This New Year's Eve, I'm not just pregnant. I'm about to literally pop a cork like the champagne bottle itself.
I'll be honest with you. I don't feel the most beautiful right now. I'm not comfortable. My back hurts and I've been having Braxton Hicks contractions for the past week. The last thing I feel like doing is slipping into something festive to attend a party. But, this occasion only comes once a year so you better believe I'm going to celebrate!
Some of you mommas-to-be may be in the same boat so I want to help you out. As much as you want to sit at home with a hot cup of cocoa and watch the ball drop, I'm here to drag you out of the house.
Here are my 5 bump-friendly tips for a glamorous look this New Years Eve:
Tip #1: It's All About The Accessories
You don't even need to buy a new outfit. Raid your closet and pick a solid-colored dress that you've loved over your pregnancy. Layer on a few statement accessories and voila! You've got yourself a stylish look that you already feel comfortable in.
If you're not a jewelry person, spice up your look with a pop of color from a bag or clutch.
Tip #2: The More You Accentuate The Bump, The Better The Look
When I wore this sequin bump-hugging dress to the Baby2Baby gala last month, I wasn't sure if I'd arrive looking festive or like a disco ball. I'm not going to lie--I was pretty pleased with the results. It made me realize an important tip: the more you accentuate the bump, the better the look.
I'm not saying you have to go all sequins. Just don't try to hide under shapeless layers of fabric. A close-fitting dress is beautiful on baby bumps and looks great in photos, too.
Tip #3: Don't Feel Forced To Wear Heels
There comes a time in everyone's pregnancy when they realize a stiletto heel may not be the safest form of footwear. My moment came a few weeks ago when I stumbled (and tumbled) out of a car going to a Christmas party. I about gave Scott a literal heart attack. At that moment, this momma realized she needed to retire the 5-inch Gianvito Rossi ankle-strap heels she's been obsessed with.
Luckily, you can still feel glamorous in a pair of flats. And if ditching the heels will make you feel more comfortable and get you out of the house...then do it.
Tip #4: Spice Up Your Beauty Routine
Always remember: when you look good, you feel good. And when you feel good, you look good. Don't be afraid to spend a little extra time on your hair and makeup before the party. Maybe even test-drive a few new looks before the night of the party. For example, a glitter eye or a plum lip. Sometimes that's all it takes for a much-needed boost of confidence! See below for a few of my favorite tutorials and looks to try out:
Monika Blunder's Sugarplum Eye // Into The Gloss' 5 Glitter Makeup Looks To Try // Refinery 29's Old Hollywood Glam Waves // Byrdie Beauty's Luminous Holiday Look // Highbrow's Smokey Eye Berry Lip // Violet Grey's The Lush Lash // Kandee Johnson's Red Velvet Lips
Tip #5: When All Else Fails, Wear Black
This applies to everyone, pregnant or not. Black is slimming, black is comfortable, black is your best friend.
Cheers to 2017!
Actress, model, active humanitarian, & Mom! Author of 'Everyday Chic'.