Joseph Paint Print ‘Pattina’ Dress (sizes 36-42)
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Once I’d got over the shock of being told I was expecting twins (to this day, it still remains the single biggest shock of my entire life, but that’s a whole other story…), one of my first thoughts was: what will I wear?? I was quite lucky as my bump wasn’t actually that huge (surprisingly!), and I didn’t gain much weight in other areas (I think it was some kind of trade-off for the twins shock), so ‘dressing my twin bump’ wasn’t as tricky as it could have been. Plus, the twins were born at just 31 weeks, so I never got to that ‘home run’ when you tend to pile on the most weight. Anyway, bearing all that in mind, I still had to make adjustments to the way I dressed, and I was a full-time Fashion Editor at Glamour magazine at the time, so shapeless tracksuits were never going to be an option. My body changed in ways that I wasn’t necessarily expecting, but I didn’t want to have a sudden style bypass just because I was pregnant. My pregnancy was during the Winter months, which I do think is easier as you can cover up more of the bits that are proving to be more of a challenge to dress. I didn’t buy many actual maternity things, as I didn’t feel it was necessary (plus my pregnancy was at the height of all things ‘smocky’, which was a huge bonus, as I already had quite a few appropriate pieces), and I didn’t want to spend a ton of money on things that I almost certainly wouldn’t want to wear again (after the first few post-baby months anyway, and after that you literally want to incinerate everything anyway!). So I bought a couple of pairs of maternity jeans; a couple of cute, cool dresses (from Marc by Marc Jacobs and Topshop Maternity); some leggings (I know – don’t judge – they are really useful – I wore mine with slouchy mens’ cashmere jumpers/plaid shirts and biker boots towards the end of my pregnancy, and they were a godsend); a couple of pairs of maternity jeans (there is no getting around the jeans things after a few months, you have to give in to a maternity pair); a few longer vests/tees to layer under things as your bump expands and shortens all your normal tops with it; and one great dress for weddings/parties etc. (mine was Prada and non-maternity, but things have progressed a lot in maternity clothes since then). The men’s department proved to be an amazing resource for me, and I used to hit Gap and H&M on a regular basis for a quick fix (I had one particular mink coloured cashmere v-neck from Gap mens’ that I practically wore out…). I think it’s really important to still feel like ‘you’ and not loose your identity whilst you’re pregnant. There’s enough changes to deal with without having to change your ‘look’ as well. And don’t overlook things with layering potential, such as sleeveless dresses, which ordinarily might not feel covered enough. So here is an edit of my favourite pieces for dressing your bump and being cool (with the odd hot flush), chic and comfortable at the same time. And many things that you will happily still want to wear for months after your baby’s born.
So I’m starting with this gorgeous Joseph paint print dress (above). You need to treat yourself to/invest in one great dress that will make you feel fab, and can be worn dressed up or down. This one is super-cool, feminine; will look great with or without black opaques; heels or flats; with or without a skinny long sleeved marl grey knit layered under or a boyfriend style cashmere cardigan worn over it. One of my Marc dresses was quite similar to this, and it proved to be one of the most versatile pieces in my wardrobe. One website that I particularly love is Hatch. They do a gorgeous, clever collection of bump-friendly wardrobe essentials that are super-stylish, super-cool and that we can love “before, during and after pregnancy”. Genius. It was actually really hard to narrow down my favourite pieces, so you should definitely take a look at their website, but here are my selects: this cream shirt; these ’night out’ leggings; these silk dungarees; and this beautiful silk long dress. I also love these Topshop Maternity dark vintage Baxter maternity jeans; this Whistles knitted dress; this Zara mens linen long sleeved t-shirt; these ASOS maternity scalloped shorts; this Topshop Maternity denim shirtdress; this H&M mens’ denim shirt; this H&M mens’ checked shirt; this Cos long striped shirt-dress (so versatile – can be worn as dress with flat sandals in the Summer, over cool leather leggings, or layered under a shorter length sweater); this Topshop Maternity black swimsuit; this Mango embroidered dress (great for holiday); these Gap maternity skinny khakis; this Cabbages & Roses navy sweater (which I know I have posted previously, but it would be perfect when you’re pregnant); these J.Crew maternity toothpick black jeans; this Anthropologie ruffled top; these ASOS Maternity distressed skinny jeans; this Gap mens’ cashmere Breton (now half price); this Seraphine grey maxi dress; this White Company asymmetric jersey dress; these J Brand ‘Hewson’ maternity skinny jeans (if you fancy a splurge); this ASOS maternity t-shirt dress; this Gap maternity baseball tee; this ASOS Maternity t-shirt dress (cool with a skater shoe); these Koka Mama wet look leggings; this Zara tunic top; and finally this Isabella Oliver wrap maternity tee (grey) for those last few months when you may feel in need of a bit more support for your bump (as recommended by my good friend Nicky).
ps: it isn’t maternity, but I LOVE this super-cute Anthropologie printed swimsuit, and had to share. It’s definitely on my holiday shopping list. And this one is a really flattering, post-baby option, or if you’re more curvy. I love the retro feel.
pps: check out my interview with Alex and Alexa about why I started Mama Spree.
ppps: I am not pregnant.