Wardrobe Staples for Summer Pregnancies

I have a couple of girlfriends who are pregnant this summer, and they have asked me what they should be wearing or not wearing this season. I know when you combine summertime heat with pregnancy hormones and a bunch of baby pounds that is a recipe for one hot mama. Since going naked is not an option, I suggest dress wisely in clothes that will help you look and feel cool. So here is a quick guide on what to buy, what to skip, and what might already be in your closet. My first suggestion is to purchase a couple of lightweight, flowing maternity dresses in natural fabrics and neutral colors. These will likely be your warm weather favorites, so look for styles you can dress up or down. A simple dark hued cotton shift with cap sleeves works for both the office and your neighborhood BBQ. To avoid the muumuu effect, cinch the dress above your bump with a bright scarf or skinny, shiny belt.
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Empire waist maxi dresses are perfect for pregnant ladies. Non maternity dresses that are not nipped at your natural waist might have enough room to accommodate an expanding midsection. Keep in mind that your bump will hike up the hemline several inches, so it is best to save dresses that are knee length or shorter until next summer.
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You might want to avoid form fitting dresses in bold patterns. A bump hugging dress in a funky, floral print might seem fun in early June, but a few weeks later, you will probably be sick of both the clingy fit and the look at me pattern.
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If pants are more your speed, think cotton or linen in a capri length that lets the breeze brush your legs. Opt for styles with a narrow stretchy panel up top — the kind that rides under your belly — rather than a panel that hikes over your bump. A touch of spandex will help the pants hold their shape. Before you shop for all new pants, check your closet for skirts and shorts with stretchy or drawstring waistbands. Bottoms that used to rest closer to your waist might still be wearable if they can sit comfortably under your bump. Pair them with a tailored or fitted top to keep your outfit from looking too tent like.
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Further, rather than wrestling with your non maternity tops, buy some inexpensive cotton tanks and tees in basic colors, a size or two up. Unless your office is an absolute icebox, you probably will not want to come within ten feet of a sweater this summer. However, at restaurants where the AC is bumped up or for a breezy night by the sea, a looser cardigan you already own worn over a maternity top will be welcome to cut the chill.

7 thoughts on “Wardrobe Staples for Summer Pregnancies

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