Having two children so close together in age, means that I still have my old maternitywear from two years ago that I had packed away. Sorting through them this time around was nostalgic but I was also keen to take on a different style this time around. Each mummy-to-be has to find their comfort zone, and choose clothing both practical, seasonal and able to grow with their changing body shape. I am fairly petite, at 5’2″ and a dress size 6-8 so throughout my pregnancies I tend to wear fitted clothing that shapes my curves rather than wearing big, billowy blouses.
During this pregnancy I started to show a lot quicker than the first time around. My bump was showing at around 8-10 weeks and since we had decided to wait until the 12 week scan to share our news, I had to hide myself in baggy dresses and jackets for work. Certainly not my style. The 12 week scan couldn’t come quick enough, and a great excuse to go shopping again.
Lovely Lady Lumps
The first thing to change on my body was my boobs, I had shot from a DD up two cup sizes in the space of 10 weeks. Underwires were so uncomfortable so I promptly went on the hunt for some new lingerie. I previously shopped at old faithful’s like M&S but their maternity collections were frumpy and bulky. On a recent shopping trip to Victoria Secrets to invest in some oversized tees for chilling around the house in, I stumbled across a new collection, Body By Victoria. Their range of Loungewear bras (£27.50) are made of super soft breathable cotton fabric, no underwires, a range of sexy styles and colourful palettes. I bought one in every colour!
Now that my under garments were boxed off, it was time to splurge on some workwear and weekend essentials. I am a sucker for online shopping, so my first go-to shopping site was ASOS who have a wide range of maternitywear. I mixed and matched my purchases to pull together a capsule wardrobe of dresses, jeans, tops and jackets. With me being pregnant throughout Spring and Summer, I made sure I invested in some cool, light fabrics to layer up my look depending on the season. My best investment piece was a pair of ASOS own brand skinny maternity jeans (£27.99). I stayed away from jeans last time I was pregnant and stuck to elasticiated Zara leggings in different fabrics and colours, but after becoming obsessed with Pintrest, I wanted to adopt the jeans, top and blazer look. Its timeless, always on trend and can be glammed up with heels or worn with flats. Have a browse through my Pintrest page to check out some of my inspo boards.
Dress Your Bump
I came across a brand called Mamalicious who do a great selection of fitted dresses that can be worn to the office straight out fort after work mocktails. The ranges are designed with a sexy empire line to pull in your waist and accentuate your bump and create a great silhouette for your lovely baby bump. I have been lucky enough (so far!) to still stay the same dress size, so most of my stretchy dresses still fit.
One of my favourite pieces is my Missoni knitted dress, is super comfy and has a horizontal stripe design which is more flattering over curves. I have been updating my Instagram with all my maternity must haves, and hashtagging #dressyourbump. So if any of you mums-to-be would like to share your maternity fashion, add the hashtag to your image and share the love!
The Right Foot Forward
I am a sucker for heels and have always worn them right up until the end of my pregnancy. But this time, having a 22 month old to run around after, I decided to invest in a pair of flats for the nursery runs and weekend walks. I only wear trainers to the gym, but I came across a super stylish pair in my local boutique, Moo Boutique in Heaton Moor, a white trainer with suede and leopard print design, perfect with skinny jeans or leather-look leggings (£69). I wear these to death, they literally go with everything I put them with.
It would be rude not to purchase a new pair of heels, so with it being my birthday on the 14th April, Paul and I had booked a baby-free weekend away in Manchester city Centre to relax and do a bit of shopping. We headed straight for Selfridges and found a stunning pair of Jimmy Choo heels(£525). They were bright, summery and were the perfect match for everything in my new capsule wardrobe.
Invest in the Best
Its that time of year again when my event calendar starts building up. Paul is the Chairman for children charity Once Upon a Smile, and their annual gala dinner is in two weeks time! I will coming up to being 5 months pregnant around that time, so its a great excuse to buy a stunning dress for bump and me. Finding something that’s both glamorous and comfortable isn’t easy, especially when your starting to feel like a baby whale. I was reading my monthly edition of Gurgle baby magazine and came across a designer maternity website called Nine in the Mirror, which showcases a range of haute couture maternity items, that I didn’t event know some designers catered for! Designers such as Valentino, Philip Lim and Alexander Wang are featured on the website. After selecting my trimester, I was able to browse for items that are tailored to my dress and bump size. So, if you are looking for a big splurge, this is a great go-to website to get your designer fix!
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