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Friday, 1 June 2012

The Modern Mummy Maternity Wardrobe

Its official. I have a bump.

This time round it appeared a lot quicker than when I was pregnant with Daisy. At 8 weeks I was already struggling to do up my favourite jeans. By 12 weeks, I couldn't fit into any of my pre-pregnancy clothes at all. 

This could only mean one thing. It was time to go shopping. For maternity clothes.

Now a couple of weeks ago this was something entirely new for me. Despite being knocked up with baby number two, I have never bought, or worn, maternity clothes before. When preggers with Daisy I lived in leggings and smock tops and make shift hair band jean do-er uppers (you know what I'm talking about). When heavily pregnant I invested in the same clothes in bigger sizes.

I have to confess that during my pregnancy I felt pretty hideous. Huge and frumpy. There is nothing flattering about wearing clothes that are too big for you in some places and tight in others. But my inner bargain hunter couldn't see the point in buying clothes that would only last six months, and by the time I realised that maternity wear really was the way forward, I was 35 weeks pregnant and it was pretty much too late.

This time round I decided to put together a full maternity wardrobe even before I got my positive pregnancy test. I don't want to feel like a lump again. I'm not going to buy size 16 clothes when I am only a size 12. I want to show off my bump with well fitting, stylish clothes and make myself feel glamorous and womanly. And I want to share my purchases, recommendations and style tips with you lot.

So I went on my shopping spree. And I didn't spend a small fortune. But even if I had I wouldn't have cared because a even a few hundred pounds is a small price to pay for nine months plus of happiness and confidence. 

Here are the first instalments to my brand spanking new maternity wardrobe.


From L-R
Dark blue skinny maternity jeans, £29.99, Mama by H&M ♥ Navy blue blouse with peter pan collar, £6, Primark ♥ Dark grey casual t-shirt, £7.99, Mama by H&M ♥ Grey and white striped t-shirt, £17.99, New Look Maternity ♥ Cornflower maternity top, £26, JoJo Maman Bebe ♥ Retro floral maternity dress, £39, JoJo  Maman Bebe

From L-R
Blue & black block top, £14, Next Cream & black sleeveless top (NB says navy on website but is definitely black!), £14, Next Blue denim mini shorts, £36, Seraphine Pink panel tie tunic, £42, Seraphine

Top tips! 

♥ Invest in a decent pair of maternity jeans/trousers. Do not be put off by the elasticated waistbands! Most maternity trousers are available with either elasticated insert panels (just sections, usually above the pockets), with narrow jersey waistbands or with full over the bump waistbands. Don't be afraid to spend a bit of money on these as it is likely that you will still wear them once you've given birth! Plus they are handy for when you want to visit the eat-all-you-can Chinese buffet.
♥ Empire lines and v-necks are extra flattering fabulous for showing off your growing boobs and bump on a night out.
♥ You can still buy non-maternity tops if you want, but try and look for styles that are longer at the front. As your bump grows, non-maternity tops are going to ride up and potentially flash an inch or two of bump. This can be combatted by wearing a long vest underneath the tops but in the summer it's preferable not to be wearing an extra layer! The tops from Primark were both three inches longer at the front (and both pretty long anyway) so should last a good few months, if not the whole of your pregnancy.

More maternity fashion posts coming soon xoxox 
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