Can it be done? A capsule wardrobe that will see you through the whole 40 weeks, from the ‘my jeans feel tight’ stage to the ‘I can’s see my toes…’
We take on the challenge to find the essentials that will work together to cover every scenario from the boardroom to the babymoon to the big day…
Underwear: we chose the Blooming Marvelous lace support bras (£28 for two from Mothercare) as our basics as they give rigid support, come in duo-packs (one black, one white) are wire free for comfort and have a chic lace trim.
If you’re a swimmer, the Seraphine multiway costume can be worn tied at the side or skirted, for a little more poolside modesty.
Basics: a cosy pair of lounge pull ons will double up as Winter PJs, Sunday Brunch wear, yoga class and for ‘I just can’t pull my own pants up’ days. Rosie for Autograph cashmere bottoms are divinely soft and the loose waistband with flattering bow will sit comfortably under your bump, despite not being designed as maternity wear.
Formal: Isabella Oliver’s wrap dresses have been an iconic choice for years, but we prefer the ruched bodycon style as it lasts longer into the pregnancy. The Balfour dress in black is your new LBD.
Outerwear: a cape or a coatigan is a good ‘all weather’ option. We love the range from Celtic and Co…
And if you’re looking for a smart maternity jacket try Dressing for Two’s classic drape blazer.
Jeans: if you’re a skinny jean lover then the Isabella Oliver Zadie ones are a good bet, or the stretch skinnies from Seraphine – both loved by celebs and with an ‘over the bump’ band. The current Boyfriend jean trend is a godsend for the pudding club though, check out JoJoMamanBebe straight legs as an option.
Shoes: Kate Middleton might have teetered on her Nine West nude heels at 8 months, but we’d suggest a great pair of boots as a more comfortable, multitasking option. These gorgeous fringed boots from Zara are sassy enough to make a statement, but the square heels are easy on the swollen ankles…
As a great pair of flats we love the Lulu Superglitz from calf-toning brand Fitflop.
Accessories: a pair of cosy socks is a must have and we love the rainbow of cashmere hues from Brora. A statement scarf doubles as a wrap and detracts from wobbly thighs and bingo wing arms – check out the playful festival scarves from Boden.