Maternity fashion has come a long way. Gone are the days of wearing oversized clothes which make you look frumpish and hide your belly. These days it’s perfectly acceptable for a women to show off her body and growing belly all through her pregnancy.
While you might get away without maternity clothes during the first few months of your pregnancy you’ll soon become too uncomfortable in normal clothes and appreciate the soft, stretchy fabric of maternity wear. "My number one piece of advice is to buy some basic pieces early on" (mamamia.com.au).
The important thing to do is get yourself some comfortable and fashionable maternity clothes. However, with so much maternity clothing available these days how does one choose which items to buy?
We’ll we’ve saved you the hassle, by reviewing all the major blog articles on the web in relation to “essential maternity clothes” and summarized them here in the remainder of this article. The following table shows the main categories of maternity wear and who mentioned them as an essential item.
Invest in these seven key maternity wear items, and you'll have the perfect outfit for any occasion:
And the winner of the most popular maternity clothing item as judged by maternity bloggers is………maternity jeans. WHAT? I hear you say, aren’t jeans stiff and tight? Nowadays Jeans are made in all sorts of fabrics, some of which are very soft.
You’re probably also wondering do I need a specific jeans from a maternity clothing store or can I just wear normal jeans in a larger size. Well the real benefit of pregnancy jeans is that you can still wear something that still looks fitted given this type of maternity clothing comes with an expandable waistband.
Here's what others had to say:
Under the bump maternity jeans have a wide, elastic waistband that is made to sit below your belly. They tend to work well in the early stages of pregnancy, particularly when you won’t want things touching your stomach when you are feeling nauseous. Over the bump pregnancy jeans generally work better in the later stages of pregnancy, or if you’ve had a c-section when the low band on below the bump starts to put too much pressure on your lower stomach. Over the bump maternity jeans are pulled up high over your belly which allows the pants to stay up and in place, no matter how big your belly is. The panel is soft and comfortable, and doesn’t dig in anywhere.
Fitted Jeans, Bootcut Jeans, Skinny Leg - with so many styles how do you choose? Maternity jeans are just like pre-pregnancy jeans in that each brand fits a little differently. So if you like a skinny leg in pre-pregnancy then buy maternity jeans with a skinny leg. Ultimately, the key is finding a great jean that looks and feels great on you.
No surprises that maternity leggings maternity leggings rank highly as essential maternity wear.
|Maternity leggings are neither pants nor tracksuit pants but somewhere in between and super comfy. They can also be super stylish maternity wear if matched up with a maternity tunic, maternity shirt and boots.
Tunics are good option when considering a maternity top. Tunics tend to be longer than a maternity shirt and slightly shorter than a knee-length maternity dress.
A good, well cut maternity tunic will show off all the right curves while hiding everything else, because they are fitted across the shoulders and arms, while its length will cover your expanding hips, belly and bottom.
Maternity T-Shirts are a great stable to have in your wardrobe, whether you’re pregnant or not. T-shirts come in a array of shapes, patterns and colours but we recommend going for a v-neck style which will make breastfeeding more easy.
Make sure there's a bit of stretch in the material so it'll grow with you and even better if its shirred and side-ruched. Others said:
Maxi-dresses have been a consistent maternity fashion item since the 1970’s. The great thing about them is that they’re comfortable, versatile, while still being flattering.
No wardrobe of maternity wear is complete with at least one cardigan.
Cardigans are the quickest way to turn an average maternity t-shirt into something special and they’re so easy to pull on and off as necessary.
They’re versatile, comfortable, cozy, and compared to other types of maternity knitwear, the inclusion of front buttoning make cardigans the perfect clothing for breastfeeding.
Maternity dresses are clearly the most popular items found in maternity clothing stores and the Little Black Dress consistently features as a must have maternity dress item.
They say a little black dress is a woman’s best friend and with the choices available in black maternity dresses these days there’s no reason to stop wearing one just because you’re pregnant.
Check out our Whisper Dress shown in this image from our maternity dresses collection.
Here's what others had to say about the Little Black Dress:
Our sizes correspond to your pre-pregnancy size and because our stylish maternity clothes are produced from stretchy fabrics, they will grow with you from the beginning of your pregnancy until after your baby is born.However, please note that European sizing is slightly different from the Australian sizing. We recommend you measure the largest circumference of your bust when ordering tops and dresses and the widest part of your hips (just below the belly) for pants and skirts.
If you are between sizes or expecting twins please go up a size.
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