Baby bumps are totally in fashion, and there's no better time to be rocking one than during the crisp, chilly fall. Plus, the items featured here aren't just maternity articles, but versatile investment pieces that can be worn post-baby as well!
Luckily for preggos, ballet flats are all the rage. The last thing you need is to be teetering around in pointy-toed, high-heeled footwear (not even the kitten heels -- those are even more dangerous to off-balance moms-to-be!). Try the Ecco Casual Bouillon Bow made of thick suede and buttery leather, with a comfy, flexible rubber sole.
"You can't go wrong with leggings," says Jené Luciani, style expert and author of The Bra Book. Paired with a capelet, poncho, or comfy tee and cardigan, leggings are an inexpensive wardrobe staple during and after pregnancy. Available in fabrics from cotton to corduroy, "You can even pick them up in a larger size at stores like Old Navy, to spare the expense of buying maternity," Luciani adds.
When bumping out, wear your curves proudly! Opt for fitted and long tops, tunics and sweater dresses. "Wearing a ton of loose fabric over an already big baby bump is not flattering," say ABC Family stylists Laura Schuffman and Saba Salehi. "The bigger you get, the tighter your tops should get. This way you accentuate the baby and keep the rest hidden."
Throw it on, tie it, belt it (after baby, of course) – the eco-friendly SET Boutique Palm Springs Cotton Wrap is the go-to wardrobe essential to update any fall maternity look and keep you and bump looking fashionable and feeling cozy. Bonus: Enter the discount code "sheknows" at checkout for 15% off!
On the days when you're feeling especially pregnant and need a pick-me-up, think accessories! Scarves are an especially easy, colorful and versatile addition to any cool-weather outfit. And if you feel like you're not creative enough to punch up your baby body with a scarf, think again. Check out Scarves.net, where you can learn dozens of different scarf-tying methods.
"Wearing a tank top or shape wear is an everyday must," say Schuffman and Salehi. "It keeps your growing belly in place and your silhouette clean." And layering is one of the wisest ways for mamas-to-be to dress, especially in the fickle weather of fall. Look for tanks with lace detailing that can peek out from your collar, give some personality to a blazer, or transform a pre-pregnancy top into a longer length garment.
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