When it comes to maternity fashion, Beyoncé is in a class of her own. Never using her pregnancy as an excuse for dressing down or heading out in drab casual clothes, she stands as proof that maternity looks can be glamorous, fashionable, and even full-on chic. When the star announced her second child was on the way early this year, we did a little countdown featuring her hottest maternity fashion looks from 2011. Today, there’s a whole new treasure trove of Beyoncé maternity looks to take inspiration from. If you’re feeling down on your fashion sense or trying to perk up your pregnant friend with some new outfits, let the Queen Bey of music teach you a few things about dressing to the nines with a growing bump.
THE PETER DUNDAS GOWN
There is no shortage of glamor here. When Beyoncé took to the Grammys stage in this custom-made outfit she just looked like typical Queen Bey working her R&B magic. It wasn’t until she finished performing that we all took a double-take. Was that a baby bump? If you glean anything from this glitzy costume, it’s that early on you can fool the masses if you want to. Control how and when your pregnancy wardrobe changes. Don’t let it take charge of you.
THE SECOND GRAMMYS GOWN
It’s another example of how you need to take charge of your look. The reason Beyoncé’s maternity fashion works so well is because she’s smart about what she reveals when. Once she got us all speculating in her subtle Peter Dundas gown, it was a simple step to confirm our excited suspicions in a curve-hugging gown designed to highlight her bump. Lucky for you, you’re probably not so far in the public spotlight you have to draw up a marketing plan for your pregnancy. Just focus on looking good.
THE CASUAL AND COLORFUL LOOK
Don’t let yourself believe casual means not caring. A little extra energy crafting your look can go a long way in preserving your confidence when you’re out and about. The trick is to fancy up the easy stuff with something chic and unexpected. Here, there’s nothing remarkable about Beyoncé’s maternity fashion until you get to her second layer. That Gucci kimono marks the difference between tired mom and fashionable star. If you can find that one statement piece that transforms your outfit, you’ll be miles ahead of everyone else when it comes to a fashion-savvy pregnancy.
THE BOLD AND DEFINED GET-UP
When you bump gets too big to tease around anymore, stop trying. Owning up to the shape of your body is the first step in slaying maternity fashion. If you want to wear something clingy, let it display your baby bump loud and proud. If you prefer less sleek outfits, make sure you fashion them around your bump too. In the bare and open era of social media and iconoclasts, there’s nothing noble about hiding behind the folds of a voluminous skirt to mask the fact that you’re pregnant. Let the world know you’re with child and your fashion sense will go way up.
THE CONFIDENT SUMMER OUTFIT
It’s important to come to terms with your pregnant body both in private and public. You can’t let it prevent you from having a social life and taking trendy selfies. When you have to start wearing maternity-style clothing to keep up with your bump, turn to other elements of your outfit to keep up with the latest trends. Here, Beyoncé’s maternity fashion look features metallic-inspired platform sandals, detailed braids, and tinted sunglasses. Take every chance you get to up your fashion look. The power is in your hands.
BE A SUPER TRENDY STYLIST
There’s a lot of extra responsibility piled on top of your when you’re pregnant, but that’s no excuse. You can’t let seasonal trends pass you by. One of the keys to keeping up with the fashion world is incorporating each new look into your wardrobe. Just look at the latest entry in Beyoncé’s maternity fashion. This stylish outfit is covered with greenery logos and even features pink-tinted sunglasses! Never underestimate the power of being relevant. It’s a great way to throw together an excellent outfit.
Take a hint from this unmatched fashionista and make your maternity wardrobe a smashing success. It might tire you out for a bit, but you’ll come back feeling like a queen. Or shall I say, like a Queen Bey?
— Timothy Vest