Pregnancy can be a tricky time for your wardrobe – you have a new shape to accommodate but at the same time you’re only pregnant for a few months so you don’t want to buy lots of new things that you may never wear again. If both my pregnancies have taught me anything it’s that it’s important to buy a few key basics that will work back with my existing wardrobe. I’ve found that armed with these, things like jackets, coats and vests are able to work throughout the entire pregnancy. It’s important to remember that a growing bump doesn’t mean you have to drastically overhaul your wardrobe. You can still maintain your pre-pregnancy style but it’s just about getting creative with how to use what you already own. I’ve honed my maternity shopping list down to a few key items and I guarantee that with these affordable basics you’ll be able to create multiple looks with minimum fuss. After all, you will have enough things to worry about during your pregnancy without throwing a wardrobe meltdown into the mix!
1. Long sleeve shirts
Another great layering piece is the good ol’ singlet which will work for every season. Just make sure you buy them in a stretchy cotton so they can accommodate your growing bump. You can team a singlet with pretty much everything whether it be a pair of shorts in summer or with a leather jacket in winter which makes it the ideal companion during pregnancy.
4. Stretchy skirts
The stretch waist is designed to accommodate all stages of pregnancy so prepare for it to become a key feature of most of your pregnancy wardrobe. I am a fan of this grey ribbed skirt which features flattering side ruching and a flat contrasting waistband that sits just below the bump.
5. Leather leggings
Black leggings are one of the comfiest things you can wear during your pregnancy but sometimes they may not work too well when you need to look a little more dressed up. My dressy alternative is leather leggings. I have lived in them during my pregnancy as the stretchy waistband is perfect for my growing stomach, plus there’s something decidedly chic about them so no matter how I’m feeling I can at least guarantee that my outfit will looked pulled together. These leather-look leggings have an over-the-bump waistband for comfort and support. If leather is not your thing a pair of stretchy black pants works equally as well.
I cannot tell you just how much of my pregnancy wardrobe comprises of dresses. I couldn’t survive without them! The best bit is there are so many styles to suit every taste and budget. The ASOS maternity shift dress with 3/4 sleeves is designed to flatter your bump and accommodate your new shape, plus it’s a particularly good dress for work. For a preppy vibe, look for a dress with finishes such as the scalloped collar and cap sleeves on this ASOS dress. Another chic and comfortable choice is this long sleeved dress with a relaxed rolled neckline and soft ruched sides.
Jeans feature heavily in my regular wardrobe so I couldn’t imagine going through pregnancy without them. Luckily there are now some great options for maternity jeans which still look every bit as stylish as their non-maternity counterparts.
Jeanswest do a great range of maternity jeans which are designed to grow with you during your pregnancy. This soft indigo denim is ideal for going casual on the weekend, but they also have other shades such as black and indigo which look a little more dressed up. Best of all, they are available in short, regular and long lengths.
White jeans are great during spring/summer and these white low rise ASOS skinny jeans are designed to sit under your bump but if you prefer high rise styles try these mid wash jeans. If you want a more relaxed fit boyfriend jeans are also super comfortable.
Keep your maternity look on trend
After you sort out the essentials, you can invest in a few key trend pieces that will work as maternity wear but will transition into your post-pregnancy wardrobe. Accessories such as a great pair of sunglasses or a lovely handbag can really elevate your look and keep it of the moment and the best bit it is it doesn’t matter how your body changes, they will still work. Case in point: below are some of the key pieces on my shopping list at the moment, and not only are they on trend, they’re also the kind of pieces that can update a maternity wardrobe and transition into motherhood quite easily…