Remember you need to be versatile with your wardrobe, and whilst you might not be interested in wearing the top that shows your mid-riff during pregnancy
, your basic style doesn’t have to change that much. And there are some key items that will always help to pull an outfit together, and allow you to bring a favourite item from season to season
No matter what the season, leggings are an integral part of your maternity wardrobe
. They will funk up the skirt or tunic top, which can be coupled with ballet pumps and chunky jewellery to make an effortless Saturday afternoon outfit. Alternatively for the chillier days, pair with an over sized cotton top and cardigan, along with your Ugg’s or biker boots and you have hip mum to be look nailed.
For a smarter casual look, replace with cardigan with a soft tailored blazer, choose the Capri leggings for summer coupled with your flat sandals or pumps.
Light woollen tops with a v neck are versatile and flattering
, and allow you to layer with other coloured vests and cardigans to mix and match a few different outfits. Extra long T-shirts and vests look great underneath a contrasting coloured v neck jumper.
Long sleeved cotton tops are great under jersey dresses – themed with ballet pumps for summer or boots for autumn/winter.
For work wear, substitute the top with a crisp cotton blouse and add kitten heels for a more formal outfit. Maternity tights will bring this through the colder days.
Tunic tops are a great addition to the wardrobe – can be worn with leggings, maternity tights (if you’re brave enough and the tunic is long enough!) or over jeans. Jeans and leggings can be Capri or full length depending on the season.
Wrap Cardigans, Shawls and Pashminas
Whatever the weather, you can spruce up an outfit, or just make an outfit cosier with the addition of these. They don’t have to be maternity wear so they’re definitely an investment buy, and they don’t have to be dull colours either. Be brave and bright!
Long dangly earrings that sparkle will transform your basic wrap from office to office party in one easy manoeuvre. Add in a long style layered necklace with chunky beads and a cuff in similar colours and you are ready to go.
In universal colours such as silver/gold/black, the necklace and cuff can be styled with your jeans and cardigan. And just wear the earrings to brighten up a leggings and blazer look for lunch with the girlies!
It is hard to get away with heels during pregnancy but there are endless alternatives to the pregnancy mum.
Ballet pumps are possibly the most versatile of all the shoes in your wardrobe during pregnancy, they will be comfortable and translate seamlessly for any situation from formal work wear, to casual dining out in your classic wrap dress, to leggings or jeans slouching.
There are also fabulous flower clips that you can buy in different colours to co-ordinate the outfit with what looks like new shoes.
And remember your shoes will still be there when baby arrives, but also note, feet do tend to swell, so keep the designer Louboutins to one side for now.
Pregnant women tend to feel big, but remember there are some standard fashion basics that still apply during this time – dark colours streamline the shape, and with the addition of colour can be made look unique and stylish rather than dull and boring. Think scarves, vests, shawls and jewellery and if cash is tight, you don’t necessarily need to buy anything new, just rummage in your wardrobe.
Fitted clothes can also work well making your look neater and celebrating your curves, rather than just making you look bigger.
Shorts are a great wardrobe piece during the summer months, and if you have the legs, being pregnant shouldn't stop you wearing them. Couple with a long vest top, and flat sandals for a super summer style.