Wondering what you’ll be wearing for the next nine months? Not too sure what you need to stock up on? There’s really no one-size-fits-all when it comes to maternity style but that’s not always obvious! When I was pregnant, looking at some maternity ranges gave the impression I was expected to buy ten pairs of maternity leggings and an over-sized jumper and that should do me nicely until I gave birth.
No, thank you! It really wasn’t ‘me’. I mean, unless you really hate leggings it’s worth investing in at least a couple of pairs. But how you style those leggings is really up to you and if you want to avoid them completely, you can!
There are lots of changes during pregnancy, but one I wasn’t prepared to make was dressing as if I was someone else. Instead, I made my style work in new ways. In fact, I found my bump meant I could rock a lot of combinations I wouldn’t usually get away with. Here’s what I learned about doing maternity fashion, your way…
Just as women come in different shapes and sizes, so do babies and bumps! In the first 12 weeks, some clothing items went from fitting comfortably to not fitting at all, literally overnight. Luckily, I’d planned ahead. I went through my wardrobe and found pieces I’d be able to wear longer so I didn’t need to buy lots of maternity clothes straight away. I also made space for new buys by clearing out items I knew I wouldn’t wear any time soon.
At work, I wore A-line tunic dresses I already owned with open blazers. This kept work wear smart and my pregnancy secret until my announcement. By going through what I had and what I was lacking, I had a good idea of where to focus my spending. My essential purchases looked a lot like this…
I absolutely lived in my maternity skinny jeans. I’m a huge fan of skinnies for everyday wear because they can be dressed up and down easily. Personally, I preferred ‘over bump’ jeans to ‘under bump’ because I liked the extra support.
If you find you like the comfort of a covered bump too, buying a couple of bump bands is a great way to adapt some of your existing clothes. You can wear your normal trousers and jeans for longer or bridge the gap between your favourite top and under bump trousers.
The other maternity buys I absolutely couldn’t live without were soft and stretchy non-underwired crop tops. I made the switch to these early on in pregnancy and didn’t look back!
Some of my favourite pregnancy pieces weren’t from maternity ranges. I found that combining maternity and non-maternity clothes gave me more stylish options. One useful trick I discovered was to choose midi skirts that I could pull on and off over my head. These sat comfortably above my bump but I did size up. This green midi skirt is a fab colour and would look great with a slogan tee.
Like lots of mums-to-be I found maxi dresses were another of my surprise style heroes. I usually struggle to find maxi dresses that look the right length. However, during pregnancy I found that my bump pulled dresses up a little. I adored pretty dresses like the one below and they were amazing when it came to staying cool in the warmer weather. Again, I sized up for comfort, completing the outfit with a long-line cardigan or kimono. Canvas espadrilles were my go-to spring and summer shoes because they stretched to fit my swollen feet.
“I was all about dresses during my pregnancy! I loved showing off my bump in stretchy bodycon styles.”
Anelia, Community Executive, Bump, Baby & You
Got more of an idea where you’ll take your own maternity style? The final tip I’ll leave you with is to buy little and often. You’ll find your new fashion favourites and consider the comfort factor more easily when you work with your changing body. If you’re like me, you’ll be really excited to start buying clothes for baby. So when you buy items for them, make sure you take a look at what’s new in stock for you too.Shop Maternity Shop All Womens New In