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I'm pretty small and I'm barely showing at three months along, so I'm pretty sure I'll carry similarly to last time. I was able to get away with just wearing long tunics in stretchy materials. So I'm seeing these shirts a lot that have a band at the bottom, and flounce out at the middle (<a href="http://www.forever21.com/product.asp?catalog_name=FOREVER21&category_name=fashiontop&product_id=2049167844&Page=2" target="_blank">like this</a>). Would that create an awkward silhouette? I want to be fashionable! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"><br><br>
Any other tips for looking good while pregnant? Other than just being your glowing fabulous self? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"> So much maternity is about hiding or minimizing. I don't mind looking gloriously pregnant!<br><br>
ETA: isn't it odd that so many of the popular styles look like they're made for pregnant women?
 

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I love that top, and yep, I think I've got to make one now <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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Ugh! That top would look horrendous on me. But I have big hips and thighs. If you aren't pear shaped it would probably be really really cute with the baby bump jutting out.
 

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I think you can definately get away with wearing that. It looks really comfortable, yet trendy. Fabric is so important to maternity clothes, I've come to find out. I like flowing-type fabrics like rayon blends as opposed to stiff cotton popplins.
 

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hmm... I'm a pear shape (not a lot though, bust 32, hips 36). I could be wrong but I would think that the band would minimize the hip area, because it hugs you and doesn't add visual width. I'm no expert, though! I just try to take mental notes when I watch "what not to wear." <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
Of course, seeing it on yourself is the true test. I don't have a lot of time to try on things in the store, so I like to make a list of what I'm going to look at before I go.
 

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i like the formfitting stretchy stuff over the belly area. . . my favorite outfit this pregnancy has been a black knit wrap dress, knee length, over grey yoga pants, with red chucks. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
i do find it hysterical that empire waists and belly-flouncing styles are so popular right now. before i got pregnant i was looking askance at it, like, 'why are all the stores filled with maternity clothes all of a sudden?'<br><br>
then suddenly it wasn't so much of a problem... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1">
 

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Hmmm, I think I need a black wrap dress, where did you get it? I have a couple above the knee "dresses" from places like Target and I love them for maternity tops.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">my favorite outfit this pregnancy has been a black knit wrap dress, knee length, over grey yoga pants, with red chucks. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"></div>
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that outfit sounds super cute! and comfy <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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thanks cellarstella! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"> it's totally comfy. and when i wear it, i feel totally cute <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"><br><br>
@ lolaK i either got it from oldnavy or target. i am pretty sure it cost $20 or less. (i can't bring myself to spend lots of money on any single maternity piece, so the less expensive, the better)<br><br>
the only wrap dress they have at oldnavy.com right now is a poly/spandex blend, which for me wouldn't be as comfortable as the cotton jersey mock wrap i found at the end of autumn. but since spring is coming i'm sure you can find some nice fresh bright dresses, or some great basics on clearance.
 

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I love stuff like this, it was popular over here when i went around with dd. I'm tall and thin with a long torso and the only thing I didn't like was how this style looked during weeks 30-40. My belly was big enough to jet out more than my boobs so I got this "ski slope" look from chin to belly, if you can picture what i mean. Had I had a belt that was confy I would have added that. I'm planing on doing a lot more with belts this time around. like <a href="http://gravid.no/" target="_blank">here</a>
 

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I really like the forever 21 shirt. I think that would be a great style to wear with a little belly. This <a href="http://www.anntaylorloft.com/catalog/outfit.jsp?ensembleId=2389&N=1200123&pCategoryId=619&categoryId=640&Ns=CATEGORY_SEQ_640#ATLtop" target="_blank">shirt</a> from Ann Taylor LOFT is similar but without the band at the bottom.... actually the whole outfit is really cute. <a href="http://www.anntaylorloft.com/catalog/product.jsp?productId=11763&N=1200140&pCategoryId=619&categoryId=1139&Ns=CATEGORY_SEQ_1139&defaultColorNameFromCategory=Black&defaultSizeTypeFromCategory=Misses" target="_blank">Empire waist tops</a> are nice too. They're fashionable and show off the belly nicely.
 

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I think that tunic is really cute but I would look horrible in it. I am carrying my baby a little all over. I don't have just a belly but have noticed a gain in my hips and butt.<br><br>
I have bought many shirts and sweaters that aren't maternity since the styles look like maternity. I mostly am wearing baby-doll styles that work perfectly and tend to cost less than maternity clothes.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I really like the forever 21 shirt. I think that would be a great style to wear with a little belly. This <a href="http://www.anntaylorloft.com/catalog/outfit.jsp?ensembleId=2389&N=1200123&pCategoryId=619&categoryId=640&Ns=CATEGORY_SEQ_640#ATLtop" target="_blank">shirt</a> from Ann Taylor LOFT is similar but without the band at the bottom.... actually the whole outfit is really cute. <a href="http://www.anntaylorloft.com/catalog/product.jsp?productId=11763&N=1200140&pCategoryId=619&categoryId=1139&Ns=CATEGORY_SEQ_1139&defaultColorNameFromCategory=Black&defaultSizeTypeFromCategory=Misses" target="_blank">Empire waist tops</a> are nice too. They're fashionable and show off the belly nicely.</div>
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I absolutely <b>love</b> both of these outfits but refuse to pay that much for maternity clothes!
 

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I work in a maternity store, and last year we had a VERY similiar top to the one you posted, the bottom band was a darker green, and the body of the shirt for a few shades lighter, then the neckline was dark again. It was a GORGEOUS top on women, especially as the belly started to fill out. A very chic sexy item. I say go for it!
 

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That top has a little too much fabric for me, but maybe I'm more of an exhibitionist! (I guess i'm just so happy I finally have cleavage I like to show it since its the only body part I'm currently happy with!)<br><br>
You may get some ideas from the <a href="http://www.becoming-mom.net/2008/03/05/spring-maternity-clothes-a-virtual-fashion-show/" target="_blank">virtual maternity fashion show</a> I posted on my blog today <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">That top has a little too much fabric for me, but maybe I'm more of an exhibitionist! (I guess i'm just so happy I finally have cleavage I like to show it since its the only body part I'm currently happy with!)<br><br>
You may get some ideas from the <a href="http://www.becoming-mom.net/2008/03/05/spring-maternity-clothes-a-virtual-fashion-show/" target="_blank">virtual maternity fashion show</a> I posted on my blog today <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"></div>
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Awesome! Thanks!
 

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ooooh I love some of those choices you posted. Especially the shorts! I may have to order myself some!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I absolutely <b>love</b> both of these outfits but refuse to pay that much for maternity clothes!</div>
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Very true, but I've noticed the clothes there go on sale often and you can find some very cute items for a steal! They have some shirts and even pants on sale that are only $14.98 and $9.98. That's great for the LOFT!
 

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I'm mostly going with stretchy and long and preferably NOT maternity since this is it for us. To the OP, I love that shirt! I have similar one from Target, but it's spaghetti strap - I got it when I was pg with #2 and I'm sure it will get wear this summer! If you need to get anything maternity you have to get some cute shorts/capris. As long as they have good stretch you should be able to wear non-maternity shirts most of the time. I also have a couple of cute stretchy black dresses that work great - dress them up or down with flip-flops!
 
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