Expecting working women need not look frumpy as maternity wear has taken on a new shape. Even though you’re dressing for two, it doesn’t mean that your work-week wardrobe has to take a nosedive in the style-o-meter.
Just because you've got a bun in the oven doesn't mean that you need a full wardrobe makeover. If you're not comfortable in skirts or dresses, stick to your favourite jeans and slacks, but add in a maternity belly band. If your favourite piece is your worn-in leather jacket, there's no need to swop that out for motherly cardigans and blouses. It's vital to remain true to yourself and your sense of style.
Make sure that your clothes can grow with your changing body. Go for items that have stretch fabrics, elasticised waistbands and adjustable straps. Easy-to-wear pieces such as wrap dresses are especially handy later on in your pregnancy when getting in and out of your clothing might be a little trickier. Swollen feet can also be accommodated with open-toe shoes and roomy boots.
Don't be afraid to play with new proportions as your silhouette changes. A high-waisted A-line skirt looks hip and flirty, and can conceal your belly in the first trimester. Punchy accessories such as big rings, chunky necklaces and colourful belts also look great when worn with style and confidence. Generally speaking, stick to one bold piece at a time.
If you're expected to wear more formal attire in subdued colours, bring some of your personality to the table with jazzy accessories that speak volumes about you. Add some flair by strapping on your favourite antique watch, wrapping yourself up in your favourite embroidered scarf or painting your digits with a maternity-safe nail polish in a quirky hue.
Wearing long garments such as dresses, coats or pants can create a lean and clean silhouette. Don a flowing maxi dress paired with a smart blazer, a statement necklace and a pair of comfy ballet flats. If you're going for a slimming effect, choose patterns with vertical stripes, such as work-appropriate pinstripes.
You don’t need to shroud yourself with layers and loose fabrics just because you’re pregnant. In fact, pregnancy is the time to flaunt your amazing life-giving body! Show off your gorgeous tummy with bodycon dresses or pencil skirts. There are no rules, but just make sure there's enough stretch in the fabric.