Dressing for Success

MaternityAnd by success I mean making it through the morning without losing your breakfast on the ride to work.

When you are pregnant it’s important to celebrate even the smallest victories.

If you are battling raging morning sickness, you may not give a hoot if your boots match your sweater or if your jeans make you look like a bag lady.  However, once you enter the latter part of your pregnancy, you will be more apt to embrace your changing body and want to look cute while waiting for Junior to arrive.

Maternity clothes have come a long way since plaid shifts and floral muumuus were the standard outfits for moms to be.  These days, expectant moms don’t have to compromise their inner fashionista; rather, they can flaunt their bodies in the following popular trends:

Stripes:  This summer, stripes are taking the maternity fashion world by storm.  Don’t be afraid that the lines will make you look bigger than you really are.  Designers have created skinny striped maxi dresses and loose striped tunics to accentuate your bump in a stylish way.

Dress shirt:  Save money on maternity wear and raid your hubby’s closet for button down dress shirts that you can pair with skinny jeans or leggings.  Wear the collar up if you are feeling preppy or leave a few buttons undone if you want to spice up your look.  Pregnancy offers the perfect chance to flaunt cleavage.  If you want a more conservative look, wear a scoop neck t-shirt under an unbuttoned dress shirt.

Printed and colored denim:  If you feel like going plain on top, but still want to add pizazz to your outfit, add the pop of color to the bottom.  Printed and colored denim is a popular trend right now.  Pair coral denim with a crisp white shirt and a floral scarf when you’re running errands or heading out to dinner with the girls.

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Michele Cheplic

About Michele Cheplic

Michele Cheplic was born and raised in Hilo, Hawaii, but now lives in Wisconsin. Michele graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in Journalism. She spent the next ten years as a television anchor and reporter at various stations throughout the country (from the CBS affiliate in Honolulu to the NBC affiliate in Green Bay). She has won numerous honors including an Emmy Award and multiple Edward R. Murrow awards honoring outstanding achievements in broadcast journalism. In addition, she has received awards from the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association for her reports on air travel and the Wisconsin Education Association Council for her stories on education. Michele has since left television to concentrate on being a mom and freelance writer.