Timeless pregnancy dressing tricks with SS18 trends you can wear now.
Avoid diverting straight for the maternity rail, with a few extra basic items, here’s my guide to dressing your bump in all seasons, with items already in your wardrobe. And if you’re a fashion shopaholic like me, then here are my tips for injecting the latest SS18 trends into your wardrobe without wondering if you’ll make use of it once baby arrives.
- Blouses and shirts – fairly obvious, but a staple pregnancy saviour. Worn open over a vest, as a collar detail under sweat (just button up the top few buttons), or your once baggy on you shirt, now becomes fitted over bump, enjoy. And if you’re looking to breastfeed after birth, shirts are perfect, for obvious reasons. Looking to buy this season – then opt for the motif de jour and choose cherry. I love these…
- The wrap dress – a dress that grows with your bump. Choose one that you tie up, rather than sewed in to the seam, this way you can adjust to your growing shape, and choose where to bow (side, front or back). Fab investment for post birth if feeding too. Wrap dresses are also so easy to dress up and down with accessories and layers, so for occasions during pregnancy and shortly after that you want to ‘dress up’ for, this is one item needed in your wardrobe to invest in early on.
- The hairband trick – a great tactic early on – got a fave skirt or pair of shorts with button up fasten, and still fit around your butt and thighs (lucky you!)? Then here’s a trick, double hook a hair elastic through the buttonhole and secure to the button. Ta da! You might want to wear a long vest or bellyband to cover the gape.
Tip: ‘mind the bump’ – loop a hair elastic through the button hole and secure
- Buy long and/or nursing vests now – if you’re considering breastfeeding then you might want to buy your feeding vests now. My fave are from H&M and £17.99 for two, but you can find cheaper alternatives at New Look, and Primark do super long vests in all colours, from £3, but without the nursing clips. The H&M ones come extra long to cover bump and tummy, for pre and post pregnancy, and have a built in secret bra support, with feeding clips. When you’re feeding post pregnancy, you can wear under any top or jumper and simply unclip and lift up your top, without loosing midriff modesty.
- Bellyband – especially useful for when pregnant in the warmer months or early days, when you don’t want to wear too many layers or buy too much, too soon. Simply place around your waist, over your bump and hiding those unbuttoned jeans. If you’ve got one of those stretchy cotton mini skirts in a draw, these should also do the trick. Likewise, when feeding post birth, these around your Mum tum should be enough under your usual tops to help preserve your modesty when feeding out and about. This 2 pack is just £7.99 New Look.
- Over the bump belt – your waist might be a distant memory, but a skinny belt above your bump can create a similar illusion, nipping you in between your bust and bump and enhancing those gorgeous growing curves. Yes, it’s time to embrace your amazing Mum-bod! If you’re feeling a bit hidden under baggy or loose clothing, this trick can gives you that extra shape to your top.
- Elongate from the side– long cardigans, tailored waistcoats, gillets, trenches and long scarfs. Garments and accessories that frame your bump not only look super stylish but also help to balance out your growing shape from the sides. Or if you’re looking for a warm Spring coat – go Teddy, so many around at the moment, super soft and cute, they’re not going anywhere for a while.
- Kimono jackets – both satin and Japanese inspired prints are big trends for SS18 and the two combined can give a stylish and feminine touch to your outfit. The light, floaty fabric with a statement print will swish over your curves, while you can wear open over bodycon and maxi dresses, vests, paired with jeans or layered over a polo or light knit jumper.
I also LOVE this fern blouse from Topshop, £34 – ticks the box for wrap, satin and Japonica trend, while also super nursing friendly post birth. Comes in a range of colours.Accessorise up – balance out your bump by drawing attention all the way up to the top half of your torso. Statement necklaces, large hats and tasseled earrings will all draw the attention up to the top half of an outfit, allowing you to vary and change up that plain coloured maternity dress you may be getting bored of. Likewise a good pair of statement heels in the early days can disguise attention away from a protruding tum you might be trying to hide under a floaty dress (aka that party we all attend and pretend to sip bubbly at!), however if you’re surviving in killer heels after your 2nd trimester, I solute you!
- Bring out your summer wardrobe – it might be chilly, but layer summer dresses over leggings, polos and layer under long cardis and leather jackets. In the summer months you might find your summer dresses are too short or tight, so opt for your maxis instead. If you’ve got a few large throw over bikini beach kaftans, these will look fabulous with leggings or pale stretch jeans such as coral or white.
Summer maternity dress (from previous pregnancy) worn over polo and leggings
- Invest in underwear – poor bras are going to do your back no favours, book an appointment or drop in to your local department store or M&S and have a fitting, requesting for a non underwired bra, with adjustable back and feeding clips if thinking of breast feeding
- Don’t change your style – just because your pregnant don’t feel you need to adjust your look because the maternity rail says so! Hopefully the tips above will help you look to your wardrobe first before feeling the need to splurge or choose items you can see yourself wearing when the bump goes and adapt as above
- No need to always buy maternity – if you can still fit into your dresses but rising up at the front then use a few tricks I’ve mentioned above. Add a pair of leggings, jeggings, or even better, thick patterned tights (so hot right now) underneath and use the elastic waistband or added belt/scarf to create a waist band (above bump) and tuck up any excess material at the back.
I hope this has helped, am I missing any tricks? Please feel free to share below or contact me @sarahparkerpics on my Instagram feed.