Practical tips on buying maternity clothes

Gone are the days when pregnant ladies were forced to wear oversized and misshapen clothes – as maternity fashion is now big business. It represents a change in attitudes towards pregnancy, with many ladies now working right up to their due date and wanting to keep their stylish, professional look while they do so.

There is now a huge range of options for fashion-conscious expectant mums from retailers such as Vertbaudet, and the likes of star stylist Gok Wan are keen to make it clear that pregnant women can still enjoy their clothes.

So if you’re expecting and want to know how to combine style and support for your growing bump, we have a few tips for you:

Take your time

While it’s great to be prepared, there is no need to rush out and buy maternity clothes as soon as you become pregnant – you’re not likely to see much change in your body shape for the first three months. It’s only natural to start eyeing up new clothes though, so start thinking about materials and styles which you are happy to wear loose-fitting but will also feel good when pressed against your skin – you are going to grow into these garments!

14-20 weeks

While your bump will not be very pronounced at this stage, you will start becoming very aware of your tummy, so look for trousers and skirts with elasticated waistbands and lightweight, long-sleeved tops with a bit of elastene in them to let them stretch. As for dresses, an A-line with a belt will allow you to enjoy your figure as you start to grow.

20-30 weeks

With a large bump to carry around, support becomes an important issue. Tops with a gathered neckline will flow over your bump and hide the thick, supportive belly band on your stretchy trousers. Empire-line dresses will flatter your shape, but if you want some extra support don’t be afraid of using a belt below your bump – it will also help break up large blocks of colour. Patterns and motifs will also break up those blocks, but try to avoid stripes as you get bigger! Layering with cosy cardigans will also help you manage those difficult hot-cold moments.


30-40 weeks

Wrap tops are a great stylish option for late pregnancy, providing comfortable support for your tummy, while a tunic dress will draw attention away from your bump while giving the option to layer in colder weather. Loose hanging tops are a must for those days when you simply don’t feel like dressing up but still want to look good while feeling comfortable. Whatever garments you choose, subtle detailing, motifs and features such as ties and bows will draw the eye.


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