Maternity wardrobe shopping
During pregnancy you may worry about your personal style and feel uncomfortable about your body shape. Pregnancy fashion today is different to when you were in your own mother's belly - these days, maternity wardrobes borrow more from regular fashion than they do from kaftans and tracksuit pants. And the best part is that, with careful planning during early pregnancy, updating your maternity wardrobe doesn't have to cost a fortune (unless you want it to!).
Tips for maternity wear budget-buying
- Instead of buying designer maternity wear, shop at your favourite bargain stores and buy clothes that are a little bigger than you usually wear. Depending on the style, this could get you through the middle months without the expense of real maternity clothes.
- In the early stages of your pregnancy, unbuttoning your favourite jeans and wearing a longer top can work. Look out for the elasticated inserts that go in the top of your undone jeans holding both sides together.
- Depending on the style, try wearing dresses as tops
- Wear long singlets underneath shorter tops to give a favourite non-maternity outfit a longer life.
- For casual days, wear a pretty sarong as a dress or top in summer.
- Don't be afraid to ask your friends for their old maternity clothes. So many women buy maternity clothes that get worn just a few times before they are banished to the back of the wardrobe and never seen again. If you have friends who already have children, ask them if they have any maternity clothes they no longer need. It's a good way to pick up a couple of items you can use to freshen up your own maternity wardrobe. When you're done, why not pass the items on to a charity bin? (But check your friend doesn't want them back!)
Favourite maternity fashion:
- Anything stretchy
- Tunic tops
- Wrap skirts
- Wrap around tops and cardigans
- Tube skirts
Avoiding clothing with buttons and zips can ensure your clothes will stretch around your growing belly. Have a close look - you might be surprised at how many items in your wardrobe don't have zips or buttons.
Back to basics
Invest in a the maternity basics and work the pieces into your existing wardrobe favourites to give you a great maternity look, while making use of old favourites. Black maternity pants, maternity denim jeans or a simple black skirt with a waistband that allows room to grow, are three great pieces to begin with.
Layers can work well. Try cardigans or wrap tops over tight-fitting affordable singlets, or buttoned shirts left open over singlets or stretchy t-shirts.
So what if your maternity wardrobe is small? Clever use of accessories, including necklaces, earrings, scarves, brooches, flowers, belts, etc., can jazz up an outfit in a fresh, fun way.
Best foot forward
If you are a heels girl, try trading them - just temporarily! - for comfortable trainers, ballet flats, boots (in winter) or thongs/sandals (in summer). Remember, in the later months of pregnancy especially, your shoe size may increase slightly. Be sure to fit your shoes properly, rather than just automatically sticking to the size you have always been.
If you have been slack about shopping for a properly fitted bra, pregnancy is a great time to break that bad habit. Your breasts are changing and will continueto do so; having a correctly fitted bra is important for the supportive comfort and good health of your breasts. If you are exercising, be sure to wear a cotton maternity sports bra that offers a good fit and correct support while still letting your skin breathe. Over-heating can be dangerous for your developing baby.
This article was written by Claire Halliday for Kidspot.
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