For mom-to-bes, dressing a changing body and looking cute can be a daunting task. When you’re amidst the craziness of expecting a newborn, a stylish wardrobe is probably the last thing on your mind. But fashion doesn’t need to take a backseat during your pregnancy. You can actually achieve the perfect balance between style and comfort.

1. Choose Snug over Bulky


Reaching for bigger clothes to hide your size sounds like a good idea, but it only contributes to a bulky look. Instead, slim down your silhouette and emphasize the features that aren’t expanding with snug-sleeved tops, skinnier pants, and button-down shirts or blazers (from your prepregnancy wardrobe) left unbuttoned. Try knits that stretch to fit your form — they’re sexy and feminine. If all else fails, break out a crisp men’s dress shirt and pair it with leggings or jeans and a fitted T-shirt or tank underneath. This look is the perfect mix of sexy, modern, and classic style.

2. Flatter your bump with a flowy maxi


“Dresses are amazing when you’re pregnant! I love these options that are non-maternity but work perfectly if you are pregnant.”

3. Get Decorative


Perk up a staid wardrobe with just a few decorative elements, such as ruffled trims or embroidered or beaded accents. Just be sure to stick with things that you’ll be able to wear more than once without feeling too conspicuous.

4. Stock up on plenty of stretchy, comfortable dresses


Stretchy dresses flatter your bump and are definitely more comfortable than jeans.

5. Go for Color!


Don’t limit yourself to black and neutral tones — color is an essential part of the modern maternity closet. You’ll feel happier when you’re wearing clothes that aren’t drab. But, if you’re really a color-phobe (or if you’re feeling budget-conscious), just throw a bright sweater around your shoulders to complement an all-black outfit.

6. Stretchy comfortable t-shirts are key


You might be able to wear t-shirts you already own, or you may need to purchase new ones at a bigger size. But t-shirts can be worn a variety of ways and they aren’t too expensive to purchase!

7. Bold prints and higher waistline


  • Bold prints are fun and can help make your bump appear smaller, as they can distract the eye.
  • A lot of non-maternity dresses work well if they have a higher waistline. It’s a great way to maximize your current wardrobe for as long as you can.

8. Show Some Skin


If you’re normally small-chested, pregnancy offers the best chance you’ll ever have to forego the padded bras and flaunt cleavage, so take advantage of this fortuitous occasion and wear scoop-neck T-shirts or sweaters.

9. Stripes are cute!


Stripes look extra-cute on moms-to-be.

10. Trade High Heels for Trendy, Sturdy Flats


There’s no getting around it—wearing your normal shoes during pregnancy is a bad idea. Not only will your feet swell as you approach your delivery date, you’ll become more unstable as the baby grows and your tummy gets larger. However, this doesn’t mean you have to settle for fuddy-duddy shoes. As your pregnancy progresses, invest in some attractive flats that are comfortable and roomy and harmonize with the rest of your maternity wardrobe.