Mamas be sexy.
You are a radiant, life-bearing force…
And you should dress like the goddess you are.
Here are style tips from some pretty badass mammas…
1. Pencil skirts? Yes.
“I preferred tighter midi-length pencil skirts while I was pregnant because it accentuated my bump,” fashion blogger Tanesha AwasthiI of Girl With Curves told BuzzFeed Life. “I think the key is finding what you’re comfortable in and just going with it.”
2. Button-ups? Yes and yes.
Get oversized button-ups in either the women’s or the men’s department. Roll up the sleeves and let the loose material love on your belly. When your bump gets big, wear your button-up open over a tee, according to Sara Qaddoura, curator of e-commerce at London-based fashion startup Not Just A Label.
3. Flared skirts? Why not.
“The flared skirt definitely balances out your proportions, especially at the end of the pregnancy when the belly is so big,” says fashion blogger Sara Strand. “The whole belly is less visible—since the skirt isn’t high-waisted—and your upper body looks longer.”
4. Asymmetrical hemlines? Why yes please and thank you.
“A hemline that’s higher in the front won’t be so tight on your bump,” says Qaddoura. Comfytown USA, here we come!
5. Color-blocking? Cute!
“Color blocking tops can be either really great or seriously awkward,” Emily Schuman of Cupcakes and Cashmere told BuzzFeed Life. “If the color change is higher up and doesn’t cut across the largest part of your belly, then yes, go for it! It’s a fun way to embrace the bump.”
6. Horizontal stripes? OMG.
“Horizontal stripes were my favourite while I was pregnant,” Strand says. “I was really proud of the growing belly, and the stripes showed it off in a nice way.” Here, pregnant style blogger Gaelyn Jenkins of My Corner View shows how to rock it.
7. Bright colors? Of course.
“It helps to wear more colorful pieces on the days when you don’t feel too good,” says Strand. “At least my skin tone looked that much better!”
8. Thicker fabrics? Worth a try.
“Heavier fabrics can even disguise the fact that you’re expecting when worn high-waisted,” says Awasthil. If you’re in the mood to downplay your bump, look for a heavier material.
9. Tight dresses? Go for it.
“Experiment with wearing things you already have in your wardrobe,” says Awasthi. “I only bought 2 items from the maternity section! The rest were things that had a lot of stretch or were oversized, so they worked to accommodate my bump.”
10. Heels? If they feel comfy enough, do it.
“If you’re having a healthy pregnancy and aren’t experiencing any pain while wearing heels, I think it’s a really great way to feel sexy,” says Schuman. “While I don’t wear mine for a 9-hour work day anymore, I’ll certainly still throw on a pair for a date night with my husband or to head out for a party.”
11. Chunky accessories? Get it, girl.
“I think bold accessories add a hint of luxe and polish to any look, especially when dressing on the casual side of style,” says Awasthi. “Adding bold accessories allowed me to feel a bit more put together, which is sometimes hard to accomplish in the later months of pregnancy.”
12. Angie-inspired slit dresses? Definitely.
After carrying the added weight around, let’s face it: Your legs look hot! Also, “a slit allows for more movement, which can be very helpful during pregnancy,” says Qaddoura.
13. Sneakers with a dress? Just do it.
“The first time I combined sneakers with a dress, I didn’t like it,” says Strand. “But when I looked at photos of my outfit after the fact, I realized that it looked really cool and relaxed. And, of course, it’s so comfortable.”
14. Circle scarves and yoga pants? Totes.
Look damn cute on your day off. “The yoga pants are stretchy enough to make you feel like you’re wearing something that’s form-fitting but not restricting,” Qaddoura says.
15. All black? Totally.
You automatically look 100 times more badass because you’re pregnant. Qaddoura suggests throwing on a black knit top, leggings, and boots for an effortlessly stylish and comfy look.
16. Flowy materials? All the way.
“While Blake Lively was pregnant, she showed up to a red carpet event in a dress that was flowy at the bottom and fitted at the belly,” says Qaddoura. Obviously, it was perfection.
17. Belts up top? Perf.
“I’ve always been a fan of throwing belts on over dresses and longer tops, but now I wear them just above my belly, which accentuates it and helps give me a bit more shape,” says Schuman.
18. Textured skirts? Hell yes.
If you want to wear something tight but don’t want it to show the precise curvature of your belly, try a textured fabric, according to Qaddoura. The material’s patterned surface might be just what you need to feel comfortable.
19. Florals? Clearly.
“I wore florals while expecting and it was actually a fun way to accentuate my bump when the floral pattern fell in the right place,” says Awasthi. “My husband said it was a cool illusion that made the florals seem 3D!”
20. ASOS maternity? Great idea.
ASOS Maternity has an amazing, on-trend selection of maternity options that are budget-friendly, according to Awasthi.
21. A suit jacket and two hands? Hell, go for it.
As long as you’re feeling confident, you can rock anything.