The Chic Pregnancy Style Secrets
The best part about crossing from the 11th to 12th week of pregnancy is that you can finally spill the beans about your currently lime-sized baby-to-be. But the worst part is finding a way to dress around your swollen boobs and awkwardly expanding waist. Here are five style ideas to work into your first-going-on-second-trimester wardrobe.
LIGHTWEIGHT SWEATER + STRIPED SHIRT + LEGGINGS
PSA: Stretchy leggings are your best friend in life during pregnancy—whether you’re at 12 weeks or 28. Sure, at this early stage, you can still get away with regular jeans (plus a belly band to keep them in place), but leggings are less restrictive and are still acceptable in public for the time being. Add a roomy sweater (preferably lightweight so as not to add bulk) and striped tee peeking out, and you’ll be able to stay in style and disguise your about-to-pop baby bump.
T-SHIRT DRESS + DENIM JACKET + SNEAKERS
At 12 weeks, cotton with a bit of stretch will save the day. The best thing about a T-shirt dress is that it will maintain its shape but grow with you as your hormones explode. For an ideal weekend look, pair your stretch dress with simple sneakers and a denim jacket, you might get cold later.
TENT DRESS + BOMBER JACKET + SNEAKERS
As a rule of thumb during pregnancy, you never want to wear anything that puts unnecessary pressure on your waist. Adding a versatile dress to your wardrobe can create a number of one-and-done outfits. Throw on a bomber in a neutral hue, and you’ve got a cool-girl vibe that doesn’t even care if you’re pregnant.
CHAMBRAY TOP + DISTRESSED SKINNY JEANS + PUNCHY CLUTCH
If you have to wear a massive button-down, it might as well be a cool denim one. Then add your favorite colorful clutch that typically stays hidden in the back of your closet. There’s a chance you can still get away with your everyday denim, but consider investing in a quality pair of maternity jeans by week 16.
OPEN-FRONT PONCHO + STRETCH-KNIT DRESS
Like a blanket you can wear in public, this sweater style will become a maternity workhorse from 16 weeks on. Wear with a knit dress that expands with you (one with ruching or a swing shape is ideal) and you’ve basically got a fancy set of pajamas.