Finding out you are pregnant is such an exciting time. The feelings of excitement, nervousness, and not knowing what to expect can be very overwhelming. In the midst of all the changes going on with your body, you also have to figure out how to dress your ever-changing body! With maternity clothes being pricey and not always the cutest, let me share a few tips of how I dressed at Sophie&Trey/4th&Ocean during my whole pregnancy!
This time last year I was almost 5 months pregnant! The hairband expanding my jeans and the belly band days were long gone! Leggings, tights, empire waist dresses/tops, and maxi dresses became my best friend! Don't be discouraged about shopping in a boutique while your pregnant! All the girls at the stores saw my progression during my pregnancy, and we are all there to help you dress you and your gorgeous growing baby bump! They saw the good days when I was glowing and the bad days when I felt outright ugly! We all learned together what worked and didn't work on my new body! Sometimes all you need is a Sophie&Trey/4th&Ocean maternity fashion show to lift your spirits and remember how truly beautiful and special this time of your life is!
Here are some tips I learned while I was pregnant!
1.) Buy clothes that fit. Nothing makes a pregnant woman look bigger than an oversized muumuu.
2.)Accentuate the belly. Any dress or top should fit snug around the belly so that no one mistakes you for simply having a lunch baby. Form-fitting is always more flattering than really loose.
On that note one of my go to looks while I was pregnant!
Black leggings from either Sophie&Trey/4th & Ocean($6.99-$24.00) and one of the fabulous seamless dresses than can be found at either store with either spaghetti straps or long sleeves for the winter for only($14.99-$19.99). Trust me these things are great! They might look intimidating but try one on, they will grow with your belly and are the perfect staple to your maternity wardrobe to layer over! The seamless dresses actually make you feel like you have extra support under your belly, and are long enough to make you feel covered! This look is seen below on Jessica Simpson. She paired the leggings and seamless dress with a black leather jacket, black boots, and a leopard scarf! Love it... and you can find affordable boots, jackets, and scarfs just like this at Sophie & Trey!
3.) Your new waist is directly under your breasts now (empire waist) so if you're using a belt or sash in anyway always belt above your belly.
4.) Accessorizing is key. Big necklaces draw the eyes upwards and towards your face. If you're dressing all in one color you can use accessories to add splashes of color.
5.) Dressing in one color is recommended. I tended to wear all one color underneath (preferably black/gray/brown) and added color over with either a jacket, chiffon bohemian top, necklaces, and scarfs.
Below is a picture of Christina Applegate using her accessories to accentuate her bump in the most flattering way! The high waisted belt is placed perfectly to show how off her waist. The layered long necklaces with one shorter necklace adds interest to her neckline. Sophie & Trey/4th & Ocean offer awesome high waisted belts that range from $9.99-$19.99! The jewelry options are endless at the stores too! I love layering a trendy long necklace with a classic initial necklace! You could find a fierce long necklace at Sophie & Trey for anywhere from $6.99-$29.99 and layer it with the 24KGP Initial Necklace from 4th & Ocean(you could buy your babies initial if you already have the name picked out!). You can also use all the accessories you buy during and after pregnancy!
6.) Show off the parts that you love. Great legs? Go with short dresses. Ripped arms? Try sleeveless looks. Loving your new pregnancy cleavage? Opt for a low-cut top.
Here Kourtney Kardashian showed off her legs and pregnancy cleavage! She looks great and still isn't showing too much by wearing a classic style blazer and not showing her whole leg, by wearing a higher boot!
7.) Rock tights! Patterned tight, colored tights, and classic black opaque tights are huge this season! If you're worried about a dress feeling to short for a Holiday party. Add black opaque tights underneath and you will instantly feel more comfortable and look chic.
8.) Splurge a little. You're only pregnant once(or twice or thrice...hehe) so find outfits you love and feel good in and it will be worth every penny.
9.) Wear the heck out of your perfectly fitting outfits/dresses and flaunt it while you got it! When I found something I felt really good in, I wore it (a lot!). The girls at the store would find a new outfit for me when they got sick of something! haha!
10.) Maxi Dresses! Maxi dresses are so comfortable and always look chic! You can dress one up for a party or throw on flip flops to run errands!
The black maxi I'm wearing below I glammed up with some necklaces from Sophie & Trey for my maternity shoot. I would also wear this maxi around the house to be comfortable, to run errands, or go to dinner! So versatile! This was from 4th & Ocean for $34.99...there a ton of great maxi dresses at 4th & Ocean all year round!
Below is Angelina Jolie and Gwen Stefani looking fab in there maxi dresses!
I hope all these tips help your journey to motherhood a little easier! Hopefully we will see you and your bump in the stores soon:) And remember your preggo body will be gone soon and your little bundle of joy will be here! So any days you feel frustrated with how clothes are fitting, just remember to have fun with it!
Here is a pic of Baby Kenny and I when he was only 6 days old! It feels like that was just yesterday! Enjoy every minute and good luck!
Holiday in the Park on Friday night was a blast! The lights are beautiful and seeing all the kids enjoy it was so fun! The lights will be on every night until the New Year! So if you haven't gone to see them yet I strongly recommend it! Here is a pic of Baby Kenny enjoying some of the decorations in the park! If you don't know where the park is it is Lake Mary Central Park, the one directly in front of the stores and next to the Lake Mary City Hall! I am wearing a Billabong sweater from 4th&Ocean(so cuddle up comfy!), gray jeans from S&T, black tank from S&T, and boots from S&T! BK is wearing an adorable Elf hat and shoes from Coastal Kidz, which is also located in Downtown Lake Mary!