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Can You Help Me Navigate My Way Through Maternity Wear for the First Time?

Posted on: February 16, 2012

QUESTIONS: Hi – I wondered if there was an option on Dressipi for Maternity wear. I really love the suggestions you send me and often purchase the clothes. Now I’m almost 3 months pregnant and am already struggling to button up my jeans. The maternity market is a minefield – do I stick with the brands that fit me well or is there a particular maternity clothes brand that do it really well.

ANSWER: Hello and thank you for contacting us and loving the site. It’s great to hear from you. Congratulations on your pregnancy that’s very exciting news! We don’t as of yet have a Maternity Section on Dressipi – but it’s something we are working on. However we get a huge amount of  requests for maternity wear so hopefully this will point you in the right direction.

GENERAL TIPS: Firstly, stick to the same kind of clothes that you wear normally so that any new pieces will integrate into your wardrobe, and don’t fall into the trap of thinking that you need an entirely new wardrobe. A lot of High Street stores do a great range of maternity wear. As you are slim you will be able to buy a couple of inexpensive tops that aren’t ‘maternity’ clothes as such but will still work very well with your emerging bump. Showing a little skin is good, flaunt your new found curves with a low cut top, empire lines work very well as they fit at the bust but skim over the bump. It’s probably best that you’ve waited until the 3 month mark to sort out your wardrobe as a common mistake is to buy clothes that will be too large for you even in the last trimester. It’s a good idea to layer as your body temperature tends to rise so you can take off the layers as and when you need to. A waterfall or shawl collar open cardigan (like the one shown here) is a good purchase as you can wear it all the way through your pregnancy and afterwards too. Accessorize with patterned scarves that can later double as breastfeeding screens.

ESSENTIALS: You will need to get some new underwear, go and have a bra fitting at your local department store. Sounds horrible but it makes a huge difference to your comfort level.

JEANS: Topshop do great maternity jeans – well worth it as you will probably live in these. Have a look at these Maternity Moto Baxter jeans (£40). They have a great black pair too, perfect for a night out.  You could also have a look at one of your favourite brands Isabella Oliver (£99 – shown on left). She does a great range of maternity wear.

VESTS: Vests are great as a base layer, they need to be much longer than your normal vests. Try these simple but stylish pieces from Next. This comes in a pack of 3 colours: black, white and red (£6 per pack).

BUMP BANDS: For now you could get a “bump band”, like these from New Look (£8.99 per pack of 2). They go over your bump to extend the life of your normal tops, depending how much you are showing at 3 months.

DRESSES: For an every day look this gorgeous jersey dress (£14.99), from H&M ,comes in a black or a blue. It’s perfect with a pair of tights and waterfall cardigan. For a night out try this chic little number on sale from  Topshop  (£20) with its gathered detail. It would look great with a fab piece of jewellery. Or splash out on this gorgeous  Isabella Oliver  style (£105).

TIGHTS: It’s still very much tights season. A selection of maternity styles can be found at M&S and JoJoMamanBebe.

TOPS: When looking for tops, empire line style, fitted under the bust are ideal. This knit top from H&M (£19.99) mimics an empire line as it flares out of the tummy area. Also have a look at New Look for basic jersey tees. If you are looking to splash out on designer pieces try  Emily Evans (Nine London), stocked at Harrods in their maternity section. She has some gorgeous maternity wear blouses like this hot-off-the-catwalk printed piece (£175).

I hope that this has helped with your fashion dilemma. All the best!! Natalie x

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