The Stylish, Comfy Maternity Attire to Gift Soon-to-Be Moms

As a parent, brother/sister, husband, or friend, you might be wondering what gift to get a lady you care about who is expectant. Because you’re thoughtful, you decide you need to get her something that will not only make her feel great, but also make her pregnancy easier because of the gift’s practicability. So you settle on gifting her with a maternity outfit.

The decision of what outfit to buy for the soon-to-be mom might seem overwhelming at first because of the vast variety of options to choose from. However, you’re decision becomes a whole lot easier when you start with the basics: giving priority to style and comfort. The body of a woman goes through significant changes during pregnancy.

The options are numerous and you wouldn’t want to hold back because this is a special gift. Therefore, the best approach to take might be keeping in mind things you need to avoid when buying maternity clothes as a gift. Here are a few tips.

No seams at the waist

Seams on clothes will cause discomfort around the waist area as her belly expands. In addition to getting her clothes that make her look great, you want those clothes to last her throughout the period of her pregnancy. So make sure whatever outfit you buy for her is seamless at the waist so that her belly easily grows into it.

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Classic silhouettes are a safe bet

The simplest outfits are usually the best when it comes to gifting maternity attire to expectant moms. Admittedly, they may not seem as exciting as dresses with elaborate designs. However, expectant mothers are most likely to wear the simplest dresses in their wardrobes most often because comfort is crucial, especially in the summer.

Think layers

It is often the case that during the second trimester where an expectant mother’s belly is in a sort of transition phase, a cardigan becomes increasingly preferable. They could easily layer it over dresses and tops from Love Trendify such that it hides certain features while accentuating others, such as her cute baby bump.

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Favour darker colours

Maternity clothes with darker colors have the optical effect of making the expectant mother appear somewhat smaller. In addition to that, the dark hues have a way of hiding problem areas that may be otherwise conspicuous. These colors are also easier to match with other clothes compared to brighter colors.

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Flowing pieces are preferable

You need to be careful here not to get her outfits that are exceedingly billowy as they tend to make her look bigger. A go in-between option works best, such as a cotton blouse that hugs her body in all the right places while still ensuring she is comfortable.

Buy one size up

Choosing for her dresses that are one size up ensures that the expectant mother will be able wear them during and after the pregnancy. For instance, you might want to buy her are formation dress that is one size up. It would look great and fit without the belt during her pregnancy, and she can have it resized afterward.

Bio:

Sofia P. Sanders has worked as a stylist in the fashion industry for 13 years. She has written numerous articles and blog posts on topics related to fashionable maternity wardrobe. Learn more about gifting mothers at Love Trendify.

Seven Fashion Tips for Stylish Mommies

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Being a new mommy is a whole new, sweet, exciting, terrifying and amazing life experience that women embrace wholeheartedly. But it is a well-known fact that not all women regain their pre-baby waistline and thighs. As a matter of fact, baby fat takes a few months to disappear, while your prenatal body lines still need time to make their comeback. Are you bound to wear leggings and oversized t-shirts for months to come?

If your pre-pregnancy outfits don’t fit, and your pregnancy outfits don’t fit either, what is left to do than layering slouchy clothes over and over to hide all the sins? Well, you may not be the same size you were a year ago, but this doesn’t mean you can’t look stylish and cool – without stealing your husband’s shirts and tees! Let’s take a look today at seven fashion tips for new mommies and some easy tricks you can employ to turn heads in the street!

1. Wear High-Waist Jeans and Some Cool Boots

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The problem with low-waist skinny jeans in new mommies is that they don’t flatter at all your waistline. On the contrary, if you happen to bend over, they will make a display of your granny pants. On the other hand, a pair of high-waist jeans with a very flat front will make your waist and thighs look slimmer, and you can wear any top, tee or shirt without accidentally showing skin.

For a complete optical illusion, tuck your jeans into a pair of comfy nude suede boots. The jeans and pants don’t necessarily have to be the skinny or cigarette style, but you should tuck them into ankle boots in a nude shade. Wearing nudes come with immense benefits – your legs will look slimmer and longer, and the viewer’s eye is drawn towards the lower part of your body and not your waist.

2. Wear Black

It’s just simple as that: pick pants, dresses, tunics and skirts in black (or at least dark shades). Black is known for making your figure look slimmer, hiding all the baby fat and undesired curves. Now we don’t all have to be Victoria Beckham and have her post-partum waistline, but we can learn something from this fashionable soccer mom: cover in black what you need to cover and show the parts you want the world to see – the simple and elegant outfit will make you look stand out of the crowd, especially if you dress up a little black dress with style.

3. Switch Slouchy T-Shirts with Tunics

No matter the season, tunics make a terrific addition to any new mommy’s wardrobe. Instead of making you look bigger, like frumpy tees do, they skim your figure as they have a longer, slim-fit design. You can pick some in long sleeves and short sleeves to get you through the seasons. If you want to spice things up, pick some in jolly colors and adorned with modern embellishments, applications, bows, ribbons or featuring stylish prints and patterns.

If you want a casual outfit, wear a tunic over a pair of jeans, leggings or short. Dress up to rock the city with a tunic worn together with a pencil skirt.

4. Ditch the Diaper Bag for some Stylish Alternative

A diaper bag has its benefits but let’s face it, it looks sloppy and dorky, to say the least. Not to mention some of them are so big and deep you can lose yourself in them without finding anything. Fashion experts recommend you take stock of yourself and take a walk to the adult-fashion-oriented bags departments.

You can find plenty of modern bags that offer the same functionality, space, and organization as diaper bags without looking like diaper bags. You can try a distressed Selvaggio laptop bag in refined leather, a stylish canvas backpack, an oversized patent tote and so on. Use simple Ziploc bag for the diapers and sleek them into a fashionable bag for everyday wear.

5. Keep the Trainers for the Gym

We know, you need all the comfort you can get; especially now since you carry a newborn in your arms, a diaper bag and extra some pounds. You need to be able to walk for miles and never for a second feel the discomfort of shoes. Sneakers and trainers are a good choice because swollen, itchy, aching and burning feet is the last thing you want right now. But again, while sneakers made it into the casual wear trend and look awesome with anything from jeans to a maxi skirt, they are still sneakers.

If you want a dash of style to spice your mommy outfits up, switch to backless loafers, ballet flats, knee-long boots, and shoes with platforms across the entire sole for some height and so on. Slipper, flip-flops, and trainers will never pass the Fashion Police interrogatory.

6. Wear an Oversized Long Soft Scarf

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The mighty scarf can get you out of any situation: you can wrap yourself in it to hide some body parts, and looking feminine and romantic in the same time. You can wrap it around your neck and have its ends flow long on the vertical (to create a slimmer, taller appearance). You can wear it diagonally over your belly and back, with its ends quirkily knotted on the side to draw attention and still look slim and fit.

The scarf will be your best buddy if you want to breastfeed, cover your head and shoulders in summer, protect your arms from a chilly breeze at night, cover your legs if needed and use it as a pillow to take a nap on the bus in between to errands.

7. Mind Your Accessories

In order to rock motherhood, you need to look good – and feel great! When it comes to jewellery and accessories, you may want to ditch dangling earrings, long thin pendant necklaces and delicate chains – they will turn into a nightmare if the baby in your arms discovers them. Instead, go for stacked bracelets that don’t interfere with your breastfeeding or diaper changing activities, statement studs to draw attention to your face and maybe a statement chunky statement necklace that doesn’t get in your mommy ways. Sunglasses are mandatory, together with a composed and neat makeup, hairdo, manicure and pedicure.

After all, being a mommy doesn’t mean you have to neglect the small things in life.

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Topshop’s New Maternity Collection – Adding star style to your bump wardrobe

We all cope with pregnancy in different ways. Some women absolutely love being pregnant and look gorgeous and glowing throughout. Others, like me, feel sick and ill, look terrible, and can’t wait for it to end. I felt awful throughout, and this made clothes very important to me – they were something I could control and a way of feeling myself. I trawled the internet for stylish items that would allow me to retain my own personal look – I just didn’t want to live in ill fitting, maternity jeans alone.

Luckily, maternity fashion is one area that has shown real improvement in style and choice in the past ten years, and this week Topshop has launched a great focus piece on their website where they have put together a series of looks that can take you from work to date night, from casual stay at home style to the weekend and the school run. It is great to find a key brand like Topshop, which has a real fashion forward ethos, concentrating on maternity fashion, and I have to say, from experience, that the Topshop maternity range is great – a stretchy vest top and black skirt were two items I purchased from the store when I was expecting Joe, and I absolutely lived in them.

I have featured the five key looks here, Office Look, The Weekend Uniform, The Brunch Date, The Date Night and The School Run, and also some stylish inspiration from some pregnant and amazing fashionista’s. So if you do have a happy event upcoming this year, and are looking for a little style inspiration in the meantime, step this way and have a look at what Topshop has to offer.

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Casual Weekend and school run style

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Brunch look

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Weekend relaxation

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The Office Look

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To view the complete Topshop Maternity collection, click here.