Maternity Fashion – part 1

I love clothes and I love fashion. I’m a bit of a sucker for new trends, seem to buy a new Winter coat every year, and new boots oh and a new pair of trainers. Well let’s face it what girl doesn’t?

So when I became pregnant for the last (and final!) time in May I was as excited about the new clothes I could wear for the duration of my pregnancy as I was at the prospect of buying tiny white baby grows again. It had been 8 and 5 years since I was pregnant with my daughters and I was thrilled to see that things had moved on considerably in the world of maternity clothes.

The first 15 weeks was during the Summer and I felt horrendous, sick, bloated and so so tired. I kept things simple –  cotton lose dresses, stretchy shorts that were super comfortable on my tummy and a whole lot of Breton tops, all of which were my normal clothes I already owned. One of my favourite shops on the high street is Cos, it delivers simple yet stylish cuts which suited by expanding shape (not to mention bra size) and I know I’ll forever more wear these pieces season after season. I wore the navy dress below in August to a wedding but I’ll also be wearing it this Autumn with thick tights and boots.

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But then the bump literally popped out from no where, one day I looked normal the next I looked like I gauged on 17 bowels of pasta before mid day. Then I knew it was time to shop around and see what was on offer. I wanted to stay true to my  style, I was only  pregnant after all. I hadn’t had a personality transplant (yet) so looked at my favourite brands which I knew and trusted well.

Firstly was ASOS. Everyone is familiar with the wealth of choice on their website, not only do they produce their own brand ASOS Maternity but they also stock other maternity brands such as New Look, Isabella Oliver and Mamalicious. You can browse by colour, style and occasion and what’s more if you sign up to ASOS premier you can have your clothes delivered next day only for £9.99 a year! They update their clothes almost daily so be sure to keep checking their site for new added lines.

Here are some of my favourite pieces (click the photos for the link)

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The black stretchy dungaree jumpsuit is a great example of how maternity clothes will work perfectly after you’ve had the baby especially for boob access. Remember that you don’t miraculously look how you did pre pregnancy so when shopping for clothes think ‘tummy and boobs’ . Boobs when breastfeeding need to be accessible at sometimes an hourly basis and you may feel self concious of your wobbly tummy so keeping it hidden is key. Also think of the type of material you’re buying – nothing silk or dry clean only for obvious reasons and you’re super sweaty and hot post birth with all the extra hormones pouring (literally) out of you, so try and steer clear from synthetic fabrics such as polyester.

So that’s a bit about what I’m wearing now, I’ve got some great jumper dresses to show you which I’ll post next week and what maternity bras I’m wearing at the mo, so keep your eyes peeled for more blog post. You can follow this blog by adding you email address in the top right hand box and I also put all my post on my Facebook page so be sure to like that too.

Disclaimer: Whilst I am a registered midwife, I do not endorse or promote any specific brand or product in a professional capacity. My opinions are my own and are based on my personal experiences as a woman and a mother.

Just Polly Maternity Clothes

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Nothing excites me more than discovering a new brand of maternity clothes, especially as I’m pregnant myself and Just Polly is just hitting all the right spots for me. Set up by Polly Hayward, she was inspired by seeing her sister struggle to wear stylish breastfeeding friendly outfits at various weddings one summer. With a background in the fashion industry as a Stylist and Art Director, Just Polly was born and the results are brilliant.

Polly has created some staple wardrobe pieces for the fashion concious woman who doesn’t want to compromise just because she’s growing a human for 9 months. And what’s more, all their pieces in the collection has been put together with breastfeeding in mind – with button down shirts and hidden pockets, boob access has never been so conveniently designed.

WHY I LOVE IT: If you’re like me and love the minimal yet luxury style of COS, Whistles and Folk, Just Polly has bridged that gap for maternity fashion which other high street brands aren’t doing. The pieces are versatile so can be dressed up or down, perfect for your work wardrobe, party outfit or weekend lounge wear. None of the items look like ‘maternity wear’ so you won’t mind wearing them longafter you’ve had your baby when you’re trying to dress your postnatal figure.

MY FAVOURITE PIECES:

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The Kimmy Skirt

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The Ellie Shirt

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The Charlie Trouser

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The Fran Striped Tee

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The Daisy Dress

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The Betty Lace Dress

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The Alexia 2 In 1 Dress

 

M&S Maternity Clothes – Who Knew?

A few months ago I was approached by the lovely Maggie Davis Kidswear and Lingerie editor for M&S (who also blogs over at Chic Little Baby) to see if I’d be interested in being interviewed for Marks and Spencer’s ‘In the Moment’ section on their website. Plus I would get to wear their new maternity clothes collection and have some gorgeous photos taken. Now I have to admit I’d never considered M&S as a shop to go to when buying maternity clothes, underwear, kids school unifrom, food yes! But once I’d seen their stunning collection I was sold! They have really captured a fabulous selection of great pieces all with the M&S high quality you’d expect and at high street prices.

You can read the entire interview here on the M&S website, but here’s a collection of the photos from the day and shop the collection here.

I was really impressed with the clothing, they were soft, comfy, well cut and had really been designed well for a growing and changing shape. Lots of the items I wore are also meant to be for after you’ve had your baby, which is always a must for me as your postnatal body and style takes some thinking through.

“You can’t go wrong with a good Breton top. This one is really soft and stretchy, so you can wear it long or short”

“You can’t go wrong with a good Breton top. This one is really soft and stretchy, so you can wear it long or short”


“You can’t have enough pairs of leggings. They’re great for every day and you can dress them up with a smart top and low heels”

“You can’t have enough pairs of leggings. They’re great for every day and you can dress them up with a smart top and low heels”


“Go for soft, natural fibres like cotton and  cashmere where possible – comfort is key and you get much hotter than usual during pregnancy”

“Go for soft, natural fibres like cotton and cashmere where possible – comfort is key and you get much hotter than usual during pregnancy”


“Invest in two to three pairs of good maternity jeans, including a skinny cut and a boyfriend style – they go with everything”

“Invest in two to three pairs of good maternity jeans, including a skinny cut and a boyfriend style – they go with everything”


“There’s no need to buy a special maternity coat as you’ll probably overheat – a long cardigan like this one is perfect”

“There’s no need to buy a special maternity coat as you’ll probably overheat – a long cardigan like this one is perfect”


“It’s all about comfort. Invest in a good pair of flat shoes; they will last you once you’ve had the baby and you’re pacing the streets with the buggy”

“It’s all about comfort. Invest in a good pair of flat shoes; they will last you once you’ve had the baby and you’re pacing the streets with the buggy”

Thanks so much to Maggie and the M&S team for featuring me on your site.

Disclaimer: Whilst I am a registered midwife, I do not endorse or promote any specific brand or product in a professional capacity. My opinions are my own and are based on my personal experiences as a woman and a mother.

Maternity Fashion – How To Do It Right

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.

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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.

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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.

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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
Boots, Office
Rucksack, Accessorize

Office

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.

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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.
Dress, ASOS
Jacket, Mama.licious
Shoes, Clarks

Date night

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.

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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
Jeans, Next
Bag, Zatchels
Top, Topshop
Shoes, Dune

Girly lunch

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!

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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.
Jeans, H&M
Lace top, Next
Necklace, Topshop
Wedge trainers, Clarks
Bag, Accessorize

Most of all remember your signature style and just tweak it to work with your expanding waistline and embrace your new shape.