Pregnancy can bring on a flood of conflicting feelings. As happy as I may be about the new life growing inside me, my ever-changing and expanding body makes me feel uncomfortable and anything but beautiful. As my breasts grow, my waistline disappears, and my belly swells, I long to have my old body back — It’s hard not to.
Though I take comfort in the fact that the most awkward and frustrating phase in pregnancy is often when your belly is growing but you don’t look pregnant yet, just like as I was during first trimester. But as soon as my second trimester hits, I am already set to enjoying in that “pregnancy glow”.
I know it’s sometimes hard to revel in looking pregnant, even though I am reveling in being pregnant. But ever since becoming preggo, I took to heart in becoming an advocate of body-positive campaign — no matter what size I am in!
Although sometimes, shopping for new clothes a couple of sizes bigger than your usual size can be daunting. Stylish maternity wear is hard to find, that’s why I don’t limit myself to looking at just “maternity wear”. I found this plus-size section at ZALORA and I think some of these might actually work for my baby belly! In fact, I’m pretty excited to be sharing some of my favorites.
Now I’m pretty psyched to do my next maternity clothes shopping!!!
Tips for Buying Maternity Clothes
- Don’t limit yourself to only “maternity wear”. Sometimes, the stylish dress you are looking for is in the plus-size area of either your favorite department store or online store.
- Check out bigger sizes of your favorite clothing brands. I love shopping at Forever 21 and Zalora. I usually pick the designs that I like and ask for large or extra large sizes. If it fits, then I’m the lucky one!
- Choose the dark side. Dark colors are slimming. Black, navy blue, dark brown, or charcoal can all create a slimming optical illusion, minimizing body bulk and giving you an overall trimmer appearance.
- Fit Can Flatter — or Fail. While you’ll definitely want clothes that have room to grow in the bust and the belly, look for tops — shirts, sweaters, jackets, and dresses — that fit you well in the shoulders, probably the only part of your body that won’t be widening. Hanging shoulders will give you a sloppy and bulky look.
- Tighten up. Your inclination probably might be to go loose and flowing when you’re ballooning out, but bigger isn’t always better especially when it comes to maternity clothes. In fact, clingy clothes actually make you look slimmer than baggy clothes. Plus, they give you a chance to show off exactly what’s causing all the ballooning in the first place — the growing baby in your belly.
- Fabric is Important. Choose high-quality, well-made items, made with strong, stretchy material that will grow with you, so they’ll stay snug, flattering and supportive as your body changes.
Of course, most fashion rules are made to be broken, at least some of the time. Being true to your style is just as important as following the maternity clothes curriculum. The best rule so far is you need to feel comfortable in your own skin and in the outfits you’re in. So whatever floats your boat — a hot pink dress, shocking neon, or play on patterns — go for it. It’s your baby belly!
Style knows no size so enjoy wearing what truly suits you!