A commitment to women's fashion
doesn't take a backseat to anyone—not even a new baby. Trend-minded pregnant women are constantly in search of cute maternity clothes in a market that's typically driven by practicality. But as Groupon's ever-changing selection of maternity fashion shows, you don't have to sacrifice style for function. (Just ask a street-style blogger and photographer, who told us that pregnancy allowed her to experiment with fashion in new ways.)
What are the essential maternity clothes?
The key to stylish maternity clothes is cutting a flattering profile while still accommodating a growing belly. Tops accomplish this feat with a variety of tricks, from tunic-style cuts and draping to ruched sides and stretchy materials. If you prefer to direct more attention to your baby bump, graphic T-shirts will do the job. These tees are designed to fit a pregnant woman's body—not just fit over it—and are emblazoned with every jokey or sincere message you can imagine. Maternity activewear takes a similar approach while still allowing you to fill your schedule with prenatal yoga classes. And being pregnant doesn't mean you have to miss out on a day at the beach; just pack some maternity swimwear with your towel. However, many moms-to-be who are nearing their due date have a pretty strong idea of what constitutes the best maternity clothes. Dresses
are often far less constrictive (important when you feel like you're swelling all over) and offer a broader slate of maternity fashion. They're suitable for almost any occasion, from work to that wedding you simply can't miss even if you're eight months along.
Even after their bundle of joy arrives, many women can benefit from wearing their stretchy wardrobe additions. For instance, a maternity band can help bottoms such as leggings and trousers adjust to the baby bump and then also help new moms adjust to their postpartum body once the baby is born. They may not seem like the most stylish maternity clothes, but they can always be dressed up with a trendy blouse, ankle boots, and a statement necklace. Additionally, moms shouldn't forget the major necessity of maternity underwear and nursing clothes, including bras and tank tops that offer easy access for breastfeeding. If you had a winter baby, make sure you find a coat and baby carrier designed to keep out the chill.