When you’re getting ready to welcome a baby into the world, the last thing you need to be doing is worrying about your wardrobe.
By following the lead of stylish celebs like Jessica Alba, Meghan Markle and Ciara, you can create a minimalist pregnancy style that doesn’t scream “maternity wear.”
Here’s how to achieve a minimalist look when pregnant:
Jessica Alba | Theme: Versatile Dresses
Versatile dresses are a great item to build your minimalist pregnancy wardrobe around. Nordstrom and Bloomingdales have great maternity dress selections, and also check out minimalist-friendly brands like Storq, Hatch, and Loyal Hana.
In addition to being comfortable and easy to put on (helpful when you can no longer see your toes!), they’re perfect for a casual or business-casual dress code.
The little black dress in particular is a must for every woman’s wardrobe year-round. They’re especially useful during pregnancy because they’re low-maintenance and can be dressed up or down.
Pair an LBD with chunky sneakers and a long neutral jacket for a sleek daytime look like Jessica Alba’s. Switch to a platform heel after work and if you’re a fan of color and prints, throw on a brighter color cardigan or jacket to make more of a statement for day or night time look.
Meghan Markle | Theme: Core Colors
If you’ve been following me for a while, you know I’m all about core colors: black, white, navy, gray.
Core colors are must-have colorways in your closet no matter your dress code, body shape, or where you live. Think of them as the unifying pieces in your closet that will enable you to put stylish outfits together easily.
Following my core color principles means everything can be mixed and matched. Your body will be changing so much as the weeks go by, and this way you won’t have to constantly run out to buy new clothes!
Meghan Markle’s minimalist pregnancy style leaned heavily on core colors and business casual staples like black pants, flats, simple neutral heels, and long jackets.
Notice how well the navy and black pair together — perfect for a business-casual dress code. If you’re looking to switch it up a bit, you could also put a heather grey or white shirt underneath the navy jacket.
Focus on versatile pieces that you’ll be able to wear both at work and outside of work like drawstring trousers, t-shirts and blouses with stretch, and lightweight layering pieces.
Pregnant or not, my women’s personal styling services can help you strategize stylish business-casual looks just like this!
Ciara | Theme: Suiting
If you work in a formal office, investing in a suit to fit your pregnancy body may be a necessity — but they’re also great for business casual dress codes and can even transition to a night out with fun jewelry and heels.
Look for suiting in natural fibers (cotton or wool) that has some stretch to it so it’ll transition with you as your body changes.
Try a “boyfriend”-style long-sleeve button up shirt like Ciara to give you more room. “Boyfriend” styles are typically a bit looser and oversized, but still look put together and not frumpy.
Wear a coordinating suit head to toe, or if your pants no longer fit, simply pair the jacket with pants or a dress in a core color for a perfectly pulled-together look.