Be fashion forward Dressing you and your bump

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Be fashion forward: Dressing you and your bump

Fashion, maternity clothing and make-up tips for great pregnancy style

Be fashion forward: Dressing you and bump

Being pregnant doesn't mean throwing in the fashion towel - just the opposite! With so many popular high street brands now selling on-trend maternity wear you can still step out in style (although maybe in a slightly lower heel!).Check out our top tips on how to get a capsule fashion maternity wardrobe:

Early days

Because everyone's bump is different, so is the time that you'll want to start wearing maternity clothes. For some, it's pretty early days, whereas other people seem to make their non-pregnancy wardrobe extend well into their second trimester. You just need to adapt your fashion at a pace you're comfortable with (literally!).

  • To help you in the transition from your usual clothes to maternity wear, invest in a pregnancy bump band. This clever invention means you can wear your regular clothes for longer
  • In that 'in-between' stage, leggings and tunics can be a match made in heaven
  • Opt for a flatter, chunkier heel to help keep your feet firmly on the ground
  • Waterfall tops and jackets are great for flattering your pregnancy shape

'Dress' Code

Dresses are a versatile part of any wardrobe because they can be smartened up for work as well as made to look glam for the evening (if you've still got the energy for socialising!) with the right accessories. Because there are so many different styles of dresses out there, you can make them work for you, no matter what your fashion style, how comfortable you feel and how confident you are in showing off your bump. Empire-line dresses (and shirts) are a flattering shape and work really well over your baby bump, and there's always a little room to grow into. They can be great if you haven't told work that you're pregnant yet and you're still disguising your bump! Here are some great tips to help you when choosing maternity dresses:

  • A bodycon dress is the perfect way to show off your pregnancy shape
  • A floaty dress will skim gracefully over your bump
  • If you're going to a special event such as a wedding, christening or ball, remember you can still find fabulous evening dresses and cocktail dresses that will suit your new shape

Wise to accessorise

Whether you want to show off or play down your pregnancy bump, accessories are a great way of doing either. Follow these top tips for wonderful ways to accessorise.

To dress your bump up:

To dress your bump up wear a skin-tight dress to show off your tummy.

Or to play it down:

  • Wear a chunky statement necklace to add interest and detract from your bump
  • Get some ear candy with big, bold and bling earrings that will take the limelight off your tummy

Mum of two Sandy says

"Once I'd got over my body's changing shape I couldn't wait to show off my bump - in fact, the more noticeable it was the better. In the end I found that wearing clothes to enhance my new shape looked better than wearing clothes to try and hide it."

Make up for lost sleep

As your pregnancy progresses and your little one starts to exercise their arms and legs you might find it harder to get a good night's sleep. And, towards the end of your pregnancy, getting (and staying!) comfortable throughout the night can be easier said than done.

Tip: Give your make-up bag an overhaul and try primers, correctors and eye creams to brighten up your skin and soothe away the effects of a bad night's sleep.

Whatever the current season or the latest trend, we hope we've given you some inspiration on looking your best throughout your pregnancy.

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