How do you dress your changing body to show off your bump while still feeling you? It’s not easy and we have seen Keira Knightley struggling with dressing her bump recently – some misses amongst those hits.
No matter what your body shape or size, it’s the fit and proportions of the clothes that will make all the difference. Make trends work for you rather than being a slave to fashion, and find out what flatters you.
When you’re pregnant, this is the time to make the best of your assets and skim over the rest. If you have slim legs, show them off. If you have toned arms, go sleeveless. Just make sure to choose colours that suit your skin tones, and don’t shy away from brights. The key is to have confidence.
Buy this: Pussybow dress, £42, 4-16; shoes, £55, 3-8; leather bag, £65, all from Top Shop
Here are 5 further simple tricks, which will help you out…
Lengthen your body
Making your body look longer can help balance out your bump.
New Look, assistant buyer, Antoinette Kilpin says, “Tops with ruched sides ensure a perfect fit across your bump and we lengthen our tops to elongate the body as much as possible. Stock up on a variety of sleeve lengths for layering.”
Buy this: Top, £9.99, jeans, £22.99, both 6-18; brogues, £19.99, 3-8, from New Look
Sport a stripe
“There is a reason maternity wear is often striped,” explains New Look’s Antoinette Kilpin. “Stripes show off curves and accentuate a baby bump. They’re classic and are also extremely on trend this season. Look out for stripes on ribbed fabrics and comfy jerseys.”
Buy this: Dress, £19.99, 6-18, from New Look
Inject some colour
Nicola Bugden, Asos maternity buyer, says “Show off your new curves in a brightly coloured bodycon dress or strategically placed prints. Team bold patterns with fitted jeans for a sleek silhouette.”
Buy it: Heart-print top, £35, 6-18, from Asos
Add a pop of colour with a bright handbag – Bag, £15.99, from New Look
Skim your curves
Tiffany London, founder of Tiffany Rose, says “Choose dresses that skim and accentuate your new curves. Try big florals and colour-blocking. You can always make the most of your new assets with plunging necklines, too.”
Buy it: Dress, £119, 6-20, from Tiffany Rose
Add gentle support to your bump
New Look’s Antoinette Kilpin advises, “A stylish pair of jeans that fit well are a must-have. The soft jersey panel will support your bump throughout pregnancy and grow with you.”
Buy these: Maternity jeans, £22.99, from New Look
Wear an eye-catching statement shoe with dark denim – print plimsolls, £25, 3-8, from Marks & Spencer