If you're pregnant, you know that quality maternity basics are essential. Leggings you can wear a couple times a week that don’t pill. A couple pairs of denim that resemble your pre-pregnancy ones. Dark-hued tops you can wear to the office, out at night and on the weekend. A well-fitting, great-quality black dress.
But how do you accessorize these key pieces to change them from casual to classy, funky to formal? That’s the beauty of accessories. Here are four items that will spice up those functional essentials.
A belt?! Yep. There are so many different ones that can do great tricks. A simple skinny black belt can fit just above the belly to define your shape and hide a bra line in the back.
Also reach for beaded stretchy belts like those pictured. They can make a solid-colored dress have a bit of a bohemian feel. Wear them above the belly (better on smaller-chested ladies) or below the bump to give the torso a longer line and hide the pantyline.
Not only do scarves keep you warm, they also add a fun splash of color and can camouflage an “early” bump (or post-baby bump), or accentuate a more mature belly when the scarf flows off to the side.
Best of all, some scarves are designed to convert into a nursing shawl! We love Maternal America's and Molly Ades's versions.
First, let’s make sure we all know the difference between tights and leggings: Tights go with dresses of various lengths; leggings go with long tops or tunics. In fall, tights in colors like coal ( a must!), navy and brown really can liven up an outfit. Plus, if you find ones with a little support in the legs, you decrease the incidence of leg swelling and varicose/spider veins.
And, yes, you need maternity tights once you hit about 16 weeks—your normal non-maternity tights are designed to suck in your belly. Wear those now and you’ll have morning sickness all over again!
Sweaters are a fall crowd pleaser; they keep you warm and feel cuddly and can change the look of an outfit. These three types of styles have special benefits during this life stage, and can work for years down the road, too!
1. Cardigans that drape in a waterfall fashion. Those can often be thrown over your shoulders and tucked or snapped there. They’ll also serve as a nursing sweater.
2. Two-way zip sweaters with stretch that hit at or below the hips. These can add a pop of color over the essential black leggings or dresses.
3. On-trend duster sweaters add a sense of casual sophistication to the ubiquitous black ensemble and can work with pumps of casual booties.
Best yet, long-drape duster sweaters and waterfall cardigans look perfect belted right above the bump, or at the hips with a scarf after baby. That’s three fabulous accessories rolled into one!
Trudy Robinson Foley loves styling moms and moms-to-be at her Roscoe Village boutique, Kickin'. When she is not there, she is running around town with her two little sons and always grabbing a scarf, sweater and belt to help her look pulled together.
October 15, 2015 at 11:43 AM