Skirt Styles for Maternity

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Skirt Styles for Maternity
Maternity skirts are stylish and functional. (the young pregnant woman on white background image by Valentin Mosichev from

Being pregnant doesn't mean you have to sacrifice your sense of personal style. Modern fashion includes a wide range of stylish and comfortable options for pregnant women, and skirts are a hip and functional choice for maternity wear. From sexy formal numbers to demure long pieces, maternity skirts are a versatile option for pregnant women hoping to carry their chic style into motherhood.

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What to Look For

No matter what style of maternity skirt strikes your fancy, the highest quality skirts have a few things in common. In early pregnancy, a skirt designed specifically for maternity wear might not be necessary. Larger sizes of your preferred style are typically sufficient during the first trimester. During the later stages of pregnancy, additional structural support built into your skirts offers a higher degree of comfort for your changing body. Look for skirts that offer stretch in the belly area so that you can wear the skirt as you grow. Smooth elastic or Lycra are suitable materials for the stretch factor. Some women are more comfortable with skirts that come over their belly, while others prefer fabric tucked under the belly, so look for skirts that offer both options in a single design in case your preference changes as the pregnancy progresses.

Long Skirts

Long skirts are suitable for women who prefer a more conservative look. Though long maternity skirts are available in a range of cuts and fabrics, flowing fabrics with wider cuts along the bottom reduce the likelihood of tripping you or restricting your movement while walking. Long skirts are ideal if you work in a professional workplace during your pregnancy, because they are modest and business-appropriate.

Wrap Skirts

Maternity wrap skirts often don't include the same elastic support of other skirt styles, but the do-it-yourself sizing provides a high degree of comfort throughout the duration of your pregnancy. Wrap skirts are styled like sarongs, and a simple adjustment of the side ties automatically adapts the skirt to your preferred fit. Wrap skirts are available a long, flowing skirts or flirty shorter skirts. They are typically made of lightweight, breathable cotton, a good match for warmer climates or summer months.

Short Skirts

The likelihood that you will require a shorter skirt for a special occasion during your nine months of pregnancy is considerable. Short maternity skirts are appropriate attire for both formal occasions like weddings, or for athletic activities like walking. A majority of short maternity skirts are made of form-fitting elastic Lycra that supports your belly and hugs your curves. Since the bottom of your legs are left uncovered, the tight fit doesn't restrict your movement. Look for short skirts with adjustable closures that can be changed to fit your growing belly.

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