Do you follow maternity fashion?
When I was pregnant with Henry my wardrobe suddenly became my worst enemy.
It might only be nine months but the prospect of buying all new clothes seemed expensive and unnecessary, so for a long time I tried to wear my normal dresses and tights – stretching a few out in the process!
Eventually I succumbed to buying a few maternity essentials, such as dresses, tunics and plenty of pairs of leggings.
I paid some attention to trends, but mostly I looked for comfort and clothes that could easily be put on and taken off – buttons are a no-no!
But with so many maternity ranges out there, there’s been a real drive for fashion clothing for expectant mums.
Plenty of my friends have splashed out on following the latest trends and while I still want to look my best when pregnant, the idea of trying to fit in with fashion seems a losing battle.
One way I found I could still express my style and personality was through accessorising, using scarves, jewellery and handbags to break up my baggier clothes and inject some much-needed colour.
Laura Robinson, London personal stylist, shopper and founder of Caboodlestyle.com, claims that you don’t need to ditch your normal look or aim to appear more grown up just because you’re expecting a baby.
Instead you could try accessories, as “shoes, bags, scarves and necklaces are all good ways to maintain the look and feel of your personal style without changing your look completely and losing all sense of style”.
Even with a very basic maternity dress or top, Ms Robinson recommends jazzing it up with a bold scarf, maybe in a bright colour or standout print, allowing you to follow trends without forking out for a new wardrobe.
I’ve got tonnes of printed scarves and long necklaces from when I was pregnant with Henry and I still wear them now, they’re cheap to buy and can brighten up your mood as well as your outfit.
Did you enjoy accessorising while pregnant?
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