Maternity fashion expert Danielle Stitt said a lot of mums-to-be believe they have to forgo their sense of style or spend a fortune while pregnant.
“While maternity clothing options for pregnant women have come a long way this decade, a lot of women are still unsure about what to buy for their pregnancy,” Ms Stitt said.
“Women often buy a new piece of maternity clothing without thinking through what pieces it matches in their wardrobe or where it will be appropriate to wear,” she said.
“Curbing impulse buying and developing a maternity clothing strategy makes it easier to walk away from buying things you think are a bargain at the time.”
“Truth is, many of these items will never see the light of day.”
“The key is to start by deciding what sort of maternity clothes you need for your lifestyle. Are you wrangling toddlers at the park or directors in the boardroom – or both?”
“Once you’re clear on the type of maternity clothes you need, think in terms of separate pieces that can be mixed and matched depending on the occasion.”
Ms Stitt said a successful maternity wardrobe isn’t so much about quantity but hinged on well-chosen clothes that work hard and offer value.
She recommends the following five key staple pieces:
• Maternity jeans (http://www.highstreetmama.com.au/
• Maternity Pencil Skirt: These can be worn at nearly any time and with a variety of options – from a tailored jacket at the office, to an embellished top in the evening or with flats and a chunky cardigan on the weekends.
• Maternity Wrap Top: Not only perfect for breastfeeding, a simple wrap top can act as the hero piece or a layer in cooler weather. It introduces colour when paired with neutral pants or skirts and can dictate how dressy or casual the overall look is.
• Maternity Wrap Dress: Few cuts are more universally flattering than a wrap dress. This style is suitable through all stages of pregnancy and post-pregnancy and is just as appropriate at the office with a jacket or at the playground with canvas tennis shoes.
• Maternity Jacket: A tailored jacket adds structure to an otherwise casual ensemble and provides easy layering as weather and body temperatures fluctuate (as they definitely do during pregnancy).
Pregnant women who wanted help with developing their maternity wardrobe strategy could download Ms Stitt’s free e-guide Maternity Styling Tips available at http://www.highstreetmama.com.au.
About Danielle Stitt
Recognising the lack of fashionable and affordable maternity clothing options available during her two pregnancies, Danielle Stitt (http://plus.google.com/+