Being pregnant doesn’t mean that you have to lose your sense of style and if you’re a fashion-minded mom, you don’t have to sacrifice your style during your time of gestation, either. Clothing can be an excellent way to honor and celebrate your growing baby bump. More and more moms seem to be adapting the ‘if you’ve got it, flaunt it’ attitude when it comes to dressing their bumps.

Maternity fashion is a hot topic among even the celebrity elite and many retailers offer cutting edge maternity fashions and clothing. The following are some timeless and contemporary tips on how to dress your baby belly throughout your entire pregnancy.

Embrace stretchy fabrics

Fabrics like lycra stretch to accommodate your growing belly. It is perfectly feasible that a few well thought out garments made with stretchy fabrics can last for a few trimesters consecutively. The key is to find the fine line between ‘too tight’ and ‘well fitting.’

If you feel self-conscious about your figure in a hot lycra dress, pair it with a simple wrap, shawl, or fitted sport coat. Also increasingly popular is the pairing of stretchy maternity tights like those found at with an oversized (but not bulky) sweater.

It’s important to feel comfortable and confident in your clothes, so stick to what works best for you when it comes to showcasing your baby belly in stretchy fabrics.

Denim is always in style

A common staple in many pregnancy wardrobes is jeans with hidden adjustable panels in the stomach area which help support your baby bump while it grows. These pants can be easily paired with a matching or a mismatching denim coat and simple maternity shirt if desired. Maternity jeans are a popular option for pregnant women because they are versatile and durable.

These common pregnancy wardrobe pants can be dressed up or down and can sometimes be worn throughout the duration of the pregnancy in some cases.

Wrap it up

Opt for a wrap dress if you plan on attending a special occasion that requires you to dress your pregnancy bump up just a bit. Most wrap dresses feature plunging necklines to accentuate your growing bust, just be careful about showing too much cleavage. These dresses offer the added benefit of being free of annoying buttons. Furthermore, the cut of a wrap dress is one that not only flatters your figure but is also comfortable.

Try a tunic

Tunics come in all different shapes, patterns, and colors. A good tunic can make all the difference on days when you might want to wear a looser fabric but still stay stylish. In some cases, tunics are long enough to wear as dresses and can be jazzed up with fun accessories. Look for cotton tunics and fabrics that breathe to promote your ultimate comfort. Throw on a pair of strappy sandals and you’re ready to enjoy the summer heat in comfortable style.


One way to rock a pregnant belly and still appear svelte as a supermodel is to choose combinations that elongate the body. A popular combination that pulls this off for almost any body type is wearing a loosely fitting long shirt under a short jacket. With the aforementioned combo, the sky’s the limit. You can mix and match patterns, colors, and styles to create several short jacket/long shirt options.

Above all, it is important to be comfortable and confident in the clothing you choose to wear while experiencing the miracle of creating life. Embrace your femininity and don’t be afraid to make bold but tasteful choices during your pregnancy. Follow these timeless and fail-proof maternity fashion tips and you will be your best-dressed self from the first trimester to the last.

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