During my last pregnancy I worked up to 36 weeks so my essentials were a decent pair of work trousers and a few roomy shirts & blouses that would grow with me. This, combined with a pair of jeans and a few casual tops saw me right through the pregnancy.
This time around I have not been in an office type work place so my maternity wear needs were slightly different. But I still didn’t want to spend a fortune on clothes that would only be worn for a few months. Below are a few of my maternity best buys and essentials this time around.
A couple of decent pairs of jeans have been truly essential. Having ‘popped’ out much earlier in this pregnancy I have been wearing maternity jeans since 12 weeks pregnant. I have good and bad pairs. My favourite pair(s) by far have been ASOS Elgin Overbump Skinny Jeans. I have these in both blue & black & have pretty much lived in these. They fit well, have good bump coverage and the waistband on the jeans provides support under the bump. This is particularly important now that my belly is very large and feels like it needs all the supportive help it can get! These jeans are the very reasonable price of £30, which I think is good value considering that I have worn them constantly for 6 months!
Long black tops have been another wardrobe staple. The best range of longline tops I have found has been at H&M (non maternity). I prefer normal styles over maternity as they seem to snug and support a bump better. All it takes then is a nice colourful cardigan to brighten up an outfit. Top tip: Size up in tight tops for that extra coverage as your bump grows.
I have attended both a wedding and a ball whilst quite pregnant and I didn’t want to spend a fortune on dresses that would never get worn again. For both occasions I have chosen simple dresses by New Look (at ASOS) which could be dressed up with accessories. Both dresses have cost less than £20.
This red wrap style dress is knee length and was ideal to wear to a wedding.
And on the occasion of the Ball the black jersey maxi was ideal.
There are many beautiful ‘designer’ maternity pieces out there but I have struggled to justify the price of them based on a cost per wear basis. Dressing a bump on a budget is perfectly do-able and the high street has some excellent & affordable choices.