Posts tagged Maternity
DRESSING PREGNANCY IN THE SUMMER

Growing a human takes a long time! I am currently at the end of growing my third and feel like I have been pregnant in every season and for a very (very) long time.

I don't think there is a perfect time of year to be more or less pregnant and of course it totally depends on the individual woman, both in terms of what they do and how their body takes to pregnancy. Both Summer and Winter come with their own challenges, advantages and disadvantages.

But Summer is approaching and with it comes things like holidays, weddings and festivals as well as life, work and everyday life. All things that pregnant women partake in, while wearing clothes.

Dresses are great things to wear while you are pregnant in the summer, mainly because they are so comfortable and will keep you cool (many women struggle with getting hot). This pregnancy i've really hated waistbands especially at the beginning and end for some reason - so i've defiantely embraced the dress.

I think it is worth investing in dresses that you can breastfeed in afterwards or that you can wear once the bump is going down/gone. The advantages of wearing an official maternity dress is that they are cut especially to fit over a big belly so there won't be so much pull and the hem line should stay straight, however many non-maternity dresses still work well.

MATERNITY Pink Spotted Skater Dress £42 / Bobby Lobster Canvas Shopper Bag £26

Dresses can be layered too - this one for example would look great with a t-shirt worn underneath or with a chunky knit cardigan or denim jacket on top.

MATERNITY Zebra Print Ruffle Slip Dress £39 / Benny String Shopper Bag £22 

With maternity dressing generally I think it is important not to deviate from your usual style too much. There is so much change with your body anyway the last thing you should feel the need to do is change your image too.

If you usually wear shorts and skirts invest in maternity versions. You may also find that you can wear many of your existing tops - which if they become too short you can layer with a vest underneath or with a belly band.

Plus you will most probably be wearing these for a few months post birth and if you are short of money look out for them on second hand sites or sell them afterwards.

MATERNITY Colorado T-Shirt £18 / MATERNITY Ripped Ashley Shorts £29

Shirts are another great bump proof item of clothing - they look smart and are perfect for breastfeeding in afterwards. This one also comes in a non-maternity cut - the main difference is that the shirt is longer and wider around the waist - which for many is a more flattering cut anyway. It is also very soft against you skin and washable - something that once you are a mum things have to be.

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TOPSHOP MATERNITY JEANS - WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

As you are all well aware I am a fan of TOPSHOP and highly rate TOPSHOP's denim, so it was the first place I went for my maternity jeans. 

I believe that it is worth investing in maternity jeans early on in your pregnancy - they are so much more comfortable on your expanding waist, even with a small bump so why wait? Also compared to normal jeans they will have limited wear (although I have friends who still wear theirs for a Sunday roast). You will most probably be wearing them for a while once the baby has arrived too - so get some you love.

Another thing to know is that maternity jeans can either fit under or over your bump. It is personal preference as to which you prefer but some style legs work better than others.

The advantages of over the bump is that it keeps your belly warm and you don't suffer from 'mum bum' when you squat down. Also you can wear shorter tops without exposing your belly. If you are looking to get a looser fit leg or a non-stretch denim jean then I would opt for over the bump as they will tend to stay up better - no belts remember!

The advantages of under the bump are that they aren't so bulky under tops and to combat exposure or to allow you to wear a shorter top you can always wear a belly band or long vest top under your top top. Under the bump tend to work better for skinny, stretchy style jeans as the stretch in the denim will hold the jeans on your leg as supposed to having to rely on the waist band only.

Up until very recently there has been a distinct lack of interesting style maternity jeans - and most still tend to be skinny which is fine and often what you feel like wearing as they tend to balance out the ever expanding top half of your body, but still it is good to have a choice of styles.

Here are my top 4 and what you need to know: (FYI I am about 6 months pregnant in these photos)

STRAIGHT JEANS

These are very comfortable and I love the cropped length. They are normal non-stretch denim but i've found them to be good at retaining their shape. Because they are a loser fit it is an advantage for them to go over the bump as this stops them falling down.

Over The Bump Straight Jeans £42 / Knot Woven Mules £39 / Double Breasted Tartan Jacket £59 / Shelly Straw Basket Bag £26

JAMIE JEANS

Jamie Jeans are made from super-stretchy denim which is good because they hold their shape well. These fit under the bump which works well with a stretch denim as the jeans stay up and on. These are great every day jeans and would work well with both boots and trainers too.

Rich Jamie Jeans £40 / 'Amour' Slogan Jumper £29

BOYFRIEND DUNGAREES

I am a big fan of dungarees (bump or no bump) these Boyfriend ones are a loser fit and are very comfortable. The advantages to maternity dungarees are that they do not fall down and feel super comfortable on the tummy. I personally wouldn't style them with boots but would wear them with most flats and trainers.

Boyfriend Dungarees £49 / Point Polly Cat Eye Sunglasses £18

JONI JEANS

These are similar to the Jamie jeans but are even more stretchy denim. They fit over the bump so create a smooth waistline. I like the rips - very rock n' roll mum.

Super Rip Over The Bump Joni Jeans £42 / Attitude Soft Ballerina Pumps £29 / 'Voila' Embroidered Slogan T-Shirt £16 

This post was kindly sponsored by TOPSHOP. All thoughts, ideas, poses and ideas are entirely my own - clever me!

Photography by Jane Looker