Maternity clothing has come a long way in recent years with many new brands entering the market and specializing in maternity style.
Your maternity wardrobe does not need to be vast nor do you need to spend a lot of money. Simply purchase a few key staple pieces that can be mixed and matched with existing pieces from your wardrobe.
Your capsule wardrobe:
A good pair of jeans
A quality pair of jeans is a good investment and will be worn time and time again.
They are versatile and can be dressed up or down depending on the occasion. Avoid scrimping on jeans and take the time to find a pair of jeans that not only feel comfortable but also flatter your figure.
Note: There are many different styles of jeans available, skinny, wide leg, flare and boyfriend to name a few.
Be mindful of the top band on the jeans when purchasing. Some women like to wear their jeans below the belly, while others prefer a supportive stretchy band to come up over the belly. Try both options and choose the style that feels most comfortable for you.
Leggings use to only worn to the gym, however they have become a girl’s best friend and are often worn during the day for a more comfortable option.
Patterned more elaborate styles can be worn on their own for a more casual look or simple black ones can be layers under a skirt or dress for a fun alternative.
Shop around and remember you get what you pay for.
Note: Do check when trying them on in the changing room that the fabric is not transparent around areas where the fabric has had to stretch more.
Better quality fabrics tend not to do this and will cost a little more money. It is worth the investment as they will ultimately be more durable after many washes.
Invest in a number of tank tops in a variety of colors. Stick with neutral block colors, as they are likely to be mixed and matched easier with existing accessories in your wardrobe.
Note: Look for a tank top that is made from a soft natural fabric such as cotton or bamboo. This will help to keep you cool as these fabrics allow your skin to breath. Synthetic fabrics not only feel uncomfortable to touch, but could make you feel hot and irritable.
Note: The fabric also needs to have some stretch in it, to accommodate your growing belly. Look for a style that has roughing up the sides as this will help to add shape and flatter your figure.
Maxi dress or skirt
Now is the time to embrace the maxi dress. This free flowing style is non restrictive and will feel fabulous on.
Note: Baby doll styles are wonderful as they contain structure at the top of the dress that acts like a bust support shelf.
You legs and feet will be carrying a much heavier load over the next 9 months.
Avoid wearing heels during pregnancy and generally opt for flats. Flat shoes will help to distribute your weight evenly putting less strain and pressure on your feet.
Note: Avoid shoes with lots of straps. As your feet swell they can become restrictive and very uncomfortable to wear.
Rules of purchase
When making a purchase there are a few simple rules you should follow to help ensure your purchases are relevant.
- Never compromise on comfort
- Avoid impulsive buys
- Buy neutrals that can be dressed up
- Avoid loud/large prints
- Buy quality over quantity
- Consider future growth when making a purchase
- Avoid synthetic fabrics were possible
- Stretchy fabrics will be your new best friend
- Flats over heels
- Don’t compromise your style
How can I jazz up my maternity outfit?
Have fun with your newfound figure and enjoy the time and experience. Adding accessories and can help to define your style and bring a boring outfit to life.
Accessories to consider:
- Choose jackets or coats with texture, sparkle and fur
- Layer tank tops and shirts for interest
- Wear bold flashy jewelry
- Experiment with color and choose fun shoes rather than the normal black and brown options
- Have fun with hats
- Get a fabulous new hairstyle
Different pregnancy shapes and how to dress them
There is no right or wrong way to carry. Our genetics are different and the way we carry is largely dependent on them.
Note: Eat healthy food and exercising regularly will help avoid unnecessary weight gain. You will also feel better about yourself and have a lot more energy.
All over weight gain
Avoid covering up in over sized loose fitting clothes. Embrace your newfound figure and dress to impress.
Embrace the color black to help build a base for your outfit. Black leggings and a black tank top will help to slim your figure. Add layers for interest i.e. Long jackets, cardigans, long shirt or shapely jumpers. Accessorize with scarfs, necklaces, earring and a great handbag.
Note: Avoid large prints as they can emphasis your size.
Carrying on the hips
Avoid bold prints or bright colors on your lower half. Opt for dark colored jeans and or leggings to help minimize your shape.
Choose bright colorful shirts, jackets, jumpers and or tops to wear. They will help to draw attention upwards and away from your hip area.
For those women who are naturally petite opt for clothing that helps to define your shape. Embrace figure-hugging items that help to show off your body.
Note: Long skirts and over sized clothing will not flatter you. It will only swallow you up.
For those that carry neatly in the front stretchy tank tops and maxi dresses will be a staple.
Note: Look for garments that have Roughing around the belly area. Roughed garments will accommodate a much larger belly and help to define your shape.