Does this bump make me look fat?

Does this bump make me look fat?
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I just hate it when I hear a pregnant client say she looks “fat?” Honestly, that drives me nuts. So let me be clear from the very start, it’s NOT the state of pregnancy that makes you look fat, it’s the state of your fattering clothes. Slip on a top, after you’ve graduated from the Baby Thick phase (4 months and beyond), with a voluminous silhouette or large-scaled pattern, and I guarantee you’ll look as big as a house.

While you are not in complete control of how big your belly is going to get, you can manage the size of your appearance with flattering clothes. Don’t let the wrong clothing
 make you 
look and 
feel bigger
 than you
 actually are. To steer clear from bump fattering fashion consider the following clothing details before you buy or wear a particular garment:

THE STYLELINE
Designs should project a vertical line rather than horizontal line.

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Flattering

THE CUT
Cut should be fitted or slim instead of roomy or voluminous – accentuating the bump rather than hiding it can produce a more streamlined look.

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THE SIZE
The right size (and fit type) can make you appear smaller while wearing clothes that appear “outgrown” cast a bigger you.

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Flattering

THE CONSTRUCTION
Styling should highlight the bump not hide it. Look for pieces that are color blocked, shirred, ruched, cinched, or wrapped.

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THE MATERIAL
Fabrics containing stretch are comfortable, size adaptive without changing the look of the garment and have smoothing powers that are super flattering. On the contrary puffy quilted fabrics and heavy knit sweaters pile on the poundage.

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THE COLOR
Dark and deep colors reduce body fullness while light and bright colors as well as metallics visually expand girth.

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Flattering

THE PATTERN
Small-scaled floral patterns help distract, diagonal lines narrow, halftones work to diminish larger body parts while vertical stripes elongate the bumped body. Conversely, large-scaled and geometric prints as well as horizontal patterns expand.

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Flattering

So the next time a tiresome pregnant friend complains about looking fat, while wearing the latest baby doll dress, suggest she changes into something more fitting and saves up her moaning and groaning for labor.
…For definitions to the Pregnese found this piece, check-out FD&D’s DUE-wiki

 

Partially excerpted: Fashion Dues & Duen’ts; a Stylist’s Guide to Fashionably Embracing Your Baby Bump (Know Act Be Books, 2014).