A growing belly doesn't mean you have to transform your entire wardrobe or dread looking at your closet. With these simple tips from Darcy Camden, Seattle's personal wardrobe stylist and owner Styled Seattle, it's possible to be comfortable AND stylish during your pregnancy!
1. Shop as you grow.
Don't rush out and buy a ton of maternity clothes in your first trimester. It's nearly impossible to predict what you will need and want to wear, especially considering your pregnancy will span multiple seasons and temperatures. Pick up a few new pieces every month to avoid buying a bunch of clothing you don't need.
2. Repeat, Repeat, Repeat!
Don't worry about repeating outfits frequently. Pregnancy is such a temporary state, you don't need to invest in a huge new wardrobe that you will only wear for a few months. Instead, get a few great things and proudly wear them over and over.
3. Experiment with color.
Resist the urge to drape yourself in black and gray. Experiment with bright, bold colors and look for hues that you might not normally choose. Wearing colors you've never worn before is a great way to celebrate your pregnancy.
4. Mix and match.
Your pregnancy wardrobe can be a mix of maternity and non-maternity clothes. You may be surprised how well certain on trend items from your favorite stores fit over your growing belly.
5. Stay true to your style.
Even though you're pregnant, you're still YOU. If you loved skinny jeans and fitted tops before you became pregnant, don't be afraid to rock similar styles throughout your pregnancy.
A good nursing bra will provide comfort and support before and after your baby is born. Mama Spanx or other maternity shapers will lift and smooth your bump, they are great under dresses and tunics.
1-2 pairs of basic maternity jeans will get you through your pregnancy. Avoid stretching out your favorite pre-pregnancy jeans; pack them away for now, you'll be back in them before you know it!
Leggings. Black leggings are comfortable and stylish under tunics and shorter dresses. You'll need a little extra coverage on your legs when bending over becomes a challenge in your third trimester.
Your favorite heels or high boots might seem impossibly uncomfortable or even dangerous during your pregnancy. Make sure to have a pair of flats or wedges to avoid discomfort.
A great dress.
Inevitably, an event or two will come up during your pregnancy, and you'll want to look and feel your best. Take the time to find something you love and have fun dressing up your bump (and take lots of pictures so you can document your "glow").
Fitted tanks and t-shirts.
Stock up on pregnancy staples like tanks and t-shirts. Look for fitted options and wear them alone or layered under sweaters and jackets.
Jewelry and other accessories like scarves can add flair to your pregnancy wardrobe. You can change the look of an outfit simply by changing your accessories (so no one will notice you're wearing the same shirt twice in one week).
Darcy Camden is Seattle's top personal wardrobe stylist and owner of Styled Seattle. Catch her regularly on Q73 Fox News This Morning and every Tuesday as the resident fashion expert on KING-S's New Day Northwest. Darcy, along with her team of experts at Styled Seattle, has coordinated over 600 hundred style makeovers for women and men in the Pacific Northwest. She is also a new mom whose newfound love of shopping for baby clothes has taken quite a toll on her style budget. Follow her on Twitter & lnstagram @darcycamden.