Aug 18, 2014

How to Hide the Baby Bump


So. I'm pregnant. 26 weeks today. I felt great through my first trimester, but I still didn't feel  comfortable with anyone knowing about it right away. For health reasons and just because I felt like it was very personal. I just wasn't ready to share it yet. I think it's OK to share the news whenever you are ready, but this post is for anyone else who felt the way I did (I didn't share with the general public until about 20 weeks). Here is what I learned about hiding the bump in the first half of pregnancy:

Wear what is comfortable. The is the most important thing. Even though I didn't have bump at all around 6 weeks, I found that a few of my elastic waist skirts hurt after a day of wear. Not worth it, even if you try to convince yourself you have to wear it because you won't be able to later (am I the only person that thinks like that?).


                      19 weeks                                       16  weeks                                     18 weeks

Tuck in your shirt. This probably sounds a little counter-intuitive, but I swear this is the reason I was able to hide the bump for so long. I wore skirts that were a little loose to begin with (so they were comfortable around my waist) and tucked in a looser shirt. Even though my stomach was sticking out more than normal, it was tough to tell because of the two lines of fabric together and the loose shirt over the top.


                                 12 weeks                                                                 15 weeks

Layer over tight clothing. Early on, I really wanted to wear things that I knew I would not be able to wear later because of the slim fit (I'll miss you, clothes!). I was able to get away with wearing a few tighter items by layering jackets and vests over them. I could definitely tell that my stomach was sticking out a little, but with the layers it was tough to notice.



               17 weeks                                          8 weeks                                            10 weeks

Wear loose dresses. Not only are loose dresses comfortable (yay!) but they are great at hiding a bump without screaming "I'm hiding something." I felt like really loose shirts kind of made it seem obvious (unless I tucked them in), but a loose dress just implies that you like comfort. A shift shape is great, but if you wear anything with a cinched area (like the two outfits on the right) make sure they elastic hits below a traditional empire waist (right below your breasts). Empire waist dresses/tops make you look pregnant (even if you are not!).


A few other tips: 
  • Scarves/big accessories are a great way to distract the eye from your belly.
  • Pattern  wearing patterns is a great way to keep the eye moving. I have found that people notice my bump a lot more often when I am wearing solid colors.
  • Wear all black. Black really is slimming. I wore a black top and black pants to work multiple times in early pregnancy because it was easy and really disguises the baby bump.

Disclosure: I am tall (5'10") so I am fully aware that it might be easier for me to hide my bump than it would be for someone shorter or with a different body type. However, I actually googled "how to hide a baby bump" at one point and didn't find much so I wanted to add my two-cents to the world wide web :)

Anyone else have some tips they would be willing to share?

23 comments:

  1. great tips! i shall keep them in mind for future :) i agree with empire waists making you look pregnant even when you are not, and i think i shall start stocking up on loose dresses!
    yay for being tall, i'm 5'9 lol.

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  2. Great tips! I am so glad you are sharing your cute bump with us now though :)

    Tori
    FashionBlingGirlyThings

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  3. I love these tips! I will definitely keep them in mind for future reference ;-)

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  4. These are great tips - even for a non-pregnant person who carries her weight in the middle. Some of us have to be very careful to not look pregnant all the time! And I didn't know you were tall! I'm 5'9", so I feel an instant bond with other tall women!

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  5. Great tips! This is one thing I worry about with the possibility of baby #3 sometime and the fact that I started blogging when I was very much pregnant with #2!

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  6. These are great tips! I'm kind of short (5'5") so I'll probably show pretty quickly, but I'll have to keep your tips in mind when the time comes :)

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  7. Haha. Yeah, I showed EARLY! No way I would have been able to hide my bump for 20 weeks. That's what I get for having a short torso, I guess. :-) I guess I'm just thankful I didn't want to hide it. :-)

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  8. Great tips! I still can't believe you hid your bump for so long! :)

    Jill
    dousedinpink.blogspot.com

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  9. I think you did a great job hiding your bump! And, um these are all great ways to hide a food tummy, too. Just sayin. ;)

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  10. I definitely agree that it is easier to hide when you are taller... I have never tried to hide my bump, but people are always telling me how small I am (which is funny, because I love a big baby belly!). But yeah, brava. You are a master of disguise. I would never have guessed from those pics that you were pregnant!!

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  11. I actually did the math three times to make sure I was right about how long you kept quiet. Dang, girl. I'm impressed.

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  12. These are great tips, and it's crazy how well you hid the bump.

    I'm not anywhere near having a baby, but some of these tips should work for the PMS bloated days too, right? haha

    xo Jackie
    Something About That

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  13. Oh my gosh, YES! Empire waists make everyone look like they're pregnant. That's why I had to get rid of my super comfy jersey dress from LOFT because I felt like I was wearing a maternity dress. Would you like it? I wouldn't charge you anything for it. It's just going to be donate it anyway so I could totally send it to you if you'd like it :) It's in this post if you want to check it out: http://exploringmystyleblog.blogspot.com/2014/05/loft-grey-jersey-dress.html

    Your bump-hiding skills are fantastic! I never would have guessed until you announced it.

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  14. Love all your outfits!!! You definitely did a good job hiding it and staying stylish. :) Can't wait to see more bump posts!!

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  15. Your 8 weeks outfit is SO PRETTY! I think you are one stylish mom-to-be!!
    www.amemoryofus.com

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  16. Great tips! It's amazing to look back and the photos now that I know you are pregnant. Where is that bump?!

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  17. Congratulations!! So interesting to see how you've been dressing - such great inspiration for how to make a regular wardrobe work with a changing body, which I'm definitely doing to have to remember for next time. I went for some flowier type tops for a little while, which also helped hide things, but that's not really my style, so it felt a little weird. Luckily I just didn't really start to pop until after we told people (though we waited a fair bit to share too - most at about 16-17 weeks, and about 18 on the blog), so then I could wear whatever I wanted :)

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  18. You did a fabulous job hiding that precious cargo, and you looked cute and stylish as well. That is weird that there is nothing on the web on this. We hid our Xander's pregnancy from the public til 25 weeks. I wore a black coat and a lot of shimmery tops or baggy t-shirts. Rachelxo

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  19. this post is great! You totally had me, I didn't know you were expecting until the photo in the yellow skirt!! So you can put a check next to all your tips because they work!... but I am glad you are showing the bump off I can't wait to see your new momma style!
    xo Jessica
    www.NewlyLoved.com

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  20. You did a great job of hiding your bump! I never would have thought of tucking in my shirt, but it definitely works on you. Also, the pattern tip is so true!

    Nicole
    Nicole to the Nines

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  21. Great tips! I am pinning this post so I can look back on it later. Not quite ready to hide a bump... but soon enough! Thanks for sharing such great tips! You look great in every picture!

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  22. I would have never thought that tucking your shirt in would make it less noticable but it really worked!

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  23. I'll have to keep these tips in mind if/when I get pregnant. I would have thought the only way to hide the bump was to wear a mu-mu, haha

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