Between preparing for Thanksgiving and getting started on holiday shopping, the fall and winter seasons can be an extra challenging time for pregnant Womanistas who hope to dress up to complement their transforming body.
From temperature fluctuations to mood swings, you might think it’s practical to just borrow your partner’s clothes and ease wardrobe anxiety. But looking for good maternity clothes doesn’t have to be stressful. There are several trendy ways to brighten up your baby bump this season without compromising style.
The key to dressing stylishly during a pregnancy in the colder seasons relies heavily on trends and staples you absolutely love, then adapting them for that growing bump.
And with the holidays coming up, don’t settle for big and baggy fashion this year. Instead, opt for our Womanista Approved Maternity Dresses that will have you and the wee one looking and feeling your best.
As the quintessential top for mamas-to-be, the flowy and free tunic is a must-have maternity wear essential and an ideal staple for those chilly seasons. Not only can they be worn pre-pregnancy, but as you go through the months, tunics and loose-flowing tops provide plenty of space for that growing belly without losing shape. And best of all, they flatter your new silhouette.
We love absolutely love our snuggly sweaters for keeping us warm during those chilly days. But steer clear of wearing your favorites during pregnancy as a growing baby bump has the potential to permanently stretch them out. Look for neutral-colored sweaters that are oversized and chunky for a natural and stylistic flow, or a stretchy sweater dress that can be easily paired with layers like vests, ponchos and bright scarves.
Pencil skirts and trousers
For the working Womanista, investing in three or four trouser and skirt options is a necessity if you want to stay on the fashion-forward track throughout your pregnancy. Whether it’s solid color or prints, pay attention first to the fit and stretch. When trying to look professional, aim for closet staples that can easily be paired with a variety of blouses, tops and sweaters for sharp contrast. Between a tailored, straight-leg pant to a knee-length pencil skirt worn on the regular, no one will notice if those bottoms repeat.
Capes and wool maternity coats
Pregnancy during the fall and winter months might seem to make staying on trend hard, but if you invest in a wool cape or maternity coat, they are both guaranteed to keep you warm all the way from November to spring. Think hip and lightweight when searching. A tailored, empire-waisted coat can also help to add a modish look to your outfit, while a cape will create lavish drama to the most simplest attire.
The empire-waist dress is bound to be your best friend during pregnancy because of its comfortable stretch and ease of wear. Flowy and free, it’s a dress perfect for all seasons and can be repurposed as fall maternity wear just by adding your favorite leggings and over-the-knee boots, or transformed into a holiday dress with chunky jewelry and pointy-toed heels.
The versatility of leggings alone makes them our favorite wardrobe essential for your maternity look. Comfy, stretchy and easily pairs with everything — what more could you want from them? As a wise key for balancing budget and shaving off a bit of those maternity fashion expenses, resist the urge to buy pricey maternity leggings because regular leggings will fit right up until your due date, especially if they include that ultra-stretchy fabric.
Whether solid-colored or printed, bodycon dresses can be just as helpful for the pregnant fashionista looking to make a bold statement. Not only are so many of them made of cotton and über stretchable, but the only difference you’ll see from the first trimester to the last is the front hem will be noticeably shorter than the back — but who will really notice? Pair bodycons with your favorite cardigan or a bomber jacket for sharp edge.
Consider a pair of maternity jeans for your must-have pregnancy staple. Not only can you dress them up with lightweight blouses, but you can also pair them down with oversized shirts and cardigans. To find the best fit, invest in a pair that sits below the belly for comfort through all trimesters. But don’t buy them too soon or they might be too tight during that last stretch of pregancy. Before you get the right size, wear your favorite pre- and post-pregnancy pairs with a rubber band until the fit is one you are comfortable with and look for maternity pairs that are made with spandex for added stretch.