So, there’s a baby on the way. Your body is changing, and you’ve outgrown your wardrobe.
Pregnancy is a beautiful thing. But finding outfits that make it feel that way… isn’t always the easiest. That’s why we have 5 outfit top tips to help you make it through your maternity in comfort and style.
It’s all about what you should look for when buying your maternity outfits. Follow these snippets of advice and find yourself feeling cosy, comfortable, and confident with bump.
1: Over–the–Bump Band
A staple. You can’t get yourself regular trousers these days, your belly is outgrowing them. So, what you need instead is maternity trousers with an over the bump band.
But don’t be fooled by any band. Often, they can be loose fitting and either make the material bunch up, or sag down. The last thing you need to worry about whilst you’re growing another human.
There are some key features that will give you a good idea as to whether the band will be any good. You want something gentle on your skin, for starters, so seek out clothing with cotton or cotton blend bands. This will mean the fabric is soft to touch and comfortable for your bump.
More than cotton, you want to find over-the-bump bands that incorporate some elastane. This will give you the stretch you need to ensure the clothing remains wearable throughout the pregnancy. If the band can flex with your bump, then you won’t have to face the fear of ill-fitting clothes. Plus, the elastane keeps the band secure – so you won’t have any material slipping down.
Not only does that fabric make a difference to the fit of your outfit, but it can also impact how comfortable you are. During pregnancy, your body will go through a lot of hormonal processes, which can make you feel more sensitive, hot, and flushed.
Choosing breathable material and outfits can help you be more comfortable in your clothes and feel less overwhelmed. Particularly in the summer months. Look for leggings that are lightweight, and jeans that are more relaxed in their fit. Plus, checking out how breathable the fabric is will help you to determine whether it will work for you.
Of course, if you are in the third trimester over winter, you might still need some cosy fits that keep you and bump warm. So, understanding when you are headed into each season in line with your pregnancy can help you pick the perfect wardrobe.
Pregnancy doesn’t last forever. Already, having to buy a whole new wardrobe to accommodate your new bump can be frustrating, not to mention expensive. So, you’re going to want to look for outfit staples that are versatile.
You can keep your style and create loads of new looks from having the core essentials in your maternity wardrobe.
Firstly, a reliable and figure flattering pair of Maternity Jeans. Keeping things breathable and having that over-the-bump band we spoke about, but capturing style at the same time will mean you can wear the jeans over and over. Match with different tops, jumpers, jackets and shoes to mix up your look for any occasion.
Secondly, Leggings. Don’t underestimate the importance of a good pair of leggings. Especially whilst pregnant. You can lounge around in them on the days you’re putting relaxation first, and you can head out in them for a casual look. Again, you can dress them up or down, dependant on what you’ve got planned.
Finally, an oversized sweater or hoodie. This is a must, for a go-to item that you can throw over any outfit. Whether that be a summer dress, your jeans, a pair of joggers… whatever you’re wearing, you want that second layer to grab when it gets a bit chilly.
After these core items, you can pad out your wardrobe with comfy items that will see you creating a different look for everyday of the week.
Now, we’ve touched on style. But the key to making your maternity wardrobe as good as your regular wardrobe – don’t forget your sense of style.
Seek out the brands that are bringing out maternity clothes that are staying on trend and fashionable. Just because you’re pregnant, it doesn’t mean you have to wear neon colours or outdated styles.
Brands that take their maternity ranges seriously give you the clothes you need in the colours and styles you want. Trending at the moment are more muted and minimalistic looks and colours. Plus, as we head into the later part of the year, the autumnal and winter tones are back in. Look out for colours like oatmeal beige, deep brown, black, burgundy, mauve, and cream.
Mums-to-be have it hard enough. But hopefully, this guide will offer some wisdom on what green flags you can look out for whilst searching for your next maternity outfit.
See yourself through pregnancy in style and comfort.