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Maternity Clothing: Shopping Tips for Finding Fashion Apparel and Accessories

No matter what they say at Pilates class, having a baby doesn’t have to mean stuffing your ever-increasing girth into a series of laundry bags. But when you contemplate your potential weight gain, signs and symptoms of increasing pregnancy and your baby budget, you may feel like there’s very little hope for the fertile fashionista. Try not to worry; with some creative exploration you can find clothes that express your fashion sense while still making room for Baby below decks.

Finding Maternity Fashions for Career or Formal Wear

Finding maternity clothing that fits well and meets a reasonable fashion standard isn’t nearly as difficult as it was when our moms were expecting us. Time was, anything a pregnant woman wore had a duckie appliquéd on the collar. But when working women started asking how to be taken seriously on the job even while gestating, the apparel world stepped in with fine clothes for pregnancy. Whether you’re shopping for formal or evening wear, career clothes or even a swimsuit, fear not: stylish are options available.

Finding Maternity Fashions for Career or Formal Wear

Finding maternity clothing that fits well and meets a reasonable fashion standard isn’t nearly as difficult as it was when our moms were expecting us. Time was, anything a pregnant woman wore had a duckie appliquéd on the collar. But when working women started asking how to be taken seriously on the job even while gestating, the apparel world stepped in with fine clothes for pregnancy. Whether you’re shopping for formal or evening wear, career clothes or even a swimsuit, fear not: stylish are options available.

Designer Discounts

Everyone’s on a budget these days, but there’s no reason to look frumpy when you are in fact a veritable goddess—fecund and downright life-creating. For early days when you don’t look pregnant but are experiencing the maternal joys of morning sickness, tops and skirts that are loose around the waist will help minimize that queasy feeling as much as any clothing can. Some months later, when the bosom fairy arrives, celebrate your new dimensions with a sheer, sexy blouse and a lacy bra underneath. Show off your legs with elegant pantyhose and fabulous shoes and strike down anyone who tries to get you into a muu-muu. If the weather gets hot, go breezy with flowing peignoirs and fluffy mules around the house and A-line linen shifts worn with sexy, low-heeled sandals everywhere else.

It’s important when you’re expecting to wear clothes with a comfortable fit, but when her waist starts to disappear, a gal needs glamour too. You might decide to spend your money on designer sleepwear—silk pjs and lacy nighties—choosing inexpensive apparel such as jeans, tops and fun accessories for your days. On the other hand, your career may demand that expectant mothers dress for success, hiding the burgeoning baby under elegant suits, not stork-embossed sweats. Buying the right maternity clothing may mean looking ahead, to breastfeeding needs, nursing bras and easygoing blouses, all of which you can find at stores online and off, like Mimi Maternity or the fashion supernova called Gap. You may find that a little advance planning lets your plus-size maternity wardrobe serve awhile even after the baby comes, and before you lose those last few pounds.

Online Shopping for Maternity Fashion

Online boutiques are a big help if you don’t feel like shopping on your feet: make sure to measure yourself carefully so you get the right fit the first time. Friends who’ve made the journey from pregnancy to motherhood will happily share shopping tips, and maybe even their lightly-worn maternity wear: with the discount you get on hand-me-down freebies, you can splurge on some great necessities—like fantastic-looking shoes that still provide you with kickin’ arch support.
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