Since being pregnant I’ve learned about a little thing called “first trimester bloat” and it is real…oh it’s real. I’m not really sure how I never knew about this prior to pregnancy, but from all the reading I’ve done, I’ve learned that it’s basically caused by a progesterone induced slowing of the digestive system and a growing uterus. In simple terms: gassy-ness + grapefruit sized uterus = constant PMS type bloating. No bueno.
Because of this enlarged bloaty feeling (AKA constantly feeling fat and not-so-much pregnant), I pretty much wanted to live in yoga pants and sweatshirts until about 8 weeks into my pregnancy. But, eventually I decided that I should probably stop dressing like a sleep deprived undergrad and start dressing like a grown-up again. I am a wardrobe stylist after all, so I figured if I can dress other people, I should probably make an effort to dress myself.
After much deliberating in front of my closet and some trial and error while playing dress-up, I’ve come up with five wardrobe staples that are comfortable, stylish and flattering to wear while dealing with first trimester (“is she or isn’t she?”) bloat.
drapey loose tank 1 of 5I've been practically living in drapey tanks and t-shirts these days and this one from American Apparel is perfect. Cute on it's own or paired with a cardigan. Fit is key with tops like this - look for one that doesn't flare out away from the body, but rather hangs loosely against it.
high-waisted a-line skirt 2 of 5High-waisted skirts are the best thing that ever happened to my newly pregnant body. Pull that skirt above your bump (or bloat in my case) and voila! The a-line cut will do the rest of the magic for you.
jeans with stretch 3 of 5My pre-pregnancy jeans are officially uncomfortable, but I'm definitely nowhere near needing maternity jeans yet. Solution: Forever 21's stretch jeans. They're ridiculously cheap (these are just $10.50!), which means you can just go up a size without breaking the bank.
shift dress 4 of 5Every pregnant woman should own one of these. Strike that. Every woman period should own one of these. Covers what you need covered, but shows off cute legs.
button down shirt 5 of 5When you feel like covering up that first trimester bloat with a sweatshirt, reach for a classic button down instead. All the comfort without the frump.
drapey loose tank: available at American Apparel $24
high-waisted a-line skirt: available at Le Train Bleu $114
jeans with stretch: available at Forever 21 $10.50
shift dress: available at Nordstrom $148
button down shirt: available at Mod Cloth $39.99