Maternity fashions have come a long way since the days of basic overalls and loose-fitting dresses. Celebrities and style icons are embracing the bump and reminding women they can rock the style stakes at every stage of their pregnancy journey. Here’s our advice on combining fashion with maternity.
Dress to impress at special events
From the upcoming wedding season to the Spring Racing Carnival and Christmas parties just around the corner, you’ll be likely to attend a few events in the second half of the year. With all the changes your body goes through during and after your pregnancy it’s hardly practical to buy a new outfit for every event. Especially when you want to reserve as much of your budget as possible for important baby items. Thank goodness for Bump Style, a maternity clothing rental service that will have you looking styled and glowing in a different outfit each week for a fraction of the price. They’re the perfect choice for looking glam in your maternity photoshoot as well. Lisa Campey, from Bump Style offers this advice:
“When choosing a dress for your maternity photoshoot, choose something that won't make you cringe when you look back at the photos in 20 years time. Avoid on trend colours and patterns and select classic colours like white, navy or nude and timeless fabrics like lace.”
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All hail activewear
How great is activewear? It’s comfortable, stretchy and now acceptable to wear anytime, anywhere. It doesn’t matter if you’ve actually been active that day or just had a mums-and-bubs lunch date, your secret is safe with us. Many major Australian brands and stores have maternity activewear ranges from Cotton On to Bonds, Lorna Jane and even Target! Accessorise your fit-mum look with a pink pram and send all the other mums green with envy over your on-trend, comfortable style.
Build a maternity capsule wardrobe
Most of us are familiar with the style term ‘capsule wardrobe’ but in case you need a refresher; this is where you invest in a small wardrobe of essential, versatile items to save both money and time getting ready. Sounds like exactly what a stylish mum needs right? The secret to a great capsule wardrobe is covering the essential bases. Elizabeth Baird, from Soon Maternity, says it’s important to choose pieces that you can wear through every step of your maternity journey.
“We recommend starting with a couple of key pieces that can be styled back with your pre-pregnancy wardrobe. For example, everyone needs that perfect pair of maternity jeans that will have you feeling comfortable right up until the end of your pregnancy. You will find you live in these so pick a style that will match a wide variety of outfits!”
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Post-pregnancy style is more than possible
If you’re a breastfeeding mum then you know all too well the struggles of finding cute and practical maternity clothes for after you’ve finished your pregnancy. Jessie Parker, from Borne Too breastfeeding wear, says you can still look good in the breastfeeding stages if you invest in proper functional maternity wear.
“My tip is to invest in well-made breastfeeding wear. Mums so often spend next to nothing on themselves, buying cheap purpose-made breastfeeding wear that doesn't reflect their individual style. In reality if you buy a quality, versatile, piece of maternity wear - you will use it time and time again as well as feeling comfortable and confident in your mum-lifestyle.”
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