Catering for a tiny baby bump was easy in winter. I think I lived in big cosy jumpers and jumper dresses! Now that Spring and the warmer weather is here, and because my bump is very apparent, I've been hunting around the shops for summer pieces that aren't necessarily maternity clothes. Items that I know I can get the wear out of post-bump and years to come! Not to mention there are so many gorgeous pieces and trends around this season. (I couldn't just sit back and miss out!)
I've always been adamant that I didn't want to spend loads on maternity clothes. I feel it would just be a waste of money, seeing as they'd only be used for a few months in the grand scheme of things! Plus, either I'm looking in the wrong places, or all maternity clothing looks very old fashioned and “typical”. By typical I mean, awkward side gathering, too much extra front material, awkward lengths (not quite a dress, not quite a top).. I want to still feel pretty and glamorous pregnant, not at a fashion disadvantage because I'm pregnant. Anyone else walked into a maternity section of a shop and just felt miserable?! Even in this modern day and age, maternity wear is just boring!
Every women's body is different, and every bump shape is different and beautiful. I have always had a very petite frame, I am only 5ft 2”, with a long body for my average length legs. My bump is very low and far forward, this is because my placenta is at the back, pushing my baby outwards (which makes me look bigger than some other women at the same stage as me!) So with that in mind, and a lot of fails along the way, I have finally found how to flatter and fit my bump best!
High waist lines
Dresses with a high waist line or a waist line feature are just perfect! They sit comfortably in the under boob area but before my waist starts going out for my bump. Making me still feel like I have a waist line! I personally prefer these to loose swing dresses, as they make me feel bigger than I am and like I'm wearing a tent! Although having said that are a few swing dresses that aren't quite as full of material, so they work! But for me, having a dress with a waist feature, it gives the illusion of a shorter body and elongates my legs. For me this is always something I liked being short but especially now that I am pregnant too!
Dress; Zara, Shoes; Converse
Dress; Boohoo boutique, Slides; Topshop
Dress; Vera Moda via ASOS, Heels; Carvela
Now jeans were my biggest enemy to start with. As soon as I couldn't do the button up on my jeans any more, I automatically assumed I had to shop for maternity jeans. This was a mission. Every single pair I tried fitted horribly!! They were baggy round the bum, too long in the leg, skinny jeans looked like boyfriend jeans, they kept falling down, I tried over the bump bands, under the bump bands.. all horrible. It made me feel miserable, all I wanted was to wear a comfy pair of jeans with a top! Then one day (out of nowhere), I decided to try on my own jeans again, feeling pretty sceptical as my jeans are all size 6 with a 24/25 inch waist. I was over the moon to find they fitted perfectly still – after a little jump and wiggle in! The only obstacle was the button. So I hopped on the internet and discovered the hair band trick! Tying one end to the button hole, then looping it over the button – ta da! Finally jeans I was comfy in. I have bought a pair of jeans (still in my usual size 6) at 28 weeks pregnant and did this trick. Knowing that I'll be able to still get the use out of them afterwards - the button and button hole will meet again soon! As the weathers getting better, I'll probably just stick to dresses and ditch jeans for the last few weeks (I'm currently 30 weeks).
Tight tops & bodycon
A bodycon dress or tight top on the hanger can look like it will never stretch over a baby bump! But you'll be surprised. Most cotton material will stretch further than you think, and then easily shrink back down in the wash to fit you post baby! Once it was obvious I had a baby bump (and not that I had just gained some weight), I have lived in tighter clothing! Because of my job, I do live in a lot of tight Lycra gym wear anyway, but it actually makes me feel not as big being in tight clothes! Wearing baggy clothes just makes me look bigger than I am, because of where they hang off of the “boob shelf” or bump, making me just feel like a blob! I totally understand it's a comfort thing as well. And maybe my view on tight clothing will change the closer I get to my due date, but as it stands I love it! Just go to the shops, pick out some simple tight tops and dresses, and just give them a try!
Dress; H&M, Espadrilles; Topshop
Lace top & Dress; H&M, Shoes; Office
Zipped Jacket; Lululemon, Leggings; Lilybod, Trainers; Adidas
It has taken time to discover what works best for my body, but I have refused to give up and feel like I can't shop normally. The thing is, you just don't know what something is going to look like till you try it on! Sometimes it's horrendous and you just have to laugh at yourself! Sometimes it's successful and you feel on top of the world! I guess another key point is to always feel comfortable, us pregnant ladies are going through enough already, without feeling completely uncomfortable in our clothing! This is what has worked for me and my body. For all mummy's-to-be out there that feel like you can't shop normally. You can! Everything I am wearing in this post is all from normal clothing departments or pieces I already owned. It just takes time and knowing your body shape!
Any shops that you have found are amazing for clothing during pregnancy, please let me know either via the comments box or message me via the social page. I hope this helps any pregnant ladies struggling with clothing!
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