Pregnancy fashion trends for a stylish nine months

Mar 12, 2010 at 12:02 p.m. ET

Pregnancy fashion has come a long way from frumpy frocks and overalls. Thanks in part to celebrities like Angelina Jolie, Gwen Stefani and Halle Berry, maternity fashion has evolved into beautiful bump-hugging clothes and flattering silhouettes that show off your new curves. This year’s hottest maternity trends are all about color, femininity and fun.


The beautiful colors, forgiving cut and soft flowing fabric make the scarf print dress one of the hot maternity trends. This fresh look, recently seen on a pregnant Nicole Richie, can easily be dressed up or down. Scarf print dresses can be worn short and sassy or, for the more modest moms-to-be, in a floor skimming length. When buying non-maternity, ensure the dress is an empire-waist cut and is long enough to keep you covered as your belly grows. This bright and feminine look will be perfect for your baby shower!


Believe it or not, ruffled blouses are back in a big way. How do you wear this style so you look stylish -- not silly? Less is definitely more with this trend, so look for small, feminine ruffles lining an open neckline. Try pairing a ruffled v-neck blouse with pants for work or, for a casual evening, with jeans or capri pants. One word of caution: Avoid wearing ruffles lining a button-front top. Trust us, this is not a flattering look on pregnant moms-to-be.


Made popular by the stylish Angelina Jolie, maxi dresses remain a huge trend this year for both the pregnant and non-pregnant set. From the flattering neckline to the empire-waist cut and the long flowing fabric, maxi dresses have the distinct advantage of not only being comfortable, but also stylish. Whether you prefer classic black or a colorful print, this dress will easily take you from the workplace to a movie with the girls effortlessly.


Maternity jeans have evolved from boot-cut jeans to the new slim leg or tapered leg look. How do you make this form-fitting look work when you are feeling less-than-slim? In your first and second trimesters, wear a bump-hugging top paired with sassy heels or boots. As your pregnancy progresses, you may be more comfortable wearing your tapered leg jeans with a tunic top or a drop-waist blouse. If heels are out of the question, gladiator sandals will look just as stylish.


Color is the new black this year! From fuchsia tops to beautiful aqua dresses, wearing colorful clothes will improve your outlook and your mood when the morning sickness kicks in. Infuse pops of color into your wardrobe by brightening neutral tops or dresses with a colorful scarf, bag or shoes. In case you haven't heard, neon nail polish is back – if you dare!


With so many of us watching our money, fashionable recessionistas are finding new ways to stretch their maternity dollar. One way you can do this is to accessorize basic clothes to give you many different looks. Wearing a knotted scarf around your neck is a huge trend and is the perfect way to give your basic white tee a little pizzazz. Look for lightweight scarves during the warmer summer months. Buy faux jewelry to give your wardrobe a little sparkle, without the high price tag. Layer long gold necklaces or chunky wood necklaces to dress up your basic tops. Fun bangle bracelets, wide silver cuffs or delicate gold hoops are also hot accessories this year. One trendy accessory, made popular by our first lady Michele Obama, is a feminine broach pinned to your blouse or jacket.


You may not be able to see your feet, but you still want them to look good! Lucky for pregnant moms, flats remain a hot trend this year. From metallic to bright pink, gladiator to rustic leather, you are sure to find flats to suit your personal style. Wedges are another good option if you want a height, but also want some stability in your shoe.

This is such a special time in your life. Make sure you embrace it and enjoy your growing belly and changing shape. Take the trends that work for you and have fun showing off your baby bump in fun and feminine fashions. After all, self confidence is always in fashion!


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