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.
My 5 top tips:
- 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.
- 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.
- Are there any dates and events you need to dress – Christmas parties – a wedding – nights out.
- Beg, borrow and steal (just from really good friends) – if you can share maternity wardrobes with a friend or sister then you’re laughing!
- 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…
- 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.
- 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!
How I made changes to what I am buying…
- If there’s something I love which I think I will wear come April next year then I will try the size up.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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…
- White shirt
- Long-length vests in nude and white
- Blue jeans
- Leather leggings
- Oversized blazer
- Sports luxe tracksuit pants
- Breton top
- Non-wired bras
- Gorgeous knickers that make you feel fab!