Are horizontal stripes a pregnant mama’s friend?
:::How to wear horizontal stripes when you are pregnant:::
So pregnant mamas – do you know how to wear horizontal stripes so they are flattering or are you frightened of them? Many women are. So why are there so many striped styles in maternity wear when you can feel at your most vulnerable about your changing often widening shape? Because stripes are a pregnant mama’s friend!
One of the biggest fashion myths is that horizontal stripes make you look bigger. Our grandmothers told our mothers and they told us not to wear stripes on our widest part. But this myth is FALSE! In fact horizontal stripes are your friend. Stripes can help to camouflage those areas you feel self conscious about. Plus they are great for hiding nursing access too!
Chances are if you have had a bad experience with horizontal stripes it was probably the wrong cut or style of garment rather than the stripes themselves. In the right style stripes add an optical illusion to whatever you are wearing, especially when you add a baby bump to the ensemble. A well cut striped style can help to hide lumps and bumps. The stripes going across your body and the changing colours down your side help to blur the exact line of your silhouette.
If you are still feeling nervous of our horizontal friends here are our how to wear horizontal stripes tips to ensure you look fabulous!
- Start out by choosing long skinny stripes in a neutral colour which can help elongate your figure and make you look slimmer.
- Make sure the style you are wearing is longer than it is wide. The whole proportion of the style will create a vertical line down the body.
- Choose your fabrics carefully. A bodycon dress in a cheap fabric can look awful but the same style in a good quality stretch fabric can look fabulous!
- Style it with items that create long lines like long jackets, scarves and long necklaces.
So ladies give stripes another look. Start out small like a striped maternity top and go from there!
Just a little side note – we are all our own hardest critics. The only person who sees those flaws is you. You are beautiful and doing the most important job in the world. So please be kind to yourself. Don’t get sucked into the social media world ideas about what you should look like. None of us really live our lives through an Instagram filter. Embrace your changing silhouette!