5 TIPS FOR BUILDING A VERSATILE MATERNITY WARDROBE
The importance of building a maternity wardrobe that is comfortable and versatile cannot be overstated. You are heading into one of the most exciting, exhausting, weird and unfortunately - I’m just gonna say it - uncomfortable times in your life. Your body is working overtime to grow a beautiful new little human, everyone is telling you you’re “glowing” so let’s get you feeling that glow head to toe.
Getting dressed on a good day can be a pain but having to create a whole new wardrobe isn’t something you’re going to want to spend a whole bunch of time doing so, here are some tips to get you started:
Yeah that’s right. Basic is good! Basic is practical and basic does not mean boring. Think of basics as your “Base Layer” that can be built upon.
A solid white, grey, black (or a fun colour if you’re more adventurous) tee or tank can be worn alone, layered with a colourful cardigan or sheer blouse, paired with tights, jeans or skirts. In the same vein a solid coloured or neutral coloured bottom can be worn and layered with prints or statement pieces on top. It’s about creating a balance that gives you style options.
Click here for some examples.
THINK ABOUT THE LONG - AND SHORT - GAME
When are you likely to start showing? What will the weather be like during those months? Do you need any special event items and how many times do you foresee yourself wearing them? Can you incorporate these items with other items you own or are they something that really only work well with one or two other pieces of clothing? How many children would you like to have? Will the style of each piece last through the trends or are you okay with replacing some pieces down the road?
You really want to focus on pieces that can be mixed and matched easily with other elements of your wardrobe because the length and amount of time you spend wearing each item is dependent on so many factors.
INVEST IN QUALITY OR CONSIDER BUYING IN QUANTITY
Have you ever noticed how sometimes the most simple piece of clothing a brand offers is much more expensive than similar items elsewhere? There’s a reason for that. Retailer A is aware that that little black dress that doesn’t go out of style is worth more to you than the same dress covered in hearts or birds or palm trees made by Retailer B. Sometimes, a quality, well constructed, well cut garment that can be worn 20 different ways is worth its weight in gold. So, if the budget allows consider splurging on a pair of well made tights, jeans or a even a beautiful jumpsuit. It may save you money in the end. Otherwise, consider doubling up on items that may wear out or wear thin before the end of your pregnancy.
PAIR WITH PATTERN & TEXTURE
If you like to have a little something going on; stripes can be very versatile, polka dots are timeless and houndstooth is classic. Or, go for it by layering on a fun print like some neon stripes. More bohemian? Try some paisley, crochet or fringe. Casual Queen? There’s a plaid for that, my friend. When you have an easy go-to base layer, looking put together can be as easy incorporating a print into your outfit.
Also, remember that just because something is a neutral shade doesn’t mean it has to be dull. A chunky knit, an interesting texture or unique fabric can add style to an outfit without going over the top.
Mama, if there’s one thing I want you to take away from this it’s that you do not need to feel frumpy or lose your own personal style in the process of building a wardrobe. There are so many options out there today that were non-existent in your Grandma’s (heck even your Mom’s) day. If you’re online shopping try filtering by colour, catergory or item to avoid being overwhelmed by too much choice. Don’t be afraid to be edgy, or bare your belly or wrap yourself in sweatsuits for days. It’s what you feel comfortable in and there’s no right or wrong “look” now that you’re expecting.
SUGGESTIONS FOR STAPLES
-Maternity bras that match your skin tone
(If you like underwire then go for that, a comfy, light support or maternity sports bra is great to have as well)
-A pair of dark wash, black jeans or khakis
-A pair of black tights
-White, grey, beige, black or neutral/solid coloured tanks and tees
-White, grey, beige, black or neutral/solid coloured long sleeve shirts
-A black pencil skirt
-A solid neutral coloured/shade cardigan
-A white or blue collared shirt
-A simple knit v-neck sweater
-A black or neutral coloured tank dress, tunic or shift dress