! especially about the fit and feel of maternity pants :)
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