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THE NINE RULES OF EXPECTANT DRESSING

THE NINE RULES OF EXPECTANT DRESSING

Master the art of flawless maternity style with our essential guide

1. Embrace colour

Make a dramatic impression in a statement hue. Whether you choose primary brights or pretty pastel shades stick to just one striking piece and team it with neutral tones for effortless elegance.

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2. Be bold with accessories

At a time when your body is changing month by-month, shoes, bags and jewels offer an easy way to tap into new-season trends. Whatever your trimester, the right finishing touches can take a look from simple to standout.

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3. Invest in luxurious underpinnings

Well-fitting lingerie is a necessity during pregnancy and the foundation of a perfect maternity look. Update your top drawer with supportive styles that are as chic as they are comfortable from our exclusive edit.

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4. Get graphic with print

Eye-catching patterns will lend a playful feel to your maternity wardrobe. A growing shape means you can carry off maximalist motifs – think wide stripes, tile prints or bold animal designs – just be sure to keep accessories understated.

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5. Play with proportion

 

Don’t be afraid to go oversize – an A-line silhouette is universally flattering and perfect for expectant dressing. It’s all about balance. Team voluminous tunics and dresses with slim-line trousers or bare legs and the highest heels you can wear.

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6. Cover up in style

 

Every woman needs a few cool cover-ups in their wardrobe. This is particularly true during pregnancy. Worn open, a biker jacket, cape or blazer can work with myriad outfits and will therefore be on high rotation in your line-up of maternity looks.

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7. Know it's all in the details

 

Look for details that turn non-maternity styles into bump-friendly pieces. An elastic waist transforms polished trousers and pencil skirts into clothing that is made for expecting while dresses and jeans cut from stretch fabric will accommodate growing curves.

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8. Dress down in denim

Denim is an essential element of any pregnancy wardrobe. Maternity jeans are a style saviour for when your regular styles won’t stretch over the bump (they are also addictively comfortable.) Loose-fit dungarees, oversized denim shirts and frayed A-line shifts are also made for expecting and will lend instant cool to your pregnancy look.

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From a loose-fit jersey dress to a button-front shirt, basics are ideal for layering under a statement piece or worn alone for timeless maternity style. Just seek out cuts in a long length and oversized fit that work with a bump.

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Words by Amanda Woodward-Brown

Photography by Eva K Salvi

Images courtesy of Laura Fantacci and Leias Fez

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