Dressing during the second trimester of pregnancy can be a real challenge. Many women find that their pre-pregnancy clothes are starting to feel a little tight, but full-blown maternity clothes are too big!
Stylists Colour Me Beautiful believe that every woman deserves to feel and look her best during this life-changing time so we’ve put together some simple tips that will soon have you looking good and feeling great.
A perfect fit
As with any outfit, it is vital to make sure you’re wearing well-fitting underwear to ensure you’re comfortable and supported. Your bust will no doubt be starting to increase and it is recommended that you avoid underwired bras during pregnancy. Similarly it’s important to make sure that your briefs fit correctly; elastic can cut into an expanding tummy and you don’t want a VPL (visible panty line), so you might find shorty style briefs more comfortable.
Some simple tricks
Lycra is the perfect material to wear at this stage of pregnancy as, not only is it comfortable, but it will also gently stretch as your bump grows, showing off your new shape. Opt for a wrap-style top or dress with a pretty camisole underneath. The beauty of this style, whether in a dress or a top, is that it can be easily dressed up or down to suit the occasion – simply accessorise as needed!
If you’d prefer to disguise your emerging bump then a tunic-style or empire-line top is a great choice. If your normal tops still fit, but are a little short to cover your tummy, try layering a long-line vest underneath and putting a denim shirt or cardigan over the top. Layering is a key trend this season and there are lots of different coloured vests, shirts and cardigans to choose from to give your look a little colour pop!
Trousers and leggings are staples for most women during pregnancy. Look for styles with an adjustable waist, either elastic, or a tummy band that can be folded down. The elastic panel will give you a natural silhouette. If you’re on the short side, go for a trousers that have a boot leg, as this will give you the illusion of height. If you find that they’re too loose, you could always add a belt. Just be careful that it’s not too tight. If your existing trousers are only just a little bit too tight then you might find a button or waistband extender helpful.
How to keep the costs down
Pregnancy clothes can be expensive so, when shopping for skirts, choose ones that are non maternity but in a size that fits your bump.
Choose styles that you can wear low on your hips, or that are bias cut and will cling to the shape of your body. Once baby arrives, you can always get them altered to fit your post pregnancy shape.
How to use colour
No matter what stage you’re at in your pregnancy, colour is a fantastic way to give yourself a boost. You want to glow and the easiest way to do this is by wearing the right colours; this is particularly important if you are battling with morning sickness or fatigue. Chances are, if you look a bit brighter you will feel it, too.
If your pregnancy wardrobe is mainly black, introduce colour to your outfits with accessories, shoes, handbags, and jewellery. After all, you’ll still be able to wear them when the baby arrives.
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