Well Dressed Maternity Month 5

By month 5 you are certainly starting to show!
Hopefully, the outfits that you created in months three and four are still working for you to some extent, but they probably won’t for much longer!
(Not without a bit of tweaking at least)
Now is the time to plan ahead for the real changes in your body and wardrobe.
Now it’s time to do some real maternity shopping.
It’s important that you plan out a usable and versatile wardrobe capsule that will work seamlessly for your life over the next several months.
Think about a few factors:
What is your present day to day life like? Do you live in jeans or do you dress for the office five days a week? If your life takes more than one level of dress you may need to create more than one maternity capsule.
Start with the Basics.
These should be selected first and can help supplement those outfits from months 3 and 4 that you have already put together. I like to start with the three bottom five top formula of versatile pieces that can be easily mixed and matched. For these to work the simpler the better.
It’s important that you get pieces that fit you now with room for growth.
Theoretically your maternity size should be the same as your regular size, but try things on. If clothes are snug in month 5, they may not fit right in months 7, 8 or 9.
Or pants and skirts there are several waist band styles to choose from. Remember every woman is different and will have different preferences. (Don’t just choose a style because your sister in law told you it was the best. That may be have been true for her, but you may not have the same experience.)
I generally found that curvier woman with a shorter waist preferred a soft waist band that curved under the belly. Longer waisted women with a straighter hip preferred the built in belly band.
Tops are much easier to figure out the fit for. I suggest finding simple styles in neutrals you wear and in colors you love. You can interest with accessories and other layers helping these pieces stretch their usefulness.
A great basic dress and a couple of neutral shells are also useful additions to a basic and versatile maternity capsule wardrobe.
Once you have figured out your basics it is time to add some stylish pieces that have some more personality. These pieces can be added a bit at a time. Pieces like Jackets, interesting cardigans, vests, or a stylish skirt can add interest to an outfit. Each piece should have personality and be something you love to wear.
Remember that you do not need a lot of pieces.
Every woman I talked with confessed that no matter how much maternity clothes they had, they ended up with two or three Go-To outfits that they lived in during the second half of their pregnancy. They all agreed that they did wear at least a third of what they bought and really only wore the few outfits they not only loved but were comfortable and easy.
So, take your time when shopping for your maternity wardrobe. Don’t buy a lot but buy wisely.
Make sure the outfits you get are perfect for you. Beware that there is not as much selection in the maternity world, but if you do a bit of planning there is a way to have fun with your looks, love what you have, and look your best throughout your pregnancy

Maintaining your Final Trimester self

Keep up your Image in the Final Trimester of Pregnancy.

As you march through the final Trimester of your pregnancy, and you are distracted by baby showers, getting a space ready for the baby, new discomforts daily and lack of sleep…it is very easy to let your personal appearance slip.

Please don’t!

This is your time, take care of yourself too.

To feel your best you need to look your best. 

Maintain your wardrobe; be thoughtful about how you put together your outfits. 

Avoid just going for the overly worn leggings and oversized sweater that happens to fit over the belly.

Pay attention to the details. 

You don’t have to have a large complex maternity wardrobe, but no matter how simple your maternity wardrobe is, there is always room for a thoughtful accessory to create depth and thought to a look.  Great shoes, an addition of a belt placed above or below the belly, a fabulous scarf styled around the neck or a great pair of earrings can still make a simple outfit pop!

Making the effort to pay attention to these details will give your look more style.

Instead of simply dressing in what may seem easiest, be proud of how you look and dress your third Trimester body with that pride in mind.

The other part of your personal Image not to neglect is your Grooming. 

As the belly grows and you can see less of yourself it’s easy to literally lose sight of certain areas. 

Don’t neglect yourself. 

Go to the nail salon and get your toes done regularly…even if you can’t see them anymore, other people can!  There is nothing like having a fresh coat of polish on your toe nails.

If you normally shave the legs and especially the bikini area, this may be the time in your life to go get a professional wax.  Waxing will last 3 to 4 weeks so you really only need to suffer through it if it’s not your thing, three or four times.  You’ll be so happy once it’s done!

Do little things for yourself like having your eyebrows waxed or your eyelashes dyed.  Even if you are capable of applying your own mascara, it’s such a treat to not have to worry about maintaining something daily yourself and to know that you look great.

Pregnancy is not always so easy on our skin.  Get a gentle facial and help that pregnancy glow shine through with a fresh, healthy face.

You may not want to have any chemical treatments done to your hair while pregnant, but you can certainly have a fabulous blow dry.   Does your hair ever look better then when you first step out of the salon with freshly blow dried hair?  And who doesn’t feel their best on a great hair day!

Treat yourself; if you look your best, you’ll feel your best too. 

Your pregnancy is a time to glow, so take care of yourself and your personal Image to bring out the very best of you in this very special time.

You deserve it.

10 helpful Maternity dressing tips

You just found out your pregnant!

Your body will quickly be changing and the clothes in your closet are going to become less and less wearable before you know it.  You have months of awkward dressing ahead of you…how do you make the process of dressing for this changing body easy and enjoyable without buying an entire new wardrobe of Maternity Clothes that you’ll only be able to use for a few months at best?

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  1. First, it’s about taking the focus away from the waist.  Find clothes that are roomy around the natural waist, and rather, draw the eye to the bust line with an empire waist or the Hip with a dropped waist.
  2. Many women feel awkward and anything but sexy while pregnant, so taking advantage of a fuller bust is a great way to bring the sex appeal back!  For most women, the bust is fuller then they have had in the past, so they should enjoy it for a little while.  Show the “girls” off while they are fullest…in a modest way of course.  When choosing tops pay attention to the neck line, as the bust grows some necklines may be less suitable then they normally are.
  3. As Always, when trying to minimize the appearance of volume, soft draping, Diagonal lines, rouching and well placed seems are all miracle workers!  These design details do wonders to help minimize appearance of volume, so they are helpful in camouflaging a growing belly and are easy to find in tops at most major stores. 
  4. Avoid shine.  Reflective surfaces draw the eye in and make the object that the light is bouncing off of appear larger.  If your goal is to show off your beautiful baby bump, then get your shimmer on with satins, velvets and iridescent.  But if you are trying to be more subtle about your changing body, stick to matt fabrics with a more muted palette.
  5. Embrace the Layers.  Extra long tops as bottom layers are an easy way to camouflage the belly.  A V-neck cardigan over another layer will also help minimize a larger bust.  Layers create dimension to an outfit, so they can distract from what is going on underneath.  Layers are also a great way to wear softer more comfortable clothes and still look thoughtfully put together.
  6. The belly band really is an inexpensive, basic and useful tool for dressing a pregnant body.  With this simple piece you can hide a multitude of ill-fitting clothing flaws and make things work just a bit longer!
  7. A few maternity pieces you may want to invest in:  Since pants really are the article that will not fit as your waist disappears get maternity Jeans, and black or dark brown pants.  Another thing you may want to invest in from the maternity department is a few T-shirts and Camisoles for layering.  Also, think about a great dress that you feel comfortable in for each stage of your pregnancy.
  8. Shoes:  plan ahead.  Find easy, comfortable, cute shoes before you get deep into your pregnancy.  For the most part, you will not want to be wearing heels much, if at all, and dealing with straps, buckles, ties and even snaps are going to be impossible once you’re past month 5.  You need shoes that slip on and support…but make sure they are also interesting, rather than choosing black, pick a metallic or even a “poppy” color.
  9. Things to look for that you don’t need to buy at the maternity store:  If it’s warmer weather sun dresses are simple pieces that flow over a pregnant body easily, and really look beautiful.  For chillier weather; Shawl cardigans and wrap sweaters, are meant to drape and have an easy fit, so the shape of the body underneath is less important to how the piece looks.
  10.  Take time with the extras: Jewelry, hair and make-up.  This is the easy stuff that is not affected by the size of your belly, bust or feet.  So take a moment or two to think about these things.  Make-up can be nothing more than foundation and lip loss, get a fun easy hair-cut before your very pregnant so you don’t have to over think it when you are too pregnant to want to, and have a few great pieces of jewelry that always make you smile.  This is when you may want to think statement pieces, even if they are inexpensive costume jewelry; they will add interest and style to the most basic of outfits!

Maternity Wear Intro

I’d like to talk today a bit about how to prepare a wardrobe for pregnancy.

Let’s say you just got the amazing news that you are pregnant..What next?

Many women, especially those going through the process for the first time, have no idea what to expect, are extremely overwhelmed and don’t know where to turn to sort it all out.

There is so much to do and think about, I’m here to help with the What-to-Wear part!

The best thing to do is to plan ahead, but many times that is easier said than done, as time silently passes us by in our busy, over scheduled lives.