Post # 1
I’m 5 1/2 months pregnant and lately been keeping it safe by wearing jeans with a black top OR black dress and accessorize. I think I look pretty good. Today I posted a pic on FB and mother in law called me out saying I wear too much black, to wear bright colors so everyone can see bump. Ugh, I just feel bright colors will make me look FAT, my arms arent skinny anymore and my boobs are huge. I thought black was keeping it safe. Now I feel pressured to wear bright colors. Need help from my fellow pregger bees or stylist experts. What can I wear that isn’t all black and DOESN’T make me look huge. Help with any tips.
Post # 3
@SamanthaLovesJames: How rude, don’t let her comment get to you! Dress how you feel comfy 🙂 I’m 16 weeks and I dress for me. I wear a lot of black to work, and people have nicnamed me Mrs Adams/Morticia. I have long dark hair and pale skin though.
I’ve found my favourite kind of outfit is black leggings with long tops, in a variety of colours 🙂
Post # 4
Personally, I think you should wear whatever makes you feel comfortable. There are so many things about pregnancy that is UNcomfortable, you might as well feel confident in what you look like. BUT, if you want tips, here are some things you can try… =)
You can wear bright layers and then have the outer most layer be black – ie: light blue dress with a black cardigan. This way you are breaking up the black but not straying too far from your comfort zone.
Another option is to incorporate more navy, grey or deep purple into your wardrobe. These colors are much softer than balck but still have a slimming effect.
Post # 5
@MrsSmokey: LOL, I’m glad I’m not the only one wearing black.
@bijou214: Great idea on cardigans, and now looking for dark color purple tops.
Post # 6
- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
I would post pictures of the muu-muus pregnant women wore in the 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s and remind her that sometimes a simple flattering color is better than trying to be “in style.”
Even Princess Di couldn’t avoid it.
Post # 8
- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
And yes, sadly, those were in style for pregnant women of the day. I even have a pic of my mom in a smocked dress like the second one from when she was pregnant with me around the same time. It looks awful!!!
I will probably wear a ton of black as well because I am an attorney and most of my wardrobe is already black so I can mix and match. It will likely be the same with my maternity wardrobe.
Post # 9
my sister wore almost all black the whole time she was pregnant and looked great – are your accessories bright colors? maybe adding a scarf or a fun necklace?
i’ve bought a lot of bright colors for pregnancy, but that’s just because that’s what i like to wear – I have a feeling at some point i’ll be in all black too.
i’m sure you look amazing!
Post # 10
Tagging this because I have links on Pinterest about dressing your bump that I’ll have to get at home. 🙂
Post # 11
- Wedding: August 2013 - The Liberty House
I would just “like” her comment and then continue wearing whatever you want.
Post # 12
Go to a maternity clothes & try some different styles on.
Post # 13
Maybe forget bright colours if you don’t want to wear them and try any colour at all. Patterns or even stripes are okay options too. Easy/quick solution depending on how far along you are would be to raid your husband’s wardrobe.
Post # 14
Wear what you want to wear, don’t let others bully you into wearing something that isnt you
Post # 15
I’m just getting to this stage of bump dressing, so not all of this may work, but I’ll give it a go. I’d also like to say that if you like black, go for it!! Most uncool of your MIL to bully you into wearing something you don’t want to wear! Anyway, if you’re interested…
There are a few other visual tricks that create a slimming illusion besides wearing black, so I imagine they’d work with a bump as well. Bright colors don’t have to be really unflattering if they’ve got clean lines and are falling in the right places. Go for well-tailored, structured items that emphasize your slimmer bits – that’s an easy way to incorporate brighter stuff without looking like a circus tent. Floppy and baggy clothing makes you look bigger than you are.
Some other rules of thumb: Color in blocks tends to be slimming (moreso than busy patterns, for example) because it creates visual length and will draw less attention to bits you’re keen to hide. Vertically-inclined stripes (don’t always have to be straight up and down) can be good too, though dead-horizontal ones make you look wider. Footwear also matters – you want to keep your visual line as clean and long as possible. Skinny black trousers or leggings with tall black boots will create an unbroken, slimming baseline that you can build on with a colourful top or a playful blazer.
Post # 16
@SamanthaLovesJames: Sorry she made you feel yucky! Ignore her.
I am 19 weeks and wear a ton of grey and black. My uniform is black/grey leggings with a colored/patterned tee and a black or grey cardigan. The only maternity thing I have bought is a fee tanks and long sleeve tees to wear under my cardigans. Better to invest in things you can wear again!
The clothing brand, INC, also makes incredibly cute patterned dresses that are stretchy that I wear when I need to dress up and also for this summer with some cute flats.