Saturday, 22 September 2018

How to rock your own style through pregnancy and beyond

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Is it possible to be a style queen and also expecting a baby? Until recently, you could have been forgiven for saying no. With limited maternity lines in the standard retailers and clothes for pregnant and nursing women either being highly expensive or chintzy and frumpy, it felt like you had to park your sense of style the instant those two little blue lines appeared on the test.

Thankfully, with the advent of internet retailers with lower overheads, it's been possible to cater to more tastes, and the maternity fashion market has bloomed - there is now more choice at far better price points, and mainstream retailers have had to up their game, too. The result is that it's now possible to have a truly stylish pregnancy. Here’s how…

Seek Professional Advice

Pregnancy is a time when your figure - and your feelings about it- can change on a daily  basis. Some days you may want to hide away in an unstructured, oversized sweater but the next, you may be happy to rock your bump in something bodycon. The good news, there are now maternity clothing options for all moods and occasions. Understanding your options and what will suit you can be a minefield, so don't hesitate to seek out advice from a personal shopper or a guide to buying maternity and nursing wear to better understand what you need.

Develop A Go To Look

It's a good idea to come up with a capsule wardrobe for your pregnancy  - a small selection of well-made, great fitting basics that can be worn for work or play and across seasons by using accessories to style them up different ways. Items such as a black wrap dress, a couple of pairs of maternity jeans, some great waterfall cardigans and selection of plain tees can be made into wonderful outfits with a sharp blazer, statement necklace, killer pair of ankle boots or a patterned scarf.

Add Some Colour

Don't feel that you have to hide away in dark colours - unless you prefer them! Colour can be a great way to add interest to a stylish maternity wardrobe. Wearing bright tones can have a cheering effect on your mood. If you don't like to wear bright shades in your  clothes, you can always add interest with colourful accessories like shoes, bags or scarves.

Find Pieces You Can Re-Use

Although it may not feel like it at the time, you're pregnant for such a short period of time, so it's not worth overspending on clothes. Either sign up for the newsletters pof your favourite shops to be notified of sales or use charity shops or sites like eBay to pick up some pre-loved pieces. If you want to invest, choose pieces with stretch that will work for a growing bump and beyond. Go through your existing wardrobe and find things that can work with your pregnancy figure - anything stretchy, oversized or drapey can work, or raid your partner’s wardrobe for chunky knits or oversized shirts you can belt above your bump.

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