Pregnancy is a stage in a woman's life that is difficult to dress for. Not only have we got the baby bump to contend with, but also the increasing bust line and extra weight carried around the body. Comfort is another important factor in how we dress during these
months. When pregnant, we like to feel at ease in our clothes and unencumbered by tight waistlines.
Having said that, we all make mistakes when it comes to style. Celebrities make their fair share too. Kim Kardashian features heavily in the tabloids these days, due to her pregnancy. Some tabloids have even been critical of her weight gain. If there is a time when women feel most vulnerable, it is during pregnancy, so tabloids should learn to be less nasty. She does not need to hear mean comments about her weight, that is unfair.
What I wish to provide here is some guidance on dressing elegantly during pregnancy. On the left of my board, I feature one of her recent outfits as an example of what not to wear, for a variety of reasons:
1/ On this photo, Kim wears a dress with a bodice which appears tightly stretched over her bust. As a result, her breasts appear larger than they really are.
2/ The uncomfortable-looking belt, tightly fastened under her bust line, does not give her room to breathe.
3/ The pinky nude dress is made of a stiff material with a life on its own and does not move along with her. Because of this, Kim has to walk with her arms down by her side or the skirt will lift up to reveal her underpinnings. As the rules of elegance state that being comfortable in your clothes is a must, walking while keeping your dress from rising up cannot be deemed elegant.
4/ The length of the dress is too short and too revealing.
On the right hand side of the board, I chose an outfit that corrects every issue that the first dress had. This maternity dress is a light pink to keep in Kim's colour palette. The lace material gives a touch of glamour too. However, this one is knee length, great for preserving her modesty. Some decorum goes a long way in looking chic, elegant and stylish. The slingback shoes have a medium heel for comfort. I added an optional black ribbon belt, that can be worn just under the breast line, fully adjustable for her comfort. Accessorised with a gold and black necklace and handbag, this outfit would look fabulous on Kim.
What do you think?
Originally published on 7/4/13
I'm Marie-Anne Lecoeur. I teach women how to upgrade their style and think, shop & dress like a French woman in my Ecourses and The French Chic Academy
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