6 Maternity Fashion “Rules” You Should Break

Maternity Fashion “Rules” You Should Break

Search the web for “maternity fashion” and you’ll likely be inundated with do’s and don’ts. “Don’t wear bold prints!” “Buy a whole new wardrobe!” “Don’t even think about an unbelted dress!”

Well, we’re just going to go ahead and get one little nugget out of the way: you can dress however you want! It’s your body, your baby, your happiness. If you want to wear bright red suspenders with yellow clogs, that is your prerogative and we’re happy just knowing you’re happy.

All that well-meaning advice does becomes overwhelming. Here at PregnancyCorner, we want you to feel comfortable — and look amazing — in your new and ever changing body. Sometimes that means breaking all those rules!

Today we’ve enlisted the help of Olivia Capone Myers, the style director of Destination Maternity. She’s also a mom herself, so she knows what she’s talking about. Buckle up, soon-to-be-madres!

Rule #1: You Should Alter Your Style While Pregnant

“Believing that maternity fashion means giving up your own style” is the biggest fashion sin you could commit, says Olivia. Don’t fall prey to this myth, ladies.

“Maternity clothing today means styles and trends that you love fit especially for your expecting figure,” she explains. In other words, don’t switch up your entire vibe just because you’ve got a bun in the oven. Look for clothes that you both want and need, and don’t buy something unless you feel confident and beautiful wearing it.

Casual Maternity Outfit

Rule #2: Avoid Bold Patterns

How many times have you heard that you should wear plain colors, small prints and zero stripes? Go on, raise your hand! Olivia says to forget what you’ve been told and to challenge the rule-makers.

“Bold patterns and horizontal stripes are two other “no-no’s” that I love to challenge,” she says. “Prints and stripes can be very flattering over the bump.”

Maternity Outfit with Leggings

Rule #3: Never Wear Jeans

So many pregnant women think they’re stuck with just dresses, skirts or leggings throughout their nine months. We’re here to tell you that it doesn’t have to be that way. Admittedly, finding a good pair of maternity jeans isn’t always easy. However, if you find a pair that’s comfortable and makes you feel fabulous, snatch them up right away and don’t question the “no jeans” rule! Olivia recommends the Maternity Destination jeans. The feature their Secret Fit Belly®, “a stretchy seamless panel that provides smoothing and shaping support and that is available on our denim and many of our other bottoms.”

Maternity Outfit with Jeans

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Rule #4: Only Wear Dark Colors

Unless you want to channel your inner goth, we urge you shy away from all those blacks, grays and otherwise ultra dark hues. You’re pregnant! You’re radiant! You’re beautiful! And you know what? You can wear white if you darn well want to. We think that pastels look especially pretty on a with-child woman.

The color spectrum is your oyster, dear reader. Don the dark colors if you want, but don’t think you’re stuck with them for a full nine months.

Blue Maternity Top

Rule #5: Cover Your Swollen Ankles

This “rule to break” is more about comfort than it is anything else. So many people will tell you to cover up your ankles since they’re swollen, but that just seems silly to us, especially in the dead of summer.

Wear those sandals, slip ons and flip-flops with confidence. We highly doubt anyone will notice the swelling going on in your ankles and, if they do, you have a perfectly valid reason for water retention: pregnancy!

Short Maternity Outfit

Rule #6: Throw Out Your BabyDoll/A-Line Dresses After Pregnancy

“The baby doll or A-line silhouette is typically deemed ‘maternity,'” says Olivia. We wouldn’t be surprised if you acquired a few during your pregnancy. With that said, just because you’ve given birth, it doesn’t mean you have to get rid of them.

“This fuller, swingier silhouette can be ultra-chic when paired with skinny jeans and the right accessories,” advises Olivia. You could also pair them with comfortable leggings, a great item to own as you transition out of your pregnancy figure.

Maternity Dress

To conclude, we’ll leave you with some wise words from Olivia: “I want every mom-to-be to enjoy pregnancy and love the way she looks. This time in her life is so special.” Ultimately, she says to keep focus on what is most important: baby.

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This page was last updated on 06/2017
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