Pregnant and stylish

No need to say how over the moon you are as soon as you discover you are expecting. Joy, excitement, fear. But soon, la question se pose. What am I going to wear with all this extra weight?

To your surprise, you’ll quickly discover that there’s not much choice for maternity wear. Plus, you feel sick, sometimes down, tired … So the last thing on earth you want is to look like an elephant. Pas de panique, here are some tips to be stylish while you are preparing to welcome baby. The key is to find some clothes that are at the same time comfortable, elegant, of good quality but also not too expensive.

  1. Leggings are an essential part of your maternity wardrobe. No need to run to JoJo Maman  Bébé and pay something like £20 for such a basic. Head to shops like Primark and buy some pairs a size up (£3 each and you won’t feel guilty to recycle them at the end of your pregnancy). It will do the job with a nice top or a tunic. Dress them up with a pair of boots if you don’t want to look too casual at work or just enjoy with comfy pumps at home (or slippers if you don’t want to bother!).
  1. Specialised shops such as Mothercare or Jojo Maman Bébé are good for classic pieces such as bras, stripy tops and nice cotton dresses (especially if you want to breastfeed when baby arrives). However, the style can be quickly boring. I like strips, but trop c’est trop!
  1. Next step for you is then to invest in very good quality pieces that will last you forever and make you feel gorgeous. Isabella Oliver is definitely the best. I know what you’re going to say, ‘a bit expensive for me.’ On average £100 an item, it’s becoming more than an investment. Go on Ebay for some aubaines. I found some brand new dresses up to 70% off full

Les bonnes affaires du net: I bought this striped dress for only £35! Stylish, smart and comfortable.

Their rushed dress is a must have as well. I can’t tell you how many compliments I had while wearing it. Choose the colour that best suits you.

The secret to get it as a top price is to check daily new listings on Ebay. And don’t forget charity shops. Some people are not scared to spend a lot of money for something they wear only once or twice. I found a T-shirt from Isabella Oliver that I only paid £6. I was wearing it all the time and it still looks immaculate.

  1. Mamalicious is also a brand I loved wearing. Not too expensive (but here again, look on Ebay! I bought some brand new dresses for less than £10). They have feminine dresses and nice stuff for special occasions like weddings.
  1. You may be surprised that I talk a lot about websites. Unfortunately, many shops only offer maternity clothes sur le net! If New Look or Next are amongst your favourite shops, don’t bother heading off to your local branch in hope to find la perle rare. You won’t find anything. Check their website instead. Some other shops like Asos offer you free delivery and return. I personally hate shopping online as I want to see what it looks like on me before taking the plunge, but I had a go at shopping with Asos and I easily returned some dresses.
  1. And what about your favourite shops that don’t offer maternity clothes? La solution: still check their stock, as some stretch cotton clothes may as well do the job. I bought this floral inspiration dress in the Oasis sales (I love this shop!) for £10 and I was wearing it every single week, literally.DSC_0037[1]
  1. Accessorize your outfits. Some days, you will feel Bof, so go and treat yourself. A pair of nice earrings or a necklace for £10 and you will feel better. Or get a new bag, preferably of a light colour, as a lot of maternity clothes are often quite plain. It will give an edge to your ensemble. Plus, the good thing about it? It doesn’t make you feel fat. No rush or disappointment at the fitting room either. Always good pour le moral.
  1. N’oubliez pas les chaussures! A good pair of pumps will be great. Make sure you choose some solid ones with strong soles. TK Maxx is a great place. You have good brands such as Dune, Clarks and others for an affordable price.
  1. Treat yourself as well with a new body cream. Whatever your budget is, it will make you feel incredible and fresh straight away. And paint your nails. It’s an easy way to feel fabulous. But if you feel a bit naughty, you can even have them done at the salon.
  1. Pour finir, the top item depending on the season. En hiver, buy a cape, instead of a maternity coat. Some of them are so expensive and you will only wear it for 6 months maximum. En été, get a collection of maxi-dresses. They are still the trend this year and elegant. Wear it with a nice pair of sandals or wedges, depending on your mood or the state of your feet! Go for safe colours like black, dark blue or grey, but buy colourful patterns if you feel more confident.

Psst, look around you. Surely, you have some friends, neighbours, family members or colleagues that have been there before you and would be more than happy to pass on some clothes they don’t use anymore. The same tip works when you have a baby. People gave me so many beautiful clothes for Baba, I could only keep some of it. Seriously, if it continues, he will have more clothes than Maman!

I hope these tips will be useful. Please comment if there is something else that made you feel fabuleuse while you were expecting.

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  1. Mama, my kid doesn't poop rainbows
    June 7, 2016 / 1:25 am

    Some good tips- thanks for sharing. Iot all my maternity gear at HnM- there was basically no other options for a 6 foot tall lady in Thailand. It was all good stuff though and actually was one of my most successful shopping trips ever. Very heavy on the horizontal stripes though- you’re right.

    • thefrenchiemummy
      June 7, 2016 / 7:19 am

      Exactly. I was actually quite shocked to see how little the choice was in a city like London. I hate shopping online. Thanks for commenting.

  2. June 8, 2016 / 4:25 pm

    J’aime les vetements. Mais n’utiliser pas Ebay. Merci pour partager avec #fartglitter

  3. June 9, 2016 / 11:57 am

    I bought a “bump band” from TopShop, which meant I could continue to wear my usual tshirts while my tummy expanded below, without it getting a chill. I also recommend their Baxter jeans range, which expand as you do also. Great post. xx #stayclassy

  4. Lou & Abby
    June 12, 2016 / 7:31 pm

    Love your little tips and it always seemed to me there was one or two items you buy maternity wise that are fabulous and worn all the time, and some that just don’t work. The cream and nail polish always a good pick me up except when u can’t reach your toes near the end!

  5. laughing mum
    June 13, 2016 / 5:11 pm

    really good ideas here! I would never of thought of these.. but I was far too relaxed in my appearance when I was pregnant, much to the husbands dismay lol… leggings are a must (pregnant or not haha) I would have liked some tips like this when I was last pregnant (over a decade ago!) and maybe I might have tried harder 😉 nice post! #justanotherlinky

  6. June 13, 2016 / 8:03 pm

    There’s no doubt that a stylish bump can make the world of difference between a day long bout of morning sickness and making you feel human! It’s difficult when your budget is low and you’re only wearing them for a limited time too. #AnythingGoes

  7. Something Crunchy Mummy
    June 16, 2016 / 1:53 pm

    Great tips – finding your maternity style is so hard as your not in the clothes for long. Thanks for linking up to #justanotherlinky xx

  8. June 17, 2016 / 12:23 pm

    Wonderful tips. I love the idea of pregnant women being stylish too. Pregnancy shouldn’t mean feeling bad in your own skin, and pregnant women could be both stylish and comfortable. 🙂 #AnythingGoes

  9. June 17, 2016 / 5:58 pm

    Oh my! This is excellent advice! I wish I read this when I was pregnant, I bought some very expensive clothes at Mothercare and barely wore them. Leggings were my savour. I’ve never heard of Mamalicious but am going to check it out! The best purchase I made while pregnant were black maternity jeans, I wore them almost every day. I realised towards the end of my pregnancy that I could just buy big t-shirts (yet in fashion) at H&M instead of spending money on expensive clothes at Mothercare. Thanks for the advice and sharing with #StayClassyMama!

    • thefrenchiemummy
      June 17, 2016 / 6:30 pm

      Lucky to be able to wear jeans. I had to find another solution as a teacher. Overall, I would say that I loved buy maternity clothes. I am a shopaholic so I liked the challenge ?

  10. dearbearandbeany
    July 22, 2016 / 6:47 am

    I definitely agree with getting some good accessories, these can make such a difference to your maternity clothes. I got my best buys from New Look, Top Shop and Asos. x #TheList

  11. Katy - Hot Pink Wellingtons
    July 22, 2016 / 7:54 am

    I always find it bizarre that for a time when you are completely unfamiliar with your body, you’re expected to only shop online! Isabella Oliver is beautiful – I loved Seraphine too – similarly expensive, but I’m hoping to be able to rewear lots of my dresses second time around as they wore so well (and wore them for nursing dresses too, so got loads of wear out of them!) ASOS was a great find for cheaper stuff too! #TheList

  12. My Petit Canard
    July 22, 2016 / 10:39 am

    Great ideas! Dressing for pregnancy is so tricky, especially towards the end when you are feeling so large and not much fits unless you have invested in some good maternity pieces. I definitely did some of these things, my only regret was not investing in maternity pieces right from the start of my pregnancy to get the full value and use of them, especially when they are so expensive! Emily #TheList

  13. July 22, 2016 / 2:41 pm

    Love this !! I had my 2nd baby only 10 months ago and still struggled to find stylish outfits. I wore a lot of non-maternity clothes just in a bigger size and add lots of accessories to detract from my huge bump & bum

  14. July 22, 2016 / 6:44 pm

    You are so right about the stripes! All maternity tops are plain or stripey..i have manged to find a few nice pieces though. I have just been buying clothes in a bit of a bigger size or I’ve just been stretching out my old stuff haha. I just don’t want to spend loads of money on clothes I’m not going to wear for long.xx #thelist

  15. July 24, 2016 / 6:32 am

    Great tips! I have two dresses that were bought pre pregnancy that I can still wear. The great thing about being pregnant in summer is that it’s pretty easy to feel glam in long flowy dresses! I’ve been feeling pretty glam these last couple of weeks although a bit sweaty! Also why don’t stores stock maternity wear? I remember spending ages when I was pregnant with my first, wandering around a massive M&S looking for their maternity wear, only to discover that they only sold online. I mean, wtf?! #TheList

  16. July 26, 2016 / 2:58 pm

    My mummy invested in some Isabella Oliver dresses and a swing coat which she still wears today. Beautiful clothes and well worth the money #TheList

    • thefrenchiemummy
      July 26, 2016 / 6:12 pm

      Totally agree. I love this brand so much. I was a bit worried about being pregnant as I love my fashion and this brand made me love it x

  17. Silly Mummy
    July 29, 2016 / 1:25 am

    Good tips! I made zero effort! In my defence, I had HG through most of pregnancy & didn’t care what I looked like! On the plus side, I was therefore very small & could adapt my own clothes, so at least looking rubbish didn’t cost me much! #thelist

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