May 18, 2016 12:00 AM | by The Fustany Team
Dina Zahran: When a Baby Bump Doesn’t Stop You from Being Stylish
There's nothing like getting maternity fashion inspiration from real-life style stars, right? That's why we tapped Dina Zahran of Dinz Clothing -who's currently pregnant in her third trimester- to tell us how she embraces her baby bump so stylishly!
Read on to take a cue from Dina Zahran, and you'll learn how to look and (feel good!) while you're pregnant. Scroll all the way down, to get a closer look at Dina Zahran's maternity style for the ultimate fashion inspiration.
The perfect capsule maternity wardrobe should include…
Lots of black leggings, tight (but stretchy) tank tops, the perfect pair of maternity jeans, an oversized white shirt, a (pregnant belly friendly!) LBD, and a pair of nice but comfortable flats that are bigger than your regular shoe size.
Which pieces from your existing wardrobe can you still use during your pregnancy?
Luckily, I own a lot of oversized shirts, so those still work. I also have a huge collection of black leggings, which I currently live in. I have a couple of dresses that still fit too, but to be honest, most of my clothes don’t come anywhere near fitting me at this point. Even my loose, long tops have somehow become crop tops, it’s really funny!
The most stylish pregnant celebrity of all-time is…
Without a doubt, Blake Lively. She looked elegant and flawless throughout her pregnancy and embraced her bump beautifully. She didn't wear any of those unflattering baby doll dresses they sell at maternity shops. The last thing you want to do when you're pregnant, is feel like you're three times bigger than you already are!
I'm also obsessed with blogger Arielle from Something Navy. She looked unbelievable and stylish throughout her pregnancy, and went back to normal weeks after delivery. Life goals!
Three maternity styling tips/tricks every woman must know…
1. Once your belly pops, embrace the bump! You can no longer hide it, so you may as well embrace it, accentuate it, and make it your latest accessory!
2. Highlight the parts of you that haven’t changed much – if your legs are still relatively thin, wear tight pants or leggings with a loose top, if your arms look good then wear sleeveless. You really have to learn to work with your new body.
3. Try to maintain good hair, makeup, and nails at all times. Feeling well groomed will make you feel much better about yourself even on your worst days!
Body-con dresses during pregnancy; a do or don’t?
A definite ‘do’ but it in a cute pregnant kind of way! A cute tight dress with sneakers and an open shirt over it looks super cute if you have a nice big belly! But definitely a ‘don’t’ if you’re going to wear a short revealing dress with high heels, it’s weird when a pregnant woman tries to look sexy!
If you had to pick one maternity clothing item to invest in, what would you go for?
Can I pick two? I would say an elegant black dress that’s loose at the belly so it can stay with you throughout your pregnancy. Luckily, black is a color that can be worn a lot without people realizing you’ve repeated it 20 times already! Plus, black is slimming so it will always make you feel good. If it can be easily transformed from day to night with the help of some accessories and heels, then it’s a perfect investment!
My second choice would be a great pair of maternity jeans. There’s nothing like a flattering pair of jeans to make you feel like your old self again.
Mums-to-be struggle to find the perfect pair of jeans, so can you recommend your favorite?
Definitely Citizens of Humanity! Most maternity jeans have this bellyband and they go over the belly and I personally found that very suffocating and uncomfortable. I like my jeans to be under the belly and to have a button and zipper like regular jeans do. CoH have some that are skinny and torn, they look like a normal pair of skinny jeans, but they have elastic above the pockets that leaves room for a growing belly.
Maternity eveningwear can be a bit tricky; can you tell us some tips for the ultimate look?
For eveningwear, I normally either go for tight black or leather leggings, a fun loose top, heels (I haven’t given those up 8 months in yet!), and plenty of accessories. Otherwise, I’ll wear a simple dress that’s slightly loose with heels and big bold earrings. For evening looks, I always make an extra effort with my hair and makeup to help make myself feel more dressed up.
Embracing a stylish baby bump helps with pregnancy mood swings. True or false?
Definitely! Pregnancy is a difficult time both physically and emotionally. On top of all the hormone changes and discomforts that you’re going through, feeling uncomfortable with your own body or how you look can really make your day worse. But dressing nicely and feeling like you still have your old style can really help with making you feel a bit better.
Can you share with us your beauty routine during your pregnancy?
To be honest it hasn’t changed too much from my pre-pregnancy routine except for the addition of plenty of stretch mark oils and creams! In the morning I cleanse my face as usual, moisturize, and put on my usual daily makeup, maybe I add a bit more these days to make myself feel a bit more fresh and awake! In the evening I remove my makeup using Bioderma and use the Kiehl’s Calendula Toner.
Once or twice a week, I use a gentle facial exfoliant either using my own mix of brown sugar, honey, and olive oil, or I use the Dermalogica Microfoliant. I also apply oils and creams for stretch marks at least twice a day. I have a massive collection of different brands, but my favorites are Bio Oil and Mama Mio.
Photo Credits: Instagram: @DinaZahran
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