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Yummy Mummys!

Due to popular demand this week’s style update is for all you mum’s to be out there! Now, it’s a common misconception that because you are pregnant you can just forget about the way you look.

Published on April 21st 2006.


Yummy Mummys!

Due to popular demand this week’s style update is for all you mum’s to be out there! Now, it’s a common misconception that because you are pregnant you can just forget about the way you look. Need I say that this is absolute rubbish, and this week I am here to show you how your bump can in fact, be the making of your own style icon status.

These days there is much more attention paid to maternity wear. In fact it seems that the mum to be look is the hottest style around at the moment with celebrities such as Gwen Stefani, Gwyneth Paltrow, Katie Holmes and Brittney Spears (the less said the better) all sporting their own takes on the yummy mummy.

All of this is good news for you bumptastic babes out there, as marvellous maternity wear is springing up all over the place and it is more stylish and sassy than ever. I didn’t realise how fabulous it actually was until upon getting my latest Top Shop bargain bag smuggled past my boyfriend cunningly disguised in a Sainsbury’s carrier, I realised it was indeed part of their new maternity range- good job he didn’t see that, or there would be some explaining to do!

Show Them Off!

For many of us, pregnancy means great boobs without surgery! Make the most of your new assets with flattering tops that draw attention to your dream décolletage, neckline and shoulders. There are tonnes of options on the high street at the moment and if the neckline is that little too low or your boobs that little too big (lucky you!) try slipping a vest underneath. The layered look is a great way to flatter bigger boobs- try a contrasting colour underneath and then choose accessories that match your vest for a cheap and simple stylish look. This wrap top is from Crave Maternity Wear (£49) and would make a great basic piece for any wardrobe, suitable for both work and leisure. Try it with wide legged grey trousers and some chunky silver jewellery of that effortlessly chic look or add a hot pink vest underneath and a matching bag for some extra zing!

Keep it Separate

Keep an interchangeable capsule wardrobe by investing in some great separates that will mix and match to give you a number of stylish options. This set from Mothercare is a steal with both the top and the skirt only £15! The rich green colour will go with pretty much anything- try wearing the top with jeans and heels for a funky evening look and the skirt with a vest and flats for lunch with the girls. You might want to throw on a cardi too- it’s a bit chilly out there still!

Softly Does It

Try to choose maternity clothes made in soft comfy fabrics like jersey, as they feel fabulous, drape beautifully, blend easily with your existing wardrobe and grow with you. A great piece for any mum to be is this seasons wrap dress in jersey fabrics. It is soooo comfortable and totally versatile, I think I’ve got about 17 different looks out of mine so far! Isabella Oliver, Blooming Marvellous and John Lewis all have great options. For another great jersey dress style try this absolute bargain from La Redoute, at £11 it’s not to be missed and can be dressed up for the office with a jacket and brief case or pared down with some flip flops and a cardigan- why not try it over some trousers with a belt slung under your bump for a very funky look.

Give it Some Leg

The maternity trouser may not look appealing at first- but these days they are so well designed that the stretch panel is the only give away as the cuts are brilliant. Dorothy Perkins and Top Shop have a great range of high street jeans- opt for a boot cut leg to balance out your curve of your bump. Alternatively, if your wallet allows, an increasing number of the designer brands are bringing out maternity versions of our their popular styles. This pair is from Citizens of Humanity and is priced at £185(ouch!). For more designer maternity treats head to www.pushmaternity.com

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If it’s a smarter look you are after, try a soft, drapey wide legged trouser with a flat front and of course stretch panel. Marks & Spencer have some great pairs that contain lycra so they cut down on the ironing too!

Don’t Forget Your underwear!

Sexy underwear is probably not going to be high on your agenda during pregnancy, but that’s not to say it shouldn’t be! Wearing special smalls can give you that inner glow and keeping them practical shouldn’t mean boring! The world's most famous supermodel mum Elle Macphereson has come up with ‘Maternelle’, her range of incredibly sexy, silky lingerie to celebrate womanhood and make you feel glamorous and desirable. With stretchy lace trim and delicate sheen it's hard to believe this is maternity wear with all the comfort and support you need (Bra £29.99 at www.bumpto3.com).

Accessorise away!

Accessories are the most important part of any maternity wardrobe- and you can spend as much as you like on them because they will fit you even after you have given birth! For a sassy mum to be wardrobe that oozes glamour keep your clothing simple- a few good quality tops, trousers and skirts will give you a versatile wardrobe if attention is paid to the accessories. Go wild with bold silk scarves tied around your neck, add splashes of colour with brooches and beads, and keep everything balanced and in proportion with bold statement handbags.

I hope that’s helped all you blooming lovely ladies out there- now it’s your time to shine!

Kathryn Whittaker

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