Having hit the 20 week mark I am now having to cater for my little bump and invest in some maternity wear. Luckily we are just entering Autumn (my favourite season for dressing), which means tights, cosy knitwear and boots.
Currently, a lot of my own clothing still fits as bump is still quite small. I knew that I didn’t want to spend a fortune on maternity clothes as I’ll only be able to wear them for a few months so I’ve been on the hunt for key pieces that are good quality and hopefully some that I can still wear post-bump. It’s been difficult to find the balance of comfort and style and I’ve lost count of the number of items I’ve had delivered and returned because they looked frumpy, were ill fitting or poor quality. I still want to feel like me while pregnant and have tried to choose pieces that are classic so that I can wear them again should we be lucky enough to have more babies in the future.
Dressing a baby bump mid pregnancy has its share of difficulties (you don’t fit into your clothes, but maternity wear is huge). So, in this post I will be sharing my favourite maternity pieces and other pieces that I’ve added to my wardrobe to see me through the next few months.
My beloved Paige skinny jeans were the first thing to be relegated from my wardrobe at around the 12 week mark. I ordered a selection of brands and styles en masse and have found two pairs that I have loved wearing, both from Seraphine. The Ellis Indigo Over Bump Super Skinny Maternity Jeans £39 are flattering in the leg and so comfortable as they are a lovely stretchy fabric and have an over bump stretchy band (no buttons to dig in). It’s great that they come up high for Autumn/Winter so that you don’t end up flashing any gaps between your top and trousers and getting chilly. The second pair are the Under Bump Distressed Maternity Jeans £55. A little more pricey but in my opinion, totally worth it as I practically live in jeans at weekends and know that I will get a lot of wear out of these. On the website Mila Kunis, Tamsin Egerton and Whitney Port are pictured wearing them, which I have to admit, encouraged me to try them out. The under bump stretchy band is comfy and I like to wear them rolled up for a more casual look. They do have more give in them than the leggings and I sometimes feel the need to pull them up if I’m wearing a normal length T-shirt, but not to the extent that I find it annoying.
After lots of research I went for a pair of the Topshop 80 Denier Bump Tights £6. I only bought one pair to try and now wish I’d bought more as they have been out of stock ever since. They’re comfy on the tummy and don’t roll down. What more could you want? My super husband (R) managed to track down two pairs of the 120 denier £8 in store which have been great for work and I have just purchased the 40 denier £6 version off the Topshop website as I thought these would be nice for evenings out.
I must have ordered, tried on and returned more bras than I care to remember since around 10 weeks. My most recommended would be the Emma Jane Maternity & Nursing Bra with Removable Padding £16. It is super comfortable, a good shape, has a lower back than most styles I tried and can be used for breastfeeding. I just wish I could find it in nude. I also got fitted at Marks and Spencer and bought the 2 Pack Maternity Padded T-Shirt Nursing Bras £30, which I find useful for wearing under lighter garments when you need a little more shape.
I’ve always loved the bodycon style for showing off a bump and knew this was something I’d get a lot of wear out of for many different occasions. The Topshop Maternity Bodycon Dress £22 has been the best I’ve tried in this style so far. The fabric is super soft and I can see myself getting so much wear out of it. The website currently says sold out but there are similar styles on the Topshop website. I’ve also always pictured myself wearing dungarees like the ever stylish FashionBugBlog but when I came across this Topshop MDT True Pinafore Dress £36 I decided it would be more practical. I am looking forward to styling it with long sleeved t-shirts or jumpers underneath.
When I saw Beyoncé rocking the Asos Maternity ‘Preggers’ Slogan Tee £14 earlier this year, I knew I’d want this in my own wardrobe should I be lucky enough to get pregnant. I have had to order this in multiple sizes in order to find the fit that I like and found that oddly, the regular fit came up longer than the tall. I’m sure I’ll be wearing it a lot at home and for my prenatal yoga classes over the next few months.
I decided to buy non-maternity for my knitwear so that I will be able to wear them next year post baby. I find it difficult to buy pieces that I love as I can’t wear wool but I adore this Gucci inspired cardigan by Zara £49.99. I bought it in a size small and it has quite a bit of room in it but I will just wear it open if bump no longer fits inside. I also bought this Topshop Super Soft Crew Neck Jumper £36, which is an oversized fit and has been worn non-stop.
I’ve worn the same boots for the last two Autumn/Winter seasons and really love the chunky styles that are around this year. I managed to get my hands on the infamous Topshop Alfie Buckle Boots £89 (as worn by @SineadCrowe) and can’t wait to style them with skinny jeans or a jumper dress this Autumn.
I have yet to find any well fitting, stylish active or loungewear but I’ll let you know if I do. If you have found any great shops for maternity clothing, I’d love to hear what you’ve been buying. Also, if you would like to hear about the items I returned and why, let me know and I’ll happily write a post.
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