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All shapes and sizes
Being pregnant doesn’t mean giving up your personal style. There are so many maternity options now that flattering your beautiful shape – whether you're carrying high or low or are small or curvy – is easy. If your body changes are stumping you, though, here’s some inspiration. These casual-chic looks take the hassle out of getting dressed and keep you feeling gorgeous all the way through the third trimester.
If you're curvy
Some women gain just in the belly, but many more discover that baby weight distributes all over. You're not alone if you're swelling everywhere from your limbs to your face. But whether you're tall, plus-size, or just feeling bigger than your usual self, don't let trying on clothes become a battle. Soft fabrics and longer lines are the best ways to help you feel great while still accentuating your beautiful bump.
A long story
Start with a soft knit dress and a hemline that hits around the knee. A touch of form-fitting fabric emphasizes your baby bump, but lets you move around freely. Cover with a long sweater that nearly matches the length of the dress to keep the shape long and lean. Complete the casual-cool look with tonal slip-ons.
A leg up
Leggings are every pregnant woman's best friend, giving maximum comfort as your belly continues to grow. Dress up classic black with a long tunic: The dark bottoms elongate your legs, while the flowing top is breezy and stylish. A little embroidery or beading adds interest, and a pair of cool clogs and a pretty cuff pull it together.
If you're carrying low
If your baby is sitting low, you might be showing off a sweet belly just above your hips. For your comfort, look for clothing that's soft on the waistline. Below-the-bump cuts can be especially cute, nipping in and accentuating your shape.
Joggers are as comfy as sweatpants (hello, elastic waistband) but are a bit more put-together thanks to the tapered leg. Look for a soft band to keep your low-belly cozy. A neutral color like gray or denim or a luxe fabric like cashmere makes them dressier. Float a loose tee on top, slide into some glam sandals, and you're ready to run errands or grab brunch with a friend.
Jump to it
A jumpsuit is an easy, stylish way of putting together an outfit without having to think about it. Black is versatile and slimming; the tapered leg elongates, while the roomy, stretchy mid-section lets your belly breathe. Add a tight tank or long-sleeved shirt underneath for chillier days. A bucket bag and bright clogs complete the look.
If you're carrying high
If your belly is popping up and out, you can rock some really cute maternity looks. Separate bust from bump with high belts, ties, and color-block separates. Get creative and do quick, easy alterations to pieces you may already have in your closet.
High (waisted) style
Select a high-waisted skirt in a comfy material. Skip standard black and get playful with a lighter hue like gray or even a pattern. Tuck in a tight tank in a complimentary (but different) color, so the outfit is visibly broken up. Throw on a breezy cardigan, espadrilles, and a statement necklace. Grab your sunnies, and you're set.
To the maxi
A sweeping dress is an easy way to elevate your look and keep cool in the process. Select a maxi in an airy fabric and an eye-catching color or pattern. Cinch it right above the bump, adding a belt if you like, to give you waist definition. Add a chic cropped jacket, embellished sandals, and a creative clutch, and you're good to go.
If you're small all over
If you were petite to begin with, that bump has nowhere to go but out! But the rest of you might be as tiny as ever. A small-all-over figure really allows you to play up your maternity style. Experiment with graphic prints, skinny jeans, and more, and don't be afraid to take fashion risks and have some fun.
Get the skinny
Slip into a pair of skinny jeans that show off the shape of your legs, or try the slouchy boyfriend-jean trend on for size. Throw on a sweater in a neutral hue and make it feel a little more styled with a knotted belt. Add a felt topper and pair of casual kicks for an all-around easy ensemble.
Try a form-fitted dress in a fun print. Slip on a pair of comfy flats and toss on a moto jacket and you have a cool on-the-go outfit. Make it pop with a bright accent piece, like this Kelly green crossbody bag.