5 Fashion Hacks for the Working Mom-to-Be

Let’s face it – pregnancy, as glorious and wonderful as it is, can be a challenge. You are uncomfortable, nauseated, and exhausted. Yet you don’t want to fall behind sartorially, and you want to celebrate this special time in your life.

I speak from experience as a first-time mom-to-be, expecting twins next year. It took a few days to get over the shock, and then there was utter panic about all the uncertainties it can bring.

But after much research and some experimentation, I’ve realised that the right style tips, there are some great choices for you to dress that bump.

So fear not, fellow preggo, I’m here to save you from becoming a fashion victim!

But after much research and some experimentation, I’ve realised that the right style tips, there are some great choices for you to dress that bump.

Fashion Hack #1: Maternity Pants & Tights

Maternity pants are God’s gift to pregnant women. I had no idea what these were previously, and came across them at a maternity shop and baby expo.

Maternity pants are basically specially designed pants that accommodate your growing belly.

I’ve seen maternity pants with 2 styles: one with an elastic waist that covers the belly, and the other with adjustable buttons so your pants can ‘grow’ with you.

They cost – on average – maybe 20% more than regular pants (I paid about $70 for mine), but they are well worth the investment. I was so happy with 1 I bought 3 more!

What I love about them is that they come in contemporary styles, and also come in fitted styles, so your legs can still look skinny even as your belly grows.

Fashion Hack 2: Peplum Tops

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Peplum tops are perfect for the first trimester.Peplum tops are tops with short, gathered, slightly flared strip of fabric attached at the waist of a woman’s blouse.

In the first trimester, no one may be able to tell you’re pregnant, you may just look slightly bloated.

And most people are too polite to ask if you’re pregnant, they may just assume you overindulged at the lunch buffet!

Peplum tops are a great way to dress bump while it grows, and it is work-appropriate, and can be found at almost any fashion outlet.

Maternity pants are God’s gift to pregnant women.

Fashion Hack 3: Waterfall Jackets & Long Cardigans

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Take a leaf from celebrities like Chrissy Teigen and Nicole Richie.

One of the best ways to emphasise, and celebrate the bump is with a waterfall jacket or a long cardigan to emphasise that glorious tummy as it drapes around your sides.

Also, a long jacket helps to hide all the other pregnancy ‘extras’ like the other weight gain that may occur on other parts of the body.

Conclusion: Win-win!

Tops and outfits that emphasise and gather around the bump in a classy way, and that really plays with your curves, with contrasting proportions.

Fashion Hack 4: Play with proportions

As your figure transforms from a figure 8 to a figure 0, playing with proportions can be a fun way of dressing up during pregnancy.

For example, I am currently appreciating my oversized sunglasses (makes my face look smaller- especially at a time everything else seems swollen).

The temptation is of course to wear baggy, clothes, but – as I have experimented —  wearing baggy clothes no matter what a woman’s size is, makes her look frumpy and triple the size she actually is.

The solution: Tops and outfits that emphasise and gather around the bump in a classy way, and that really plays with your curves, with contrasting proportions.

Fashion Hack 5: A Big, Carry-All Bag

Pregnant women just need more things with them.

For example: I now carry a bottle of Axe oil for those nauseating moments, a big 500ml of water (apparently twin moms need 4 liters daily), a bottle of perfumed hand lotion so I can constantly smell something nice in case I get a whiff of something (or someone) that smells very bad.

And to fit all these essentials – a big magic bag.

Also, the larger your bag, the slimmer you look. And pregnant or not who doesn’t want that?

If you’re pregnant and have style tips, do share them with us!

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