Most people don’t want to spend a lot on a maternity wardrobe as they see it as a short term spend out. So, if you could just buy the essentials to work with your current wardrobe what would they be and how do you get the most out of them? Let me tell you….
- The Day Dress £17.99 newlook.com
This floral shirt dress is a steal! Wear with trainers and bare legs whilst you still can and then layer up with tights, boots and a roll neck when it gets a bit chillier.
- The Wear-Anywhere Dress £39.99 hm.com
This fab little dress could be worn for work, dinner or day time. Maximise its versatility with a range of accessories to suit the occasion. The super flattering frills will skim your bump a treat too.
- The skinny jeans £34.99 hm.com
I did a poll around maternity jeans and H&M came out top by far. On price, comfort (over the bump were more popular) and washability. The worst is when you find a great fitting pair of maternity jeans which become saggy after you wear them. Whichever fit you like, H&M will most likely do them. Stock up on a few colours.
- The Jumpsuit £19.99 newlook.com
On the whole, waistbands are not your friend when your pregnant. Jumpsuits are up high on the comfort scale when it comes to maternity dressing. Plus it’s only one thing for your addled brain to contend with in the morning. Wear with trainers, heels, boots – whatever you like! Get a button-down option and you can wear it post pregnancy for feeding too.
- The Dungarees £28 boohoo.com
If you’re not already on the dungaree bandwagon by now, believe me you will be once you’re a Mum. Pregnancy-wise they’re like jumpsuits, super comfy but they also give you a chance to style them up a bit, wear with an embroidered blouse, a basic tee or a vest and bomber jacket. They’re your new Mum-uniform.
- The Blouse £35 mamalicious.com
A white blouse can be worn layered over a roll neck, under dungarees, dressed up with jeans on a night out and ideal for work. It’s styling potential is endless.
- The leggings £28 next.co.uk
I had these leggings when I was expecting. They were so comfortable and made me feel like I was still retaining my original style which is a bit rocky. Wear with a non-maternity chunky knit and boots.
- The slogan tee £14 asos.com
For the days when you can’t be bothered to think about what to wear. This tee with the Next leggings above, a super chunky cardigan and a pair of ankle boots will do just the job.
- The vest tops £8 (for 2 pack) boohoo.com
OK technically this is two items but only one purchase! These are great for wearing under jumpers and cardi’s when you’re expecting as you always want to strip off from over-heating. Post birth, they’re ideal for feeding in as you can stick on a chunky cardi and just whip a boob out without faffing about with lots of layers.
- The Wrap Skirt £17.99 newlook.com
I’m not a huge fan of leopard print but it is a huge trend this winter so it’d be wrong to leave it out. This leopard print skirt would work with a simple white tee and black leather jacket, alternatively, a bright red knitted jumper like Laura Wills from The Fashion Bug Blog would almost tempt me over to the wild side!