When you think of cardigans its easy to think of your Nan, but thanks to the likes of Burberry, Prada and Gucci, the trusty cardi is having a fashion comeback. This Autumn/Winter, the cosy cover-up will be all over the high street, from chunky knits to smarter styles and there’ll definitely be a style to suit everyone.
If like me, you’re expecting, then a cardi is guaranteed to be your new best friend. For one you can wear it throughout the entire pregnancy and beyond. Also, when you’re pregnant you’re bound to be a good few degrees warmer so a cardigan is ideal for keeping warm without getting too hot. Lastly, post baby, they are super easy for feeding in; and can double up as a breast feeding cover if you’re out and about.
Here is a little edit of the best of the high street. Just click on the image for details. I have the red one from Next and it’s a bargain at £35.
Try styling up a smarter style with a skinny belt above your bump or even just wear as a top; providing they button up high enough obviously! If you’re looking for more of an investment, then a coatigan (that’s fashion talk for a big cardigan that doubles up as a coat) will provide tons of wear this winter.
Here’s some bump-spiration from maternity megastar Laura Wills (@thefashionbugblog) looking bloomin’ good in one of the amazing cardigans from MumsHandmade. If you’re a knitwear nut, you have to check out their website.
Have you seen the new Seraphine collection yet? If not, read on to find out about some of their key pieces and get a discount off your next purchase. The maternity-wear mega star, with fans such as Kate Middleton, Gwen Stefani and Jessica Alba has just launched it’s new season range. From cosy knits to versatile work dresses, Seraphine is great for building a capsule maternity wardrobe with quality pieces that last. Remember you’ll most likely be wearing your maternity pieces for longer than nine months!
The Mothershop has teamed up with Seraphine to offer you an exclusive 15% off your next order, it’s valid for one month so get in there quick and stock up on your new maternity wardrobe. Just enter the code ANNAWOODHAM at the checkout for your discount. Offer excludes sale items, babywear and kits. Click here to take you to the site – and happy shopping!!
Miroslava Duma for Harper’s Bazaar, August, 2017
If you’re expecting in the next six months, chances are you’re starting to think about the ever-nearing colder months and what the hell will keep your bump warm this winter. It’s a tricky one, as you’re probably feeling big anyway, so adding extra bulk isn’t really the look you’re going for. Pregnant or not, when choosing a coat the same rules apply, for example if you’re petite, don’t go for a full length coat which could swamp you. Or being plus size, an extra padded style may not be you’re best bet.
Finding a good maternity coat is a really hard task, to start with 80% of them are black, which is fine but some people want a more interesting colour given that you’ll be wearing it every day for a good four months. Secondly, it’s tricky finding brands who cover trends, they’re often very generic and non-season specific, which for a girl who knows her trends isn’t going to work.
I’ve compiled an edit of the best maternity coats available now…Click on each image for the trend and details.
MILITARY: £180 shop.nordstrom.com/
3-IN-1: £95 vertbaudet.co.uk
FLUTED: £79 jojomamanbebe.co.uk
RAINPROOF: £55 asos.com
MANNISH: £69.99 hm.com
VELVET: £65 mamalicious.com
TRENCH: £125 seraphine.com
QUILTED: £70 asos.com
HERRINGBONE: £69 jojomamanbebe.co.uk
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ASOS Maternity Double Layer High Neck Embellished Dress in scuba £55
ASOS Maternity Cold Shoulder Embroidered Dress £65
ASOS Maternity Deep V Neck Embellished Maxi Dress £85
If you’re expecting right now then your maternity wardrobe is in for a treat this Autumn. THE MOTHERSHOP was lucky enough to be given a sneak peak into what’s to come in the next few months from maternity masters ASOS, and let me tell you; it is immense.
ASOS Maternity Cold Shoulder Dress with Ring Detail in Yellow Floral Print £45
ASOS Maternity 80s Velvet Long Sleeve Top £28
ASOS Maternity Cold Shoulder Dress in Leopard Print £38
ASOS Maternity Check Blouse with Ruffles £32
From Seventies inspired blouses to Eighties luxurious velvet, there’s no compromise on style. And for once, a winter maternity collection with COLOUR!!! Thank you ASOS for realising pregnant women don’t just want to wear black and breton stripes!
ASOS Maternity Bell Sleeve All Over Embroidered Mini Dress £85
ASOS Maternity Cut Out Neck Flared Sleeve Blouse £30
ASOS MATERNITY Asymetric dress in check print £32
My favourites pieces from the new collection are the checked ruffle top, the green fluted sleeve blouse and the red embroidered dress. But this is only a snippet of what’s to come. There are plenty of party dresses with pizzazz and also an update on the ‘Preggers’ t-shirt made famous by Beyonce’s bump (as seen here) with a new sweatshirt version to come. You can shop it here.
If you want a work wardrobe with some personality or a social life with style then ASOS is your one-stop maternity shop. You may just need to explain to your new arrival why their new wardrobe is considerably smaller than yours.
Image: Mother Denim
Hooray! You’ve found out your pregnant and not only are you bursting to tell everyone your news but also literally bursting; out of your current wardrobe. It may be just that bit too early to tell people yet though, especially at work, so hiding your new found paunch can often be problematic.
If it’s you’re first baby, chances are you may not have popped out too much before your 12 week scan but if it’s your second, that bump isn’t shy!
So what’s the best style top to wear to throw people off the scent? Luckily we’re not in a tight trend phase so there is plenty of choice out there. Look for styles with ruffles, frills, skirted bottom which will give you a bit more coverage. Also loose wrap front tops are great as they usually hang over a little at the bottom giving your bump a bit more room. A top with lots of detail around the neckline is also good for drawing the eye up and away from you bump.
Here’s a round up of the best bump hiders on the high street. Click on the image for more details.
Pic credits: Mother Denim, careergirldaily.com