Think Big: Maternity Fashion

Emily McCormick with Shabby Apples shows how to stay comfortable, be fashionable and save money on your wardrobe, when you’re pregnant.


Very few women feel gorgeous when they’re pregnant. And having your body change in such a short period of time is hard; in essence you feel big because you ARE big. We want to focus on a few tips that will help you look your best and be as comfortable as possible while you’re pregnant.

Maternity Fashion: Keep clothes relatively form fitting

When you’re pregnant, you’re so much bigger than your usual self. But do yourself a favor and don’t dress the part. I know so many people who wear their husbands t-shirts, way too baggy pants or sweat suits all of the time. It just adds to the bulk of your appearance. Although you feel big, you should show off the fact that you’re pregnant. So, if anything, if you wear baggy pants, keep the top tight. If you wear a baggy top, keep the pants tight. Avoid clothing that is too oversized.

Outfit: White sweater, tight jeans and red boots

Here you’re seeing a loosely fitting sweater, paired with tight, stretchy jeans (stretch jeans are great for pregnancy because they grow with you! Trust me, I know!) and a pair of riding boots. It shows off your pregnant figure, and your legs; which is much more flattering than a hugely oversized sweater.

Maternity Fashion: Keep it Comfortable

Pregnant women have a harder time moving in general (it takes me about an hour to roll myself out of bed). The last thing you need is to make anything less comfortable. And, people notice when you’re uncomfortable. It looks awkward when to see a woman who is eight months pregnant, teetering around on stilettos. So, save yourself the pain; you can still be totally fashionable and comfortable at the same time.

This outfit is fabulous for maternity because it’s fashionable and (more importantly) ultra-comfortable. Here we’re seeing a heavy wool sweater dress worn with a pair of riding boots. The dress is great because it’s stretchy and soft and it has a large cowl neck that can be worn several ways. Cowl necks and other interesting necklines are great because they draw attention away from the stomach.

Now, to the feet (very important when you’re pregnant because they take the brunt of the extra load). Riding boots and flats are essential when you’re pregnant. If you don’t have a pair, it’s worth it to buy one in a neutral color so you can wear them every day!

Maternity Fashion: Keep it affordable

That’s one of the complaints I hear the most…it’s hard to justify buying an entirely new wardrobe when you are only going to be wearing it for 3-4 months. Because, the truth of the matter is that when you’re pregnant, you’re only really large for the last few months.

So, something to remember is that with a lot of the current trends, you don’t necessarily need to buy them from a maternity store…and often maternity stores are more expensive. Look to buy a shirt a size larger from a less expensive store…Target or Forever 21.

Baby-doll is totally in and very easy-to-find at almost any store. The next two pictures are of adorable shirts, both under $30 purchased from non-maternity stores. They’re trendy and inexpensive.

Maternity Fashion: One-color slims
This is almost always true, whether you’re pregnant or not. Choose a darker color; blacks, browns, charcoal grays are all appropriate for fall. It’s great to keep the base color the same and then have a bit of variety in the fabric or pattern between your top and bottom.

Here we’re seeing pin-striped pants, paired with an adorable baggy top. Again, the variation in fabric and the light pin stripe help this all-black outfit to not seem too overwhelming. Pair one-color outfits with colored shoes and a colored purse to help break it up. Overall this is a very slimming look.


Shabby Apple is a local clothing company that features fresh, funky fashion.

After years of not being able to find stylish dresses that covered enough skin to make you really feel comfortable (without wearing a tank top, cardigan or long slip), owners Emily and CK decided to do something about it. They visited trade shows, marketplaces and designer studios only to discover the problem was not that department stores weren’t buying the right dresses, but that designers weren’t designing them.
Shabby Apple is proud to offer you fantastic dresses that allow you to look fabulous, without having to compromise anything else.

For more information call (801) 649-9382 or visit

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