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Pregnancy Capsule Wardrobe

Here is a quick low-down on the essential items that you need for a pregnancy capsule wardrobe.
Your body shape obviously changes a great deal when you are pregnant. Other than your tummy growing, you may gain additional weight in areas that you are not used to, or you might retain water around your face or ankles (or everywhere!) so need some additional rules to follow when dressing. Below is a capsule wardrobe that should take you through the months of pregnancy and also some general tips to take note of.
Capsule Wardrobe
  • Casual Trousers / Jeans
Under the bump styles seem to be better in early pregnancy, whereas you may prefer over the bump styles for comfort once your bump is large enough to keep them up. A couple of pairs of casual trousers of jeans should be enough to see you through.
  • Skirt in a Neutral Colour
Particularly if you are pregnant in the summer, an A line skirt to balance our your bump will be a good addition to your wardrobe. Choose a plain style because it will coordinate with more items and you can add detail with tops and accessories.
  • Smarter Trousers in a Neutral Colour
Bootcut styles are more flattering as they will balance out your wider top half. Choose a style that will be suitable for work but also formal occasions. Again, choose a plainer style that will go with plenty of items in your wardrobe to save money.
  • Empire Line Tops
An empire line is the most flattering style for a pregnany woman. Empire line styles are cut so that they come in under the bust and then flare out over the bump. This will give your upper body shape and will avoid the 'tent' look. Have several styles of casual and more formal empire line tops.
  • An Empire Line Dress in a Neutral Colour
Choose an empire line dress that can be dressed up or down with shoes and accessories. You will be able to wear it to work, casually and for formal occasions by wearing it with different styles of shoe, jewellery and scarves, cardigans or jackets, depending on the occasion.
  • Waterfall Cardigans
The waterfall style cardigan is great for maternity wear as you can continue wearing it afterwards. These cardigans do not tie or button at the front, they just flow down your sides, hence being suitable for after pregnancy as well. They will also slim your torso by splitting it into 3 vertical stripes which will narrow the area.
  • Pretty Flat Shoes
During pregnancy, it becomes increasingly difficult to wear heels. Your legs may be swollen, your feet may have spread slightly and your centre of gravity will have changed due to the new weight that you are carrying on your front meaning that your balance can be affected. Flat shoes are definitely a must have and do not need to be boring. Choose styles with a bit of detail on them to glam up your outfit a bit.
  • Accessories
You won't want to spend a fortune on clothes during your pregnancy so to stop yourself getting bored of the same old styles, buy plenty of cheaper accessories to change your outfits. Stores such as Primark sell very reasonably priced jewellery and scarves that can update and change the look of your outfits. Accessories are also items that will be worn long after your pregnancy has finished so will be a good investment for the future.
Tips for Dressing During Pregnancy
  • Borrow as much as possible - it is not worth spending a fortune on maternity clothes as you will only be wearing them for a few months. Borrow maternity clothes from friends that are a similar size that have been pregnant recently.
  • Size wise, in general, choose maternity clothes in the size that you were before you were pregnant. Unless you have gained a lot of weight, shops take your bump into account when they make maternity styles so if you were a size 12 before you got pregnant, choose size 12 maternity styles.
  • If you have a swollen face, wear lower necklines and avoid polo necks as this will only emphasise the swelling. A lower neckline will lengthen your neck area and will in turn, reduce the appearance of width in the face and neck.
  • If you have swollen ankles, avoid ankle straps as this will draw attention to them. Choose open fronted styles that lengthen the foot and in turn, reduce the appearance width of the ankle. Do not be tempted to wear heels (which would be the usual solution to a chunkier ankle) as this will only increase the swelling and will be very uncomfortable.
  • Dresses, such as maxi dresses, are perfect for pregnancy. They are tight around the bust and then flow over the rest of you. As they are generally floor length, they cover up swollen ankles and look great with flat shoes/sandals. Dresses are not usually fitted at the waist either so give maximum comfort. 
  • Buy a bump band which is a stretchy tube of material that you wear at the bottom half of your bump. This is useful in the early days when you are still just about able to fit into your normal clothes but don't want any tummy showing if you reached up high and then become very useful towards the end of your pregnancy when your bump is so big that even your maternity tops don't quite cover the whole bump. They fill the gap between your trousers and top.
  • Wear an SPF on your face to minimise the mask of pregnancy (sun spots) that some women develop.
If you would like help creating a capsule wardrobe for your pregnancy, call Kate on 07813 797443 or email at katerogers@perfectingyou.co.uk

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