One of the admirable things about today’s fashion is a lot of pieces are stylishly flexible – meaning, not only can they be used for different occasions, but also through various stages of life. These pieces make sure that you look great and make you feel authentically yourself no matter the changes with your body and lifestyle.
And, speaking of changes, the transition to motherhood is the biggest one for a lot of women. In a matter of months, a woman’s figure morphs drastically, and her requirements for physical comfort take over outfit choices. Quite often, she even finds the need to invest in a whole new wardrobe.
However, for women who are wise with their fashion choices, an all-new maternity wardrobe is not necessary. They can put one together using most of the versatile pieces they already own. So, if you are not keen on investing in a lot of new maternity wear items for a stylish capsule wardrobe, here are the best tips to follow for using more of the items that you already have.
Tip 1 – Accept the changes your body is experiencing.
This is perhaps the most crucial tip in the list. Come into terms with your body. Remember, it’s not just the growing bump that you need to prepare for, get ready to deal with a more endowed chest area, a heavier bottom, and chunkier legs.
Do not lament the way your body is transforming and feel bad about not being able to wear the clothes that used to make you feel sexy. Instead, work with your body and identify the pieces in your wardrobe that you can still wear and make you feel you despite the pregnancy.
Tip 2 – Focus on your favorite high-performing “expandable” wardrobe pieces.
Examine your wardrobe and find all the loose and stretchy clothing items you have. Lay them all on your bed and determine how you can mix and match them for different looks.
For example, that comfy super-oversized boyfriend shirt you own and love to wear different ways. See how far it stretches around your body and pair it up with other items that you can wear throughout your pregnancy. The key here is to take the time to come up with outfit ideas to get more use out of favorite and most reliable pieces in your wardrobe.
Tip 3 – It’s always a “yes” to boxy and flowy dresses and maxi skirts.
Except for those really structured pencil dresses and skirts, as well as slinky pieces, you will find that a lot of dresses you own are comfortable to wear well into your second trimester. A wraparound dress, for instance, can be adjusted easily to fit your expanding midsection, as well as those shapeless linen or jersey dresses.
Most maxi skirts, on the other hand, are made of stretchy material. Once, the band becomes tight around your waist, you can drag it up over your chest, so the skirt turns into an ultra-comfy bandeau dress. Wear a classic blazer over it for the office, or a denim jacket for a casual OOTD. So, do not forget to add these items to your maternity capsule wardrobe.
Tip 4 – Jackets and coats of any length are must-have layering pieces.
If you want to provide your OOTDs a more polished vibe, layer a jacket or coat over them. There’s nothing like such a piece to pull a look together by giving it better structure and providing you with a softer silhouette.
Trench coats, particularly, are perfect for everything. You can wear them over a boxy dress for a more professional getup, as well as your casual T-shirt and leggings ensemble for a day of errands.
Tip 5 – Pull in a lot of pieces of the same color.
One-color ensembles are incredibly chic, and they create the illusion of a slimmer body. Pregnant women love the idea of looking lean or svelte despite having the perfect reason not to be. There truly is no better styling tip for this other than putting together monochromatic outfits.
You can never go wrong with neutral tones such as black, white, beige, grey, and navy. All of these colors are universally flattering, especially when worn in profusion. It’s important to note as well, that these colors do not fail in giving patterned or printed pieces a more expensive and elegant overall vibe.
Fashion is a wellness tool. When you are pregnant, use fashion to provide you with a sense of continuity and reinforce who you truly are. Make your signature style work through a curated maternity capsule wardrobe.
Ethiopian-born and Dubai-based fashion designer Feiruza Mudessir discovered her curiosity to mix the traditional with contemporary at a young age, and this has become the trademark of her designs today. When you slip into one of Feiruza’s creations, you can almost hear the rhythms of Africa, the beats of India and the vibrancy of Dubai – this distinctive and colourful mélange is just what Finchitua is about.