Hayden Panettiere, Mila Kunis and Kourtney Kardashian have all pulled off the crop top trend while pregnant – and Kerry Washington has even rocked it on the red carpet. So how can the rest of us (decidedly less glamorous) mere mortals make it work with a bump?
When the fashion elite decided that crop tops were back in vogue, you could almost hear a female collective sigh. Unless you have a toned midriff, you just aren’t going to be splurging on one anytime soon. It’s the trend we never thought would take off. But it has worked it’s way into maternity wardrobes.
Pregnant celebs are paving the way for the maternity crop top, with Hayden Panettiere and Katie Price flaunting their growing bumps in shorted shirts. And while we can’t admit we want to steal Katie’s style, Hayden’s laidback-cool vibe is a whole other matter…
Reckon you’d like to give it a whirl? Here’s how…
‘I definitely think you can rock a crop top when you’re pregnant,’ says stylist Charlotte Kewley. ‘But there are certain rules I’d say you should abide to…
You’re still you
‘Don’t wear a crop top when you’re pregnant if you wouldn’t wear one before. If you do wear one, keep it loose and remember it’s way cooler to show the slightest sliver of belly rather than getting the whole bump out.’
Keep it casual
‘Save the look for casual summer dressing scenarios – it’s not a good work look,’ says Charlotte. ‘It works best with neutral colours and tones. Paired with super brights it can come across as a little trashy.’
The perfect bump
It’s also worth holding off debuting your shrunken shirt style until you’re happy with how your bump looks. ‘Make sure your bump is moisturised and you have a bit of colour. A vainy/pale bump isn’t the best look,’ says Charlotte.
But before you panic that you simply aren’t a crop top connoisseur, there is an alternative.
Try a layered dress or top as an alternative – like this great one from H&M,’ says Charlotte.
Would you try out a crop top while pregnant? Let us know in the comments box below.