Don’t get me wrong, I am no glamour-puss but there was the odd occasion when I ‘worked it’ pregnant! Yes, my skin wasn’t great, I was knackered and I usually looked pretty pastey (due to a fear of my old vice ‘fake tan’ causing damage to my unborn baby) but all in all, it is nice now looking back at old pictures, laughing at the awful ones and smiling at the not-so-awful ones! So what’s this blog about? It’s just my take on what I think worked, and what certainly did not work, with a baby in your tum!
WHAT DID WORK?
STRIPES. For some reason (although I’m sure other fashion gurus would advice against this) horizontal stripes seemed to work for me…and also Katie Piper who was snapped wearing the same dress! Yes, I was delighted. Striped top from Warehouse (non-maternity but stretchy!), Stripy dress as seen on me (and Katie Piper) from New Look and stripy boob-tube (under pink cardigan) and stripy hoodie also from New Look – they are clearly also into horizontal stripes!
FLOATY YET FITTED. I had be be careful in the floaty clothes department as there was a danger of looking like a circus tent. My Mum would have loved this as she hated anything too fitted over the bump. However, this is the 21st century and I believe that being pregnant and having a bump isn’t something that needs to be hidden away. My floaty yet fitted tops came from Monsoon and Topshop, neither are maternity wear, they just seemed to fit.
GLAM. I decided not to shy away from trying to be glam, even though I felt massive! I had a ball to attend and so I went on the hunt for a glamorous pregnant ball gown and I was delighted with what I found. Surprisingly enough this dress came from the Danielle Lloyd collection – which is not usually where I would shop, but this dress was amazing! Highly recommend. I also had a work night out 4 months pregnant and found an amazing gold lace dress from Apricot (again a horizontal stripe theme!).
…and a wee picture at the ball!
I think this is like a right of passage for pregnant ladies. Everyone needs to embrace the tacky ‘I’m pregnant’ t-shirt at some point right? (Or is it just me?!) Another classic, yet again from New Look who seem to have kitted me out during my whole pregnancy!
WHAT DIDN’T WORK??
This is tricky, as I have to remember that this is the internet and I don’t want to post a whole load of truly terrible photos. However, here are a few that made the cut…
FLOATY AND NOT FITTED
I already touched on this..it just didn’t work for me, nuf said.
Not sure why I thought this was a good idea, it’s just all boobs and bump!
Fun but not a great look. I know some people who had gorgeous bump painting done and they looked incredible. I was clearly in a mischievous mood!
WORK CLOTHES THAT ARE NOT MADE FOR BUMP
I was definitely in denial at his point, squeezing into clothes that didn’t really fit anymore and certainly, in my opinion, didn’t fit my new shape! Note to self..embrace pregnancy and bump!
In the end of the day it is all about how you feel in what you are wearing. Whether that be comfortable, glamorous or smart, or even just yourself in your new pregnancy body. Looking back at all these pictures makes me smile. I didn’t really appreciate what an amazing time it was (I felt rotten!) but remembering pregnancy and seeing my bump makes me proud…and a little broodie again – eek!