You’re pregnant! Congrats—now time to figure out what to wear for the next nine months. Even though, maternity style is not a one-size-fits-all endeavor. There are plenty of ways to approach it, but more than anything, there’s an opportunity to break all sorts of supposed fashion “rules”. Who better to provide some candid and actually helpful advice for dressing for your pregnancy than the incredibly stylish fashion editors and bloggers who have done so already?
1. Buy something that will grow with you.
Shop for pieces “you can grow into during your term,” says Restoin-Roitfeld.
Glamour’s Shilpa Prabhakar Nadella “Early in the pregnancy, I wore them at the waist as expected, but when my bump started to grow, I let them sit under the belly,” “Since they were black, they were easy to dress up with a nicer blouse or pair with a oversize knit for a quick run to the grocery story or a casual dinner.”
2. Hack your style
This Hollywood costume designer trick for dressing expectant stars when a pregnancy isn’t woven into a plotline can definitely be utilized IRL. “I hid my second pregnancy for a long time at work, well into my sixth month, by wearing blazers, open,” says Bugbee. “It’s how they hide pregnant bellies on sitcoms when the star is pregnant in real life. No one can see you in profile.”
3. Shop According to the Silhouettes You Know Work
Keeping it consistent is key with certain cut that can help simplify your maternity style approach. “I was working through all three of my pregnancies, so I lived in A-line dresses,” says Sarah Meikle, fashion director at Condé Nast Traveler. “I had an A-line black satin coat that I wore during all nine months for one of my pregnancies; it was a bit pricey, but it got me through my entire pregnancy, and it was easy to wear from work to dinner or meeting to an event. I just couldn’t wear pants at all, because they were too uncomfortable.”