Top tips for summer maternity dressing
The priorities for a summer maternity wardrobe are no different from those before your pregnancy; the key is choosing easy to wear pieces that don’t sacrifice on style. If finding styles that are simultaneously practical, comfortable and stylish seems like a tall order, then our top tips may make the search a little easier.
Layers are the secret to comfort during a summer pregnancy when your body temperature is likely to fluctuate more than usual. Choose natural fibres and draping styles to stay cool, even if we experience an elusive summer heatwave. Cropped leggings with dresses or long tunics create comfortable looks that are great for everyday wear and if you choose classic stripes and pumps, they’re a chic classic choice too. Just add a cardigan or scarf that can be removed for the warmer hours of the day.
Avoid swamping your frame by choosing stretch styles in soft jersey that don’t dig in. Instead, go for something like this wrap dress. Remember: it’s the comfortable pieces that you’ll want to wear again and again. The beauty of simple jersey styles is that they can be mix and matched with shoes and accessories for a variety of looks. Choose a chunky necklace for maximum impact with pared down dress. Before you make a purchase think about which items it will coordinate with. Investing in fewer pieces that wash and wear well will allow you to create a capsule wardrobe that can be endlessly rotated and updated.
Black is classic and slimming, but there’s no reason to be afraid of colour, especially during the summer. Choose coordinating tonal shades and brighten things up with pops of brighter hues. But that’s not to say you can’t treat yourself to something gorgeous for a special occasion. This beautiful boho dress is designed with warm summer days in mind, so it’s ideal for a birthday or daytime party.
Jeans are a staple in any wardrobe, but lighter styles are better for the summer months. These cropped white jeans have added elastane for a comfortable stretch fit. Alternatively, choose brightly coloured trousers that can still be mix and matched; turquoise is great with classic shades of navy, white or grey. These Jennifer Skinny Trousers just need a crisp white shirt and candy coloured jewellery.
Staying cool and comfortable in the office may prove your biggest challenge, especially if you have a commute to contend with. Team smart trousers or a skirt with a structured short sleeved top, or layer a non-maternity structured jacket with a maternity dress if your office has a more formal policy. This chic dress will take you from the office to an evening out with only a change of accessories.
If you’re worried about your budget then look for styles which double up as nursing tops - they may have buttons at the shoulder or stretchy necklines - as you’ll get even more wear out of these. You won’t need everything at once, but it is a good idea to have a bra fitting early on, as underwiring can affect your developing milk ducts. And don’t forget your feet, you may need to go up a size or width.
Buy what you need throughout your pregnancy, rather than everything at once; you’re more likely to pick items you’ll wear again and again. Cherry pick a few tops that can be dressed up our down for weekday and weekend wear. Remember: jewellery, scarves and cardigans will see you through your pregnancy and beyond, so you can mix and match the old with the new.