You’re the last person anyone ever thought would have a closet full of designer sweats. But pregnancy is a breeding ground for function over form.
We tracked down Amy Tara Koch, style expert and author of the soon-to-be released book Bump It Up, to help solve your most pressing fashion emergencies.
The problem: Round, squat, and close to the ground.
The fix: Visual elongation. Simple fixes like knee-high boots, open cardigans, and long scarves (think Stevie Nicks, not Hermès squares) trick the eye.
Avoid: Shiny fabrics attract light and draw attention to all the wrong places. And don’t even think about horizontal stripes.
The problem: Dry, flaky skin.
The fix: Cleanse your skin with a simple product like Cetaphil (or any oil-based cleanser) and give yourself a hydration boost with a homemade mask of olive oil, sunflower oil, or honey. Fake the glow by applying shimmer to the apples of your cheeks, nose, forehead, and eyelids.
Avoid: Foamy cleansers and soaps. Sodium lauryl sulfate, which creates the bubbly lather and is also found in dishwasher detergent and household cleansers, dries you out.
The problem: Big, bigger, biggest boobs.
The fix: Get a professional bra fitting. Stick with V-necks and scoop necks to reveal a tasteful bit of decolletage. Wrap dresses showcase your bosom without offending.
Avoid: Big patterns. Flowers, paisleys, and polka dots stretched out of shape — over a boob no less — are a fashion fiasco.
The problem: Out of balance.
The fix: Exhibit volume control. Tight on top (fitted white tank), flowy on bottom (boho skirt). Flowy on top (tunic), tight on bottom (maternity jeggings). Look for pieces that drape and skim in jersey and cotton.
Avoid: Excess material adds bulk and weight to your frame.
And the doctor says you’re doing fine in that department already.
For more maternity fashion tips, Bump It Up: Transform Your Pregnancy into the Ultimate Style Statement is available online at amazon.com.
Photo: Vivian Ghazarian / Courtesy of Milly