Maternity Styling Tips

Maternity Styling Tips

Looking for some maternity styling tips? These might help!

Pregnancy has probably been the only time in my life that I have truly celebrated my body!  I’m not unhappy with my figure generally but ‘dressing my bump’ and embracing my (even) curvier self has empowered me so much more than I expected.I’m currently 19 week’s pregnant with baby #2 and my bump is now at the stage where I definitely look pregnant and I’ve been having a lot of fun pulling out the maternity clothes and buying a couple of new key pieces for Winter.

I am not rich so I’ve chosen not to spend too much on specific maternity wear but rather to buy a couple of additions that will let me wear the clothes I already have throughout the pregnancy – well as much as possible.

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Here are my top 5 maternity styling tips:

1.  Invest in Key Pieces only

I’m in the UK now and it’s almost Winter here and that means it’s COLD.  I’ve bought a couple of pairs of different coloured leggings and a pair of dark blue skinny jeans.  My thinking is this – I have so much knitwear that will stretch over my bump for months to come without pulling them out of shape but underneath I still want to be comfortable and not be hitching up my pants all day!

Personally, I prefer ‘over the bump’ leggings and jeans that hug your bump as you grow and are less likely to roll down and be uncomfortable.  Last pregnancy, I lived in leggings and they can be easily dressed up and down for casual, work or a night out so you’ll really get your money’s worth.

2.  Use Belts to dress your bump

As the weeks go on, your belts will be less and less likely to fit around your waist but you don’t have to put them all away.  I use mine over the top of my bump instead and find that elasticated belts work best for this as they’re much more comfortable.  They really pull together an outfit and accentuate your shape beautifully.

If you’re wearing knitwear but don’t want to look too bulky, think about adding a belt over your cardigan to keep warm but still show off your shape.

3.  Get measured!

Not weather related but I’d recommend getting your bra size measured professionally at least once throughout your pregnancy.  As time goes on, your current bras will become too tight and apart from the obvious discomfort to you, they won’t look good under your clothes.  As your chest starts to get bigger, get measured and think about switching to an underwired bra.  So many options are available now that will fit you perfectly and still give you the support you want.

4.  Buy Now, Wear Later

Last pregnancy, I picked up quite a few nursing singlet bests and tops.  They were great for wearing on their own, layering in cooler weather and they were shaped to grow with me as my bump got bigger.  The best thing is, they were not wasted after the birth as they had nursing panels in the front so I could continue wearing them throughout the whole time I breastfed.  I picked up most of mine from Boob Design (affiliate link) – they’re a little more expensive that other brands but the quality is awesome and they still look good as new for this second pregnancy.

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Layering is so important for the cold weather – especially when you go from being indoors in the warm to walking outside – having layers means you can tailor your outfit to whatever the temperature.  Or be like me and wear ALL your layers ALL of the time.  And put the heating on.

5.  Tap into your friends’ wardrobes or buy second hand

Chances are, you have a friend or two who already has kids and they probably have some lovely maternity clothes gathering dust in their wardrobe so if they’re happy to give, sell or loan you those definitely take them up on it!  I also checked out eBay and picked up some bargains.  Maternity wear is really only worn for a few months and generally in great condition so also think about selling your own afterwards to recoup some of that earlier investment – you’ll need those extra pennies for the new baby’s wardrobe after all!

I hope these maternity styling tips give you a couple of ideas on how to dress for pregnancy.

What are your maternity styling tips?

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8 Comments

  1. 12th December 2014 / 9:19 am

    Good tips! And as a 32H I cannot emphasise how important it is to get measured! Makes a massive difference to comfort and confidence! Love the stripes on you x

    • 19th December 2014 / 3:10 pm

      Thank you! Oooh yes I can imagine you had some dramatic changes lol :) Ahh thank you, I love stripes so much and have the confidence to wear them when I’m pregnant :)

  2. 12th December 2014 / 10:18 am

    Just like you I live in leggings with my second pregnancy too (32 weeks now) but my last pregnancy was going through the summerb this one’s a bit harder and I find it hard finding nice jumpers that don’t make your bump look too big. I have actually never worn a belt. I Think I would be uncomfortable.

    • 19th December 2014 / 3:10 pm

      Thanks Janine – oh yes, my belts are super elasticated and soft :)

  3. 19th December 2014 / 12:37 am

    I’m totally with you on that last point – I full raided all my mates maternity clothes it was ace! I also made clothes I had before work for me too and wore a lot of my existing (stretchy!) clothes for ages. I found generally that maternity clothes kinda suck so only bought a few things and then bought bigger normal clothes which I styled up with belts as you suggested!

    Thanks for linking up to #TheList xxx

    • 19th December 2014 / 3:11 pm

      Ha ha thanks Hannah – it’s so much better to make do with what you have than to spend a fortune – unless you’re lucky enough to be rich lol :) :)

  4. 30th January 2015 / 1:17 pm

    Fab advice! I’m 26 weeks now and getting fed up of wearing the same clothes all the time so did an ASOS shop last night! Can’t wait to look a bit more stylish while pregnant! xx

    • 5th February 2015 / 11:53 am

      Oh I do love the ASOS maternity range and it’s so reasonable priced too! :)

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