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6 pieces that will work in your pre- and post-pregnancy wardrobe

25th August, 2016

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Having gone through dressing for a bump twice now I know how tricky it can sometimes be to maintain your style yet still accommodate your changing shape. Also, pregnancy is such a finite period that I didn’t really want to spend a lot of money on pieces that would only work for those few months. I’ve since learned that the key is to find pieces that will work in a maternity wardrobe but still transition quite easily into a post-pregnancy look, that way you’re definitely getting value for money. I’ve found these pieces are great for dressing for a bump and beyond…

1. Billowy blouse

I’ve always been a fan of slightly looser cuts in blouses so they definitely made their way into my maternity wardrobe. The great thing about them is that whilst they’re comfy when you’re pregnant they’re also great for office wear or a slightly dressy function.

2. Tube skirt

Anything with stretch is your best friend during pregnancy. A simple stretchy skirt will easily work back into your regular wardrobe when teamed with a simple tee and sandals or sneakers.

3. T-shirt dress

Loose dresses are great for when you’re pregnant as they’re ridiculously comfortable but don’t discount their value in a post-pregnancy ensemble. A t-shirt dress in a grey marle is extremely versatile as it can work back with virtually every colour in your wardrobe and the relaxed cut is particularly great for those months after pregnancy too.

4. Off the shoulder top

This particular style shows no signs of going away any time soon and should still be quite big this spring/summer season. They’re flattering as they show off your shoulders and décolletage but as they’re so roomy they’ll accommodate your bump too. And as they’re supposed to be worn in a relaxed fit they definitely won’t look out of place in your post-pregnancy wardrobe.

5. Long line vest

Pieces that can be layered such as a long line vest or a sleeveless trench are great throughout pregnancy as it doesn’t matter how your shape changes or how big you get it will still definitely fit. However this style of vest is still very much on trend so you’ll easily be able to wear it long after you’ve had your baby. I particularly loved wearing mine over a shirt and leggings.

6. Crisp white shirt

White shirts should be a permanent part of every woman’s wardrobe. They’re eternally stylish and when worn slightly loose they look particularly chic so they’re a great go-to for those days in your pregnancy when you’re just not sure what to wear. The best part is if you invest in this style of shirt you’ll definitely be wearing it in the years to come.

Want to know the basic building blocks of a good pregnancy wardrobe? Find my list here

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What I Wore: Wrapped up

3rd August, 2016

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Battling the chilly weather during winter is made a little easier with the help of a great coat. A quality wool coat will ensure you stay cosy and warm but the right cut and style will also ensure you stay looking chic.

Whilst dark shades such as navy and black are reliable shades to ensure maximum wear out of a coat it’s often fun to step out of your comfort zone and try something a little different. Camel and grey are both colours that are versatile and effortlessly wearable but give you a point of difference at the same time.

Also, don’t forget about the silhouette. Often relaxed styles such as a wrap coat are wonderful for layering whilst a belted coat is ideal if you want to accentuate your shape. A longer line coat is ideal if you’re more apple-shaped and want to streamline your figure.

I’ve found that this camel coat has been great for adding a pop of colour to an outfit and when you’re in the latter stages of pregnancy like I am, any pieces that can easily be layered are a wardrobe saviour (you can find the other building blocks of a great pregnancy wardrobe here). When teamed with a simple white button down shirt and black leggings it’s also a comfortable but polished look.

You can find my favourite coat options below:

$$$ Max Mara

$$  Harris Wharf London

$ Witchery

 

A true fashion staple, the the elegant longline overcoat is a timeless piece for your wardrobe. These options accommodate bulky jumpers.

 

$$$ Isabel Marant 

$$ Acne 

$ Trenery 

 

Credits: coat, Jac + Jack; shirt: Country Road; Sunglasses, Karen walker; pants, ASOS; heels, Alaia; Photography: Sophia Athas 

 

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Wardrobe Must-Have: Leather Pants

20th July, 2016

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Looking to add a little bit of luxe into your winter wardrobe? Say hello to your new best friend – leather pants!

This versatile staple can add a bit of edge to your look and can easily be dressed up or down whether you choose to wear it with a classic white t-shirt or a loose knit. Topping it with a blazer can easily give it some extra polish for an evening event whilst teaming it with sneakers makes it great for everyday casual wear.

Black leather pants will last the test of time but if you are daring enough to try some colour. It’s definitely one way to make a statement. Check out some of my favourite leather options below.

 

Classic Leather Pants over $500

Classic Leather Pants Under $500

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Coloured leather over $500

Coloured leather under $500

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What I Wore: Layered Luxe

19th July, 2016

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If ever there’s a time for layering it’s winter. When battling chilly weather it’s all about adding lots of cosy layers. It’s also a great way to maximise wear out of spring/summer pieces and transition them into the cooler weather. Case in point: I wore this  Christopher Esber dress with scalloped lace insert over a Witchery knit and added a Witchery sleeveless trench to give it a touch more warmth. Whilst the Christopher Esber dress is a great option for evening events it can easily be dressed down by pairing it with more casual footwear, which I did in this instance by opting for my patent Trenery Oxfords. It’s easy to get absorbed by monochrome looks throughout winter (it’s a stylish colour combination after all) so I wanted to add a pop of colour to this outfit to brighten it up. My colourful Chanel oversized clutch is a favourite of mine due to its vibrant jewel tones and it’s also the perfect size to carry my everyday essentials when I’m out and about.

Scroll below to see my favourite shopping options to recreate this look at home.

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Credits: Dress, Christopher EsberSleeveless trench, WitcheryKnit, WitcheryBag: ChanelShoes: Trenery

Photography: Sophia Athas 

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What I Wore: Cool Days

12th July, 2016

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 If there’s one thing I solidly shopped around for for months it’s my much-loved Balmain blazer. It’s a purchase I haven’t regretted as it’s the kind of wardrobe staple that’s made many an appearance at many an event and looks like it will continue to do so for years to come. There are so many blazer options out there so when choosing one be sure to look for one made from a long lasting natural fibre such as wool, has structured shoulders to keep its shape, and has a defined silhouette but is roomy enough to allow for easy layering. And you can never go wrong with black.

My ASOS leggings have been a saviour during my pregnancy as not only are they on trend they’re really comfortable which is a must when you’ve got a growing bump. A subtle way to create balance when you are wearing leggings during a pregnancy is to pair it with an oversized top or loose tunic to complement its streamlined silhouette. I have loved this Dion Lee cape blouse because it’s loose enough for maternity dressing but will definitely be able to make its way into my regular wardrobe post-pregnancy.

I’ve worked this look back with my Eddie Borgo choker and Jerome Dreyfuss bag plus my new favourite Alaïa heels. With its unique button-like straps, it adds an additional layer of detailing to an otherwise pared back look.

My DITA cat-eye sunglasses add a playful touch (handy hint: opt for a cat-eye shape if you want to accentuate your cheekbones) and help add the perfect finishing touch to my outfit.

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 For more of my tips on the building blocks of a great maternity wardrobe click here

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Credits: Top, Dion Lee; Jacket (similar), Balmain; Leather pants, ASOS; Choker, Eddie Borgo; Sunglasses, DITA; Heels, Alaia; Bag (similar): Jerome Dreyfuss

Photography: Sophia Athas

 

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What I Wore: Winter Wonderland

6th July, 2016

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I love winter fashion as it’s all about layering, luxe fabrics and keeping cosy which is great as I am getting close to the end of my pregnancy and comfort is now definitely key. I have found anything loose now looks too bulky on my frame so more figure-hugging, body con dresses have been my saviour. I particularly loved this Fifth the Label ribbed dress from General Pants as I love wearing soft, neutral tones in winter because I think it’s easy to get carried away with wearing all black so it’s nice to break it up and wear some colour without wearing anything overly bright. This long-sleeved dress has some nice cut-out detail at the elbows and an asymmetrical hemline which gives it a definite point of difference. Plus it’s budget-friendly too!

Coats are obviously a necessity during the cooler months but as a bonus it’s great for throwing on over outfits when you’re pregnant. Wearing a coat gives you a really nice shape while keeping you warm, plus when wearing figure-hugging dresses I can sometimes feel uncomfortable wearing it on its own so coats are great for hiding everything away! Most winter coats tend to be black, navy, grey or camel so I think this Witchery coat stands out due to the beautiful soft beige colour.

Being eight months pregnant I’ve practically been living in flats so white sneakers like this pair from Witchery have become my trusty go-to. They’re very of-the-moment and are perfect for when I have a busy day of appointments or errands and need to have comfy footwear on. I am still loving backpacks as a great alternative to a handbag. It keeps my hands free (perfect for when I’m with Sophia) and it’s definitely easier to carry around than a heavy bag. The ash grey colour of this woven Country Road backpack definitely suits the season and provides a nice contrast to the rest of the neutral tones in my outfit.

P.S. As any mum-to-be knows when faced with an ever diminishing range of wardrobe options knows trawling the stores to update your wardrobe can be an exhausting prospect so I had a winning shopping moment when I realised I could shop all my favourite chain store brands at westfield.com.au without having to spend hours visiting various individual sites online. So believe it or not I actually managed to pull together the above outfit when I had a small window of time up my sleeve. I’m all about ways to save time and being super efficient these days so this was a pleasing discovery.

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Credits: Coat, Witchery; Dress, General Pants; Sneakers, Witchery; Backpack; Country Road

Photography: Sophia Athas 

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The building blocks of a great pregnancy wardrobe

29th June, 2016

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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

Perfect for layering under a jacket or vest. A jersey crew cut top and long sleeved top both work perfectly with leggings for an easy fusion of fashion and comfort.

2. Singlets

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.

6. Dresses

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.

7. Jeans

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…

Photography: Sophia Athas, Adam Nalapraya and Danielle Castano 

 

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What I Wore: Relaxed Casual

28th June, 2016
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 This jersey ASOS shift dress has been a go-to for me during my pregnancy. Anything stretchy is esssential to accommodate a growing bump and it’s also super comfortable which is all I really want in anything I’m wearing the further along I get in my pregnancy. Grey marle has always been a reliable neutral for me as it goes with virtually everything which makes pulling together an outfit even easier. I’ve teamed it with a pastel Karen Millen leather jacket to add a pop of colour to the look and I’ve found metallic brogues perfectly offsets both pink and grey hues. These playful Karen Walker sunglasses are one of my faves and definitely makes a statement and the touch of pink picks up the pastel in the leather jacket. The Ralph Lauren Ricky bag is great as it leaves my hands free when I’m running errands and trying to get a million things done before the bub arrives!
For my pregnancy wardrobe essentials see HERE.

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Credits: Dress, ASOS; Leather Jacket, Karen Millen; Bag, Ralph Lauren Ricky Bag; Sunglasses: Karen WalkerShoes:  Bianca Buccheri

Photography: Sophia Athas 

 

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For my pregnancy wardrobe essential see HERE.
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What I Wore: Bell Curve

7th June, 2016

Myerkate-30What I love most about this By Johnny dress is the cute bell sleeve detail and the grey marle fabric which gives it an interesting finishing touch. The neoprene fabric is also ideal for accommodating a bump but I love the fact it’s still quite structured and makes for a great silhouette. To give the look a playful touch I teamed it with my circle glasses from Miu Miu and dressed up the look with my favourite nude Gianvito Rossi heels. I kept the rest of my accessories quite simple with my Christian Paul watch and a sweet candy pink clutch by The Daily Edited

P.S. Scroll down to shop my favourite bell sleeve looks – there’s one to suit every style and budget.

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Credits: Dress, By Johnny; Sunglasses, Miu Miu; Heels, Gianvito Rossi Watch; Christian Paul; Clutch, The Daily Edited .

Photography: Adam Nalapraya

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Pregnancy fashion: how to stay true to your style

30th May, 2016

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I’ll be honest, dressing up for Fashion Week while pregnant was a bit of a struggle. As most of you ladies with a burgeoning bump can attest trying to maintain you regular style as your wardrobe slowly diminishes is an exercise in creative thinking. Throw in a week-long event with some of the best-dressed women in the country and it certainly makes the process even trickier. Having gone through this process twice now here are some things I have learned about dressing throughout pregnancy and still feeling and looking like yourself:

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Try to remain faithful to your style

Your body changes so dramatically during pregnancy that it can be hard to maintain your regular style let alone remember what it was to begin with. However I’ve tried really hard to do this as that’s when I feel most comfortable. A shift dress or a billowy blouse are things that I’d normally wear so I’ve tried to incorporate more of them in my everyday wardrobe as they’re generally bump-friendly. If you’re usually all about colour or wear top to toe prints then maintain that as your fashion ethos and try to find pieces that will still allow you to dress as your usual self.

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Anything stretchy is your friend

I wore the above elasticised leather pants even before I was pregnant and because they’re stretchy they’ve been able to accommodate my belly yet still provide an anchor to my pre-pregnancy wardrobe. I’ve also adopted the same principle to my jeans by adding an expander which I wear as much as possible until it doesn’t work anymore!

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Go bigger

You don’t have to forgo your fave designers, just go up a size! If you’ve go something special on and you’d like to buy a nice dress or great skirt then simply hit up your regular go-to brands and buy a bigger size. If you find that you want to wear it after giving birth look into having it professionally altered.

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Adopt an interesting jacket

Things like jackets and coats are ideal for use in pregnancy as they’re generally quite loose and will accommodate a growing frame. It’s a nice silhouette with a bump and will smarten up any look.

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Use the same accessories

I’ve also been wearing the same shoes I usually wear and adding my favourite accessories to add some interest to the outfit. Accessorising is one of the best ways to mix up a look— even if you’ve been wearing it for weeks on end.

And generally…Don’t buy a lot

I tell all my friends to save their money and not buy too many pregnancy specific clothing as they will realistically only wear it for a short amount of time. I found stores like ASOS and Jeanswest had a great range for pregnancy essentials. Limit yourself to a few key pieces and just rotate them. I found things like a stretchy knee length cotton skirt, loose tops and knits and leggings were all fantastic in the latter stages of pregnancy.

And most importantly…Be comfortable

Rest assured my regular life does not involve me running around in stilettos and designer dresses! There are moments where I just want to be comfy and those are the days that I’ll definitely be in my Nike trainers and gym pants. At the end of the day, it’s all about what you feel comfortable in and that should be your paramount concern.

Photography: Sophia Athas