Being pregnant doesn’t have to mean compromising on style! When deciding what to buy, just follow these seven tips for flattering and fashionable maternity wear.
More choice than ever
Many fashion stores now stock a great range of chic and cheap maternity clothes, making looking and feeling good throughout your pregnancy easier than ever before. For a maternity wardrobe that you’ll love wearing, just follow these tips.
1. Know what suits you
You may have a clear idea what suits your non-pregnant body shape, but our bodies all develop differently when we’re pregnant and it’s best to try on different styles before you buy. Take along a friend who can help you decide which items flatter you and which are best avoided.
2. Avoid big and baggy stuff
Don’t be tempted to buy large unfitted shirts, T-shirts or jeans, which will make you look and feel enormous. Look for fitted maternity clothes that fit closely around the shoulders and legs, accentuating your assets.
3. Get the basics right
Stylish maternity jeans, comfy maternity leggings, easy-to-wear maternity tops, a neutral dress and a properly fitting bra are the essentials every woman needs. Get these basics right and you’ll never be without something to wear.
4. Empire lines
Empire lines from regular fashion stores are a great buy for anyone who has just discovered they are pregnant. The loose fabric beneath the bust will flow over small bumps with plenty of space for it to grow. Once you need some support for your bump, empire line tunics and dresses can continue to be worn with maternity leggings.
5. Belly bands
A belly band or two is another great economical buy. They provide support to your bump while helping keep you covered up in jeans or skirts that sit beneath your bump.
6. Stylish flat shoes
Most women prefer flat shoes during pregnancy as feet often swell and the extra weight being carried leaves feet feeling tired and achy after a day in heels.
Fortunately, flat sandals are a hot trend for this summer, while flat over-the-knee ’60s-style boots are tipped to be the next big thing for autumn and winter.
7. Have fun
Take a tip from Beyoncé, who says she had lots of fun choosing maternity clothes: “You know there is this variety of beautiful clothes that can bring out whatever you feel inside,” she told CNN.
With so many retailers now selling cool maternity wear, there’s no reason why you too can’t have fun picking out what to wear. You can do maternity bodycon like Beyoncé, elegant chic like Kate Middleton or fun and hip like Busy Phillips. Or why not have fun with slogan tees or this season’s prints?
With so many great choices out there, you’ll have a great time shopping for maternity wear.
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A sponsored guest post for you today brought to you by Luxe Models, London.
Any mum knows that motherhood is one of life’s busiest jobs. Between school runs, cooking meals, washing uniforms and entertaining little ones, there simply isn’t much time for browsing the shops at leisure; one needs to go where to go for what pre-shopping spree. Further, being a mum brings with it expenses, meaning that many are familiar with working with a budget when it comes to clothes.
When people think ‘shopping on the high street’, they think ‘cheaper than designer’; but when looking for bargains on the high street it is important to be aware of where to shop; simply avoiding designers doesn’t necessarily mean budget outfits. Take, for example, Topshop. The big boy of high street fashion has gotten gradually more and more expensive over the past few years, and what’s more, its clothes have gotten more and more high fashion, less and less stylish casual wear. Whilst good for party buys and treats, it might be a good idea to consider somewhere like H&M for more day-to-day outfits.
H&M offers stylish basics such as jeans, leggings, blouses and jackets for a much cheaper price than Topshop. Their adult range (they do teen too) is great for outfits that you want to pick the kids up in.
The next store I come to is one that many avoid more than the plague. On a Saturday afternoon the shop floor in this mega money saver is positively riotous. Cheap tops are flung and fought over, bags and shoes are littered across the floor, and the great shopping public start to resemble a pack of animals that have escaped from the zoo. Of course, I can only be talking about Primark. However, Luxe Models is a firm believer in the cheap fashion supplier, and is here to tell you that you can have a pleasant shopping trip at Primarni. The key is to pick the right time. A Monday morning after the school run is the perfect opportunity. The clothes from Primark are what they are: cheap but on trend. They may not last very long, but you can buy them in ample supply. Currently they have some fantastic maxi dresses and skirts as part of their range, which are easy to dress up and dress down.
For high street items that you want to last, it’s best to hit shops like Zara and Gap. Many of their items exude ‘timeless classic’, and they are of a quality that will last for years. So, there you have it, a little guide to the high street for all of your school gate style needs. When it comes to high street it’s all about maximising your money’s potential. If you want a dressy one-off outfit, Primark’s your gal, but if you want that perfect pair of jeans that you’ll wear to many a school run without wearing out the knees, Gap’s a better option. Think smart, and you can have a wonderful, on-trend wardrobe!
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This is a sponsored post, brought to you in association with Collins.
If there is one thing I love doing, its internet window shopping. Anyone else, love finding new sites that you don’t know, and filling up your virtual shopping basket?
Well I’ve just had a relaxing hour, looking at the Collins.ca site, choosing my favourite items. So I thought I would share them with you. I had in my mind the theme of a weekend away in the sun, with Tall Dad of course. I’m thinking a two-day trip to Bologna, Italy. Enjoying some sightseeing, good food, and a little shopping.
So here is what I picked:
Finally, because I am an extremely kind, selfless virtual shopper, I thought I would include a printed cotton shirt for Tall Dad- my husband. I nearly bought something similar the other day and couldn’t decide if he would wear it or not. Well this looks like the perfect occasion to wear something like this, with some linen trouser, or cargo shorts, keeping it casual, and relaxed.
So I’ve got the wardrobe, I just need to convince Tall Dad to book, Oh… maybe I could virtually shop for a hotel and flights?
I thought I would have a go at making some school gate style mood boards on The Ana Mum Diary blog. So here is my first, in hopefully a collection, as the seasons progress.
This post comes with huge thanks to Jen from Love Chic Living, who wrote a fantastic post, explaining how to make a polyvore mood board, using a ‘clip it to polyvore’ button on your tool bar.
I love the idea, that as I see things that I like whilst on the internet, I can clip them to my account, to make a mood board later with them. What a fantastic idea, I think this may revolutionise the way I shop and blog!
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