This post comes from one trendy Mama to one, and one on the way. Helen Canning from CocoMamaStyle brings you this Winter’s essential key pregnancy styles which will make you feel fabulous, not frumpy. From a casual lunch to office wear Helen has covered it all. Helen’s background in fashion inspired her when she was pregnant with her daughter Coco, to re-evaluate her style and dress her bump with confidence whilst remaining bang on trend. And now she shares her tips and tricks at making you look and feel amazing.
Autumn style for mums-to-be
Just because you’re expecting doesn’t mean you have to say goodbye to style and as the autumn collections hit the high street so too have the maternity rails filled with on-trend pieces to work into your capsule mum-to-be wardrobe.
Proving these key trends do work with a bump I’ve put together four wearable looks to instantly up the ante for your new season maternity style.
First things first; do not be scared of horizontal stripes! They will enhance your bump and highlight your curves in the right way. The cut of this striped tee means it won’t cling on your upper arms and shoulders but hugs your bump perfectly. Always a fan of mixing prints, I’m championing the leopard + stripe combo here with the neon print scarf picking up on the neon cuffs of the top. Little accents of colour and attention to detail take it from a casual throw-it-on look to a pulled together outfit that shouts effortless style.
Get practical with an on-trend backpack and chunky boots which will balance out your shape when you’re bump-heavy. And when it comes to knitwear the high street is awash with regular (not maternity!) loose-fit cardigans that are bump-friendly which you’ll wear now and keep for future winters too.
Jeans, New Look
Top, New Look
Scarf, Becksondergaard at The Dressing Room
Cardigan, River Island
Work-wear doesn’t have to be dull so say hello to this season’s must have print with this ASOS checked dress. It’s office-appropriate but you can still dress it up for post-work (soft!) drinks or down with leggings and boots for the weekend. Team with chunky heeled loafers for added height with comfort in a deep red tone – berry hues always work for autumn and these would look just as hot with jeans and a cosy knit.
If you’re working a 9-5 every day it’s worth investing in a basic blazer that nips in above your bump to enhance your shape and allows you to look formal without being frumpy. Don’t forget your existing non-maternity jackets and blazers can simply be worn open around your bump to save on pennies.
Play with shape and texture for date night; think matt vs. sheen, drapes vs. structure to add interest to your look that uses key pieces you can wear throughout your pregnancy in different ways. Black brocade jeans are a forgiving and flattering way to rock the printed jeans trend and are perfect for the party season too. Team with flat boots and a rock tee and you’ve got yourself a throw-it-on day look too.
Invest in a couple of statement necklaces that will lift your maternity looks and draw the eye upwards, because we’re more than just a bump, right!?
And you can’t go wrong when you team a monochrome evening outfit with colour-popping shoes.
Jacket, New Look
Necklace, Oliver Bonas
In a welcome change from the usual dark tones we come to expect with the new season we’ve seen a lot of pink on the catwalks. Think girly rose tones that’ll bring a fresh look to your autumn wardrobe and ensure you’re bang up-to-date – without investing in this season’s must-have pink coat, which by the way won’t fit round your bump and you’ll be bored with by next Winter anyway!
Team this figure-fit and feminine top with denim and soft greys for daytime and black for a chic work or evening look. If you can’t ditch the heels just yet, wedges are your best friend and these buckle detail trainers are super soft inside to guarantee happy feet.
Lace top, Next
Wedge trainers, Clarks
Most of all remember your signature style and just tweak it to work with your expanding waistline and embrace your new shape.