12 Top Tips for a Pregnant Women’s WardrobeBy Angela Marshall, 30th Jan 2013
Women’s attitude towards pregnancy varies at work; some like to show their bump and talk about the baby, whilst others prefer to keep it personal and avoid showing their pregnancy as much as possible. Dressing for work when pregnant can be difficult. Last week I talked about “How to Look Professional at Work When Pregnant.” This week I am giving tips for your wardrobe and style.
12 Top Tips:
- Be Yourself – still show your wardrobe personality with your hair, make-up and accessories and enjoy the experience. Choose tops that are reflective of your wardrobe personality – floaty and romantic, plain and simple or more fashionable and trendy.
- Ensure you keep up your routines and habits e.g. putting make-up on, neat hair, clean shoes. This will help you to feel good about yourself, plus help you to maintain the habit after the baby is born, and continue to help you to feel good about yourself.
- Decide bump over or under – whether you want your trousers or skirts over or under your bump. Some people find it more comfortable over whilst others prefer under. Whichever way you decide to wear your trousers or skirts make sure that your bump is always covered at work. It is unprofessional to have your bump showing at work, especially if you prefer under your bump.
- Accessories – add accessories for interest and colour. Fashionable jewellery, matching coloured tights or scarves add colour and fashion whilst pashminas are great as you can drape them over your bump and distract the attention if you so wish. Shoes – wear comfortable shoes and certainly towards the end of your pregnancy avoid very high heels. Consider comfortable flats that support your feet especially if they swell, or if you must wear heels then thicker heels or wedges are best.
- Formal or smart events – select plain fabrics in jersey or a stretchy fabric, so that you feel comfortable and the items can grow with you. For example: Wide stretch jersey black trousers with a floral top or colourful silk cami with a jacket. Scarves in silk, wool or cashmere will dress a simple outfit up.
- Consider Charity Shops or borrowing from friends and family – EBay, the NCT have sales or you can get offers on several maternity wear websites. Friends or family may offer items after having children themselves.
- Mix & Match your clothes and add colour – try different tops with your trousers and skirts, add a cardigan or jacket in different colours to a plain dress.
- Buy quality fitted tops untucked and 3/4 lengths are ideal under blouses, cardigans or jackets.
- Suits – if you normally wear suits then purchasing a good quality maternity suit is worth while at the beginning of your pregnancy so that you can get maximum wear out of it. Alternatively, at least wear a blazer or jacket in a neutral colour that goes with your trousers or skirts.
- Lingerie – the correct underwear is always an important part of your outfit and even more so when pregnant. Invest in the key basics right at the beginning of your pregnancy. Bras – buy a sturdy maternity bra with extra padding to keep you comfortable and avoid under-wired bras, as they can interfere with developing milk ducts. Pants – soft natural fabric is the best as it is fully breathable. Try underwear with invisible seams to avoid extra bulk especially with jersey fabrics that shows your shape.
- Fabrics & Styles– Natural fibres are the most comfortable such as cotton/linen, cashmere/wool as it’s breathable and cool, plus viscose which is made from tree bark and is also cool and easy to wash. Empire-waist styles are flattering since they have a high waistline, and show off your curves. Clothes that will stretch are great as they will accommodate your expanding figure.
- Invest in a few quality items, that’ll wash, wear and last, and avoid buying all your clothes at once, but buy every few weeks as you change and grow in size. This will ensure your clothes fit you and you will feel more comfortable all through your pregnancy. Buy items especially designed for pregnancy – avoid clothes too tight, this includes nightwear, lingerie and underwear and purchase items designed for pregnancy as you get bigger, especially in your third trimester.
Winter – if you are pregnant in the winter wear your usual coat, but as soon as your bump gets bigger wear it open; do not stretch it if you want to wear it again after pregnancy. Alternatively, purchase a maternity coat, it doesn’t need to be an expensive one as you will not want it the following season. Consider having some fun with it, try a new colour, as you will only be wearing it for one season!
Picture credits: www.klmmaternitywear.co.uk Karen Wright has some great items to purchase what ever your style.