Being a wardrobe stylist by trade, and now first-time mom-to-be, going through pregnancy has given me a whole new perspective on style. These nine months are filled with some of the biggest transitions and changes in a woman’s body. And it adds a whole new twist to figuring out what to wear, month by month. It can be challenging, especially when the temperature heats up in the summertime. If there’s anything I’ve learned, it’s that one pieces & dresses have been my pregnancy go-to’s and I wanted to share some simple tips for dressing your bump for summer!
Dresses are absolutely essential to feeling comfortable yet cute during pregnancy. I’ve found that maxi dresses and fitted dresses (often referred to as body con dresses) can be easy to find and the most comfortable for the bump.
1. Simple, one-pieces work best
Say goodbye to zippers and outfits with snaps, hooks, and buttons. Pieces that work best have elastic, stretch, and/or are higher waisted. Maxi dresses, fitted sleeveless cotton dresses, and swing dresses are great for summer bumps.
2. Add simple, hands-free accessories
The Baby Tula Hip Pouch is one of my favorite summer accessories to add to my maternity wardrobe. You can wear the hip pouch as a shoulder ‘bag’ or crossbody bag during pregnancy, then again as a hip pouch after baby arrives. These make for the best kind of simple, on-the-go accessories!
3. Throw on easy layers
In the summer when the temperatures rise, wearing light pieces are the most comfortable option. If you’re heading out to dinner or an evening outing, something that makes an outfit fabulous is using the right layers to dress it up. A simple denim jacket or shirt that can be layered over a sleeveless dress is perfect!
What have been some style struggles that you’ve faced during pregnancy? What pregnancy pieces worked best for you?
More about Conni: By day I’m a wardrobe consultant, personal shopper, and closet editing fanatic. And by night I’m a blogging enthusiast at Art in the Find. I’m a native Californian who has always had a penchant for style. With a background in education and fashion merchandising, I started my blog & wardrobe styling business, Art in the Find Styling, in 2012. Living in Toronto and a summer abroad in Paris helped me expand my style skill set. My mission is to help women define and refine their style with in-home and virtual style consultations.
Photographer: Shannon Hammond Photography