Maternity Wear

I went shopping with a client yesterday who is 12 weeks pregnant with her third baby. She had booked the shopping trip a while ago, and now her specificiations had changed! She needed an effective capsule wardrobe to get her though pregnancy and beyond. It also had to work for a summer holiday abroad she has in June.

We did really well and came away with SO many items that made her feel and look amazing! Interestingly enough, none of the items were from maternity ranges.

When I was pregnant with my son, I bought a couple of maternity items, but found they didn’t make me feel stylish and they also didn’t last too long. I felt the price was hiked up because they were maternity wear, and I ended up finding some gems elsewhere that worked even better.

FABRICS:

The key is to try and veer towards fabrics that will grow and stretch in pregnancy, and will also feel comfortable in those first few months when baby is here.

Jersey is the best fabric for this reason, and it also makes you feel nicely supported and held in. Pregnancy is the one time in a woman’s life that we don’t mind showing off our tummies, so jersey is great for accentuating a beautiful bump.

Chiffon also works well because it falls and drapes and can be really comfortable when the weather gets warm, and jersey feels too hot against our skin.

DRESSES:

You can’t go wrong with a Dorothy Perkins skater dress. You can usually pick one up for under £20 and they are so comfy and flattering. They come in a variety of fabrics and sleeve lengths, and they work in summer with flip flops or flat white plimsolls, or in winter with black tights and boots.

This is the perfect dress to take you seamlessly from one season into the next, while feeling comfortable, stylish and not breaking the bank either.

BOTTOMS:

Embrace the harem trouser! Harem trousers are so chic, and they are a bit of a man repeller because they automatically assume you’re in your pyjamas! But they work so well when you’re pregnant and beyond.

Harem trousers look great balanced out with a chunky shoe, such as a white plimsoll, and they will grow with your bum and make you feel nicely supported with the elasticated waist.

You can smarten up a harem trouser for work, particularly a navy blue jogger style.

Wear your harem trousers with a vest top or tee, a denim jacket or a biker jacket. Add a long necklace or a layered, multirow necklace for a chic, boho, effortless look.

Primark is a fab shop for harem trousers, either plain or patterned ones. Alternatively, Next are great for harems (all pictured are Next).

Navy Jogger Detail TrousersJersey JoggersGrey Tencel® Joggers (597990) | £36

KIMONOS:

A kimono looks great in summertime, or winter, and is a light cover up, that will make you look elegant, chic and they’re cooler than a cardigan!

Kimonos look great with shorts in summer, or skinny jeans in winter. Don’t be afraid to try long, maxi kimonos. They work on short ladies, as well as tall ladies, and they are so beautifully feminine.

You can pick up a kimono anywhere, from Primark, to Debenhams, to ASOS (below).

ASOS DESIGN KimonoBoohoo Floral Print Kimono

COMFY SHOES:

If there’s one thing we need in pregnancy, it’s a comfy pair of shoes. I don’t know about any of you, but I was SO clumsy when I was pregnant. One time I fell flat on my face in Borough Market when I was walking on the cobbles in a silly pair of ballet flats. This was obviously a long time ago!

One shoe that looks chic with ANY outfit (even a smart pair of black trousers) is a solid white trainer. The thicker the sole, the better. Choose either a white plimsoll, white chunky soled baseball trainer, or invest in some Nikes to really up the style stakes.

L-R: Next, Next, Footlocker (Nike Airforce)

White Slip-On Skater Shoes     White Signature Leather Lace-up TrainersNike Air Force 1 07 SE - Women Shoes (AA0287-102)

TOPS:

Choose cotton or chiffon which will grow with your bump, and also allow for warmer summer days and on holidays.

Next have a great collection of v-neck tees this season, which fall and drape beautifully. The v-neck style will work well as your boobs become fuller and your bump grows.

They would look great with the harems, kimonos and trainers above, and be a fab basic to have in your wardrobe in a variety of colours. The v-neck style would also be handy for feeding, if you are fortunate enough to be able to breastfeed when baby comes.

White V-Neck TopPeach Ruched Side TopKhaki V-Neck Top

CONCLUSION:

You don’t have to fork out on maternity clothes, when you can find so many fabulous, stylish options on the high street. Maternity ranges can be so limited and hard to find, so enjoy searching for some new styles, following the rough guidelines above.

When baby comes and you have sick on your skater dress, just sling on a biker jacket (wipe clean!), a pair of tights and boots, and you’ll go from feeling slummy to yummy.

I wish you a beautiful, relaxing pregnancy and a safe, happy delivery xxx

 

Bumbag Moment

Before we get going, I just want to (smugly) say that I was way ahead of the bumbag trend last summer! If you have followed me for a while, you will remember my beautiful sequinned bumbag that I wore all summer.

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In fact, from that bumbag, came the term “Bumbag Moment”. This describes a moment when you wear something COMPLETELY out of your comfort zone, even though you love it!

The bumbag received mixed reviews and comments, but overall I loved it. More than anything, it was hugely practical, both during personal shopping trips, and during the summer holidays with my son. Luckily my son is at an age where all I need is a little rucksack for a picnic, wallet and suncream, which meant I could use my bumbag for cash, car keys and my phone.

They are really practical little things, and if you can get past the whole tourist thing, you might enjoy wearing one.

The bumbag is one of the most Marmite items I have ever come across as a stylist. People either like them, or they literally HATE them. So if you are going to wear one, wear with pride and f*ck what anyone else thinks, am I right? 😉

The good news is, that you will be seeing more of them this summer, as they are HUGE news for Summer fashion 2018. So much so that the swanky bloggers are all writing about them, and even Gucci have jumped on the bandwagon. And when Gucci says something is cool, then the fashionistas follow.

So here is my pick of my favourite bumbags.

The “Not A Bumbag” Bumbag:

This little item is great if you’re not ready to fully embrace that fanny pack. You can get away with this looking like a cool little handbag, without declaring your bumbagness for all to see. It’s chic and slick which means it would be a great bag to wear on a nice daytrip to London or out in the evening for summer drinks.

ACCESSORIZE: Sorrento Multiway *ssssh* Bumbag – £22.00

The “I’m a Really Cool Fashionista” Bumbag

This is a little quilted bumbag that you could wear across your body too, if you don’t fancy strapping it round your tum. It’s a nod to Gucci, really chic and fantastic for city breaks (who am I kidding – WHO does a city break?!). I mean…perfect for posh soft play.

ACCESSORIZE: Otto Multiway Bumbag – £22.00

The “I’m Going To A Kids’ Rave And I Want To Look Cool” Bumbag

This bumbag is loud and proud, and PERFECT for summer. Going away with the girls? Going to a festival? Going to CBeebies Land? Wherever you are hot footing it, this bumbag is fun, will look great with some funky sunnies and an e-number filled ice cream of your choice.

ACCESSORIZE: Mirror Tassel Bag – £25.00

The “I Need To Shave My Muff” Bumbag

I wouldn’t advise anyone to go for this bumbag, unless you want to be endlessly mocked, be stared at, and IMAGINE  it after a downpour! Not for the fainthearted.

TOPSHOP: Frizzie Marabou Bumbag – £25.00

The “Pop Of Colour” Bumbag

Aaah back to normality. This is a beauty of a bumbag. A lovely flash of colour that will make the most boring of jeans outfits look hip and funky this summer. Perfect for all occasions and you can wear it across body too.

TOPSHOP: Queenie Quilted Bumbag – £22.00

The “Night Out” Bumbag

Don’t want to dance around your handbag? Fed up of that clutch in your right hand? Well step forward, this bargain bumbag which will allow you to do the YMCA liberally, while keeping your belongings secure. Big enough for your credit card, cash, lipstick and mobile phone.

ASOS Flat Monogram Bum Bag

ASOS: Flat Monogram Bumbag – £10.00

The “Travelling Around Thailand” Bumbag

Going on a yoga retreat? Having a little “finding yourself” trip? If so, I can’t be your friend as I’m too jealous, but step forward YOUR perfect bumbag. Casual, great with shorts, a nice boho print and a colour to match that hand luggage wardrobe. Go Eat, Pray Love, with your beauty of a bumbag.

ACCESSORIZE: Bondi Geo Bumbag – £25.00

The “Gucci” Bumbag

As I said above, when Gucci do it, the fashion world follows. This is a neat little bumbag, a colour that goes with everything, and a price that will make you wince.

GUCCI – “GG Marmont Quilted Belt Bag” – £765.00

The “More Money Than Sense” Bumbag

If you have the cash to splash on fun fashions, then go for it! Or maybe you want to invest in a posh bumbag for when you travel with work and need your hands free for your wheelie suitcase and champagne.

PRADA : Cahier Textured Belt Bag – £1,180.00