HOW TO STAY STYLISH WITH A BUMP

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SHIRT – ZARA (Similar – ASOS) / COAT – ASOS / BOOTS – DANIEL FOOTWEAR (Similar – Missguided) / BAG – CHLOE / SUNNIES – CELINE


My ‘normal’ clothes would no longer fit me after my first trimester, I mean, I have juggled my wardrobe to the extreme during pregnancy so that I can still wear some of my normal clothes but when it came to jeans or anything that was size 8 from the boobs down, I felt like it was time for me to turn to the unfamiliar world of ‘maternity wear’.

I have never known or been around many pregnant women and so I hadn’t really heard of or realised how utterly atrocious maternity wear is.

It is just abysmal…It says…’I give up’.

‘I now turn my complete sense of personal style over to the dark & miserable fashion underworld.’

You get the idea.

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S H O P  T H E  L O O K

This is just my take on the majority of it obviously – Some women might love whats on offer – but for me, trying to not completely lose the part of myself which I have so much fun channelling through my daily outfits became a major challenge.

There are some shops which stock a few items which aren’t terrible, i.e Topshop – their elasticated maternity jeans saved me during the second trimester (now though in my third, I find they they simply fall down too easily) and ASOS stock some items which you can still feel somewhat good about yourself in but for the most part – over the nine months i’ve had to teach myself some new tricks for shopping for and dressing a bump.

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The easiest way of course is to just wear skin-tight dresses for months on end, which can get tiresome, but it can look much more flattering sometimes – your arms and upper half are hugged in and slim-lined while your bump is protruding & is somewhat ‘celebrated’ – it’s also a great way of nabbing a seat on the train if you don’t have a bump badge.

I would wear tight dresses sometimes but I am by no means a girl who feels comfortable in tight clothes, it just doesn’t feel like me. 

Also I am here to remind you that just because you’re not wearing tight clothes 24/7 it doesn’t mean in any way that you aren’t proud of your new bump – some women just prefer to feel like themselves while pregnant, which can be difficult in other ways anyway…let alone just within the clothes you choose to put on for the day!

What I tend to look out for on the high street and what I have felt the most comfortable in are:

Shirt-Dresses

Jumper Dresses

Off the shoulder flowy tops

smock/swing dresses

thick maternity leggings

Oversized tee’s

Wrap dresses

Maxi dresses

& Stretchy Jumpsuits

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People might not always realise you are pregnant in some of these pieces but at least it might be able to give you that extra bit of self-confidence when you step out of the house.

There have been countless mornings where I have opened my wardrobe, stood there for a good 10 minutes and just felt miserable.

I wanted to wear clothes that I felt good in! I didn’t want to wear some disgusting floral print midi dress which I felt like I was obliged to wear….and I didn’t!

i’ve pretty much given maternity wear the middle finger for the most part and I wanted to write this post to say that you can do the same too if you want to.

 

S H O P  N O N – M A T E R N I T Y  W E A R

shirt-dresses

jumper-dresses

off-shoulder tops

jumpsuits

Sammi x

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  • Your outfits are always on point Sam, it’s so nice to see your outfits throughout the pregnancy

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  • Lesego

    Hi samm…. I also hate maternity clothes and being big… not going to lie I feel ugly AF but I buy stuff in bigger sizes, your look books have helped so much

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  • Mel

    It’s even less fun to find stylish nursing clothes that are flattering on a postpartum body! We’re trying for number two and I already love seeing what you come up with. ?

  • Cute style! Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  • Leo

    Ok you’re the best! ?? Totally agree with everything you said. Pregant women can Wear whatever the hell they want to and it doesnt have to be overly floral or just plain frumpy. Love you and your incredible sense of style! Keep doing what you do!
    With love from Portugal

  • Nicola

    Your pregnancy journey has been eye opening and refreshing – it’s reassuring to see that it isn’t always cupcakes and rainbows, especially for younger women and you don’t have to cave into the ‘miserable’ options! Perhaps through Novel & Knight you can explore maternity wear 🙂

  • Anonymous

    I love this! I’m currently 18+3 weeks and I’ve found it to be quite a struggle and got both sad and upset when I could no longer fit the majority of my pre pregnancy clothes.
    I do have a question for you, and hopefully you can help.. Do you find that it’s easy to wear normal winter jackets/coats with your bump? As in, can you close it, or does it have to stay open because of the bump? I ask because I live in Perth, Australia, and going home to Denmark in December and need a warm jacket or coat to wear, but because it’s nearly summer in Perth, I can’t find any winter jackets/coats to try on and I don’t like the maternity jackets I’ve seen online….

  • Prints And Roses

    perfect! love the coat and the boots!

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  • Love this look! And the background is perfect! How I miss London’s streets!
    xx

    The Black Blush

  • You look so beautiful!

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  • Sarah

    Ha! I couldn’t agree more about the lack of ‘style’ maternity wear offers to pregnant women. Like you I’ve totally had to reconfigure my wardrobe with a mix of non maternity and the few maternity pieces I’ve found that are ‘ok throw on’s’ as it were! Shirts dresses and long knit dresses have saved me over the colder weeks and i’m excited to dress the bump in winter layers although like you say people may not realise your pregnant in chunky knits etc and it’s amazing the difference in peoples attitudes towards you when they can’t see that baby bump! Wouldn’t it be nice if people held that level of respect for non pregnant women as well as pregnant women! Always love your posts and vids. xxxx

  • Lyzmarie Fernandez

    You look so great Sam! I adore your taste in fashion and you look lovely as always. 😀

    http://www.parfumdemarie.com

  • Monika
  • Great classic look Sam. I love a tailored coat.

  • Nzinga Akinola

    Love this post. I’m 30 weeks pregnant and I’m a fussy shopper at the best of times so found maternity shopping almost impossible. I also found mixing maternity bottoms and non-maternity tops the best combination for me. Since you announced your pregnancy I have kept a close eye on how you have styled your bump and you’ve inspired me to not feel obliged to exaggerate my bump. Just because it’s not on show doesn’t mean I’m ashamed of it and being a 21yr old unplanned mum to be that’s how a lot of people expect me to feel.

    Thank you Sammi for sharing your journey x

  • Great post and tips, Sammi! I feel like if I’m ever pregnant, I would totally avoid maternity clothes as well and try to be creative with my wardrobe x

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  • LifeOfPaige

    Love your style and also love how honest and open you’ve been throughout your pregnancy, its been nice to know not everyone or every pregnancy is thee same of easy.

    lifeofpaigel.blogspot.com

  • Anonymous

    You’re such a cool girl and I love your style – pregnant or not! If I search for inspiration your blog is always a place I’ll come to 🙂

    xx Tanja

    https://astudentsclosetwordpresscom.wordpress.com/

  • you rocked that bump, really loved this shirt dress look. so excited for your little family xx

  • I really like the dress with the gorgeos bag!:) – Ellen

  • Josefine Cook

    Sam, you should launch your line of stylish maternity wear!!!!!!

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