I’ve been getting mah maternity fashion on!
Let’s start with a caveat: I think maternity fashion is a bit shit. Everyone keeps telling me how much it’s improved, which is hugely worrying since I still think it’s a bit shit. It could be that I’m just not used to seeing myself with a bump and so I wouldn’t be happy in anything – but I don’t think it’s just that. I’ve bought a pile of stuff from ASOS and other stuff places and returned probably about 80% of it. Thankfully I’ve still got a few things that fit from pre-pregnancy days, which is good – and I’ve come around to the opinion that a few key pieces should see you quite a long way.
Something else that has taken some getting used to is the lack of colour in maternity wear! I do actually understand this – it makes a lot more sense to get something in black or another neutral colour so it’s versatile. The only issue is I love my bright colours and am so used to wearing pinks, reds, turquoise that I’m missing them. If you’re in the same boat, then an easy fix is to get a few bright-coloured scarves or a cardigan or two – you’ll always use them after bub comes along.
Here’s a run down of my best maternity buys
- I still love my maternity jeans from Asos. I’m also borrowing some maternity TopShop jeans from my sis in law and a couple of them are super comfy, but I still think my Asos ones are the bees knees.
- My Mothercare Ponte Zip Maternity Leggings (that aren’t really leggings just super comfy trousers) are still fricking AWESOME. I would actually buy these if they sold them as normal work trousers because they are THAT comfy (why do most non-blindingly-expensive work trousers have to be made of horrid polyester stratchy stuff?) and super fashionable with the ankle zippers.
- ASOS tights! I bought some crap ones that fall down but then stumbled across these ASOS Maternity 180 Denier Velvet Touch Tights, which are absolutely beauties. They’re nice and thick (it’s winter, guys), very soft and don’t seem to fall down.
- This ASOS Maternity Bodycon Dress is an absolute steal – it’s super comfortable (95% viscose, hello) and a really flattering cut (love the capped sleeves). It’s totally versatile and can be dressed up or down depending on the occasion. Plus it’s only £25 – bargainous! It’s hubs’ birthday tomorrow and we’re going for Christmas drinks then a fancy dinner so I shall be wearing this with boots.
- I don’t know why stripes are so awesome when you’re pregnant but they just are. I love this New Look Stripped Tunic, it’s super soft (there’s a comfort theme here), quite long so wearable with trousers or even just tights and easy to dress up or down (I wore it to a dinner party on the weekend).
- Finally, this is a total extravagance but my need for colour has forced me to purchase this gorgeous coral v-neck shift dress. I’ve got a couple of Christmas parties, my brother’s birthday and a few other Events coming up so I’m hoping I’ll get my money’s worth out of it. I also have a sister in law who is a similar size so I’ll be able to pass it over to her when the time comes.
I’m struggling with bras. I haven’t found many maternity/nursing bras that don’t look horrendous under a shirt so any recommendations greatly received!