Being pregnant takes it’s toll on your body and your emotions; it can definitely alter your body confidence. Suddenly when you want to feel at your best, you can’t necessarily dress the way you used to and this can be a challenge. You might suddenly feel that you have to go out and buy a whole new maternity wardrobe, and yes I know that’s tempting, but it’s not necessarily the best plan of action to tackle your wardrobe dilemma. Although, when your living a tee total lifestyle for the time you’re growing that little human, the least you deserve is the treat of retail therapy. As I’m currently halfway through growing baby number 2 I thought I would share a few of my own tips to creating a great maternity wardrobe without breaking the bank. First time mums you’re going to need to save your money for the mountain of baby stuff that you’ll have to buy!
A few of my friends had babies before me and so luckily we all passed the mat clothes on and back again when the next one was pregnant. So if you know anyone that could perhaps loan you a few pieces then this is a great start. Before you hit the shops, think about your lifestyle and make a list of things you’ll need to wear the most, consider time of year too!
If you’re working you need to consider a few key pieces that will take you through the working week as you grow. For instance you could invest in one pair of black trousers and 3 maternity dresses that are work appropriate. You can then use jewellery to change up your looks on a regular basis.
Next, basics for weekends and off duty days, depending on the time of year I would definitely pick up a few maternity vests in colours like black white and grey, these are great for warm weather but also great for layering over. Also a couple of long sleeve stripe tops loose or fitted, again great for wearing underneath loose jumpers or cardigans. For knitwear I would tend to go for cardigans especially this time of year, plus they are good for post pregnancy wear.
This is one area that you will need to invest in, and it’s most likely that your original bras are probably no longer going fit. Start a fresh and invest in some good quality and comfortable bras, but ensure you get measured by a professional before doing so. Stick to plain and simple, black and nude shades with no underwire, you can think about nursing bras towards the end of pregnancy, but that’s probably a whole other blog post! When my original bras started to get really uncomfortable, towards the end of my first trimester I went to M&S and got measured. They actually recommend that you get measured each trimester, but remember everyone is different.
Jeans are the one item in my wardrobe that I can’t live without! You may also be able to get away with wearing smarter jeans in some work places. Maternity jeans are a great investment, and something you can start to wear early on to make you more comfortable, even if your bump isn’t really showing yet. There are all sorts of styles available from skinny to boyfriend fit, which can also add some variety to your outfits. I have borrowed a lot of my mat jeans from friends and have only invested in one pair, these black Topshop ones in the outfit featured in this post. I have 2 black pairs and 3 blue pairs, but if I was to buy them then I would probably buy no more than 4 or 5 pairs.
Depending on the time of year, you may need to invest in a few seasonal updates such as a coat for winter and swimwear for summer. You may also want a couple of trend led pieces to give your wardrobe an update. Rather than sticking to the maternity section, shop around for things like loose smock tops or shirts that you can wear again. Remember you’ll want to wear the item now to get your wear out of it, but make sure it can accommodate a growth spurt! Another way you can add some updates to your wardrobe is with accessories, no restrictions here! So if you are lucky enough to have most of your maternity wear on loan then you can have a splurge on accessories to give your outfits a bit of an update.
Cardigan £39.99 Zara, shirt £30 asos maternity, jeans £36 Topshop maternity, shoes (old) similar here, bag Elizabeth & James similar here, necklace £40 Stella & Dot, ring £10 vintage Etsy, bracelet £25, vintage Etsy. Pink car not mine unfortunately!
Photography by Margarita Karenko
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