When I first found out I was pregnant, I shouldered an internal war and struggled to hold a smile, concerned (and quite unfairly) that my partner would soon become completely attracted to me. I used to think his obsession with my daily glossy fix was amusing, endearing even, as he consumed images of celebrity women parading around in barely there bikinis only weeks after giving birth. They looked almost perfect. To him, this is how post-pregnancy looked. And while I was determined to cross that bridge when I came to it, I knew he wasn’t quite prepared for the changes in my body and by extension, my wardrobe. Four months down the track, my favourite jeans didn’t quite meet up in the middle and my butt was vying for its own dose of pregnancy hormones, growing into an in-between size. I looked a bit dumpy, a bit tired, a bit flustered…And fairly so, as I was growing a baby while he worked on his beer gut. I didn’t want to FEEL dumpy though, so I hopped online, took stock of my budget and tracked the latest pregnancy trends bouncing around tinsel town. Believe me, you can look like a star, feel like one too and still be pregnant!
Instead of focusing on particular pieces or labels, think about the fabrics currently gracing your body. Do they cling? Are they comfortable? Do they skim your curves or emphasize them? Can your skin breathe? Is there a little give or stretch to their composition? The target here is effortless chic without restriction or discomfort, as an A-Lister always looks confident and in control; you too can channel the same self-esteem by opting for flowing fabrics like chiffon, silk or jersey. Favouring the rounded look? Try lace and cotton, as they retain their shape, but mould to your body.
There’s no rule in the world that states you must wear black, white and grey while carrying a plus one around with you; in fact, a dash of colour or a complete saturation will enliven your outlook and reinvigorate those staple pieces. Team an empire line top (preferably with a bit of bling) with body hugging maternity jeans, playing off the loose/tight juxtaposition and drawing attention to your emerging figure without making yourself uncomfortable.
Dress Up, Don’t Size Up
We all love to look nice, especially when special events roll around (like baby showers, weddings, dinners, a girls night out), but many women are tempted to size up instead of going for a well-fitted, clingy number. Clingy doesn’t need to be your enemy or an adjective ascribed to your ex-boyfriend any longer; body hugging cuts in a well- structured material will flatter your shape. Team a slinky pair of maternity jeans with a form hugging top; invest in good quality materials that won’t itch and scratch.
Right now, you’re probably scratching your head and thinking, this is all very well and good, complete stranger, but where can I get the clothes of which you speak? Online stores have done wonders for pregnant women, thrusting the doors of fashionable, trend-ready boutiques open; my favourite were ASOS, www.maternitysale.com.au and Target for basics. And my partner? He’s so wrapped up in our baby, he doesn’t really care what I wear. But I do. You’re a star, so go out there and shine.