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Pregnancy dressing blues?

Posted by Megan on May 9, 2011

I have been asked by a few pregnant friends about how to dress around a bump and look more “siren” than “ship in sail”!

When shopping for pregnant clients, I always try, wherever possible, to buy clothes that can be work after pregnancy. The bonus of this (apart from economical) is that mentally, when mums-to-be wear something that is not necessarily maternity wear, they tends to immediately feel a more “normal” size.

A great high street brand for “bump allowance”, is All Saints as a lot of their clothes are a loose fit and are jersey fabric.

Teaming a simple All Saints tunic with leggings will keep you looking current and feeling fabulous and comfortable. This one is from All Saints and is called “Tilly Tee” (£90).

Another option is an empire line maxi or trapeze dress which will hide a multitude of sins, whether your are pregnant or not. Go for a jersey fabric for a an empire line so your growing bit can easily be accommodated. Trapeze dresses tend to be roomy enough. Both these solutions should enable you to wear this after pregnancy too. The one I have picked is from ASOS (£55) and ticks the colour block trend and is stunning on.

If you are one of the very lucky ones who just has a bump, be sure to flaunt your legs buy wearing leggings or invest in a good pair of maternity skinny jeans (some maternity wear is unavoidable). Topshop’s basic maternity range should have something for you here. Show your arms if they are still looking great … the rules are the same as for non-pregnancy … show your good bits!

If you are carrying more weight, go for maxi dresses and be sure to emphasise the empire line as this is the smallest part of all of us.

I have both of these items and am not pregnant … so you really will be able to wear them after your little angle is born!

As a final comment: For those of you who are proud of your bumps (as you should be!) and opt for bump-hugging t-shirts, make CERTAIN they cover your whole bump. Regardless of how neat a bump is, the half-exposed belly is only a good look on the beach!

Good luck to all those expecting mums!

Megan X