pastel booties, craving for a Crunchie, having mood swings? Don't
worry. It will all pass with the arrival of the little bundle of joy.
All your worries and hormone levels will go down. These nine months
will become one of the most memorable experiences of your life. While
your wardrobe will probably be the last thing on your mind, there's
no need for you to compromise when it comes to fashion. And we at
Lifestyle are here to help you out.
jumping into the nitty-gritty, do remember that this isn't about hiding
your pregnancy. You should be proud of it and accordingly flaunt it
with panache. After all if Debra Messing and Catherine Zeta Jones
(among many) could show it off at the Oscars (out of all places) with
pizzazz then why can't you? In fact it seems that Hollywood Expectants
and their modified wardrobes are quite the talk of the town. So what
are you waiting for? Lets get started…!
question of comfort…
The first point to ponder on is comfort. Is the outfit comfortable?
Does the fabric allow your skin to breathe? Is it too heavy on its
own? The best person to answer these questions is you. Decide on what
fabrics and what cuts you are comfortable in. Since we don't have
maternity-ware stores in Bangladesh, you have to get your clothes
custom made. That gives you the freedom to choose the fabric and the
cut. Keep in mind that these clothes can always be altered to a reduced
size so don't get all miserly thinking about the future.
prints, colours and tidbits…
Concentrate on the colours, motifs and style. Try to cut down on embellishments
and big motifs as both draw attention in the wrong angles. Rather
use one colour for the kameez and contrasting colours and embellishments
for the salwar and duppatta. And use colours that suit your skin tone
but aren't to dark.
If it's summer opt for natural fabrics and short-sleeved kameezes.
Use cottons, linens and handloom fabrics as much as possible in light
hues. If it's winter, move to heavier fabrics and darker hues but
still opt out of big prints.
Some people like opting for Westerns. Short kurtas and straight pants
with elastic waistbands are the perfect solution for this. But it
is better to wear such outfits in Bangladesh during winter. Speaking
of winter, try extra large hoodies or cardigans instead of pullovers.
Wear shawls and wraps only and only if you feel that you can manage
to wear what?
When you are out baby-shopping stick to comfortable simple clothes
because baby shopping is quite cumbersome and you do not want clothes
in the way. In general, however, wear light, mostly unembellished
outfits because some pregnant women complain about discomfort because
of the heat and embellishments combined together. As for the night
time and parties, wear chiffons, georgettes, silks or simply fabrics
that have woven patterns in them. Stones and beadwork also give an
elegant look without creating a 'big motif' effect.
Ladies shoes are the only place where you will have to compromise.
No heels of any shape, size and form. If the fashion nod their heads
and wag their fingers about neglecting shoes, ask them to talk to
your hand. When it comes to shoes, comfort is no longer the only factor.
It goes straight to risk issues. You don't want to trip on pencils
or slip on platforms. So please limit yourself to flat, well balanced,
steady and comfortable shoes.
that hairy business…
A lot of women complain about their hairstyles or lack of it during
pregnancy. Assess yourself in profile as well as full frontal when
you are in your second trimester and first decide if you do need a
change in hairstyle at all or not. If the answer is positive, concentrate
on what takes away from the puffed up visage and chubby cheeks. Often
pulling your hair back in a ponytail does the trick and manages to
give you quite a young look. But this experience gives you the perfect
opportunity to try a new look so be bold and go for it if the fancy
Some pregnant women develop skin irritations during pregnancy. If
you are one of them, avoid using too much make up. In general treat
yourself to facials using natural ingredients during this period.
Ask your doctor about massages and if it is ok, treat yourself to
one of those once in a while. And in the meanwhile ignore all superstitious
talks about looking ugly if it is a boy and happy if it is a girl
(don't know if the order is right by the way…)!
gives you radiance that no artificially manufactured product can and
enjoy the glow while it lasts.
mentioned before, your wardrobe during the three trimesters should
not be about hiding that you are expecting. Rather it should be about
flaunting it graciously. The challenge lies in figuring out what looks
the best on you during this period. And for that you have experiment
of the luxury of maternity ware, it is often difficult for pregnant
women to obtain suitable outfits during these nine months. But don't
let that take you down. Use this opportunity to try a new look and
a new style and if it doesn't go, then just blame it on the hormones!