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How To: Belts and Pregnancy

Whether you’re just beginning to show or well into your third trimester, belts are some of the most useful accessories in maternity wear.

Gone are the days where belts are used to hold up your pants. Now they have a very different, and much more stylish, purpose. They can completely transform a maternity outfit by cinching above or below the belly for a more flattering silhouette.

Take a look at these 10 different belted maternity outfits that you can easily replicate with both maternity and non-maternity clothes:

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  • Dress Transformation 1 of 10
    Dress Transformation
    Sydney from The Daybook Blog (who quite possibly had the cutest pregnancy style in all of history) turned this non-maternity dress into an adorable pregnancy outfit with a simple belt.
    See more at The Daybook
  • Belly Bump 2 of 10
    Belly Bump
    A belt can also be used to enhance a tiny beginner bump in that awkward in-between phase.
    Buy from HATCH Collection
  • Under-the-Belly Belt 3 of 10
    Under-the-Belly Belt
    Create your own drop-waist dress with a loose-fitting dress and a belt.
    See more at HATCH Collection
  • Long Tee Belt 4 of 10
    Long Tee Belt
    Jessica from Little Baby Garvin turned an ordinary long tee into a pulled-together maternity look to show off her beginning bump.
    Photo: Little Baby Garvin
  • Scarf Belt 5 of 10
    Scarf Belt
    A scarf is another stylish way to cinch your waist.
    Photo: Fashion Gallery
  • DIY Lace Belt 6 of 10
    DIY Lace Belt
    Because a belt can get uncomfortable in the later weeks of pregnancy, this mom made a softer belt out of stretchy lace.
    See how to make your own via Made By Me & Shared By You
  • Belted Men’s Wear 7 of 10
    Belted Men's Wear
    Another example from Sydney: She turned her husband's H&M button-down into a chic maternity look with her husband's belt. Also check out Sydney's belt tying tutorial, which is a much more stylish alternative.
    See more at The Daybook
  • Skinny Belt 8 of 10
    Skinny Belt
    A skinny belt creates a flattering silhouette in a more subtle way.
    Photo by Thom Lennon Photography for Strawberry Koi
  • Extra-Wide Japanese Belt 9 of 10
    Extra-Wide Japanese Belt
    The opposite of subtle, this Japanese belt turns an ordinary cardigan into a stylish maternity outfit.
    Photo: Flynetpictures.com via Mail Online
  • Built-in Belt 10 of 10
    Built-in Belt
    Of course the easiest solution is to buy a maternity dress that comes with a belt, like this button-down dress from A Pea in the Pod ($79.50).
    Buy from A Pea in the Pod

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