Don’t get us wrong, purchasing at least a few key maternity pieces will be unavoidable, particularly in the third trimester. But for budget conscious mums or those who yearn for something more than the default pregnancy style, it is possible to populate your wardrobe with non-maternity clothes for much of your pregnancy. Skirts and trousers aside (burgeoning bumps are just not going to fit), flowy silhouettes, stretchy fabrics and some strategically placed accessories will get you a long way (and definitely in to your fourth trimester, which is great news). There are definitely high street shops that are not your friend (Topshop, we are looking at you) so here’s our pick of some of the best destinations for the very best non-maternity clothes!
Good old M&S is going from strength to strength these days with plenty of gorgeous style basics for mums of all shapes and sizes. And happily, this includes expectant mums too. This is the home of midi and maxi dresses in stretchy fabrics or generous silhouettes that will give your bump a bit of space to grow. Avoid non-maternity minis – the hemline will go northwards as your bump expands! M&S is also great for oversized knits, particularly cosy, longline cardigans and coatigans.
Penneys is at the very forefront of affordable but disposable fashion – perfect when you are trying to inject a bit of bang-on-trend style in to your wardrobe for a few short months. Particularly when it comes to your outerwear. Think boyfriend blazers in pops of vibrant colour, oversized Crombie coats and roomy, drawstring rain jackets.
Cos excels in oversized androgyny where form and functionality wins out over whimsical detailing any day of the week. This simple minimalist style is perfect for expectant mums looking for some quality pieces that will survive long past the fourth trimester. Again, you are unlikely to get past your 14th week in their trousers, skirts and anything with an awkward dropped waist or in a very structured fabric. Instead opt for one of their gathered and draped dresses, voluminous shirts and blouses, or loose, textured knits.
We have fallen in love with this quirky Spanish brand for their oversized silhouettes and bold geometric print dresses so definitely check those out. But the real gems for expectant mums here are in the accessories section, where all manner of over-the-top and eye-catching bags, shoes and jewellery will transform the most basic of essentials in to an outfit with real wow factor. Think little black dress, statement necklace and you are ready to go.
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