Now I have a mini-bump, I’m taking baby steps into the sizeable and stretchy realms of maternity clothes. It’s lucky that my job doesn’t require a strict dress code and we can pretty much wear, within reason, whatever we like. However everyone always looks nice though, and I can’t bear the thought of wearing sack-like smocks for the next few months.
I’d heard some really good things about modern maternity clothes, but I have to say they’ve not been true, for me, so far. I don’t know if it’s the time of year – I’m sure when I first looked in the summer here were a lot more nice tops and printed dresses – but there’s such a tiny choice, and all the colours are so drab. Plus I know it’s practical, but all that stretchy jersey fabric is really depressing, and I’ve never worn anything due to practicality. And don’t get me started on maternity coats…
So far my favourite top is this one from some of the things I bought from Isabella Oliver – if money was no object and I was buying clothes for longer than a few months, I would wear everything from there. I also have a nice dress (as in the photo, worn to a christening last week) and top from Topshop*, but these were pretty much the only things I liked in the store. H&M is good for plainer tops and tights, and although you can wear lots of the normal stuff, the main maternity range is tiny and on the grim side.
After asking on Twitter – thanks Twitter! – I was given some good tips including this gallery on The Guardian. But I’m still open to suggestions or pointers as to anywhere I’m over-looking. Ideally I want to wear things things that I’d wear normally (usually typical London-type clothes like skinny jeans and ballet shoes, stripy things, flowery things, and nice dresses). Although if this isn’t completely possible, I want to wear things that at the very least aren’t massively practical or horrible. Help!
*A fun side note about shopping in Topshop Oxford Circus though is there’s a separate maternity changing room, and if it’s busy and the assistants aren’t all stood around chatting, they’ll express you to the front of the main changing room queue.