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STYLE ADVICE: I would love some suggestions for stylish maternity clothes especially for work and weekend looks

Posted on: June 22, 2015

QUESTION: I hope you are well, it’s a while since i was in touch but since then i have become pregnant 🙂
I am feeling a lot bigger on baby number 2 and only 15 weeks. I am 5ft tall and of slim/petite build and I am struggling to find things to wear. Obviously i don’t want to spend a fortune but at the same time I want to look good for the next 6 months.
Is there anything you can suggest? I particularly need something for work, comfy high shoes and a few weekend looks.

ANSWER: First of all a big, shiny congrats on baby number 2! How exciting adding to your brood! Your question has been specially selected for me to get back to you as I too am pregnant at around 20 weeks so at a pretty similar stage! I’m expecting an unexpected baby number 3!

Sounds like your bump is already showing? It’s strange how it seems to be more obvious earlier second time round but at least this time you know what to expect and can remember some tricks of getting through the next few months without having to spend a fortune. The key is investing in a few good, fabulous looking and above all comfortable basics and then accessorising like crazy to style up looks. Here’s a hit list of items that I think would be perfect for you right now and until “hatching”day!

1. ASOS dress £40: A simple fluid A line dress beats all those strange styles that try to give you a high waist during pregnancy. Although you are lucky enough to be of petite proportions shape wise I think that a subtle flare with fitted sleeves is a more flattering style. The waisted ones, especially with belts always make me feel like an Easter egg! This sapphire blue dress from asos is a perfect maternity buy as it can be dressed up or down making it great for work, weekends and even an evening out with the right accessories. I like the keyhole back detail that adds a trend element to this simple silhouette.

image1xxl2. Topshop jeans £45: The ‘Holy Grail’ of maternity dressing begins and ends with the perfect pair of jeans and I have to say, having tried nearly all of them, that Topshop pretty much ticks all the boxes. For you, they come in petite lengths and a range of washes and colours. This pale, bleach style is a great colour on you and looks best worn during the summer months. They do have other versions without the rip detail but with this being so ‘on trend’ for spring it’s great to be able to buy something that feels current and unfrumpy!

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3. Topshop dress £40: As you might have noticed denim is everywhere this season and so this simple denim shirt dress again at Topshop is a great wardrobe addition. Style it at the weekend with leggings, sneakers and a bright scarf or on holiday over a swimsuit with bright, pop-py sandals!

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4. Zara dress now £25.99: Another plus to being petite is that you can make the most of the amazing, simple summer dresses that can look too mini on anyone with a taller silhouette. Zara have some heavenly summer tunics that aren’t specifically maternity but would flow over your bump and look amazing with some of the season’s fabulous gladiator style sandals and exude effortless cool! Here are a few that would be perfect for you with a hint of that A-line shape and a perfect length:

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5. Zara dress £25.99: Another great dress for work and play in an eye-catching shade. The pleated back makes this perfect for your maternity silhouette:

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6. Zara dress now £9.99: A cute graphic stripe that would look great worn with bright accessories and perfect for weekends or holidays:

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7. Isabelle Oliver t-shirt £39: Another often overlooked wardrobe essential has to be the perfect t-shirt. The best ones are long enough to cover your hips, have just the right amount of cling to show off your shape without being too tight and can be worn for work and at the weekend. Isabelle Oliver is admittedly on the pricier side of maternity brands but investing in two good colours and styles of basic jersey tees will provide the comfort and ease that you need when getting dressed:

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8. Mango scarf now £14.99: Finally, as mentioned earlier my favourite part of maternity dressing has to be the accessories. Shoes, scarves and statement necklaces are a guilt-free investment that will add a welcome pick me up to maternity additions and then on to the tricky post natal part where anything that adds a hint of glamour will be welcome. I especially love scarves for disguising bumps, adding a splash of colour to basics and then onwards for discreetly, yet stylishly breastfeeding if that is what you are hoping to do. Mango has some gorgeous prints this season. One like this is lightweight and perfect for the summer:

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9. H&M leather sandals £39.99: Shoe wise I would take advantage of this summer’s obsession with the seventies and go for a high sandal with block heels or platforms. Both work wonders for you as the extra height compliments your petite proportions and offer the most comfortable high heel options. Here are two that we love this season. A nude block heel simple sandal will go with everything from work to weekend and denim. The nude tone magically elongates your legs:

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10. Dune sandals £51: This cork platform sandal ticks all the boxes for on trend 70s inspiration. Style with maxi dresses, denim and weekend looks for a combination of height, comfort and chic. We hope this helps and gives you some inspiration over the coming months. Best of luck with your your 3.5 year old and of course with the new baby. Thanks for your enquiry and we look forward to helping you out again. Tara x

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