You guys, I'm slowly but surely entering the final month of my pregnancy! And apart from the most uncomfortable nights of my life and some seriously emotional sonogram sessions at my gynaecologist, this means it's time to get real creative with my wardrobe. Before getting pregnant I didn't think that much about the way your body transforms when you're growing a human, but boy (literally), is this something else! My belly's gotten so big that I cannot imagine it getting any bigger, but I guess that's what you get when your other half is a tall Brazilian. :) Luckily, the solution to our problems often lies in the little things, and in this case it's a tiny accessory called the ribbon belt! It's been a true lifesaver these past weeks, and here are my tips to style it without looking like an Easter egg:
1 / ADD A LOT OF ANTI-CUTENESS
The greatest pitfall of the ribbon belt is ending up with a sugary cutesie vibe that's zero sophisticated. The no. 1 way to prevent this is adding a nice dose of slightly badass items: a handful of statement rings (be sure to mix classic shapes with oversized figurative pieces, such as a snake, leaves, or your name!), oversized earrings, a sleek structured black bag, and my beloved furry slides. There's no way that accompanied by these pieces your ribbon belt will be interpreted as sweet & innocent, not even if it tops the cutest of baby bumps.
2 / THINK MONOCHROMES
There's no easier way to create a sophisticated outfit than with monochrome pieces. It's one of this year's biggest trends, and it's 100% fool-proof! Don't hesitate for a second to go with a bold colour, such as this red knit By Malene Birger dress, and be sure to add a matching manicure ('cause you can't have to much bold colours, right?). Just a little tip: find a nail polish that exactly matches the tone of your monochrome piece, because there's nothing to offset a monochrome piece than a so-so matching colour.
3 / DO THE MESSY HAIR
If you want to make your ribbon belt look chique instead of cute (can you tell it's my biggest pet peeve?) you don't want to opt for a sweet ponytail or - even worse - little braids. A messy low knot is the solution here, preferably with a middle part and loose strands of hair, for that perfect just-out-of-bed look that'll never go out of style.
What's your favourite way to add a bit of toughness to your look? Anything I can adopt during this final month of my pregnancy?