When I first found out I was pregnant, I was so excited to fill my wardrobe full of beautiful maternity clothes, but as a lot of you will know you don’t really need them. For the first few months although your body is rapidly changing you can get away with wearing normal clothes, and after that a few wardrobe additions can tie you over.
My top five tips for dressing a bump:
Stock up on plain t-shirt dresses/Stretchy jumpsuits
At the start of my pregnancy I invested in stretchy dresses and jumpsuits, which are so comfortable and versatile, and nearly all of them I still wear today. I bought most styles in a size up and found ribbed fabrics to be really flattering with a growing bump.
Some good ones currently available:
Make a statement with your jacket
I love jackets, I would hate to count how many I own. My go to outfit for any occasion is a statement jacket, white t-shirt and jeans- you really can’t go wrong. I carried this look into pregnancy and paired my t-shirt dresses with statement jackets (again all of which I still wear today).
You can live in a good pair of maternity jeans
Really, jeans and smart trousers are the only proper ‘maternity’ pieces you need to spend your money on. I only had two pairs; one black and one blue. I preferred styles which covered my bump (also handy for keeping you warm in winter).
My favourites were from Asos and H&M, similar below…
Keep your footwear comfy
Trainers are totally acceptable to wear 24-7 now and I even got away with wearing them to work. I really believe that wearing comfortable and supportive footwear helped ease the pressure on my back and hips during pregnancy. We’re spoilt for choice nowadays with the high street stocking some gorgeous styles. Three styles is all you need; a classic white pair, leopard pair and metallic.
And keep your bras stretchy!
Your boobs really do grow during pregnancy (which I loved) but good bras are expensive and I wanted to find something pretty that would last the 40 weeks. I came across these gorgeous lacey bralets in M&S, which are only £9.50. They were a dream for someone with small boobs like me!
What the Mammas said:
@sarahouls: Cos was always my go to!
@mrsharvatt: asks every time- good fit, good price and not frumpy