When I found out I was pregnant, I swore up and down that I wouldn’t let my bump change my style. I would still wear my usual jeans (but just employ the old hairband through the button hole trick), my blazers would surely still work with a bump, and I was pretty sure my favourite dresses had enough stretch to stay on wardrobe rotation for the next nine months.
This approach lasted for the first trimester, but I very quickly learnt that people invest in maternity clothes for a reason. Besides your growing bump, your whole body changes during pregnancy – and so does what you find yourself reaching for in your wardrobe. That’s not to say you don’t still want to dress and feel like yourself – after all, being pregnant – no matter how wanted – can be pretty hard, and when you’ve already given up your evening G&T, cheese boards and sushi, you don’t want to give up your personal style either.
The solution is to add a few carefully curated maternity pieces to your existing wardrobe – a few classics like maternity jeans, maternity leggings and a fitted neutral dress, and a couple of trend-led pieces will go a long way over your nine months (and beyond). And fortunately, bump-friendly clothing and brands have come a *long* way recently. There are now a growing number of high street brands with dedicated maternity lines, as well as specialist brands catering just for mamas to be.
So where to start? Adding in a pair of bump-friendly jeans like these Paige stretch skinnies will be life-changing (honestly, you’ll wonder why you waited so long) as well as high-quality maternity leggings – for which you really can’t beat Spanx for quality or comfort.
For affordable trend-led pieces to amp up these wardrobe staples, ASOS has the widest range of maternity wear on the high street; this Khaite inspired top is perfect for date night (even if it’s just at home for now) and this printed pleated dress is perfect for as temperatures start rising. H&M’s MAMA range and Mango’s maternity line are also filled with gems that will keep you and bump looking chic.
If you’re after maternity clothing that can transition into your new role as mum, brands like Seraphine and Bump and Milk have stylish pieces you can wear through pregnancy. Their clever designs and hidden zippers allow you to breastfeed with ease once your bump becomes an IRL baby – because even then, you’ll want to look and feel great.
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