The nine months you wait to meet your bouncing baby may seem endless or go by in a flash, but the memory is one you want to capture in time. High-quality maternity photos start with a great photographer but end with your baby bump; choose a time in your pregnancy when it’s big enough to be seen, but not so big that you’re uncomfortable. Choose clothing that highlights and flatters your curves for a perfectly glowing look.
There’s no better time for flaunting your belly than now. Choose clothing that hugs your baby-housing curves — think stretchy, clingy fabrics like lycra or cotton-spandex blends. Forgiving T-shirt-fabric body-con maxi dresses highlight your mom-to-be silhouette in a tasteful way.
Doll yourself up in a dress that’s both flattering and comfortable. Wrap-style frocks are ideal — they typically tie at the rib cage and have ample room to house your growing bump. Empire dresses won’t hug your shape quite as closely but beautifully skim the body by flaring out from under the bust.
If your setting is relaxed and it suits your aesthetic, embrace a casual vibe. Start with a form-fitting tank or T-shirt paired with dark-colored leggings or stretchy maxi-skirt; add a pretty scarf to ramp up the style. Button-down shirts — think white or denim — buttoned to reveal just a bit of the bump lend a laid-back but still fashionable look.
Pregnancy photos will be around for years to come, so don’t date them with trendy color combos or the print of the moment. Stick with solid hues and opt for dark neutrals, such as black or navy. Or keep the look light and angelic with ivory, ecru or a dusty peach or pink.
Bare the Belly
If you’re feeling daring, reveal the bump in all of its glory with a bandeau bra or crop top paired with a long, flowy skirt. If you prefer just a hint of skin, sheer fabrics, whether in blouse or dress form, give a peek at the belly without baring all. For an ethereal effect, choose a gauzy maxi dress in a soft color.
Your baby belly should be the star of the show, so keep jewelry simple. Rock a basic pendant, small hoop earrings, or pearl or crystal studs. Footwear should likewise be understated; opt for sandals, ballet flats or simple heels if you’d like to lengthen your legs with a dress. If your look calls for it, kick off your shoes and go barefoot as the perfect complement to your natural beauty.
References and ResourcesParents: Five Secrets to Beautiful Pregnant Belly Photos
InStyle: How to Dress Your Baby Bump
Refinery29: Pregnancy Style From Five Hot Chicago Mamas