December 29, 2017



So I’m having a baby, and with just a few weeks to go the reality of it all has yet to sink in. This may be due, in part, to me not really having a ‘bump’ till my 6th month. I have been told that I am ‘carrying small’ despite the bump charting above the expected BMI at every midwife appointment. Big on the inside, small on the outside it would seem – and so I have been lucky enough to escape the dreaded maternity fashion gauntlet that all mums to be inevitably face.

Truth be told, it hasn’t been easy. Maternity fashion appears to be an endless sea of breton and grey marl. And whilst I wear the aforementioned on occasion, I have staunchly refused to be sucked into the vortex of bland maternity fashion. With that said, leggings have been a great comfort during the final home stretch, but one must draw the line. Just as my pride has not yet allowed me to surrender my lapel to TFL, I have been very principled about retaining both my identity and my style throughout pregnancy. My body may be changing, and of course, in some ways I am changing as a person too. But in order to not feel oaf-like, frumpy and an albeit larger shell of myself, I need to be able to look in the mirror and see some semblance of ME.

Which brings me back neatly to the title of this post. Navigating these maternity streets hasn’t been easy. I managed to work with my existing wardrobe (and the hubby’s) for as long as I could. But as winter set in he needed his jumpers back,  and so I was forced to discover new ways to lovingly clothe Bump Berry.




May sound really obvious – but as mentioned in a previous post, sizing up is often overlooked. I admit – as my clothes slowly began to shrink on my ever growing frame, the first thing I did was search out maternity brands. The second thing I did was go to my favourite shops and try on things I would normally wear a size up or 3.  This afforded me a wider selection of clothes in all different styles and material (not just lycra and jersey)! If like me, you sometimes prefer a looser fit, you won’t be discarding your new purchases once the baby comes. Alternatively, you can always go to a good seamstress and get these items taken in after the birth.




Our new arrival will be with us in January which means the majority of my pregnancy has been throughout the colder months. I’m all about statement coats as you guys already know and have been known to pick up at least 2 coats each winter. With this in mind, I can’t stress enough how much a good coat can be the pinnacle of your outfit. Especially when you’re expecting. This year I invested in 2 coats from M&S which I absolutely adore and can throw over almost anything (including a baby bump). The added bonus is that they can be worn post-partum too so no money wasted there! Double win!

M&S has become a much loved brand for me and for many years now I’ve been slowly incorporating more and more pieces into my wardrobe. In a previous work role, I was fortunate enough to work quite closely with both the PR and digital marketing teams at M&S and so my affinity and loyalty to the brand has naturally grown. Some of my favourite pieces hail from M&S, their coats, especially are rather exemplary – not a brand to sleep on.

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I don’t own as many as I used to (yes I used to ride the bodycon wave circa Kim K’s Herve Leger days – it was a thing. Google it), however, dresses with ample give in them has allowed me to feel less frumpy and serves as a pleasant reminder that I have a half decent body under neath there, somewhere. May seem like a bit of a contradiction as figure hugging material clings to your bump and magnifies it to the world – but it also highlights the smaller parts of you too whereas shapeless jersey things (whilst comfortable) do not. Another benefit? If you had a stretchy dress pre-bump, you will be able to wear it during and  after bump arrives.

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I don’t know why, but colour blocking is just as flattering pregnant as when not. I’ve tried wearing multicoloured, floaty things and it just didn’t work for me. Sticking to the same colourway top to toe and then adding colour via shoes, bags, coats works well – and is a lot easier to pull together when you’ve had 3 hours sleep and have to get up for work the next day! Of course, there will always be an exception to the rule (case in point, striped dress above :p)– but I’ve found this to work for me on the whole.

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