Although your priorities might shift, your love for fashion doesn’t stop altogether when you become pregnant. Not sure maternity jeans or muumuus are for you? Don’t worry; you don’t have to abandon your sense of style by buying clothes that may not quite fit your personality. Explore your options and make them your own.
Fashion and beauty are two things to get excited about no what the season or circumstances. With summer in full effect, so are all the latest trends. While these may change from year to year, some staples just never go out of style.
|Summer Maternity Style Guide|
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There are two important fashion factors when you are pregnant. One is to be comfortable and the other is to feel fabulous. Yes, there is a way to achieve both. Baby pounds mixed with pregnancy hormones can make you feeling not so hot, so to speak, but there are ways to keep up with your summer style when you are expecting a little one.
Summertime is one of the best times for maternity fashion because styles are all about billowy, loose fabrics. You want to wear something that’s breathable and that has some give to it. Maxi dresses or skirts are a perfect way to embrace the season, but can also easily accommodate your growing belly. A simple shift or wrap dress can also be flattering. To avoid looking too boxy or tent-like, cinch above the belly with a belt or scarf.
Invest in extra-long tank tops instead of stretching out your current ones. Inexpensive tank tops can be found at Old Navy, Target, or other department stores and you can mix-and-match between neutrals and bold colors. Pair with drawstring shorts and a pair of cute sandals for a casual look. Needing to dress it up? Add a chunky bracelet, big earrings, or a floppy hat.
Speaking of bracelets and earrings, accessories are one of the best ways to boost your maternity style. Scarves and necklaces are also ways to dress up an outfit during any season. If you don’t feel comfortable wearing bolder or loud patterns when pregnant, wear neutral colors and add to your style with a stunning pair of earrings or a cute pair of shoes.
When you think about what jewelry to wear, think about how fingers tend to swell up when you're pregnant (especially in the summer heat!), so consider replacing your wedding/engagement ring with a cheap cz engagement ring. It can be a temporary fix if you need a larger size.
Don’t forget about your beauty routine when you’re pregnant. How you take care of your skin, hair, and nails are all important to pull off a polished style. Breakouts are common during pregnancy, so be good to your skin and keep up with your skincare routine. Make sure to moisturize and definitely, everywhere you go, regularly apply sunscreen.
Use different sunscreen for your body than what you apply on your face. Sunscreen made especially for your face can limit the oil buildup that clog pores and keep your face protected without contributing to acne. Plus, with summer, you can keep your makeup look minimal. A little lip gloss and mascara, consider yourself good to go!
Other ways to add in some style is to get a manicure or pedicure with a poppy shade of coral or fuchsia to fit with summer’s hottest hues. Avoid acrylics due to the chemicals, but don’t be afraid to indulge in a little pampering. A pedicure will feel fantastic, especially if your feet or sore and swollen. If you want to be cost-effective, treat your feet to a good soak at home. Add bath salts to warm water or create your own homemade scrub made of olive oil and sugar to massage into your feet and legs.
You don’t have to sacrifice style when you’re pregnant. Embrace your pregnancy glow and this special time while you prepare for the new addition to your family. Your shape might be changing, but that just means your style can evolve too. It’s a great chance to get inventive and have fun with fashion.
Style is what you make of it just as much as it about trends. Follow the fashion that you like from the season and what makes you feel best. What are your favorite summer trends for 2015?