Maternity Style for Work

Maternity Style for WorkFor the first trimester of our pregnancies, or perhaps longer, we are able to wear our regular work clothes, well, almost. Unless the pounds are piling on rapidly, we can get away with quite a few tricks.






  • Pregnancy Wardrobe Tricks

One pregnancy clothing trick is to take a rubber band and loop it through a pant or skirt buttonhole and afterwards wrapping it around the button. This clever move will supply just enough extra room to make our clothing with buttoned waistbands more comfortable.

In addition, there is a pregnancy wardrobe saver called the “belly band.” It is a stretchy-band that holds a woman’s pants up for extra security. Let’s face it, just about anything is worth a try for those first three months help us feel, well, stylishly pregnant. Then the inevitable happens, the awkward zone.


  • The Awkward Zone

During this period, most of us are not really showing, but the weight gain is noticeable, and most “real” maternity clothes are too large. However, we may be able to cheat a bit by purchasing a few normal cut skirts or pants with drawstring or elastic waistbands in a couple sizes larger. Fashionable low-rise pants, that rest under the belly work fine as well.

Yoga pants are another option during this stage. Yoga pants are usually made from soft, elastic fabrics that move with the body and look dressy enough on the job as well as feeling very comfortable, especially those made from mercerized cotton or thick rayon.

Cardigans, long jackets or blazers, tunics, loose shirts, leggings, maternity jeans, trendy dresses, and women’s maternity suits, work well throughout this transition period. The cut of each of design gracefully obscures a growing belly, without drawing attention to it.


  • The Secret is Out

Our pregnancies can’t be concealed for too long. Okay, some of us have managed to pull it off, but it’s not the norm.

Here is a list of what the experts suggest we should do to keep our wardrobes up-to-date for work while staying comfortable.


a) Purchase clothing of the same color and fabric:
Stay basic; keep away from patterns and vivid colors. Go for basic colors for maximum wardrobe flexibility.


b) Wear clingy/fitted pieces:
Maternity clothing, or stretch clothing, that fits close to the body looks neater, cleaner, and much more flattering.


c) Skirts:
Buy a tapered skirt made from a superb-quality stretch fabric. Cotton or Lycra is great for casual wear and gabardine or stretch wool for an elegant look. A skirt length to the knee is best; it looks professional even while showing a little leg. Black makes us look slimmer and will go with any color top.


d) Stretch pants:
Select slim fitting pants with a boot-cut bottom since this style is more flattering to women’s figures, even when not pregnant. Wearing regular leggings is perfect. When they become uncomfortable switch to maternity that includes a built-in panel.


e) Stick-with-the-blazer:
The blazer simply works with everything, and maternity blazers are available as well. Buy the “unobstructed” designs without closures. This style drapes over the belly, creating a fluid line.


f) Basic black dress:
The black dress, or as it is so famously known the “little black dress” is a must-have pregnant or not! It can be worn by itself or with a blazer. The Empire-waist design is most flattering on pregnant women.


g) Additions:
Purchase prints and colors in sweaters, blouses, and tank tops or add a colorful scarf and bracelets.


h) The right shirt:
We can get away with t-shirts under blazers for most of our pregnancy. However, a tunic will do the trick when we want to wear a shirt by itself. Shirts with collars that emphasize the collarbone, like scoop-neck shirts, V-necks, or boat necks are fantastic under blazers.


I) Grab-the-stockings:
Create a slimmer monochromatic-line by wearing stockings that matches the skirt. For varicose veins sufferers, opaque tights are best. Queen size or maternity stocking are another option.


j) Get-the-shoes-right:
Go for comfortable shoes. Most of us prefer flats after a certain time of our pregnancies, whether we are sitting down at the office or not. However, a thick, chunky heel will work for extra support.


Motherhood changes plenty about our lives including our looks. However, we can still manage to keep our wardrobes in tact right up until our due date. Then afterwards we regain our figures and slip into that slinky black dress.


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