Dressing for Two: Pregnancy Style Tips from Moms-To-Be Dana Hourani and Karen Wazen

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With the announcement of her first pregnancy, Dana Hourani is set to shed her title as “girl-about-town” in favor of “mom-about-town”. Joining her on one of life’s most important quests is her best friend Karen Wazen, who is currently pregnant with twins. Hourani and Wazen have been providing style inspiration for women around the Middle East, and as their bodies change their fashion choices have adapted to the circumstances to include more comfortable footwear, lightweight fabrics, and dresses or skirts rather than trousers.

For pregnancy style tips from two of the region’s best-dressed, click through the gallery.

It can be scary to experience pregnancy for the first time. How did you embrace your new figure?
Dana: It’s really more a feeling of excitement. I started to embrace my new figure once the bump started to show. Before that, it just looked like I had put on a few pounds.

Karen: One of the things I found the most difficult in my first pregnancy was accepting the changes that were happening to my figure. I am someone whose mood and state of mind are easily affected and reflected by what I wear and how comfortable I feel in my clothes. I had to accept that, for those nine months, I would not be wearing what I loved or what I thought was trendy, but what would suit my body and make me feel comfortable instead.

What did you discover about your style? Did you start dressing differently?
Dana: I had to forget about what my style and preferred taste were. It definitely changes entirely and becomes more challenging, because you’re limited to fewer items.

Karen: It definitely did change, but I always try keeping a touch of style by adding accessories, such as hats and sunglasses, to my outfits. It’s no longer about style, and more about comfort and practicality.

What’s the most difficult thing about dressing up when you’re pregnant and how do you deal with it?
Dana: The most difficult thing is that my body is constantly changing, week to week, so the challenge is keeping up with those changes and finding ways to utilize some of the same items without having to go out and buy new pieces every week.

Karen: I find it very difficult to love maternity wear. My struggle is finding regular clothes that fit my body. I am typically someone who would buy items without trying them on because I am familiar with my figure, but now I could go in the changing room with 20 items and come out with not a single one!

If you were to buy maternity wear, what would your top three essentials be?
Dana: Maternity skinny jeans, maternity denim shorts, and a pair of boyfriend jeans come in handy most – in addition to the regular loose pieces in my closet.

Karen: Maternity denim pants, leggings, and denim shorts.

What are your go-to brands?
Dana: Right now, I’m sticking mostly to Zara, Uterque, and H&M, given the fact that I’m just going through a temporary change.

Karen: I occasionally buy things from ASOS’ maternity range and get large sizes from Zara, Mango, and Forever 21.

How do you style your bump? Any pregnancy style secrets?
Dana: I try to stick to tighter clothing rather than oversized clothing, as I find it to be more flattering. I prefer to embrace the bump for the short while that I can.

Karen: I believe that showing your bump rather than hiding it is much more flattering. A tight dress, which brings out the bump, with a loose cardigan is probably my favorite pregnancy look.

What items of clothing worked for you before but now don’t?
Dana: Everything with high-waist or mid-waist cuts, as well as midi dresses and skirts.

Karen: My heels! I definitely grew a size during my pregnancy.

Where do you get maternity style inspiration?
Dana: I actually did try to look online for maternity style inspiration and found very little. There are a couple of Instagram accounts out there, but then again it’s something you learn on your own through trial and error, given that each body grows differently.

Heels or no heels?
Dana: Definitely no heels! Comfort is a priority at this point and the right shoes are vital for pregnancies.

Karen: As much as I would love to wear heels, they’re definitely not comfortable for me – and my own heels don’t fit me anymore! [Laughs]

Special thanks to The Farm, Al Barari.

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