Congratulations if you’re a mom-to-be! While physical changes may be making you feel more uncomfortable than attractive, a few important wardrobe updates will help you through. The key is to prioritize comfort, but for a true blue Preview girl, style comes in a close second. Below, we list a few helpful tips, plus recommendations on where to buy the tools you need locally.
1. Hip-hugging underwear will let your belly breathe.
There’s nothing more uncomfy than having an expanding belly cinched. There’s also nothing more unsightly than the VPL (Read: visible panty lines) of a no-longer-aptly-sized skivvy rolling down to a bunch below your belly. In this tropical heat, maternity panties that cover the breadth of your tummy may be both warm and itch-inducing (blame that on your skin stretching, too). So take comfort in undergarments of the elastic sort that rest neatly and comfortable at your hips. The best part: You can purchase these from most underwear brands.
Hip-hugging seamless panties, price unavailable, UNIQLO, SM Mega Fashion Hall
5-Pack Cotton Rich Low-Rise Shorts, P1150, MARKS & SPENCERS, Zalora.com.ph
2. Elastic truly is fantastic.
Consider soft knits, stretchy polyblends, jerseys, and Lycra your new fabric of choice. Since we’re already on the subject of avoiding constricting waistbands, picking out clothing in a pliable fabric that will adjust to your changing body is definitely a wise decision. Best of all, form-fitting silhouettes are actually very flattering on pregnant figures—a supersized belly poking from a bodycon dress doesn’t just look stylish, it will also get you in the priority line for banks, restaurants, airports, and the like, much quicker.
Cate Tank Dress, P995, ELIN, elin.ph
Penny Dress, P1295, ELIN, elin.ph
3. Bra extenders and sports bras, stretchy bras will grow with your expanding chest.
It’s not just your belly that you’ll see rounding out. In no time, you’ll find that your bosoms will grow a cup size or two as well, and with them your band size or the circumference that loops to your back. While these may change more than once over the course of nine months and the months after giving birth, there are ways to prolong the intervals between buying a new set of bras. Bra extenders are life savers when your expanding band size is feeling pinched by what you normally wear. Many women turn to sports bras both for their elasticity and ample support even while sleeping. And when it’s time to switch up a size, make sure to get yourself measured and fitted—both Mothercare and Marks & Spencers do a great job—and pick out one of the new brassiere variants whose soft cups and bands give good support and have room to stretch out as you grow, too.
2-Hook Bra Extenders, P500, GOLDEN TICKET SUPER SAVERS, zalora.com.ph
3-Hook Bra Extenders, P850, MAIDENFORM, zalora.com.ph
Medium Support Sports Bra, P1490, H&M, ww2.hm.com
4. Go up a size or two.
In the earlier months, you can get away with wearing the loose and stretchy pieces in your existing wardrobe. Once your bump starts showing in earnest, try going to the usual fashion places you shop at and look for roomy silhouettes in a size or two larger than your usual. Chances are, they’ll do the job fine while also satisfying your need for style. The plus is that you’ll still be able to wear these clothes in the months after you give birth as your body transitions back to regular programming.