Can one really be a pregnantista? Absolutely. All you need is creativity, confidence and a whole lot of accessories. Armed with basic silhouettes and a flair for the dramatic, pregnant women can create maximum style without forfeiting their pre-preggo fashion identity. Style is about impactful touches. And, a dose of confidence.
MATERNITY MOXIE 101
1. GET HIGH!
A heel visually lengthens your silhouette. With the watermelon in your belly, some extra height will balance out the bulge, elongate your body and add that soupcon of glamour that transforms dumpy to diva. Ditch loafers, lace ups or any rubber soled shoes that could double as your octogenarian grandmother’s orthotics. Obviously I am not recommending five inch Carrie Bradshaw stilettos. A mid range stacked heels, wedge or kitten heels offers height, stability and comfort. DV by Dolce Vita Joust Boot $39.97 \\ Sole Society Bristol Wedge $59.95
Add verticality with a longer, open cardigan or dangly scarf. Long necklaces are a lengthening tool. They visually create a longer (chokers make one look squat) torso and give the illusion of a longer neck. If you favor blousy, oversized tops or dresses, you can streamline the silhouette by layering a few longer necklaces (they can be different lengths but the same metal) together. This will reign in the extra fabric and deliver a more polished look. Nordstrom Rachel Stone Pendant $22 \\ Theodora & Callum Acid Multi Luxor Scarf $175
3. CREATE A FOCAL POINT
Bold, beautiful baubles define and refine a look. They also draw your audience’s attention away from your cellulite ridden rump to your incredible eye for detail. Translation? They are a pregnant woman’s secret weapon to bring attention to body parts that she likes. And, camouflage the parts she is not so fond of If you are bottom heavy, bring the focus up with a neck grazing statement earring. It creates a focal point in the one place pregnancy weight never manifests-the slope of the shoulder-and will elongate your neck. Henri Bendel Lexington Ave Fringe Earring $78 \\ Sole Society Dalia Colorblock Tote $59.95 \\ Forever 21 Animal Print Bangle Set $9.80
Larger, chunkier cuff bracelets or a few stacked bangles will slim the appearance of the arm. Especially when worn with a wider, flowy kimono style sleeve versus a tight sleeve. Scarves are the ultimate layering piece. Aside from adding color and contrast, a strategically draped scarf flows elegantly over the midsection creating verticality and camouflaging a bulging belly. A large statement making BAG packs preggo punch. Why? The sheer size balances out your proportion and will make you appear smaller.
4. DON’T FORFEIT YOUR FASHION IDENTITY
Stay on-trend with accessories and streamlined silhouettes