There are a few things in life that send a girl into a giddy spin, like puppies, cake, the ‘perfect’ dress and…pregnancy! Recently I received an enquiry from a reader pregnant with her first bub and wondering how the heck she would navigate maternity style.
This reader didn’t necessarily want to spend extra dollars on clothes specifically for pregnancy, and I agreed. Armed with a little style knowledge you can actually get through your pregnancy without having to purchase too much.
At first I was going to handball the question because you know…I’m now 46 with kids old enough to have their own kids (except… condoms), then I figured why not cast my mind back 23 years to when I was up the duff with my first son.
Oh yes, there’s joy to be had when you find out you’re expecting. Suddenly life takes on new meaning and not just because you are creating a new life, in your belly. There will be changes ahead, some big, some small, some that will be challenging and scary but remember, a baby IS a joy.
One thing is for sure and that is change
One change that is inevitable is the change to your body. For some women it’s instant and for some it may take a few months to see the changes but trust me, it ALL changes.
You can fight it or go with it. Let’s go with it hey☺
One way to go with it is to create a wardrobe that will grow with you and make you feel like a beautiful goddess throughout pregnancy and long after.
Gone are the days of the ‘floral pinafore’ and ‘American Pie overalls’ (shudder, yes I wore them), and in their place are on trend pieces that will carry you through pregnancy and beyond.
WILL YOU NEED TO WEAR MATERNITY?
Once upon a time (back when I was carrying a bowling ball in my guts) ladies did wear ‘actual’ maternity clothing, with all the extra buttons, gaudy prints, bows and shapelessness. Somedays I resembled a cabbage-patch kid doll…and not in a cute way. Aahhh, maternity style of the 90’s (vomit)
Times have changed (thank the style gods) and long held ancient views on how women ‘should’ dress while pregnant went out with the baby bath water. These days we are more accepting of a woman being sexual, looking beautiful and celebrating her body, even while pregnant.
Sure, you might want to grab a pair of maternity jeans but mostly you can get through pregnancy by choosing certain styles and fabrics that will work with your changing shape.
MATERNITY STYLE TIPS
A few simple tweaks will have you feeling fabulous even when your ankles resemble jelly on a plate.
-Silk is breathable, lightweight, easy to layer and feels amazing against the skin. ✔✔✔✔
-Choose luxe fabrics for a nice touch of glamour (for when you’re feeling blah), and breathable stretchy fabrics for practicality, these will accommodate your bump (and also your arse).
-Ditch the zip and choose an elastic waist (think soft pants), your best friend.
-A floaty dress or kaftan will give you modesty as it skims your bump, also good for the days when you want to eat for two (or more) and can’t be arsed putting on more than one item of clothing.
-Tuck, tie, cuff or twist. Create multiple maternity style looks with your tops, pants or maxis as your body changes by tucking, tying or twisting, this will allow you to create shape, give you a comfy fit and get more looks from a single item. Don’t forget to cuff your jeans and pants for a cuter and more stylish edge.
-Look for kimonos or capes to add colour or print and give you some coverage.
-Colour and print will always brighten your day. On days when you just ‘can’t be bothered’ throw on a dress in a print or bold colour, even though your back is aching and there’s ridiculous pressure on your bladder you will actually look quite ‘put together’.
-Of course if you want to amp up your style then add an armful of bangles, a cocktail ring and a statement clutch and you are ready for anything. Use all your pretty handbags and clutches NOW, because once baby arrives it’s nuthin’ but baby bags filled with wipes, wonder suits and day(s) old squashed banana.
KEEP HOLD OF YOUR STYLE PERSONALITY
Just because you are ‘with child’ does NOT mean you need to turn into the mum from the ‘Waltons’, there’s enough changes going on while pregnant so hold on to your authentic style personality. There may need to be adjustments like swapping stilettos for a wedge heel (look for adjustable straps) or crop tops for a few layers but there’s no reason why you can’t still keep being you.
MY PICKS FOR PREGNANCY IN STYLE (non maternity]
Pregnancy can be a topsy turvy time but it’s also a time that’s precious so enjoy it…stylishly.
How about you, did you resemble a cabbage patch kid doll too…or did you do pregnancy stylishly?
Got any tips for the pregnant Mummas out there?
Til next time,
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