Over the past couple of months, I happened to have three lovely pregnant friends all traveling in Europe and the Middle East at more or less the same time. As their pictures popped up in my Instagram feed, I was so impressed at their ability to look so chic while traveling at various stages of pregnancy. I just finished my third pregnancy and know how hard it can be to dress nicely (much less while traveling in foreign countries)! I emailed each of them and asked if they’d be willing to share their style wisdom, and they all agreed.
Erica, 4 Months Pregnant | Italy
Erica of North Meets South went to Italy with her husband for 11 days at 16 weeks along. That’s such an awkward time for dressing, as you’re often too round for most of your regular wardrobe but not nearly big enough to pull off most maternity clothes. Erica still managed to look awesome! Here are her tips:
Tip #1: Stick to Jersey Knits
“Jersey knits are the best for both pregnancy (stretchy!) and traveling (light-weight!), and if worn in black, white or gray, they can look fairly chic. Bonus points for a monochromatic look.”
Tip #2: Pack Only One Color Scheme
“I once read that you should pack only one color scheme and that tip changed my life. I used to be the worst over-packer, but I fit enough clothes for 11 days in Italy in a carry-on with room and outfits to spare. As you can see, my color scheme of choice is black, white, and gray with pops from my shoes and accessories. Pick whichever color scheme makes you feel fabulous, pack minimally, and show off your beautiful changing body!”
Tip #3: Say Yes to the Vest!
“I was an avid fan of vests pre-pregnancy, but now, I especially love a waist-defining vest when my middle is anything but. In fact, I kept thinking I had a flat stomach in this outfit until I looked down.”
Janssen, 4 Months Pregnant | London
Janssen of Everyday Reading spent her fourth month of pregnancy touring Europe with her husband and two small children before settling in London for a semester so her husband can attend the London Business School. Here are her 3 must-have pieces:
Must-Have #1: A Scarf
“Especially if you’re traveling in Europe, where basically EVERY woman is wearing a scarf. Not only do I love that it makes me look less like a tourist, it has the added benefit of hiding that baby bump, especially if you’re in the lumpy part of pregnancy still. And if the train or plane or theater is cold, it works as a makeshift blanket. ”
Must-Have #2: A Structured Jacket
Must-Have #3: Maternity Pants
“I have zero interest in squeezing into my regular jeans during pregnancy or trying to make do with the rubber band trick. An elastic waistband is always my choice, especially when I’m traveling (sitting for hours on an airplane with a button and zipper digging into my stomach? No thanks!). A couple of maternity pants or leggings go a long way. This time around, I’ve been especially loving my faux leather leggings and these skinny jeans.”
Preethi, 7 Months Pregnant | The Middle East
I was more than a little blown away by Preethi’s of Lace, Etc.‘s trip; not only did she visit seven countries, but she did so with her husband, two children, AND a seven-month pregnant belly. She’s not all that far behind me, and she was off riding camels and visiting Petra while I could barely put on shoes.