The Bump Edit

I am so happy to be able to share my exciting news with you, another little Wilson lady due March 2017. I wanted to say a massive thank you for everyones incredibly kind words and support, it really means a lot to me.

…And so with that the bump dressing begins. I thought I’d start by going over what I have been wearing the past six months, what I have had to change and how I’ve changed the way I buy clothes when I am shopping. A maternity wardrobe is a temporary wardrobe so you have to be smart about where you spend your money.

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My 5 top tips:

  1. Evaluate what you already have that can be manipulated to fit. Can you wear those draw-string trousers under the bump? And your favourite shirts open ‘cardigan’ style.
  2. Identify where the gaps are – maybe you live in jeans and you absolutely need a blue and black pair to see you through the next six months – or your favourite tops are just too short on the body now – you need a few longer vests to wear underneath them and they’ll be fine.
  3. Are there any dates and events you need to dress – Christmas parties – a wedding – nights out.
  4. Beg, borrow and steal (just from really good friends) – if you can share maternity wardrobes with a friend or sister then you’re laughing!
  5. Don’t forget loungewear – a good pair of PJs or a lounge pant are one investment I’d always recommend as you need all the relaxing and sleep you can get. Besides – you’ll likely wear these after the baby arrives for a few weeks.

What I have bought so far…

  1. The straight leg cropped jeans from H&M – I bought these in blue, cut the hems and loved them so much I bought another pair and dyed them black in my washing machine. They’re incredibly comfortable and such a good price. When I was pregnant with Vivienne I bought far more pricey J brand maternity jeans which I thought I would wear again this time but I’ve gone off my skinnies so needed an alternative without the price tag this time round.
  2. The breton top – Isabella Oliver – the ultimate maternity brand. Beautiful quality, perfect fits and ultimately incredibly comfortable which is exactly what you need when you’re pregnant. If you haven’t tried any of their pieces before I would urge you to asap. Their party dress collection is also perfect for this season!
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How I made changes to what I am buying…

  1. If there’s something I love which I think I will wear come April next year then I will try the size up.
  2. I am looking for elastic and drawstring waistbands – the red pleather Zara trousers in store now are perfect as are the incredible Me+Em sports luxe pants I have been wearing recently. The bigger you get just wear them lower on the hips – under the bump.
  3. This is where you will need some long length vest tops – H&M do the perfect length in a variety of colours. I have bought a nude and two in black which I wear daily underneath whatever I am wearing in case the bump pops out I know I am covered.
  4. Luckily oversized is everywhere now – coats, jackets, blazers, shirts – wear something fitted underneath so they don’t drown you and play with proportions keeping either top or bottom tight.
  5. If you want to buy new things enjoy building on your collection of scarfs, bags and jewellery as they’ll fit you no matter when or what. Shoes, accessories, makeup – nothing changes there so enjoy experimenting with the trends in these other ways.

The perfect maternity capsule wardrobe

If you don’t mind keeping your day-to-day wardrobe simple for a few months then create a capsule wardrobe and you’ll never have to fret over what to wear…

  1. White shirt
  2. Long-length vests in nude and white
  3. Blue jeans
  4. Leather leggings
  5. Oversized blazer
  6. Sports luxe tracksuit pants
  7. Breton top
  8. PJ’s
  9. Non-wired bras
  10. Gorgeous knickers that make you feel fab!

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3 Comments

  1. 6th December 2016 / 5:36 pm

    Great post. You look loverly lady! So fun to be doing this stage with you too. I’ll def check out those maternity jeans, I went for the slightly more expensive ones from H&M and cut the bottoms myself too, but the straight leg are the biz> xxx

  2. Colleen
    18th January 2017 / 2:50 pm

    I’m just 20 weeks now and things are starting to either get a bit tight or not fit at all. I’m looking forward to re-working my wardrobe around my bump but love this inspiration! Such a useful post, thank you!

    • The Editing Mother
      20th January 2017 / 11:20 am

      Thanks Colleen, its so hard when you don’t really want to spend too much either… glad I can help though xx

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