17 Feb 2022 | 5 min Read
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Is it preferable to inform or not to inform? This is a question that every pregnant woman asks herself. For at least the first trimester, many expectant mothers keep their pregnancy a secret, whether out of fear of miscarriage or workplace concerns.
One of the most aggravating aspects of pregnancy is the swelling baby bump, which makes it difficult to find appropriate clothing. Whether you’re not yet ready to announce your pregnancy or simply don’t want strangers intruding on your personal space, here are some stylish tips to disguise your baby bump:
Mix and match loose and form-fitting pieces to hide your baby bump
For a proportionate effect, mix and match loose and form-fitting pieces. Wear something more fitting on the bottom if you’re wearing a blouse on top. You’ll look 10 pounds bigger if you wear something huge on the top as well as bottom.
Face Framing can be worn to complete the look. Accessorize with a variety of accessories. They can draw attention to the portions of your body you want to show off—while keeping it away from the parts you don’t want to reveal.
Avoid wearing tight shirts, jeans, and dresses if you don’t want to draw attention to your stomach. Choose clothing that has a draped or deconstructed effect.
You don’t have to show a lot of cleavages, but a little décolletage might help pull attention away from your waistline. Scoop necks, V-necks, and boat necks are all good options.
Stripes do not make you appear wider; instead, they work as concealment. You appear slimmer as the stripe narrows when gathered. Prints are another wonderful method to draw the eye away from a bump.
Avoid super body con prints, as they distort when stretched. That’s a clear indication of a bump.
If you’re trying to disguise a growing tummy, focusing on your face rather than your stomach is a great option
By this, we mean layer it with a cardigan, zip hoodie, or jacket. It’s another quick slimming method. The cardi, zip hoodie, or jacket should not be buttoned, wrapped, or closed.
The length of the cardigan, hoodie, or jacket should range from the natural waistline to duster length. We’ve found that wrist or longer is optimal, but experiment and discover what works best for you.
Clothes that were draped over your early baby belly, will do the same post baby’s birth. The cross front draped styling hides a bump well. While it’s not designed for maternity or nursing, it works well for both.
This is referred to as ruching by some. Consider it your new best friend, regardless of what you call it. The Yiddish word “finesse,” “tweak,” “rearrange,” and “improve” means “to fine-tune, tweak, rearrange, and improve.” We’re not sure about that, but it does make life easier in early pregnancy and continues to do so until the age of 40, plus it’s fantastic for minimizing the bump once the baby is born!
Whether you’re pregnant and wearing maternity jeans, or still wearing maternity jeans postpartum, you may gather the fabric of your top towards the center. That way it doesn’t hug the bump or, better still, wear a non-knit or looser knit top and do a front tuck. It’s a great way to hide your baby bump.
If you generally wear well tailored clothes, people may be skeptical when you switch to the boxier, looser ones. You can use a belt to belt your outfit but make sure you do that at the right point so that you don’t highlight the bump.
On a side note, it is advisable to dress comfortably when you’re at home. You may want to accessorize appropriately when you go out but don’t have the time; Remember that your best companions are jackets, shawls, and scarves.
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