5 Maternity style tips that are perfect for fickle fall weather

Nov 5, 2014 at 11:37 a.m. ET

Dressing for fall when you are pregnant, whether you are full-term or barely showing, can sometimes seem like a daunting task. I know that discouraging feeling of pulling on a favorite top only to discover it doesn't fully cover the bump or won't even stretch over the top of it.

Not to mention, while pregnant our body temperatures are naturally higher so we tend to get a little hotter more quickly than normal.

At nearly seven months pregnant, I am here to share with you a few of my own tips for looking chic while accommodating the fickle fall weather.

Tip #1

Pull on a pop of color to make a neutral ensemble more snappy. It can be too easy during pregnancy to reach for drab pieces in an effort to stay comfortable. A maternity top with side ruching and jeans with a stretchy waistband are surprisingly cozy and nestle a bump perfectly. Blazers are especially nice to have stocked in your closet because they don't even need to be maternity to be wearable throughout the entire pregnancy.

Tip #2

Stock up on a few dresses with an empire waist. If you work in an office all day long, like I do, these will become your new favorites. They are extremely comfortable and make it easy to forget there's even a growing bump. I love choosing ones with a cute print or pattern and wrap a slim belt over the top for an added detail. Throw on a matching cardigan for a little extra warmth and you have an easy outfit that quickly transitions from day to night.

Tip #3

Rethink your non-maternity pieces for mixing and matching during pregnancy. I will bet there are already a few non-maternity items in your closet that are still wearable during pregnancy. A tunic is a perfect example because the front and back are cut longer so it works great for covering a bump. Stretchy pants and leggings are also a definite must-have too because they easily accommodate a growing bump and are extra comfortable as well!

Tip #4

Another key to dressing successfully for the season is covering up in chic layers. Grab a cute maternity dress and favorite denim jacket for instant warmth with the ability to remove the top layer if it gets too warm. Pair boots with dresses for a hint of added style and throw on some tights to help keep you covered during those extra cool nights.

Tip #5

Dress up a casual outfit with a few key accessories. There's nothing I love more than wearing a cozy, cotton top with casual boyfriend jeans. When heading out the door, however, throw on a comfortable sweatshirt blazer, drop necklace and leopard print shoes to give a casual outfit a more polished appeal.