Pregnancy can present a challenge when it comes to dressing for work—obviously cozy leggings and knit tops won’t cut it. I’m currently expecting my third child and spend quite a bit of time in highly traditional office environments, so by necessity, I’ve figured out a few things that simplify maternity dressing without sacrificing a personal sense of style. Here are my foolproof tips.
A dress is always my go-to look for work. It’s polished, sophisticated, and easy to put on in the morning, which is essential when you’re expecting. You need as much sleep as you can get! Rosie Pope is an entrepreneur in residence on my site, IvankaTrump.com, and she also has a great maternity collection. She was among the first to design chic maternity clothes, and I love quite a few of her pieces for work. This shift is super flattering with its flowy crepe top. It feels on-trend and appropriate, all at once.
I didn’t intend for maternity to be one of the many uses for my own collection, but we’ve recently designed several dresses in an amazing stretchy scuba material, and they have become my maternity mainstays. I have this silhouette in every color and print we made—I love it now and know I’ll wear it after the baby comes, too. I feel like it’s the ultimate multitasker in my collection!
The beauty of a blazer is that you can leave it open without looking unkempt, so this is an area where you can continue wearing your pre-pregnancy pieces or make an investment in something you’ll wear for seasons to come. This blazer is perfect because it was designed to be worn open; there’s not even the option of a closure. It’s got a great tailored fit through the shoulders and arms and will adjust as needed as your bump grows.
Toppers are going to be big this year, and they’re another essential for expecting #WomenWhoWork. Add a topper with a great print or interesting details (or both!) to a simple maternity dress and you’ll instantly elevate an otherwise basic ensemble. It’s also great over a pair of ponté pants and a pretty tank.
The elongated vest is a trend we’re seeing a lot of at the moment, and it’s another piece that lends itself well to a traditional maternity work wardrobe. This is a perfect layer when you don’t want to deal with sleeves in the spring and summer or when you’re nearing the end of your pregnancy and want to feel trend-relevant without investing in something you’re only going to wear one more month. I love this piece paired over a dress or a silky tank and pants.
Brita heels are my new favorite shoes from our spring collection. They’re mid-heels, so they’re easy to stand in all day, and the ankle strap detail both looks great and ensures you won’t slip out of your shoes.
I’ve recently become a fan of the brand M. Gemi. It’s direct to consumer and makes amazing shoes in Italy for considerably reasonable prices. This is a great classic flat with a colorblock twist. Black and white is easy to match back to, and you’ll love these with a dress or pants in the office, and a pair of jeans and a knit top on the weekend.
I am heel obsessed, but even I opt for quick slip-ons when I travel or am spending the day running around with my kids. These penny loafers are comfortable in soft suede, and they come in great colors. But the best part? No bending over required to slip them on!
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