Over the years, I’ve learnt what styles and shapes work for my body type. For years my closet has been filled with high waisted skirts that cinch in my midsection and flowy blouses that skim my upper body. However, since I became pregnant, my body has definitely changed and fits that used to be flattering no longer are. Not only does the clothing I used to love no longer fit, but many of the pieces that do still fit look downright frumpy.
Like many women, I didn’t want to purchase a ton of maternity clothing during my pregnancy that I may never wear again. So instead of purchasing maternity clothing, I’ve focused on adding strategic non-maternity items that I will be able to wear long after baby arrives. Today, I thought I would share a few tips about what to look for when shopping for non-maternity clothes when you are pregnant.
What to look for when buying non-maternity pregnancy clothes:
1. Tighter fits
While I used to love wearing loose sweaters, now that I’m pregnant I find looser fits make me look much larger than I actually am. Sweaters and shirts that fit closer to the skin are much more flattering to the pregnant body but be sure to choose fabrics that have a little bit of stretch so they can grow with you as you get bigger.
2. Empire waists
While empire waist items aren’t currently super popular, this style of shirt or dress is a smart pick during pregnancy. The design of empire waist clothing will pull excess fabric in at your ribcage helping to define your bump and keep you from looking wider than you actually are.
3. Longer hemlines
While cropped shirts may be super cute, they just aren’t flattering on a pregnant body. Choosing shirts with longer hemlines will ensure there is enough fabric to cover your entire bump while also making you look taller and leaner.