When I was pregnant, it felt like an insurmountable task to find pregnancy clothes that were both stylish and not exhorbitantly expensive in Australia. We all recognise the fact that we’re only pregnant for nine months and that we don’t really want to go spending oodles of money on clothes that we can’t wear afterwards.
However, maternity clothing has improved vastly over the last few years and there is now no need to compromise your style, no matter how unique it is when you are pregnant. Thanks to jersey fabrics especially, many maternity styles can be worn both during and after pregnancy. They allow clothes to stretch to accommodate a big beautiful bump and then return to shape so that you can wear them while breastfeeding or for even longer.
Other styles such as this chic, best-selling shirt dress has a belt that can be worn under the bump while pregnant and then around the waist post-maternity. It’s subtle A-line shape allows room for your bump whilst ensuring that it doesn’t look like maternity wear when you’re no longer pregnant. Something else to consider to make your pregnancy dollars go further besides it’s long-term wearability is whether you can breastfeed from your piece of maternity clothing. Breastfeeding clothing is often the same cost as pregnancy clothes so the last thing you want is to be doubling up on your wardrobe costs again. The Eve of Eden nursing range is designed to be worn during pregnancy and nursing post-pregnancy. It’s really worth keeping in mind as you can often be wearing nursing wear longer than you would your maternity wear!
Top tips for finding these clothes:
1) Find fitted or semi-fitted jersey clothing- T-shirt dresses are a great, stylish & casual option. Clothes which have a 5% or more amount of spandex are ideal
2) Shirt dresses often have the ideal cut that doesn’t especially look like maternity wear
3) Jeans with cleverly disguised side panels don’t look like Maternity jeans and are often ideal when you are in the middle of getting back to your pre-pregnancy shape
4) Check if the piece of maternity clothing has easy breastfeeding access e.g. press studs or an overlap under the bust
5) Loose flowing dresses such as this one look cute and stylish whether you’re pregnant, nursing or neither!