Eight Rules for Pregnancy Dressing

Just because you have a bun in the oven doesn’t mean you have to lose your style…

A burgeoning bump doesn’t mean you’re forced to spend the next nine months in the sartorial wilderness. Pregnancy dressing can be tricky, yes, but there are ways to look stylish even as your belly expands. Take a leaf out of my book and follow my 8 rules of pregnancy dressing…

1. Embrace the Shape

Figure hugging dresses may seem like you’re drawing attention to the one thing you’re trying to hide – but somehow it works. While it may showcase the size of your bump, it will also work to make the rest of your body look smaller.

From left to right: Lonely Cup DressGlassons Bodycon Midi Dress, Bassike Boxy T-shirt dress.

2. Stick with your style

Just because you’re pregnant and gaining weight doesn’t mean you have to completely recreate your entire wardrobe. Aside from your pants most oversized shirts, dresses and roomy coats may all still fit. Only invest in items you really can’t do without like a good pair of maternity jeans. Otherwise find cheaper high street purchases to get you through the next few months.

3. Colour Blocking

Red, Green, Navy – you name it – you can do it. Pick a colour and match your top to your bottom. The effect will give a seamless, uninterrupted outfit which will elongate your body. You’ll look pretty stylish too.

From right to left: Zara scalloped culottes and matching singlet, Zara knit pencil skirt and matching jumper, Zara rustic ribbed trouser and matching top.

4. Show off your assets

Your breasts will likely grow with your pregnancy so instead of covering up, it’s time to show a little cleavage. Make sure you get professionally fitted for bras as your old ones will most likely be a little on the firm side.

5. Invest in an on-trend coat

 A coat that covers your hips, thighs and bottom will be incredibly flattering. Team with jeans and a floaty shirt and you’ll be amazed at how well your bump can be hidden.

From left to right: Topshop double breasted trench coat, Country Road longline check coat, Zara wool coat.

6. Legs Eleven

While maxi-dresses are a popular maternity style, don’t be afraid to show off your legs with an above-the-knee tunic dress.  Keep in mind though, if you’re wearing ones you had before you got pregnant they will likely be even shorter as the bump will cause them to rise up a little!

7. That’s a Wrap

A Diane Von Furstenberg-esque wrap dress is a good investment piece as it will grow with your shape meaning you can wear it right through your pregnancy. It’s also a great piece to have in your wardrobe once you’re breastfeeding.

From left to right: Lonely Seiko Wrap Dress, Bec and Bridge Sun Valley Dress, Zara Shirt dress. 

8: Embellish

One thing that won’t change during your pregnancy is your ability to wear accessories. The simple addition of some ornate earrings or a chunky necklace can transform you’re outfit from simple, to standout. Plus you’ll definitely be able to wear any new jewellery purchases post baby (although give them a few months and they’ll be dangling off your earrings!)

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Sarah Murray

SARAH MURRAY IS A JOURNALIST AND A MUM WHO FOUNDED DAY DOT ON MATERNITY LEAVE WITH HER SON RAFFERTY. IT WAS DURING THIS TIME SHE REALISED THAT ALTHOUGH SHE WAS A MUM AND WAS SUDDENLY INTERESTED IN SLEEP SCHEDULES AND MUSLIN WRAPS, SHE ALSO STILL WANTED TO KEEP UP-TO-DATE WITH THE LATEST TRENDS. THUS, DAY DOT WAS BORN IN A BID TO INSPIRE AND CONNECT WITH OTHER MODERN MUMS AROUND THE WORLD THROUGH FASHION, BEAUTY, LIFESTYLE AND, OF COURSE, BABIES.

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