You're thrilled about having a baby. But you're less than excited about the prospect of giving up your hip cloth
es in favor of tent dresses and sweats. Fear not! With a few simple Powder Closet tweaks, you can be a hip mama.
The key is to stick with the same kinds of things you wear when you're not pregnant. If you wear a lot of black and that makes you feel confident and comfortable, then by all means, don't start wearing pink just because you're pregnant.
If you prefer solid colors to prints, choose a favorite neutral like, gray, black, or khaki and build your wardrobe around that.
Ready to shop?
When your regular clothes are just too tight but you're not ready for full-fledged maternity wear, buy a couple of pairs of tops a size or two larger than you normally wear. If you shop for maternity clothes too soon, the stuff you buy will be too big at first and then too small later in pregnancy. Buying non maternity clothes can be worn during the awkward months afteryou deliver, too.
Don't be afraid to show off those curves
Today's moms-to-be are flaunting their blossoming bellies and breasts in body-conscious clothes that are miles removed from the frumpy, voluminous maternity smocks of yesteryear. And for good reason: Form-fitting is much more flattering than really loose.
Show a little skin
If your legs are gorgeous, flaunt them in a short dress. Toned upper arms? Show them off with a sleeveless shirt. Neck and shoulders to die for? Highlight them with a ballet-cut or bateau neckline. You don't have to go undercover just because you're pregnant but showing a little skin is always flattering.
Accessories are a great way to get more mileage out of an outfit. You can give a basic piece, such as a black dress, a whole new look by swapping a chunky necklace for a silk scarf. An added bonus: If you splurge on a few accessories, at least you know you'll be able to wear them after you give birth.
Here are some ways to add a little oomph to your outfits:
Use a bright piece of jewelry, such as a turquoise or beaded bracelet or necklace, to give a monochromatic outfit some zip.
Wear a pair of funky shoes and carry a matching handbag to add your signature to a basic piece.
Punch up an outfit around your shoulder like wearing a funky vest.