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Expecting Great Style: Maternity Clothing for the Stylish Mom

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It’s easy to fall into the whole oversized tee and sweatpants rut when you’re expecting. But we think that motherhood shouldn’t get in the way of your style, even before the little one is born.

That’s why we’ve compiled some of our favorite maternity clothes that not only look flattering, but also feel super comfy. Go ahead; wear that precious baby bump proudly!

Maternal America Twisted Dress: The flattering gathered bodice and thicker straps are perfect for lots of different occasions, including date night. (Yes, you should still have date nights!)

Belabumbum Maternity Ariel Robe: The rich pink shade and lace trim will make you feel oh-so-pretty. You can even wear this post pregancy!

Christin Michaels Maternity Cassie Ruffle Tunic: A little black dress with something extra: a flattering empire waist and dainty ruffle trim!

Olian Maternity Luxe Voile Shirt: This chic and soft tunic is great for day or night.

Belabumbum Maternity Belly, Boudoir and Beyond Loungepants (not pictured above): The name says it all! If you’re going to wear stretchy pants, make sure they’re cute and flattering like these.

Paige Premium Denim Maternity Laurel Canyon Las Palmas Jeans (not pictured above): There’s no need to give up your favorite bootcut jeans. Just grab a pair of these!

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Maternity Style: Plus Size Maternity Fashion Do's and Don'ts

If you're shopping the plus size department when you're pregnant, you'll need to stick with a few fashion rules to pick clothes that flatter your figure through each trimester. Here are some of the most important do's and don'ts for selecting maternity wear from the plus-size department:

Do stick with elastic waist skirts that will adjust for your growing figure and keep you comfortable all day long. Skirts designed for plus sized women will accommodate for your figure with a loose but functional elastic waist so you don't have to worry about tugging on buttons and zippers just to make your outfit work.

Don't wear shapeless dresses. Even though the maxi dress is a popular choice for pregnant women, you won't be able to show off the best parts of your body if you're disappearing in a formless dress. Stick with slightly fitted wrap-style dresses or dresses with a belt to accentuate your curves in just the right places.

Do choose clothes made with Lycra. You need a little more extra support with knits and denim, so keep an eye on the label to make sure you're choosing clothes made with Lycra for a little lift just where you need it! Even looser tops such as tunics and wrap shirts can be made with Lycra and will help to bring out the best silhouette.

Don't wear turtleneck or boatneck tops. V-necks or scoop neck tops are your friend when you're a plus size, because these tops draw attention to your neck and collarbone and create the illusion of a longer, sleeker silhouette. Avoid turtlenecks and high necklines whenever possible so that you can make the most of your look.

Do invest in some quality maternity underwear. You need as much support as possible for pulling off the latest fashions, so take the time to get fitted for the right maternity bra and other underwear from the plus size department. You will feel more comfortable in whatever you wear when you're wearing undergarments that fit you properly.

Choosing the right clothes when you're pregnant can be a challenge in itself, and if you're shopping the plus-size racks, you'll need a plan of action. Follow these essential fashion rules to make sure you feel comfortable and look stylish each trimester!

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Maternity Style: Tips for Choosing Perfect Jeans This Winter

It's hard enough finding the perfect pair of jeans when you're not pregnant, so when those maternity-clothes-shopping days are upon you, you need a plan of action. Jeans for the mom-to-be don't have to be super-baggy to be comfortable, and you'll find a wide range of styles to complement your (growing) figure this Winter. From the classic bootleg to the wide-leg jean, here are some tips for choosing the perfect pair of jeans when you're pregnant over the Winter season:

1. Check the expandable waistband. Make sure that the maternity jeans you choose actually do have an expandable waistband. Some designers skimp on this oh-so-important element of the maternity jeans in favor of maintaining style, but you need to make sure there's enough 'give' for you to be comfortable throughout your pregnancy.

2. Stick with the stretch. Stretch denim and cotton blends are a much better fit for your growing body and they will give you some extra support. This Winter, look for heavier materials in stretch fabrics so that you can stay warm, comfortable and stylish.

3. Go for the darker shades. Winter is the perfect excuse to wear darker colors which will make you look much leaner and slimmer - perfect for those bloated days during pregnancy. This season's top colors are the super-dark stonewash jeans, black and even pewter-colored jeans. Don't be afraid to experiment.

4. Check your length. While cropped pants may seem like a cute idea, they're bound to make you look shorter and frumpier than you actually are. Make sure the inseam on your maternity jeans are long enough so that the hem grazes your ankle. This will help create that sleek silhouette.

5. Stick with the bootleg, flare, and wide-leg styles. When it comes to choosing maternity jeans, just say no to the skinny jean and stick-to-your-gams styles, even if you find them in the maternity department. These will make you appear much larger than you actually are and are hard to pair up with your lineup of trapeze tops and wraparound shirts. Bootleg and wide-leg styles are versatile, comfortable and perfect for the mom-to-be.