It’s official. The sun has been out at least twice which in my mind means spring is finally here. The January sales are over, the February transitional pieces are well gone and the new spring/summer styles that get us wanting to rip up our current wardrobe and start all over again are now dropping in store. If you’re anything like me, by the end of winter I am so over all my clothes, out with all the layers and chunky knits and I look forward to days where it doesn’t take twenty minutes of coat, hat, scarf, gloves, sunglasses, umbrella rigmarole just to get out the door.

There’s no reason why being pregnant should affect your style, yes you may have to adapt certain looks but why not treat the nine months as a good time to experiment with new cuts like flared jeans or a maxi dress. With an ever increasing choice on offer in the world of maternity wear, THE MOTHERSHOP has created a handy little a round up of the top trends for SS16 and a sneak peak of what’s on offer in maternity wear for the coming season. All that’s needed now is a little bit of sunshine…


Blush tones, pretty florals and textured white make up this feminine trend; throw in a touch of dreamy Chloe-style boho and you’re on the right lines. Look out for pleats for bonus style points too.


[Clockwise from left] Floral maxi dress £48 Asos. Frill bib £15 Asos. White crochet dress £99 Seraphine. Blush pleated skirt £49 Seraphine. White top £16 Next.


Big stripes, small stripes, coloured stripes, graphic stripes, vertical stripes; you get the picture; you can’t go wrong in bump boosting stripes this season. Look out for shoulder-showing styles if you want to be oh-so-ss16.


[Clockwise from left] Striped t-shirt £16 Asos. Dress with pink pockets £175 Madderson London. Off shoulder dress £28 Asos. Cold shoulder dress £28 Next. Micro stripe dress £30 Marks and Spencer. Under the bump pencil skirt £20 Next.


Go big or go small, either way ruffles were out in force across the catwalks. From Roberto Cavalli to Miu Miu, frills were at the forefront of the designers minds this season.


[Clockwise from left] Sleeveless dress £153 Marni at Nine In The Mirror. Peach dress £42 Asos. Pink sleeveless dress £POA Madderson London. Shortsleeve printed dress £335 Paul & Joe at Nine In The Mirror. Yellow top £58 Peakes of London.


Max out on the denim as it’s going no-where fast. Look for details such as patchwork, two-tone or embroidered for the most up to date look. And cuts such as flared, cropped or A-line will see you through the season in style.


[Clockwise from left] Denim shirt £40 Topshop. Colour block dress £160 Hatch. Dungareees £45 Topshop. Grandad collar shirt dress £30 Marks and Spencer. Flared jeans £65 Mama Jeanius.


Re-inventing the classic check in new cuts, from midi dresses to loose trousers. Look out for giant gingham in flowing fabrics.


[Clockwise from left] Green shirt £30 Mamalicious. Red checked dress £16 Matalan. Cream and Black checked shirtdress £39 Topshop. Red and black shirt dress £26 Dorothy Perkins. Black and white drape gathered front top £34 Topshop