Vertical stripes are a key trend for SS16, which is great news if, like me, you’re looking for flattering prints to compliment your bump. This shirt from Gant is a great wardrobe staple that will see me through the next few months and still be wearable afterwards.
Jacket – River Island, Shirt – Gant, Jeans – ASOS Maternity, Bag – Kate Spade
It’s from their new Rugger collection, which is full of versatile but luxe basics like jeans, polo shirts and jumpers that you can mix and match. While they’re on the pricey side (the PJ stripe shirt I’m wearing is £165) they are incredibly well-made – this one is made with 100% silk and the tailoring is fabulous. There’s certainly something to be said for buying fewer but better quality items.
I wore it with jeans here on a recent shopping trip to Clifton Village, but it would work equally well with a little pencil skirt or some cropped trousers for work. I’m usually a size 8 but I got this in a size 10 to give me (and the bump) a little more breathing space, and also so that I could wear it undone with a vest underneath for a more casual look.
I’ve decided that I don’t want to buy too many items during pregnancy because, while it is tempting, I won’t be wearing them for very long. At the moment I’m trying to be a lot more focused with my shopping to find a few key on trend pieces like this that can be worn with multiple outfits. I’m trying to create a kind of maternity capsule wardrobe – you can read more about this in my previous post, the Maternity Fashion Guide.
Maternity fashion doesn’t have to mean smock tops and dungarees if you don’t want it to; invest in a few key basics and you can still be on trend and feel like ‘you’.
Disclosure: This post was created in collaboration with Gant.
This hat from Bristol boutique Fox & Feather has a bit of a 1970s vibe, but I’ve mixed it with a Breton stripe and jeans for a casual work-friendly look.
The 1970s look is back for Autumn/Winter but if you don’t feel like going the whole hog with your outfit, little details like this hat can offer a subtle nod when styled with your old wardrobe staples. You might recognise this hat from my Christmas haul post – my mother-in-law picked it out and I’m so glad she did because I’ve gotten a lot of wear out of it so far.
These pics might look like a London street, but in fact they were taken in Bristol’s Queen Square as part of a blogger collab with my pal Emily from Mermaid Gossip.
Outfit details: Hat – Fox & Feather; jacket – ASOS; top – H&M’ jeans – River Island
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It used to be the place you went for ‘quality’ bras and pants, or the shop aunt Mildred bought your Christmas jumper from (and then passed it off as her own handiwork), but in recent years M&S has shaken off its old timer image, recruited some hot new spokesmodels (hello Dannii Minogue and Lisa Snowdon!) and jumped on the fashion express to fab town.
We adore this cute summery ensemble of denim hotpants (£35), an eeney weeney polka dot bikini (£9.50) and clashing stripy print bag (£39.50) – just perfect for lounging about in the sun or an impromptu trip to the lido. What’s more, it’s still reasonably priced enough for mum to approve!
It’s still a bit chilly outside but we’re fed up of wearing tights…what’s a girl to do? We’re opting for knee high socks this season thanks to Henry Holland, whose models stomped out in stripy hold ups this week. It’s the perfect cover up while we’re waiting for the sun to peek through. We like them with over the knee skirts, chunky knits, and frock coats. How do you wear yours?
Falke stripe, £10, House of Fraser
Joules Felicity socks, £10, John Lewis
Ribbon and lace, £3.50, Matalan
Black lurex stripe, £5, Red Herring