There are a lot of unknowns and surprises in pregnancy, but if one thing’s for sure, it’s that your body will change. This can cause a fashion dilemma as you try to fit your go-to styles around your new beautiful, but burgeoning, baby bump.
It’s important to be comfortable, especially in those last couple of months, but how can you combine comfort and style all in the one outfit?
Of course you will want pieces you can wear now and through to the end of pregnancy, but also investment pieces that will see (and fit!) you through nursing and those early years of motherhood. When I was pregnant, I found it hard to find clothes that reflected my own sense of style, allowed for easy nursing access and could realistically be worn post bub’, justifying the investment. With the move towards sustainable fashion many of us now strive to buy well-made pieces that offer longevity, and shopping for your maternity and nursing wardrobe needn’t be any different. My goal was to create a collection of timeless pieces that transcended pregnancy, could be styled with your existing wardrobe and still made you feel like, well, you!
I’ve put together some style inspiration to make sure you and your gorgeous bump feel amazing in your maternity clothes without compromising your own style or blowing your budget. By investing in a few key pieces that go the distance, dressing your bump suddenly becomes a whole lot easier and a lot more fun!
A ‘wear-everywhere’ shirt dress is flattering on every shape and is SUCH a versatile item that you’ll wonder how you’ve lived without it. Dress it up with show-stopper heels for date night or keep it casual with flats and a timeless accessory. Our office-appropriate Elliot Pinstripe is cut from 100% cotton poplin with delicate under-bust shirring that works to flatter a growing bump, has deep side pockets and a flattering hi-lo hem, whilst the mother-of-pearl style snap closures line the placket adding elegance and empowering new mums to breastfeed with confidence. This is one forever piece you’ll keep wearing long after bub arrives.
There’s no rule that says your pregnancy style can’t be fun and flirty. A feminine day dress will have you twirling down the street showing off your bump with pride. Perfect to keep cool on warm days, you can also pair it with a denim jacket and scarf for cooler evenings. Our Anaïs Ruffled Maternity Day Dress is the ultimate babymoon or baby shower dress. Crafted from two layers of smooth, stretch-cotton, it has elasticated shoulder straps with hidden hook fasteners for fuss-free nursing. Keep it effortless and on-trend with your favourite tote and sandals.
You might be tempted to shy away from form-fitting styles during pregnancy, but there’s no need. It sounds counterintuitive but as your bump grows, the more flattering fitted pieces become as they help to alleviate that ‘feeling big all over’ feeling. A maxi dress is such a versatile piece a great way to show off your changing shape. Our Millicent Ribbed Modal Maternity Maxi Dress comes in classic true black and is cut in an exceptionally soft, ribbed stretch-modal blend. As with many of our maternity dresses, it features discreet nursing access with a hidden inner bust layer that simply pulls down, so you can wear your dress all through pregnancy, nursing and well beyond. Pop on your favourite denim jacket or oversized cardigan for a casual vibe or a dressy coat to add a stylish touch.
A classic T-shirt dress will elevate your pregnancy wardrobe to the next level. This contemporary piece will adapt to any style – make it urban-cool with sneakers, edgy with boots and a leather jacket or keep it casual with your favourite sneakers. Our India Maternity T-shirt dress is butter-soft and features a relaxed, slip-on style that will look great both during and after pregnancy and a flattering asymmetrical hem to make sure you stand out from the crowd.
The festive season is fast approaching (how?!) and with everything happening around you, the last thing you want to worry about is ‘how to dress your bump’. So Mama, I’m here to tell you, we’ve got you covered - literally.
Our styling tips are broken down into trimesters so you can jump straight to the one that’s appropriate for you this season. Be sure to read our final MAMA MUSE tips at the end, your stylish-self will thank you for it.
Want to channel the maternity street fashion trend without overhauling your entire wardrobe? I’ve pinned down the staples every cool mama needs to build the ultimate maternity wardrobe without blowing the budget. It only took me three pregnancies to whittle down this list!