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Maternity Styling Tips for a Chic Pregnancy

Online family clothing retailer Zulily.com is having its Maternity Week and has released its second annual best dressed bump list which includes some of the celebrity moms we cover here in Bellyitchblog: Carrie Underwood, Tamera Mowry Housley and Zooey Deschanel, among others. 
To commemorate the week of specialized looks for less showcased on the site this week and award season, its Maternity Fashion Expert Robin Otto offers these great styling tips and tricks for expecting mothers everywhere:
#1- Invest in a great pair of maternity jeans. 
Purchase a pair of over-the-belly denim when you are about 13-16 weeks along.  It may seem unnecessary in the early stages, but you will be grateful that you have them once you hit the 6-month mark. 
*Style Tip: you can fold over the belly to create an underbelly jean if you do not fill out the belly band or if you need added support at the hip area.  You can also do the same thing after pregnancy, stretching (pun intended!) the life of your jeans.
#2- Look for side-ruched tops
“Side ruched” tops are great because they hide the early pregnancy belly when you haven’t quite popped yet, as well as camouflage any problem areas after baby has arrived. 
*Style Tip: Look out for tees like that are 100% cotton.  They do not hold their shape as well as tops with a spandex blend.

#3 Buy true maternity wear instead of just going up a size. 
Maternity clothes are fit to a pregnant model and designed with a drape to accommodate a growing baby bump. Invest in key pieces to get you comfortably through pregnancy. 
*Style Tip: If you want to utilize some of your pre-pregnancy wear, put on your pre-pregnancy blazers and cardigans open and pair them with a fitted maternity tee and maternity pants.

Following these suggestions should get you well on your way to a stylish pregnancy.

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