9 Tips on How to Dress While Pregnant

How to Dress While Pregnant Angela Lanter Hello Gorgeous

How to Dress While Pregnant Angela Lanter Hello Gorgeous

How to Dress While Pregnant Angela Lanter Hello Gorgeous

How to Dress While Pregnant Angela Lanter Hello Gorgeous

How to Dress While Pregnant Angela Lanter Hello Gorgeous

How to Dress While Pregnant Angela Lanter Hello Gorgeous

How to Dress While Pregnant Angela Lanter Hello Gorgeous

How to Dress While Pregnant Angela Lanter Hello Gorgeous

How to Dress While Pregnant Angela Lanter Hello Gorgeous

One of my favorite parts of pregnancy so far has been styling this baby bump.  I’ve had so much fun mixing maternity with non-maternity pieces to create outfits that are super stylish while still being comfy.  Honestly, the key ingredient to maternity fashion is comfort.

Gone are the days when women only wore tent-like mumus trying to hide their expanding midsection.  Women nowadays show off their bumps with pride, which is exactly how it should be in my opinion.  After nearly 8.5 months of styling this ever-changing body of mine, I wanted to write a post with my best tips and tricks for dressing your bump.

How to Dress While Pregnant:

  1. Buy basic pieces.  Steer clear of the trendy pieces that are recognizable.  Instead, purchase basic tops, dresses and bottoms that can be worn over and over again throughout your pregnancy.  This blog post is a perfect example of a basic dress.  These pieces will also come in handy postpartum as your body adjusts to being a new mom and losing the baby weight.
  2. Invest in at least one pair of great jeans.  When I say great jeans, I mean jeans that A) make your butt look great and B) are actually comfortable.  My favorite maternity jeans have been from Paige, Ingrid & Isabel and Madewell.
  3. Learn to layer like a pro.  Layers can be so chic in Fall and Winter, and pregnancy doesn’t change that.  Just because you have an growing belly doesn’t mean you can’t wear your favorite layering staples.  Pull out those cardigans, puffer vests, blazers and jackets that you love and just wear them open over a basic solid or striped top.
  4. Size up.  Some of my favorite looks during pregnancy have been from my go-to non-maternity brands (such as my baby shower dress) and I just simply sized up for the perfect fit.
  5. Shop online.  I hate dressing rooms.  I’m much more likely to keep a piece and love it if I first try it on in the comfort of my own closet than in the horrible lighting of most fitting rooms.  So many online retailers allow us to turn our home closest into our own fitting rooms with free shipping and returns, so be sure to take advantage.  Hey, there’s no strings attached!
  6. Make sure you’re comfortable.  Like I said above, comfort is key during pregnancy.  If you try something on and you’re not comfortable in it, I can almost guarantee you that you won’t get your money out of it during pregnancy.
  7. Buy a Bellaband.  I’m no longer wearing most of my non-maternity jeans, but with the help of my Bellaband, I was able to wear them much longer than I thought possible.
  8. Go for the dresses.  I’m promising you, dresses are your best friend while pregnant.  It’s amazing not having a waistline irritating you all day long!
  9. Get maternity undies.  I don’t care what anyone says, maternity undies (and bras) are a must in my book.  The day I switched over to my maternity panties it was like I became a whole new, happier person.  Read more about my favorite undies in this blog post.  I’ll recap my second trimester soon and chat more about bras in that post.

I hope this helps to take the pressure off and makes you realize that buying an entirely new wardrobe for your pregnancy isn’t necessary.  But one thing I want to remind my fellow mama-to-be’s out there…  Embrace this season of life.  Our bodies are growing a little miracle, so every symptom and change we experience is worth it (I know, I know…  I’m preaching to the choir right now as I sit here with sciatica, lol!)  But seriously, don’t be ashamed of your belly, love on it, show it off proudly and be excited to dress it.  It’s only 9 months that we get the opportunity to do these fun things. 🙂

Photography by Kara Coleen.

What I’m Wearing:

Dress: Bae the Label Grey Maternity Dress  ||  Top: Bae the Label Striped Tee  ||  Boots: Hinge Barris Block Heel Booties

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14 Comments

  1. Marina
    November 22, 2017 / 9:43 PM

    Currently laying in bed at 9 months pregnant in my undies and a large tank top wishing I never have to get dressed for the rest of my pregnancy lol but these tips are great. I live in dresses and buying a great comfortable pair of maternity jeans is life changing!

    • December 4, 2017 / 12:45 PM

      Haha!! Girl, I feel ya!! Dresses are life!

  2. Brittany Blackburn
    November 25, 2017 / 7:02 PM

    Fantastic tips for when I’m pregnant one day! ? You look wonderful!

  3. Sharon
    November 27, 2017 / 8:23 AM

    I love this post! We just found out we’re pregnant so I’m excited to buy some maternity wear in a few months!

  4. November 27, 2017 / 11:01 AM

    Dresses were the absolute best during pregnancy! Never did pregnancy undies…probably should have give that a go!

    • December 4, 2017 / 12:34 PM

      For sure! Dresses make life so much easier!

  5. November 27, 2017 / 7:59 PM

    I haven’t been pregnant yet but these are wonderful tips. I can’t wait to style my bump someday.

  6. November 27, 2017 / 10:47 PM

    You’re so pretty and this outfit is gorgeous!! I’m not planning on getting pregnant for a couple of years, but I sure hope I can look as cute as you when I do get pregnant!

    • December 4, 2017 / 12:30 PM

      Thank you so much, Gabrielle! 🙂

  7. November 28, 2017 / 9:08 AM

    You have such a cute little neat bump! I dind’t get very big when I was pregnant, so I was lucky that I didn’t actually have to change much of my wardrobe. I lived mostly in one pieces and dresses. They were so comfortable!

    • December 4, 2017 / 12:30 PM

      Thank you, Nita! You were so lucky!!

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