12 Maternity Style Lessons From The Stars
Prepare to get schooled in the art of dressing for two by Hollywood’s most stylish yummy mummies

Natasha Saroca

Jun 04, 2014 02:38
by Natasha Saroca

We’ve long looked to celebs like Mila, Drew and Olivia for fashion inspo, so we’re not surprised that their maternity style is just as impressive as their pre-pregnancy looks – not that we expected anything less! Here, we take you through 12 A-lister-approved pregnancy fashion tips we learnt while style stalking our fave Hollywood baby mamas.

1. Show off your belly
Did you rock cropped tops B.T.B. (that is, Before the Bump)? Don’t stop on account of your growing belly! Take a leaf of Scandal star Kerry Washington’s pregnancy fashion playbook, who proudly showed off her baby bump in a hot pink embellished Prada crop top at this year’s SAG Awards. Keep it classy by sticking with a loose silhouette that flatters the bump and your body.

2. Raid your baby daddy’s wardrobe
Oversized muumuus and gaucho pants aren’t your only option on days when you want to wear baggy clothes but still look stylish and put together – steal relaxed-fit pants and tops from your partner’s wardrobe instead! We think this sweat pant, muscle tee and sneaker combo worn by supermodel Doutzen Kroes looks oh-so cool and comfy.

3. Invest in wardrobe classics
Basic buys like stretch tees and tanks in classic black and white, good-quality jeans (invest in a belly belt expander so you can continue wearing them as your belly grows), shift dresses and maxi dresses and skirts will make choosing what to wear during your pregnancy easy (or at least easier).

4. Wear bright, block colours
Sure, dark colours like black and navy are slimming, but do you really want to wear moody midnight shades from top to toe during your entire pregnancy? Accentuate your bump and sexy pregnancy curves by wearing bright hues that catch the eye, like Kristen Bell’s vibrant purple frock, shown above.

5. (When in doubt) Stick with shifts
Roomy shift dresses will be your best friend once your bump starts showing, as they’re chic, comfy and will gently hug your growing belly. Try a V-neck design like Mila Kunis’ crisp white shift if you want to accentuate your bust – it will also add a hint of sexiness to your outfit.

6. Flaunt your curvy pregnancy body
While we don’t often (read: never) look to Kim K for fashion advice, we must admit that she upped her sartorial game when she was pregnant with her bub, North West (Kanye’s influence, maybe?). Here, she proves why mums-to-be should show off their beautiful belly by wearing figure-hugging body-con dresses and other body-skimming separates. We think she looks sexy, stylish and sophisticated; how about you?

7. Play hide and seek
Not quite ready to reveal your exciting news? Wear peplum tops, skirts and dresses, or pieces with embellishments like ruffles or ruching, as they can help camouflage your baby bump until it’s time to share the happy news.

8. Make a statement
Not keen on wearing bright, all-over colour during your pregnancy but still want your maternity outfits to wow? Invest in a few dresses, tops and bottoms in bold statement prints that are chic, stylish and will instantly catch the eye (and not just because of your beautiful bump).

9. Ditch heels for comfy kicks
See, not all celebrity mums-to-be wear sky-scrapping heels (Kim K, we’re looking at you) throughout their entire pregnancy! We suggest stocking up on plenty of sandals, sneakers and ballet flats, which you’ll still be able to wear once bub arrives. We love Ciara’s shirtdress and sneaker combo, shown above.

10. Dress up basic maternity wear with killer accessories
Have to leave the house but don’t want to change out of your tank and tights? We don’t blame you. Layer casual and comfy maternity ensembles with bold accessories (we love printed scarves and statement jewellery) that pack a stylish punch.

11. Throw on a blazer
A chic blazer will instantly dress up any maternity outfit, whether you’re wearing an oversized smock dress or boyfriend jeans and a tee. Here, Kim Kardashian layers a simple olive cotton maxi dress with a cream tailored blazer, resulting in a look that’s polished and sophisticated.

12. Embrace laid-back looks
While it may seem like A-lister yummy mummies look immaculate and camera-ready 24/7, we’re pretty sure most of the time they look like this: relaxed and comfy, without a lick of foundation or lipstick on their face. What’s the moral of this particular maternity style story? When getting ready each morning, be guided by your mood and listen to your body – some days you might want to dress up your bump, or if you’re having a similar day to Mila, you may just feel like wearing cosy, chill-out clothes!

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