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:
Dress Transformation 1 of 10Sydney 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 10A 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 10Create your own drop-waist dress with a loose-fitting dress and a belt.
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Long Tee Belt 4 of 10Jessica 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 10A scarf is another stylish way to cinch your waist.
Photo: Fashion Gallery
DIY Lace Belt 6 of 10Because 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
Skinny Belt 8 of 10A 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 10The 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 10Of 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
Read more of Michelle’s writing at Early Mama.