Pregnancy isn’t really one of the most stylish times in your life. It’s hard to feel sexy when you’re so big and sweaty and full of indigestion isn’t it?
Still, just because you might not be your usual svelte self, doesn’t mean you have to live for nine months in leggings and smocks. There are loads of fantastic maternity wear options nowadays, that mean you can stay looking blooming, even on a budget. One of our favourites is Everday Maternity, who have been kind enough today to provide us with some top maternity wear tips. Do check out their website!
Maternity bras – Make sure you choose a maternity bra that supports you well. The correct fit and fabric will improve your posture, comfort, and confidence. Comfort is always key so go for the softest fabrics. Look for a stretch and recover microfibre to ensure you have the best fit and choose styles with drop down cups so that you can use them for breastfeeding too.
Maternity tops – Don’t be afraid of fitted styles when you’re pregnant. Oversized garments make you look larger than you are and can leave you feeling more frumpy than fabulous. A viscose or a jersey material tends to be more flattering over the bump and gives a much smoother silhouette. Wearing your maternity tops and tunics with over-the-bump trousers or leggings will give you a slim line silhouette.
Maternity trousers – When choosing your maternity trousers, go for your normal size. Maternity wear is cut to include your bump. Make sure you sit down in them and check there’s no digging in or gaping and that there’s plenty of room in the front to grow. Check your waistband to make sure you’ve got maximum comfort. When you choose your waistband, there are lots of options depending on your preference including; under, mid or over-the-bump.
Maternity dresses – On choosing your maternity dresses, always consider you pre-pregnancy shape, and apply the same rules. For example, with maxi dresses, the length is really great for elongating your body, and an empire line is always very flattering, as it sits at your lowest point. Look for straps that are thick enough to cover your maternity bra or has a detail that will draw attention away from the strap.
Maternity work wear – When choosing your maternity shirt, consider the length of the shirt at the front and make sure it’s cut longer, this way it works perfectly with under or over the bump trousers. Choose styles that you will be comfortable in all day and make sure that they are easy to wash and easy to iron. Comfortable knitwear is also fantastic for work because again, knitted garments can be interchangeable between your day and your evening wear. Remember you’ll be wearing your work wear eight hours a day, so make sure you’re happy with your selection.
Do you have a favourite item of maternity wear, something that got you through nine months of feeling frumpy? We’d love to hear from you!