Jul 25, 2017 | By Carlene Thomas Bailey
Sep 09, 2016
If this weren’t my second time around being pregnant, the idea of ‘maternity style’ would conjure up nightmarish visions of moo-moos and matronly tent dresses. But now that I’ve been down that road before, and a couple of years have passed, the options are endless for dressing a bump at all price points. New brands have emerged that cater specifically to the before-during-after pregnancy. In addition to that, clothing silhouettes have evolved in recent seasons so that bump-friendly loosened up styles have become available at non-maternity fashion brands.
While my first pregnancy consisted of oversized Zara sweaters and ultra-stretchy J brand maternity jeans in the dead of winter, this time an early Fall due date allowed me to spend the majority of my pregnancy in airy breathable pieces that were perfect for hot city days. Although I may work in the fashion industry, the last thing I wanted to do was spend my paychecks on designer clothing that I would wear temporarily. As it was, my pregnancies happened in two totally different seasons and I basically had to start my maternity wardrobe from scratch this time around.
One of my favourite new brands out there is Hatch. They are all about creating pieces for a growing bump that also will work in the early days after giving birth. A new post-baby bod is one of the most CONFUSING things to dress, because you are left with more of a “lump” than a bump, and your body is still not your own. The brand’s easy silhouettes are fashionable yet comfortable and more importantly, flattering.
I also wore their Chloe jumper the entire summer, dressed up and down to wedding rehearsal dinners, engagement parties, and a photo shoot.
Hatch is definitely for the “investment” pieces you will wear throughout your pregnancy, as the prices are not cheap. But for some amazing simple pieces at reasonable prices, non-maternity brands like Zara and Urban Outfitters provided fantastic non-waisted dresses and jumpsuits that I lived in all summer.
**The off-the-shoulder look exposes the collar bone and just made me feel a little bit sexy (which is hard to do with a giant belly!)
**This jumpsuit was the most comfortable thing on earth and looked great worn alone or layered with tanks and tee’s. It also looked nice with both flats and heels, so you can dress up or down.
For Footwear– I wore my Nike Flyknits the ENTIRE summer. They are super stretchy and accommodated my continually swelling feet.
And for months 8 & 9– Rihanna x Puma saved me. Fancy pool slides. ‘nough said. Judge away. They are amazing.
As someone who works in fashion but is also a maternity consumer, it’s encouraging to see brands are providing more options for women to navigate pregnancy in style, and more importantly, they understand that comfort is key.
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