New York, New York (PressExposure) December 17, 2009 -- Pregnancy no longer means being confined to boring, plain clothes. Pregnant celebrities have been instrumental in changing popular views on maternity fashion in recent years. Designers like Liz Lange have made it their goal to give pregnant women the accessories they need to look great even with the swollen belly. Here are 7 fashion tips for moms-to-be
1. Empire waist dresses
The empire waist dress has a form-fitting seam above the belly, just under the breasts, that helps give your body shape. It doesn't hide your belly, and it's not supposed to, unlike traditional maternity dresses, which simply drape shapelessly over everything. The empire waist dress is elegant and simple and should be a part of any mother-to-be's wardrobe.
2. Have fun with your tees
T-shirts are always good to have around during pregnancy. Make them playful and plentiful, as they are comfortable and can always be matched with light blazers so that to give you semi-formal, relaxed look when needed. Stretchy fabric is great, since it means you'll be able to wear them well into your 9 months.
3. Wear bold jewelry
Because maternity fashion usually relies on plain colors and simple, elegant designs, it's the perfect outlet for showing off with big, bold jewelry. Those large pendants and eye-catching diamond studded bracelets and necklaces can be the perfect accent to a simple, empire wait evening dress.
4. Show off your body
No, it doesn't mean wearing small tops that reveals your growing baby bump. It means that, since a lot of attention will be on your belly anyway, you should take this time to show off other parts of your body. Tastefully, of course. For example, on your next cocktail or black-tie event, try to wear a long, backless maternity gown. Low cut dresses are also great for showing off your increased bust size (a nice pregnancy perk).
5. Floral designs
These are great for the spring and summer months. Floral designs are flattering and fun. Purses and other fashion accessories as well as dresses can look great with floral design. Look for floral dresses with long flaring skirts and empire waists.
6. Maternity bras
Because of the need for extra support, maternity bras tend to be clunky and un-sexy. But now there are plenty of designer maternity bras made to give you the extra support while still looking great. Shop around and you'll find special, strapless maternity bras that proved the support while still letting you wear those strapless dresses and tops that you like so much.
7. Maternity jeans
Say goodbye to those drab sweat pants. Maternity designers now offer wide selections of maternity jeans. Jeans are the most versatile garments you can have in your closet, and now it is easy to find a pair made to fit your changing waistline.
You don't have to go to a local place to purchase maternity wear; there are so many places now online where you can buy the best clothes for yourself to stay stylish. Take time for yourself to look and feel good!