I love my babies but pregnancy and dressing the pregnant bump past 20 weeks requires a little, ok a lot of editing of what or how I wear what’s in my wardrobe. The years 2016 and 2017 have mostly been spent pregnant both my 30th and 31st birthdays you guessed it pregnant! So quickly I’ve learnt how to avoid pregnancy wardrobe meltdowns that plague us pregnant mums once the bump comes out on glorious display! Below are my top tips
1. Shop your own wardrobe and wear things differently, for example; hike a skirt, tie a shirt, wear a shirt dress open like a duster coat, use a wrap dress like a kimono, dress down your dress ups and dress up your dress downs.
2. Invest in a pair of maternity denim, if carrying in cooler months. I didn’t for my first pregnancy, then while back in New Zealand for the month of July I decided to give in and buy a pair. I’ve never been more comfortable eating chinese takeout.
3. Have some basics that will grow with you I brought the asos maternity basics pack. Now back in France I most definitely will get use out of all 4 pieces when layering these basics with my own pre-pregnancy clothes.
4. 3rd piece rule; in terms of making your outfit just that little bit extra stylish add a 3rd piece, it will elevate your look! I try to think of ways I can use my accessories differently, below is a pic of a head scarf and a wrap bracelet I wore like a choker, changes the look to my white button up and jeans uniform. Hats, chunky necklaces, bracelets, scarves, blazers, vests, cardigans, there is always a way to add a touch of “oh you look nice” comment to your outfit.
5. You don’t have to buy maternity clothing sometimes theres just so much unnecessary extra fabric in maternity clothes at least thats been my experience. Stay with brands you love and size up.
6. Don’t forget to thrift/op shop to save a penny, buying baby things starts to add up! I love my $9 dress I got at a Salvos store while visiting my parents in Perth the same way I love my $79 dress I wore for Ryder’s 1st birthday, obviously one had less guilt attached to the purchase.
7. If there is anything in your wardrobe you’d hate to be without while pregnant in a maternity fit for comfort it’s out there! for me its a playsuit, and this second pregnancy I’ll be carrying in my final months through cooler temperatures so leather look leggings were a must!
8. Keep shoes practical lower back pain is no joke! thankfully mules, slides moccasins have all made a huge comeback the last couple years (thank you GUCCI) When wearing flats a pointed toe will elongate, blocked/stacked heels or wedges for dress up nights, platforms, brogues a great sneaker there’s so many options other than a stiletto to choose from.
9. Finally when you really can’t be bothered stay home in your pyjamas (oh the luxury of being a stay at home mum)
Happy baby growing
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