My sister Hannah is currently about three days overdue in her second pregnancy. Not an enviable position to be in when it’s this hot, and you can’t even squish one bosom into half the clothes in your wardrobe. However, despite being at bursting point, I still think my sis has managed to work the bump pretty well during her pregnancy without slipping up on the sartorial front. Her daily look is generally a pair of leggings (thank goodness they came back into fashion) and a long stretchy tunic of various prints and colours, usually a Primark or New Look number. Style tip: look for ones with generous straps so you can stay supported with a decent bra (vitally important to keep things upright during this time, and not being held up by the top of your tum).
This has look worked really well for her, as it did for my other recently pregnant friend Candy. The streamlined silhouette avoids the voluminous tent-like look of dated maternity clothes and frames the bump without flashing unnecessary flesh. Another winning look is a long maxi dress, but an updated 2010 maxi. Forget floaty, wafty boho styles and try these long, stretchy tube, soft jersey maxis instead for an on-trend (lots of tube maxi skirts/dresses on autumn catwalks) and comfortable look.
Maternity top tips:
- Head to Gap for camisoles/vest tops to wear under things, they wash really well and even standard sizing comes in a generous long length which will cover bumps in the early stages easily.
- Don’t discount stretchy jersey fabrics, they can be more flattering than floaty cottons as they skim and hug curves rather than trying to cover them up with too much fabric – once you get to your third trimester there will be no disguising it! Just remember to make sure your underwear fits correctly too to avoid unsightly lumps and bumps.
- Asos.com’s maternity range is as affordable and as on-trend as its main range, young mums should definitely check it out! My sister found a great dress for a wedding at just £30.
- Mama’s & Papa’s also have on-trend pieces but are slightly more conservative than the asos.com versions. My friend Tracey did incredibly well thanks to them, with really cute shirt dresses and denim skirts.
- Try ruching and draping on soft jerseys and silks to help minimise the bump and flatter voluptuous curves.
- Long skinny scarves loosely tied to run down the middle will elongate and help to disguise smaller bumps.
- Mama-la-mode.com is a luxury website that caters for very yummy mummies. They offer advice on what non-maternity clothes can be worn during pregnancy. With designer frocks from Paul & Joe and Temperley as well as extensive lingerie and accessories, it’s well worth lusting after.
- In the early stages, try wearing looser dresses with a low slung belt around the hips, this will allow the fabric to puff out over the drop waist but nip in underneath to still allow a slim shape.
Any young mums or pregnant readers, please do comment with your tips too, every body shape is so different during pregnancy it would be great to hear of any hints that helped you remain stylish while pregnant.