Maternity fashion to suit your body shape
Finding styles that suit our shapes can be tricky at the best of times. It doesn’t matter if you’re tall, petite, plus-size, or ‘average’ we all have days when nothing fits right.
At a glance
- For taller ladies, team jeans with a wrap shirt or empire line top
- Ruched designs create soft fitted pleats across your bump
- If you're petite, long maternity tops can double up as dresses
And just as we've found our perfect staple pieces, that positive blue line comes along and poses some new wardrobe wonderments.
So how can you dress for your body shape and your bump?
Will the dress you bought last week still fit nicely when you develop those beautiful pregnancy curves and will your low cut tops show off too much of your wonderful new cleavage (for the record, we think if you’ve got it flaunt it).
We’ve got some tips to help you dress for any body shape.
For taller ladies
Being tall is fantastic – just ask the likes of Naomi Campbell and Cara Delevingne.
However, although the mainstream stores have woken up to the fact that some ladies need longer lengths, the maternity world has a little bit of catching up to do.
'I had to buy extra - long normal tops and stretch them over my bump,’ and ‘jeans just aren't the right length' are two of the most common complaints we've heard from the mums in our Bounty Community.
Thankfully there are a range of maternity brands wading in to ensure tall women aren’t left with chilly ankles. Long Tall Sally and Isabella Oliver are two stores that offer maternity jeans for the taller lady, while some highstreet stores such as Dorothy Perkins and New Look are also offering 34" maternity trousers.
To make the most of your height team these with a wrap shirt or empire line top – two styles which elongate taller shapes, while longer style cardigans or longer knitted maternity jumpers, will also make sure your bump remains covered.
For plus size ladies
Marilyn Monroe, Kim Kardashian and Kelly Brook – need we say more. Curves are great.
If you’re a plus size lady already then it may be a tempting option to go up a few sizes to fit your bump. However, avoid this as much as you can – doing this will swamp other parts of your body, creating an unflattering look.
Instead consider ruched designs, which will create soft fitted pleats across your bump. The extra fabric in this style will also mean that this can be adjusted as your body changes shape.
Wrap tops and dresses, clinched at the waist, will let you show off that new cleavage as well as allowing the rest of the fabric to drape effortlessly over your curves. Other curvy cheats include showing off your neckline, shoulders and décolletage, or looking for pieces with special design features that draw attention to the areas of your body you feel more confident about.
For petite ladies
Beautiful things often come in small packages – we’re sure your other half will agree!
If you’ve been blessed with a small frame then the maternity fashion world really is your oyster.
Take advantage of the 60s turn up trend, opting for standard length maternity jeans, which can be turned up, while maternity tops, made for ‘average’ sized ladies, can also be worn as dresses over leggings.
Knee length is great for petite figures and for making your bump the centre of attention, while a full length frock will also add to your height and frame your figure.
When it comes to prints, avoid those that are large or busy prints and instead opt for tonal colours, blocking or stretch lace, which will make you appear taller and give you a slimmer look.
Emphasise the narrowest part of your body - your empire waist - by adding a contrasting sash. Open necklines such as scooped and cross-over will flatter your décolletage and draw the eye up with a beautiful necklace.