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A big stylish welcome to all our new followers from MUMSNET. Thanks for the invaluable feedback and entertaining threads.  We love all of your thoughts, concerns, and brand suggestions and have taken them onboard. We have some fabulous new features that we are working on. Our soon to be launched “Reveal and Conceal” section will let you tell us what parts of your body you’ld gently like to disguise away (tummies, big boobs, bingo wings, you name it) and those you’ld love to flaunt. The good news is that shoes and accessories are soon going to hit our site in full fashionable force. Someone showed us one of your fashion dilemmas so we thought we’ld help out:

QUESTION: I have a budget of £250 (which is never going to happen again once I give up work!). I hate paying full price for anything so may wait till the sales, but I’d really like some advice on how I can look good but still be comfy on the school run. If it helps, I’m early 30s, beanpole-shaped and my favourite labels are Great Plains, GAP and Monsoon (sometimes) plus the odd vintage dress off ebay. What are your SAHM (or day off, or weekend) wardrobe heroes?

ANSWER: You are not alone! But you probably knew that anyway. We get a lot of stay at home mums wanting to break out from the baggy jeans, slouchy tee combo and reclaim their inner fashionista – with a heavy dose of chasing-after-young-kids comfort thrown in. What you need is a mini capsule wardrobe with those hero pieces that multi-task (just like you) and all work with each other. When you sign up to Dressipi you will see in your Fashion Fingerprint and Capsule Wardrobe sections, what style clothes suit your body shape and why. You’re a willowy sounding bean pole. Use your clothes to inject a bit of shapely curve into your silhouette. With that in mind here are some ideas we hope will work:

1. VERSATILE DRESS: We’ve got to break you out of your unflattering-sounding jeans comfort zone. I always recommend that you get a versatile dress. Something that will ‘do’ everything from the school run to dinner with a quick change of shoes. Think comfy jersey fabrics and soft fluid cottons for example. This piece from Zara (£35.99) has a floaty boho feel to it. The waist detail creates a bit of shapely definition. For the school run style this with an ankle boot or animal print ballerinas. You can add a printed or coloured skinny belt to it and statement clutch for a night out.

2. JEANS: I think it’s time to retire those baggy numbers for a stylish straight leg jean instead. It’s worth investing a bit in a pair of jeans. Nudie is a great designer brand on our site that you might like. Otherwise, the high street has some perfect pieces like these Uniqlo straight leg jeans (£29.90).

3. TOPS: Snap up a few stylish tops to go with your jeans. This sleeveless piece from Next (£22) will give a chic touch to a casual look with your jeans, a blazer and flats. It’ll also look perfect with a skirt. Stock up on a few longline jersey tops like this cool must-have from H&M £9.99. Think of t-shirts that have great necklines like this draped scoop neck piece also from H&M £7.99.

4. BLAZER: It’s still crisp and cold out there. A tailored blazer that will take you through to summer is a true wardrobe basic. This single breasted style from Next £50 comes in a figure-flattering longline cut. You can style your jeans outfits with this or throw it over you versatile dress adding a burst of colour to your look. Zara’s grey jersey fabric blazer (£29.99) will also work a dream for that casual chic look.

5. ACCESSORIES: Scarves are always a stylish must-have and will dress up any of your outfits beautifully. Try this animal print style from Monsoon or this oversized GAP scarf for a cosier touch. I hope that this has pointed you in the right direction for your casual but chic wardrobe. Happy shopping. Natalie x

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