It is every woman's desire to look attractive. We use makeup, designer clothes, high heels, and a plethora of other things to make ourselves look appealing. However, there is a limited choice of stylish and trendy maternity clothes available in the market, especially for a plus-sized woman.
However, this in no way means that we should cover ourselves from head to toe in hideous outfits. Just keep the following things in mind while buying clothes.
How to Choose
An average-sized woman gains approximately 25 lb., during pregnancy, depending on her pre-pregnancy size. Women who wear sizes 18 - 22, tend to gain 15 - 25 lb., which is why they need maternity clothing as soon as possible just like an average sized woman.
Women who wear size 24 +, tend to gain anywhere between 5 - 15 lb. or sometimes no weight at all. Hence, they can do without special maternity clothes till the seventh month of their pregnancy, as their weight gain is barely noticeable.
Comfort should be the top priority while choosing maternity clothes. So, buy stretchable and loose outfits which will give you room to grow in the coming months.
However, buying loose and comfortable clothes in no way means that you have to compromise on style. Buy in a variety of colors and well-suited patterns that make you look and feel sexy. Preferably buy natural fabrics, like cotton, organic, or knitted material all of which are very gentle on the skin.
Plus size clothing patterns should be such that they draw attention away from your belly. There are many patterns which flatter a pregnant woman's figure. Choose empire style dresses. Empire style refers to a high-waist dress tucked under the bust with a long flowing skirt.
This kind of silhouette accentuates the curves of a woman and at the same time hides the stomach area. The free-flowing skirt adds length to the body too. This style is perfect for plus size gowns, which can be worn for parties and get-togethers.
Tops which are either multilayered, or pleated in the front, are well suited to a plus size body. Choose off-shoulder or décolleté tops as they highlight the shoulders, which are a comparatively slimmer body part in pregnant women. Wear dresses and tops which have embroidery on the waist as it is the narrowest part of a woman's body.
If you are a size 24 + and in your last months of pregnancy, it is suggested that you shop at a men's store and buy large-sized men's T-shirts. They will make you feel comfortable, and you can wear them with stretchable jeans or pants.
Wear a trendy watch or an elegant piece of jewelry. Use wide belts slung around the hips. Make hats, scarves, handbags, and sunglasses a part of your dressing up. Accessories can brighten up even a plain-looking dress.
Maternity clothes can be quite expensive. So, here are a few options for cheap dresses. If you have any plus size friends who have been pregnant, you may borrow clothes from them instead of making new purchases.
Also, if you can sew well and have a creative streak, you can make them at home. Using belly bands over your unbuttoned regular pants or jeans and covering it with a top is another option to save money.
When shopping for plus size clothes, the best policy is to wait and watch. First check how much weight you gain and then purchase accordingly. Whatever be the case, whether you buy maternity clothes or make do with your regular clothing, remember to flaunt your pregnancy confidently.