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Maternity: Rock your bump with these holiday outfits

Create these flattering holiday looks by mixing maternity styles with pieces that are already in your closet.

By Roslyn Costanzo
Maternity: Rock your bump with these holiday outfits

Maternity: Rock your bump with these holiday outfits

Rock your baby bump this holiday season

The holidays are here and if you’re expecting, you no doubt find yourself in a lurch when it comes to dressing your burgeoning belly for the flurry of festivities marked in your calendar.

While a maternity dress used to mean oversize bows and too-large prints that left the expectant mom looking like a wrapped gift herself, maternity wear has evolved to become an extension of your regular wardrobe.

Read on for tips on how to create holiday-worthy looks by mixing maternity styles with pieces that are already in your closet. 

Maternity: Rock your bump with these holiday outfitsPhoto: Arand/iStockphoto

A formal affair

This lace maternity dress is on-trend while being perfectly suited to a more formal gathering. Navy blue is a refreshing change from basic black and the addition of studded gold bracelets gives the look some edge.
Where to Buy? Maternity stretch lace dress, Thyme, $69; Pyramid stud bracelets, H&M , $14.95

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The office party

This elegant maternity tube top can take you from office to evening by simply swapping one topper for another. For day, pair it with a blazer and straight-leg sateen pants. For night, switch out the blazer for this faux-fur capelet.
 
While it’s most likely necessary to buy the maternity version of certain garments like pants for instance, many women can get away with wearing regular, non-maternity blazers, sweaters, jackets, accessories, and even some billowy blouses, throughout their pregnancies.
Where to Buy? Tube top, Thyme Maternity, $45; Stretch sateen pants, Thyme Maternity, $59; tuxedo jacket, Smart Set, $65; Faux-fur capelet, Joe Fresh, $39

Maternity: Rock your bump with these holiday outfits

(Virgin) cocktails with the girls

A black tunic with faux-leather trim is just the ticket for a pre-holiday mocktail with your girlfriends. The addition of this mesh booty with a low-ish heel takes the look from stylish to uber-trendy.
Where to Buy? Tunic, Motherhood Maternity, $54.98; Mesh booties, H&M, $59.95

Maternity: Rock your bump with these holiday outfits

Caroling

If caroling is part of your family tradition, bundle up in this cozy maternity sweater dress. Add a layer of warmth and whimsy with a chunky knit cardigan from your existing wardrobe or this faux-fur vest from H&M. 
 
It goes without saying that heels are a no-go for prolonged periods on your feet – pregnant or not. These biker boots from Gap are versatile and the soft suede will stretch to accommodate swollen feet. 
Where to Buy? Sweater dress, Old Navy, $39.94; Faux-fur vest, H&M, $24.95; Suede biker boots, Gap, $84.95; Toque, Gap, $24.95

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Holiday dinner

Nothing says festive like a little bit of sparkle and shine. For a put-together family dinner outfit, pair this bold, cobalt dress with a slouchy, sequined sweater. Gold accessories complete the look. 
Where to Buy? Empire waist dress, Motherhood Maternity, $54.98; Sequined sweater, H&M, $59.95; Necklace, H&M, $17.95

Maternity: Rock your bump with these holiday outfits

Walkin’ in a winter wonderland

Take in your neighbours’ light displays in cool, casual style. These skinny cargo pants are a maternity wardrobe must for their versatility. Pair them with a striped sweater layered under a military-inspired coat and topped off with a faux-fur scarf for a comfortable but polished look, pictured here.

Alternatively, wear them with a blouse and flats (or as high a heel as you can manage), for a night on the town. The possibilities are endless.
Where to Buy? Cargo pants, Motherhood Maternity, $49.98; sweater, Motherhood Maternity, $49.98; Coat, Motherhood Maternity, $69.98; Faux-fur scarf, Joe Fresh, $29

Maternity: Rock your bump with these holiday outfits

Romantic dinner à deux

Take a break from the holiday bustle and enjoy a date-night with your squeeze. For an effortless look, pair a printed maternity blouse with your existing leather jacket (florals and leather work well together). Finish the ensemble off with a statement necklace and a pair of in-right-now,  jewel tone pants like these teal maternity cords from Old Navy. 
Where to Buy? Maternity chiffon blouse, Old Navy, $32.94; Rockstar cords, Old Navy, $36.94; Pleather jacket, H&M, $59.95; Necklace, Smart Set, $14

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Christmas morning

Lounging around and exchanging gifts on Christmas morning calls for something comfortable yet pulled together. A stylish stand-in for your favourite sweats, this jersey maxi skirt is just as comfy. Wear it with an oversize sweater you might already own like this poncho-style knit from Joe Fresh, and you’re good through all of the day’s festivities. If you’re making the rounds, simply slip on this sleek, flat boot-shoe and you’re good to go.
Where to Buy? Maternity maxi skirt, Old Navy, $29.94; Poncho, Joe Fresh, $49; Booties, Aldo, $140

Maternity: Rock your bump with these holiday outfits

Any other situation

Here, we took some liberty with our little black dress. Choose a dark, neutral dress with a simple silhouette that will go with everything. This tone-on-tone, dark blue, striped version can take you virtually anywhere with the right accessories.

A last-minute invite to a tree-trimming party? Dress it down with a cardigan, tights, and colourful flats. Likewise when your BFF begs you to be her plus-one at a fancy holiday fête, layer on some jewellery, grab a sparkly clutch and run out the door.
Where to Buy? Ruched dress, Motherhood Maternity, $49.98; Merino sequined cardigan, Gap, $59.95; Suede loafers, Gap, $39.95; Necklace, H&M, $17.95; Clutch, H&M, $14.95

Maternity: Rock your bump with these holiday outfits

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Maternity: Rock your bump with these holiday outfits
This article was originally published on Dec 04, 2012

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