Disclaimer: I believe if women want to spend their entire pregnancy wearing sweatpants, dungarees or a boiler suit that’s their prerogative …
There’s far too much attention given to what women look like. I’ve become even more conscious of this since finding out we’re having a girl. When the media describe a woman as ‘getting it wrong’ or ‘getting it right’, chances are they’re talking about the cut of her jeans or showing too much side boob, and not her thoughts on the global economy or the nature of existentialism. This obsession is a massive shame – it detracts from the joy of wearing outfits you love and which make you feel good.
Media BS aside, I often think your external choices reveal a lot about your internal frame of mind. Take my Grandma. At 90-something I marvel at how she continues to look immaculate, and consider this part and parcel of her strong nature, pride and resilience.
When you’re pregnant, you’re forced to make regular wardrobe choices and changes thanks to the unprecedented speed and size of your physical change. My waist went missing weeks ago. Of course you can opt to hide comfortably in sweatpants (aka trackie bottoms to us Brits) for nine months. Or, some days you might decide that you and your bump are beautiful, a blooming miracle, and worth some extra styling.
Now, if the majority of maternity clothing manufacturers could stop making products that are boring, ugly and designed to make pregnant women look matronly that would make the task that bit easier.
Pregnancy Look Book
Below are my personal favourite pregnancy styles.
1. Maxi Skirts
A seasonally versatile marriage of style and comfort.
2. Full-length Dress
Cousin of the maxi skirt, with the potential of added glamour.
3. Nautical Stripes
You are, after all, the Captain of the bump.
4. Harem / Hammer / Loose-fitting pants
They’re comfy and, in some cases, don’t look like a giant nappy.
Last, but by no means least. There are days you just need them.
What’s your pregnancy style – comfort or fashion? And do you also find certain media’s running commentary on pregnant women’s outfits strange?