It’s that time of year again! It’s the time when all of your family and friends are in town, the party invites start arriving and suddenly you have to decide on an outfit that fits—let alone flatters—your pregnant body. Not only is it already difficult to find clothes which fit during pregnancy, but now you have to find something that’s merry and bright? Talk about a challenge.
There are lots of fun fashion options to choose from during the Christmas season, but finding one as an expectant mother can be a unique task. Fortunately, we have some tips to keep in mind as you decide what to wear while pregnant this holiday season.
Embrace the ugly sweater.
No matter who you are or where you live, chances are you’ve received at least one invite to an ugly sweater party. In recent years, ugly sweaters have become all the rage, with stores even selling intentionally ugly sweaters at marked-up prices for people who want them. If you’re expecting a new little one this holiday season, don’t be afraid to embrace the ugly sweater! If possible, you can even incorporate your pregnant belly in the joke. For instance scribble “Best gift ever!” across the front. And if you find that a sweater is a little too hot during hormonal heat flashes, bring an extra shirt along in case you need to cool down halfway through the party.
Add in cute layers.
Speaking of heat flashes, why not embrace fashion and be prepared at the same time? As you design your favorite Christmas outfit this year, add in some cute layers, so you can feel fashion-forward and have options throughout the evening. For instance, pair a party dress with a stylish blazer or cozy sweater, then add in a beautiful scarf. Or, combine a tank top underneath a beautiful blouse with your favorite pair of skinny jeans, alongside a complementary jacket. The outfit will be sure to dazzle as you walk into the party, and stay stylish throughout the evening in case you start to warm up.
Go for the twist.
When it comes to form-flattering formal wear this holiday season, nothing works better on your pregnant body than a good twist. Find a dress or blouse with a delicate twist in the fabric to flatter the beautiful shape of your body, without drawing attention to your least-favorite parts. Particularly paired with a sheath dress, a twist adds in just enough dimension to draw the right amount of attention to your cute little baby bump.
Say hello to the empire waist.
On the other hand, if you’re trying to avoid any attention on the baby bump, then say hello to your very best friend: the empire waist. Empire waists hit just beneath your bosom and just above the baby bump, bringing the attention up to your face, rather than at your belly. Whether you choose to wear a dress, blouse or even a jumpsuit this holiday season, the empire waist will flatter your figure and make you feel more confident than ever.
Keep it cool with color.
Finally, as you pick out the perfect outfit for the Christmas party, be sure to keep it cool with color. It’s easy to jump overboard during the holidays and go for the bright green, red or sparkly gold, but big, bold, full-on color might not always flatter your baby bump. Instead, start out with calmer colors, then add in a splash of the exuberant. For instance, a black dress with gold sparkles will draw enough attention to you without making your belly look like a disco ball. Or, a solid flowy blouse with a big, chunky necklace will add in the perfect amount of color to catch glances.
Deciding what to wear for the annual Christmas party is difficult enough, let alone when you have a baby in your belly! If you’re expecting a new little one this season, keep these tips in mind as you plan out the perfect holiday outfit. Not only will you look beautiful, but you will feel more classy and confident than ever.