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How to style the bump

Your body is changing, life is changing, and figuring out what to wear on top of it all can feel impossible. We're here to help by sharing some tips on styling the bump, plus, our Prept picks on pieces to help you to stay stylish while pregnant.

Embrace form-fitting clothing

Don't be afraid to show off your bump with fitted clothing. It can actually be more flattering than loose, baggy clothing. Opt for knit tank dresses like jersey knit and ribbed knits that have some stretch and give. Sweater dresses and easy cotton dresses are also a good ideal. See tip 5 and leverage layers over form fitting for additional coverage!

Check out brands that have options that work and maternity clothing

While sizing up can work for the most part, maternity clothing is designed specifically for pregnant women and will provide comfort and style. It will streamline your purchase/return cycle trying to find what works for a bigger bump, as it can at times be challenging. Several brands have filters, sections, or edits of their sites dedicated for maternity options like VICI, Red Dress, Lulus, Morning Lavender, Worth Collective, and more. Rent the runway, Nuuly, and Fashion Pass are also worth checking out for pieces you don't think you'll wear again or if you're between sizes.

Find something special for your maternity photos and baby shower

At a minimum! Ideally your gender announcement, babymoon, nights out. too! We find most women want to nail their look for those occasions that will likely be photographed and cherished forever. This means a more special dress where they look and feel their absolute best.


Accessories like scarves, jewelry, headbands, and hats can add interest to your outfit, help you feel put together even with a basic outfit, and draw attention away from being fully on your bump.

Leverage layering

Layering is a great way to add depth to your outfit and flatter your bump. Try wearing a fitted tank under a jacket, blazer, or cardigan. Pair a fitted tank dress with a longer duster (or kimono) to elongate your figure and add coverage. In the summer look for lighter dusters (like this) that can go over dresses and suits as a cover up! Even go for a white button up open over athleisure sets and outfits. If you are a fan of the blazer, you'll want to make sure this has some room and recommend a boyfriend style.

Comfort is KEY

It's important to prioritize comfort when styling your bump. Look for breathable fabrics, elastic waistbands, and comfortable shoes. Try matching athleisure and comfortable sets, which have never been more in and acceptable to wear as PJs and to run out the door to errands, etc. Check out our post on white sneakers and comfortable sandals for shoe options.

Size up

In the early trimesters you can get away with sizing up and purchasing pieces you might actually wear again post maternity. This way you are not investing in full maternity wardrobe that you'll wear only for a limited time! Look for pieces like stretchy leggings, maxi dresses, smocked detail, and tops with ruching.

Colors, patterns, & details

More simple vs. bolder bigger patterns and more neutral solid colors can be key to consider to highlight the bump in the right way vs. make it stand out. Accent details can help draw attention to the places you want show off or downplay. Play with puff sleeves, flowy sleeves, ruffle strapped tank dresses, v-necklines, smocked detail to draw attention to other areas of your figure and accentuate bump in the right way. Watch out for waistbands and fabrics that do not have much stretch like linen and silk.

Every pregnancy is different try these tips and different styles until you find what works for you to feel the most beautiful and confident during (& post maternity).

For more personalized advice, book a style session here or in our app. Our personal styling pros will work with you 1:1 virtually to find looks that work best for you!

Did you know that you can also chat with a member of our Prept Team in our app anytime you need quick tips, inspo, or suggestions? Shoot us a message! We'd love to hear from you <3

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