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How to Wear Non-Maternity During Pregnancy

While we all envision our stylish selves wearing non-maternity through our stylish pregnancies, it’s not always as easy as it sounds. Reimagining those “regular” clothes for our growing bump -- estimating just how that non-pregnancy piece might hit as you get big, then bigger, and even bigger -- takes some serious fashion know-how. Which is exactly what the founders of our fave maternity-not-maternity shop Nine in the Mirror have got.

Tatiana De Boisanger and Adriana Chryssicopoulos’ concept is simple, yet genius: beautiful, high-end non-maternity wear that’s curated, styled and organized by stages of pregnancy. Yes you can wear 3.1 Phillip Lim and Alexander Wang during pregnancy. And better yet, here’s what it looks like with a 7-month bump!

Below, Tatiana and Adriana give us their best tips for dressing your bump, trimester by trimester.

1st Trimester:

  • Few rules apply as the likelihood is that you are just starting to show and can probably wear a lot of your usual clothes.
  • Invest in denim you will wear for the whole nine months.
  • When it comes to investing in non-denim pieces bear in mind that you may want to go up in size if you want to wear the piece for longer during your pregnancy.
  • Educate yourself to what is out there in the maternity realm so that you can begin to plan for your wardrobe needs.
  • Try structured tops and dresses that would conceal a growing bump, which at that stage does not yet look like a bump!

2nd Trimester:

  • Embrace your new curves and growing bump - it’s the best trimester the bump is a perfect size and you look your best.
  • A-line dresses and cocoon shapes look very cute.
  • If you haven’t yet, invest in maternity denim. Get the black and the blue and if it’s good weather, the cropped pair as well! You will not regret it!
  • Don’t size down and think you’ll squeeze into it! Yes there are days where we may like a body con dress and when our bump looks best under a fitted T-shirt or stretch dress but make sure it gives enough to grow with you. Of course our bumps grow but so do our arms and chests and therefore make sure it feels comfortable. Comfort is key!

3rd Trimester:

  • You need comfortable yet flattering shapes as the bump gets bigger. Dresses are the most comfortable option - lightweight and floaty fabrics are more flattering, another option is overalls, which always look cute.
  • Stay away from A-line shapes that can look like a tent.It’s also time to start thinking of post-birth items: button-front tops to breastfeed and nursing bras.
  • Invest in loungewear and lingerie as your breasts will have grown and need support, and if you are planning on breastfeeding prepare by investing in nursing bras.

4th Trimester (post pregnancy):

  • At this point you don’t fit in your pre-pregnancy clothes but don’t want to wear any maternity pieces so elastic-waist trousers are a must, as well as boyfriend button-front shirts for breastfeeding.

Mom life demands efficiency. Because while the amount of hours in the day are the same as before kids, now a sizable chunk of that time is spent caring for and loving on those little people. Compromises happen—and let's just be honest, the old beauty routine is one of the first things to get cut.

But, wait! You don't have to sacrifice putting on mascara or, worse, skipping the SPF. Instead, why not flip it, reverse it, and look at the bright side? Here's your opportunity to streamline your morning makeup routine. With some savvy skin care and beauty hacks, you can get your radiant glow on in record time.

Here are our tried-and-true hacks passed down from Motherly mamas:

1. Embrace multipurpose items

If the most pressing issue is limited time, consolidate multiple steps of your beauty routine with a multipurpose item. For example, instead of starting with a SPF moisturizer, followed by spot concealer and a blendable foundation, you can take care of all of that in one go with one of our favorites: Earth Mama's 3-in-one Lady Face™ Tinted Mineral Sunscreen. The beauty stick also allows you to easily fold SPF 40 into your routine, because Lady Face doubles as super-safe, clean sun protection. Even better? The sunscreen blocks blue light from those ever-present digital screens with a ray-scattering, non-nano formula.

2. Revive dried mascara

Especially after a sleepless night (#motherhood), mascara can make a major difference in how well rested you appear to be. If you realize your tube of mascara is dried out, don't write it off as a lost cause. Simply soak the sealed tube in warm water to loosen up the mascara — or add a drop of a multi-purpose saline solution into the tube. That should do the trick until you have time to buy a replacement. (But let's face it: You're a mom. It's okay if you're tired.)

3. Keep coconut oil handy

Coconut oil isn't just for the kitchen. From a DIY hair mask to an in-a-pinch lip balm or naturally removing makeup at the end of the day, coconut oil's cosmetic hack-list is long. For summer, we especially like adding a thin swipe of organic extra virgin coconut oil to the cheekbones at the end of the makeup routine for a bit of an extra glow.

4. Multitask while deep conditioning

If your hair needs a bit of TLC, consider applying a natural, paraben-free deep conditioner before doing chores around the house or even a short workout. By working up a bit of a sweat, the conditioner will set even better before you rinse off in the shower.

5. Start your hair care routine the night before

As you work to find your new normal morning routine, it can help to simply reschedule a task or two—like hair. If you shower the night before, get a jumpstart on your look by blowdrying, straightening or even braiding it for loose waves in the morning.

6. Even out your skin tone

Between multiple wake-ups during the night and wavering hormones, complexion issues can become a thing for most mamas. Thankfully, the hack for managing that is as simple as finding a great foundation that goes on smoothly and doesn't cake or crack through a morning of momming. Scope out the ingredient list for naturally nourishing components like coconut oil, shea butter or beeswax — and skip the stress (and the return process if the shade doesn't match) by going for something that easily blends with most skin tones.

7. Find brands your feel great about

As a mom, you might find yourself considering bigger life questions: Are my cosmetics safe for pregnancy and breastfeeding? Are they helping the world my children will grow up in? Can I trust the ingredients and mission? Pro tip: read the ingredients on all your personal care products, memorize the ones you want to avoid, and look for third-party certification to ensure the product is actually what it says it is. When you find a brand that walks the talk, you're going to want to be loyal.

8. When in doubt, go for a bold lip

With happy hours swapped for play dates, your daily routine may look a bit different than it used to. But who says you have to leave your personal style behind? If you've always been a fan of makeup and going a bit glam, keep going for it, mama! The extra 60 seconds it takes to apply lipstick or whatever else gives you a bit of pep in your step is well worth it.


This article was sponsored by Earth Mama Organics. Thank you for supporting the brands that support Motherly and mamas.

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