Depressingly about 90% of my wardrobe currently doesn't fit. At 33 weeks pregnant getting dressed in the morning has gone from being a joy to being rather tricky. Over the past seven months I have mastered a few easy outfits and styling tips that combine normal and maternity items - meaning you don't have to spend a fortune on a wardrobe that won't fit after the baby arrives. Here I thought I would share my discoveries with you. If you have any advise I would love to hear it too!
- TIP ONE -
Firstly, don't feel that you have to change your style. Just because you're going to be a Mum it doesn't mean you have to dress like one. You are still you! Pull out those pieces in your wardrobe that are still going to work and move items that don't out of the way. Longer top half items are a godsend for keeping an elegant shape. I have lived in duster coats and sleeveless blazers which look elegant over everything. Shorter jackets can still work too and don't feel you need to be able to do these up (or even get them to meet in the middle).
I'm a huge shirt fan and most of my oversized styles worked well until around seven months. A simple silk oversized style will work as well afterwards as it will when you have a bump so these are always a good purchase.
Above photo - Blazer by Debenhams/Shirt vintage Jaeger/Bra by & other stories
- TIP TWO -
Most of my fashion purchases over the past few months have been accessories. A few New Season pieces can update your look in a minute. Sock boots are super sexy and give a simple look a little twist. These Celine style kitten heel ones are just £29.99 from Zara and are perfect as they are not too high. Get them quickly as they are flying. A pair of statement earrings also shouts Spring 2017 and you don't have to worry that they won't fit! Check out some of my favourites below.
Above photo - boots by Zara/earrings by H&M
- TIP THREE -
Some items will need updating and its worth investing in a few great basics to see you through. You will get a years worth of wear at least from these so go for something that will last. Isabella Oliver's denim is awesome and their boyfit jeans are the comfiest ever. Go for your pre-pregnancy size and if you think you're in between go for the size down as they come up a little larger.
Top photo - Grey skirt by Isabella Oliver
Below photo - Boyfit jeans by Isabella Oliver
- TIP FOUR -
A print will keep basics looking interesting and I can't get enough of a breton top. Petit Bateau tees have been my go-to with their long style in soft, thick, comfy cotton. I know I will wear these forever.
Above photo - Breton top by Petit Bateau/Loafers by Gucci/Denim by Isabella Oliver/Basket by Ines De La Fressange at Uniqlo
- TIP FIVE -
I cannot believe how much a bump throws your balance and the last thing you want to do if trip over. Although I have been wearing my mid-block heels a lot you cannot beat a great pair of flats for everyday comfort. Loafers are chic and easy and work for the office or the weekend. I love them styled with a pair of fishnet socks for Spring. I have added a few of my favourites below for you to take a look at.
- TIP SIX -
A boyfit jean has basically been my uniform. Style with a skinny black polo neck sweater and blazer for a smart look or an a sweatshirt and Converse for the ultimate comfort weekend outfit. You get to the point where comfort becomes so important and a good dark denim jean is a win win.