UNDONE Pregnancy Style

undone pregnancy style


If anyone knows how to maximise their wardrobe it’s mums to be. With their ever changing bodies and constantly adjusting to their new silhouette, pregnancy is the time when outfit options seem to shrink, and you need to get creative with your styling skills.

We ask three mums to be how they are dressing their bump and advice on maximising their wardrobe during pregnancy.

 

 jade pregnancy style

JADE COTTEE

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What are the pieces you’re wearing on repeat during pregnancy? 

During the first trimester I was all about summer dresses in a relaxed shape. I was showing quite early so my goal was to conceal the bump and draw attention away from my midsection. Anything with a column or A-line shape was ideal!

I’m now in the second trimester and reaching for dresses and skirts cut closer to the body in fabric that has a decent amount of stretch — ribbed knits and shirring are flattering with just the right amount of texture. I’m also loving silk slip skirts — the trick is to wear over the bump with either a simple cami tucked in, or a man-style tee and open jacket.

As the weather cools down I’ll be reaching for low-slung pants with an elastic waistband (Bassike makes a great pair) and oversized knits.


Has your pregnancy style changed 2nd time around?

Absolutely! With my son, I was working full time so my wardrobe had to be office-appropriate. I wore a lot of black, white, grey and navy. Now, I spend my days surrounded by sticky toddler fingers so wearing prints is essential — block colours don’t hide play dough stains!

Day-to-day my focus is comfort, but if I’m heading out without my son I really enjoy dressing up, heels and all.


Are you wearing your current wardrobe or are you buying maternity clothes, and if so what pieces did you feel you needed to add?

I don’t like traditional maternity clothes, simply because they all look the same and don’t leave much room for expressing individual style.

I haven’t had to buy much this pregnancy as over the past two years, I’ve had a very strict criteria for new purchases: Can I breastfeed in it? Could I wear this when pregnant? If the answer was no, I abandoned cart. I highly recommend this for anyone who plans to have a baby as it means you’ll have a decent wardrobe that will last, filled with quality pieces that you’d wear whether you’re pregnant or not.


Advice for new mums to be on organising their pregnancy wardrobe?

Try not to buy too much, you’d be surprised at how many non-maternity pieces work with a bump! Look for dresses without a waist, or pieces that nip in below the bust or can be altered as your belly grows (Kacey Devlin wrap dresses and tops are great for this).

Think beyond your pregnancy — the slim-fitting pieces that flatter third-trimester bellies are not going to make you feel great when you’ve just had your baby. You want comfortable pieces that provide easy access for breastfeeding — oversized linen and drill cotton shirts are perfect! I also love breezy dresses with a button-down front.

The one maternity item I do recommend is over-the-bump jeans. They’re comfortable and easy to wear after birth, too.
 

montarna pitt pregnancy style 

MONTARNA PITT


What are the pieces you’re wearing on repeat during pregnancy?

I’m now 15 weeks and have officially outgrown everything below the waist - jeans, trousers and skirts. So I’m living in exercise leggings, oversized shirts and blazers, and loose-fitting dresses while it’s still warm. 

Are you sticking to your same style during pregnancy, or do you think you're experimenting a bit more? 

I’d love to try and stick to my style, however as the weeks go on I’m realising that might be wishful thinking! My style is quite experimental anyway, I love playing around with different looks. So now I’ve accepted I can’t control the growth I’m excited to give different shapes and silhouettes a whirl. Pregnancy style is all about feeling like me and feeling good about myself.

Are you wearing your current wardrobe or are you buying maternity clothes, and if so what pieces do you feel you need to add? 

I’m still trying to hold onto my current wardrobe (a gal can dream) and any new pieces I’ve bought recently have just been in larger sizes. I know in the next month or so I’ll have to start delving into the maternity world."

Advice for new mums to be on organising their pregnancy wardrobe? 

I’m a serial outfit planner, but I’ve realised I can’t plan ahead now as I’m growing rapidly and in places I haven’t before! It’s hard to anticipate sizing and fit so I’ll be shopping more frequently to dress my bump for each stage.
 

 Talisa Sutton pregnancy style

TALISA SUTTON


What are the pieces you’re wearing on repeat during pregnancy? 

In the first trimester of my pregnancy I was able to still work my regular wardrobe, I just opted for looser styles to cover my mini bump until we were ready to share the good news.

In trimester two, I lived in stretchy ribbed dresses, silk midi skirts paired with button up shirts or camis, and loose, flowy cotton and silk dresses.

In trimester three, I have been lucky to still be able to wear some of those pieces that saw me through summer, in addition to smock dresses and my new personal favourite, black stretchy pants that work back well with a t-shirt or knit and light trench coat.

Are you sticking to your same style during pregnancy, or do you think you're experimenting a bit more?

I think pregnancy has pushed me to change things up. It definitely made me aware of how reliant I am on jeans, and as I didn't buy maternity jeans, I had to completely re-asses my style sans denim. I've enjoyed workshopping pieces I already had on had to adapt to the bump, and the biggest change for me has probably been embracing longer lengths, I now love midi and midi hemlines in both skirts and dresses.

Are you wearing your current wardrobe or are you buying maternity clothes, and if so what pieces did you feel you needed to add?

I lasted up until about 30 weeks with just my regular wardrobe, then I caved and bought 2 pieces specifically for pregnancy. The stretchy trousers were a game changer (I was really missing pants!) and I bought one black maternity dress that's just a really easy option to throw on and not have to think about. Everything else is just me pretty much me working the 5-10% of my wardrobe that stills fits!

Advice for new mums to be on organising their pregnancy wardrobe?

I sectioned off my wardrobe so I knew exactly where to look for pieces that still fit (it can change weekly!) and put a whole lot of styles that I still love, but weren't pregnancy-friendly into storage. I found rolling up my stretchy dresses, t-shirts and knits in drawers really helpful as I can see them all straight away, and I make sure to steam anything crushable after washing before I put it back in my wardrobe so it's ready to go.
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