How Not To Lose Your Personal Style When Pregnant



When I was pregnant with my first child, I tried hard to buy pieces  I could wear during pregnancy and afterwards.

By the final few weeks, I had four outfits of tops and leggings on constant rotation and would rather have walked the streets naked than wear them post-birth.

“I had a few pieces during my first pregnancy – leggings and layering pieces  – that I disposed of afterwards. But I did invest in some pieces I knew I’d keep: knitwear, sneakers and ‘occasion shirting’.”

– Bree Macara, stylist

Thanks to brands offering maternity ranges and a  wider choice of maternity specialists, it’s now easier than ever to maintain  your own personal style during pregnancy.

Brands like Lorna Jane and Active Truth offer great over-bump maternity leggings for athleisure enthusiasts, while the trend for oversized shirting means that even the most committed minimalist can stay true to their favoured look.

But once the circumference really set in during her first pregnancy, Bree found that Arket, Uniqlo, a JW Anderson shirt and Vetements dress (that unbuttoned at the back) were absolute lifelines.

This Australian summer has proved harder during her second pregnancy. Nothing she’d relied on before was relevant; she’s had to look to dresses and drawstring pants and shorts.

The Undone’s Sara Crampton, whose style is grounded in neutrals and elevated essentials, has also found summer dressing a challenge, after sailing through her first, winter pregnancy in knit dresses layered with trenches and coats.

“I invested in a couple of long tanks for Jac and Jack that have been saviours, and Christopher Esber does a great low-rise, elastic black trouser that has been my go-to. It’s easier to wear a loose summery dress, but I don’t like to wear these out as I don’t feel like myself.”

– Sara Crampton, stylist

Bree and Sara have chosen their favourite pregnancy-approved pieces that you’ll definitely still want to wear afterwards.

Jac + Jack   $90

Matteau   $380

Toteme   $1020

Bassike   $260

Meet The Women Making Thousands From Their Wardrobes



Read more about retaining your personal style through pregnancy at PRIMER.


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