I hadn’t really intended to write any posts about dressing my pregnancy bump for two reasons – first that the internet is awash with advice, tips and recommendations on maternity attire and second that from the get-go, I had wanted to adjust or change as little as possible with regards to my wardrobe.  There’s no nice way of putting it .  Mainstream maternity wear by and large, sucks.  It can generally be summed up with horizontal stripes, faux kimono wrap constructions and copious amounts of cotton jersey (scroll through #Bumpfie on Instagram and your eyes adjust to that linear striped pattern).  In other words, clothes that I wasn’t prepared to spend actual money on.

But as my due date has been and gone (yes, I’m STILL pregnant) and I’ve weirdly adjusted to this bulbous formation that has been with me, more or less since August last year, I realised I had gathered up a personal arsenal of tactics that has enabled me to largely avoid the dull horizontal stripy jersey maternity hole.  Therefore here’s one last set of outfits in my largest, most rotund state, that pretty much sums up my mat wear approach.  I can’t say there’s any legit wisdom that other pregnant person can take away seeing I can only speak for my own changing curvilinear bod, but anyhow, here goes… the most specific and therefore least useful bump-dressing advice that has been ever been administered…

Enjoy!  Or not as the case may be…

– Layering need not be abandoned.  In fact the bigger I got, I think the more layers I put on just because once it was evident I was pregnant, nobody was going to really mistake three layers of skirts with two jumpers for a food baby.  When I wore a voluminous skirt with an extra puffy Coach shearling coat over it, I did get a male nurse at UCLH asking me, “Are you pregnant or is that just fashion?”  Chortling, I replied with, “It’s both!”

– There are obvious designers that aided me through the months.  Molly Goddard’s gatherings of tulle, smocking and elastic that got me through dressier occasions.  Simone Rocha’s generous proportions of beautiful fabrics, which “swaddled” my body, as it did hers when she was pregnant with her own precious daughter Valentine.  Sturdy outerwear from Coach to keep the final trimester months warm and cuddly.  Then there were less obvious culprits.  Thanks to Selfridges’ support of Fashion East designer Richard Malone, I overwore his use of ribbed jersey, asymmetric cuts and apron-esque constructions.  Vetements’ floral dresses – either in oversized bonded cotton or stretchy viscose – were also hugely useful.  Yes, wearing all that hype may have added extra weight but it would be churlish to fault the design or the roomy sizing…

– Wrap skirts that had several button settings or kilts that had different buckle distances can be worn when fastened “incorrectly” and worn over trousers, almost like a pelmet.  I had to look longingly at my rack of zippered skirts but wrap skirts were fortunately game.

– All hail the knitted trouser.  Ribbed knit trousers sort of became my equivalent of the legging.  Yanking and peeling off huggy sports leggings has become virtually impossible in the last two months without my partner helping me out but not so with the knitted trew that flops to the floor once waistband has been eased down .  Topshop and ASOS both did some great ones that were either made more interesting with a flare shape or cropped proportion.

– Speaking of elastic waistbands, not all are created equal alas.  The prize for the bestest of elastic waistbands goes to a pair of Comme by Comme des Garcons red velvet trousers, which festively doubled up as Santa Pants.  Plenty of give in the waistband despite it being a size SMALL and no painful digging in to the belly.  Topshop’s Lucas maternity jeans were the one exception to the no-mat-wear rule as the soft ribbed waistband also proved too comfy to forgo.  And leather trousers miraculously worked for most of my pregnancy thanks to J Brand’s cropped matte leather trews that came with a very forgiving elasticated waistband.

– It goes without saying that roomy dropped waist flapper dresses and bias cut slip dresses were also my salvation.  Except I’ve stretched a few of them out at the belly.  Bias cut pieces in particular seemed to skim over the bump most pleasingly.  Therefore browsing on eBay/Etsy/Kerry Taylor and on Camden Passage and Alfie’s in London was still viable.

– My love of flatforms was sustained all the way through pregnancy, with ankle straps and buckles tied at their largest size to allow for any swelling.  The key is weight of the shoe, illustrated by these Coach resort ones where the creeper sole is surprisingly light, with the added benefit of being about to have a bit of bounce in the step when the time comes to get the baby head down.  Fortunately my feet didn’t swell up so most of my flat shoes and trainers were by and large still wearable.

– Jumpers and sweaters have not in fact been ruined by their stretching over a bump.  I’ve come to be quite fond of the way they ride up at the front revealing a slither of bump to the world in all its stretch marked glory.  But just in case of the odd uncomfortable stare from sniggering teenagers on the bus, like I said before, there’s the layering thing with long shirts and tunics that can go underneath the riding up knitwear.

– I’m thanking the statement jackets and outerwear that I could still fling on if I did end up defaulting to shambolic lasagne-stained t-shirts underneath.  The zanier the coat or jacket, the better it made me feel in fact.  Volume!  Colours!  Print!  Embellishment!  Looking like an overly decorated sausage roll was precisely what I was going for.

– Oh, and lest there are any holier-than-thou zenned out mothers or mothers-to-be, thinking that I dedicated far too much thought to what I wore during what is supposed to be this beautiful and magical time, to ponder the miracle of life that is growing inside of me, time sloooooowed to a snail’s pace.  Every minute became more pronounced and elongated, even more so when I did eventually begin to wind down work-wise.   All the better to devote time towards sifting through dropped waist flapper dresses and experimentally yanking elasticated waistbands up and down my body…

Wearing Coach four pocket leather jacket, Coach cut out creepers and Coach patchwork Rogue with Richard Malone top from Selfridges, 2ndDay patent skirt and ASOS flared trousers

 

Wearing Coach Wild Beast cropped coat, Coach Car sweater, Coach haircalf cut out creepers and Coach Rocket Rogue with Prada sheer dress and Topshop knitted trousers

Wearing Coach Western Moto jacket, Coach car sweater, Coach patchwork Rogue and Coach cut out creepers with Vetements floral dress and Paskal sheer skirt

Wearing Coach car sweater and Coach haircalf cut out creepers with Ryan Lo blanket coat, Comme by Comme des Garcons velvet trousers and Low Classic shirt

Comments (35)

  1. Damn girl, you are rocking those looks! Btw I went to 40+1 with #3, and in that last month I think the only thoughts I had about what to wear was “would my belly tear this wide open?” and “will all my tears show on and/or ruin this fabric?”. *gives points to self for using homonyms*

    Adriana
    http://www.adrianathani.com

    P.S: I need those creepers.

  2. Beckie says:

    These looks are so cute. I love how quirky they are.

    Beckie || The Pale Tails

  3. alberte says:

    Loving this so much, snorted from laughing at the stripey, jersey, maternity hole. 🙂

  4. L L says:

    Hi Susie,

    You look great, great pregnancy style. Enjoyed your tips and post. Happy delivery when little one arrives. Cheers! Bisous

  5. sophie says:

    Best pregnant style ever <3

    xoxo, Sophie

  6. Linda B says:

    You have totally rocked your style through this pregnancy and that is perfect! I would so dress like this if I had the chance to be pregnant again or also just any time I had the chance.

    My first child was born 11 days past the due date. I still say that was the longest 11 days of my life, nearly 32 years later. Good luck with getting through this last bit, and the birth. Joy is close at hand.

  7. Yvonne says:

    Brilliant – loving all these awesome pregnancy outfits!

    Yvonne
    http://www.funkyforty.com

  8. Ellie says:

    Wow that looks so great and it’s so colorful!;)<3

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  9. nonsenseonstilettos says:

    Happy New Year, Susie, and don’t worry too much about being past your due date – I emerged three weeks past mine, 32 years ago, and I was just fine!

    I love that your pregnancy style is the same as your regular style but modified to accommodate a bump.

  10. Asterienne says:

    Damn, I really love that giraffe/ocelot/whatever print jacket… you look so edgy and yet so sweet on this <3 We wish you all the best!

  11. Chester says:

    Nice outfits for pregnancy, good photos. I Enjoyed the article and your tips. Thanks

  12. Annemiek den Hollander says:

    Such cute pregnancy outfits! You certainly know how to dress cool while pregnant and how to own maternity style!

  13. As always you nailed the look 🙂

  14. Jessica says:

    😍😍😍

  15. Kris says:

    You look absolutely stunning in these photos 😀

  16. Golap Sha says:

    Stunning looks.

  17. Rhonda Grice says:

    I loved, loved, loved all the cute poses and the baby bump. They were fun and whimsical which I like. My favorite thing of all is the red and black shoes that buckle around the ankle. Thanks for sharing this with all of us. This is my first time here (found through another website) and I’ll will certainly be back again. 🙂

  18. oh wow i wish i could look as stylish as you during my pregnancy in the future!
    xoxo
    style frontier

  19. Magda says:

    Love all these looks, you look great!

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  20. Marry says:

    I’d love to have that courage while I was pregnant

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  22. Jandrew says:

    This is a great post ! Love the light shone on designs for pregnancy . Great opportunities!
    Good luck
    Thanks Jandrew
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  23. So Creactive !! I love your style

  24. Boo Hoo says:

    Great looks, thanks for the inspiration!

  25. Sara says:

    Oh my god!
    Pretty and unique designs.
    I just loved the shoes.
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  26. Hollyflower says:

    Susanna! That Blue floral digital print dress looks great. 🙂

  27. Hollyflower says:

    Great printed dresses. Keep up the good work coming! 🙂

  28. Kharal Alex says:

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  29. Kay says:

    Beautiful dresses! We would love to have more of this in our studio!

  30. Chris says:

    Beautiful pregnancy style! Looks great

  31. Jess says:

    Wow, you are so inspirational! Love every single look! Especially the rich blue leather jacket worn atop light blue sweater with floral blue pleated dress. Every single outfit is so funky and fun! Love it!

    xo, Jess|https://styledebates.com/

  32. If you have any more pregnancy outfits in the archive, you should post them! You’re right, there’s a ton of maternity style on the internet, but most of it sucks. I’m seven months now, and it’s hard to find any inspiration that’s unique at all. (Pregnancy is also illustrating to me how much my previous style revolved around have and a waist: something simple + something unusual.. but with the waist emphasized! Can’t do that trope now…)

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