Well, first of all, I think all pregnant women tend to feel like frumpy beached whales (can beached whales also be frumpy? Work with me.) and they perceive that all the other pregnant women they know have it totally together in the style department. So I feel funny answering this because if you talk to anyone who knows me in person, they will assure you that I can barely go for four minutes without talking about how ginormous I am and how unflattering every article of clothing I own is.
But I will press on because who doesn't like a ready-made blog post topic?
My 5 fave items to wear while pregnant to combat frumpage(1)
Shop for "flyaway cardigan", sometimes called "open front cardigans" like this one from Kohl's.
Layering always makes you look more put together and a long cardigan will smooth over the topographical map created by your bra strap and your stretchy panel and all the other junk that attaches itself to your torso as soon as your brain gets the baby memo.
These are also super handy after baby is born for nursing coverage.
Long tanks and camis
You don't necessarily need maternity versions of these either as for me they tend to be too wide in the armpit area, but a size or two larger than your regular size + a super long length seems to be the key.
Again with the layering, again with the smoothing of the ridges, and most importantly the cami can stick out the bottom of the shirts that are getting too small instead of your actual skin. Winning.
these from amazon, which come in either a 2 pack or a 4 pack and are VERY long.
Form fitting knit fabrics instead of woven anything
A knit fabric is like a sweater or a t-shirt. A woven fabric is like a cotton button-down. The problem with woven when you're pregnant is that the fabric just hangs straight down from the tip of your belly and makes you look like you have a wigwam adhered to your rib cage.
See? This one is tres expensive and probably really high quality and the model is skinny as all get out, but they can't show her from the side because wigwam.
A nice of whatever you wear most.
For me it's jeans. I live in jeans. I love jeans. I know lots of you skirt lovers out there think I'm a lunatic, but what else is new? But I still won't pay full price for jeans because I have a disease. ThredUp sells maternity clothes, as do Gap and Ebay and Old Navy and I promise you can find something used or on sale at one of these places that you will love at a really low price. And don't forget to use Ebates for cashback when you shop!
These are the full-panel always skinny jeans from Gap, which I got for a fraction of the price from Ebay. Allow yourself the possibility of nice things at cheapo prices and I think you'll find it, whether it's jeans or maxi skirts or wrap dresses or whatever you love.
Your earrings will not get too small. Neither will your necklaces. Maybe bracelets. Maybe your watch. Probably your rings. But earrings and necklaces are your freeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeendz. If you are not "dressed to go out," let's do an experiment. Check yourself out in the mirror. Now put on some earrings and throw on a cardi. VOILA! Totally put together, amiright?
bonus favorite: undereye concealer. Nuff said.