We all know maternity is one of the most magical times a future mother can experience. However perfecting maternity style can be a mission in itself – and an expensive (and not particularly environmentally friendly) one as well.
Fortunately, there’s a solution. Refine your maternity wardrobe with these easy staples that will keep you looking chic over the coming nine months and beyond.
A floaty dress
Whether you’re looking to keep your pregnant a temporary secret or simply crave comfort, a floaty dress is a must-have for easy maternity style. Practical and forever-chic, have fun with your options and invest in various prints, colours and cuts (midi and maxi are best, but a flowy mini dress can be the ultimate warm weather companion). If treating yourself to a luxury brand you want to make the most of, size up to make room for your ever-growing bump, you can always get it tailored if necessary post-pregnancy.
Not a dress person? Consider separates instead; namely, a midi skirt. Pleated midi skirts in particular have become a staple piece in modern wardrobes, and the best part is that the majority come with an elasticated waistband. Again, a size larger than your normal one is best for pregnancy, with plenty of room for expansion.
The cosy knit
Let’s face it, we’ve all worn an oversized sweater for ease at some point. Make it a focal part of your maternity style with chunky and lightweight knits, dependent on occasion and time of year. Whether paired with leggings on off-duty days or a pair of jeans and boots on an evening out, quality cashmere and wool is easy to work around your increasing bump.
To achieve the appropriate support during pregnancy, you’re most likely going to have to buy some maternity jeans. Whilst multiple pairs can be costly, instead stick to one staple pair updated throughout different stages of pregnancy (most high street brands have options, but we recommend J Brand especially).
Make the most of these pairs with a variety of versatile tops for every occasion. Again, oversized is best for tops during and beyond pregnancy, but classic blouses, everyday T-shirts and loose-fitting summery pieces are a solid choice for every occasion.
Strengthening the importance of versatility, layering always matters. Be it an ever-stylish shacket, a longline trench coat or a throw on cardigan, the perfect layer can evolve your outfit in a matter of seconds. Worn loosely, tightened up with a belt or tucked into something high waisted on confident days, these can truly be a one size fits all option.
Whilst we preach loungewear for every and any occasion, it’s especially a key part of maternity style. As most casual offerings already come oversized, you may not even need to size up in order to find the perfect set, it’s completely up to you dependent on how you want it to fit. Or, if you’re indulgent like us you can simply treat yourself to multiple pairs in all shapes and sizes from our new No. Eleven collection.