As we approach the party season, we are also approaching the final stages of pregnancy when the thought of dressing up can feel daunting. But fear not, as there is no reason you can’t get all glammed up when you are pregnant. Generally speaking, the more fabric there is, the less flattering the ensemble is, so make sure your outfit is pulled in around your body at some (or all) parts. If there was ever a time to embrace your shape, this is it! Once you are past the stage where it looks like you just ate a big meal and move into the “I’m growing a human being in here,” then show it off, and opt for something tighter.
Keep scrolling to find some tips below (and to see really preggo pics of us!!) Hope this guide helps!
1. Good underwear is everything
Don’t be afraid to wear something form-fitting, as you will find that it makes you feel smaller. Good underwear is key and will increase your confidence in your party outfit. No need to be in frumpy maternity bras, or traipse through dim department stores – we’ve both lived in this Victorias Secret bra throughout. They offer free appointments in the Angel Suite at their Bond Street store. All you need to do it get there and explain what you like and someone will measure you and bring you everything you need. Remember, don’t waste money on a white bra – black and nude will do the trick.
2. The little black dress is your best friend
For a black-tie event or something more glam, little black dresses are always a safe, simple and flattering option. Embellishment and detailing are a great way to detract from any body parts you don’t feel comfortable showing off. I love this fringed dress from YAS . It’s body-con, but the fabric is heavy enough to smooth out any lumps and bumps. Alternatively, if you’d rather opt for an A-line shape like Sam, then this Issa dress (right) will do the trick, and the embellished neckline draws the eye upwards and makes it feel special.
3. Dresses aren’t the only option
For a more casual Christmas dinner, a two-piece suit is on trend, and if you find a great-fitting pair of maternity black slim-leg trousers (like these that I’m wearing from Isabella Oliver), then you can pair them with a tuxedo-style jacket, which will give your shape more structure. This jacket from Verycombines the military trend with some gold Christmas embellishment, so it will jazz up any simple black outfit. For a simpler take, leather or coated trousers (a great maternity investment) like these from H&M, teamed with a chic, camel cashmere jumper will look super sophisticated while being cosy and comfy.
4. Shoes & accessories are key (and are an investment as they will always fit you!)
It’s party season, so you should branch out with your accessories. Chunky jewellery will instantly jazz up any outfit. We love the vintage pieces from Susan Caplan (my mums brand, but even if she wasn’t my mum I would still want everything- Hello vintage Chanel!!!) as you know you won’t see anyone wearing the exact same piece, so they are a real investment that you can then pass on to your kids.
Block heels that are low enough to be comfortable but will give you enough height to elongate your legs and make you feel great are an essential. These H&M slingbacks or this silver glittery pair from Topshopare super stylish. If you are afraid of too much height but need a little boost then these kitten heels from Marks and Spencer will add a bit of ‘party’ to your outfit, plus they are less than £30.