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Where to buy maternity clothes and what do I need?
I'm a big fan of Isabella Oliver. Their stretchy jersey dresses grow with you and Infind them easy to dress up and down so very versatile. Think they have a sale on them at the moment. I also got a great black knee length skirt from there. If you sign up for their emails they regularly send you discount codes. Not the cheapest maternity wear but washes well and resells well afterwards. ASOS and H&M also have some good bits and pieces.
Thank you, calzone! I told family today - I'm really excited despite having been constantly nauseous for the last week!
I will have a look on the Next website, and see what I can get from your list. In terms of sizing, I'm currently a 8/10. Do women tend to go up a size, or do I just get my regular size in maternity style? Thanks again!
Goodbye - I love the dresses on Isabella Oliver! Similar in style to what I would normally wear and would be great for work! Thanks!
Salty, interesting. I'll try just to get a few nice bits and not go overboard then. Hopefully they'll get reused in subsequent pregnancies! Sadly, not sure that borrowing off my sister in an option, as she's a lovely and slender size 6!
I ended up with quite a lot I didn't wear, but things I swore by:
2x maternity jeans (tbh could have made do with 1) Maternity leggings from H&M (so comfy, spent way too long trying to eke out my old leggings) Maternity tights Dresses - had 1 from Asos and 1 from H&M that were maternity ones, then managed to find some smock-type dresses in Primark that worked well.
I also had some work trousers from Topshop but they weren't anywhere near as comfortable as leggings and dresses.
Oh also I had some loose, light jumpers from Primark. Not maternity, but they stretched well over the bump as it grew.
Maternity jeans x 2 (Next) Black maternity leggings x 5 (Next and a posh French brand I can't remember) Lots of Jersey tops - including some nice ones from Jojo Slouchy funnel neck jumpers x 2 from Jojo Some second hand dresses for work
The leggings are necessary, because maternity tights are expensive and if you ladder them it's a real pain. I wear leggings and boots instead.
I'm 29 weeks and usually a size 8 - 10. Apart from maternity jeans, I haven't bought any specifically maternity wear. Most of it is horrible anyway. I swear by these H&M jeans (I buy them in a 10 - I'm 5ft 5 and they're just right) and have three pairs (black, grey black and dark denim). Fortunately I can wear them to work with a nice top and heeled boots.
This jumper in the black and white has been a lifesaver. Looks great with faux leather leggings and I also have an elasticated waist Top Shop faux leather mini that I found on ebay. Size XS is fine: www2.hm.com/en_gb/productpage.0303770001.html
The other colours in the jumper aren't as nice as they have more acrylic in them, rather than cotton.
For a basic long sleeved top (great for layering), I can recommend these tops from J Crew. They wash brilliantly and are long enough to cover the bump. I have the black cherry one which I layer under grey knits.
The other items I couldn't manage without are long line vest tops. I have a black Top Shop maternity vest which I got off ebay and Matalan do good ones too. I can't see grey ones online but they will have them in store, as well as black, navy, white etc.. www.matalan.co.uk/product/detail/s2532799/long-line-vest
Have had less "maternity" wear this time around. You need a bit in the early stages. I got stuff from jojoba man Bebe, topshop and asos. Once you have a proper bump clingy clothes that aren't maternity wear are fine. I have lots of maternity leggings and tights and mostly wear clingy dresses. If they fall straight off the bump they make you look like a whale. I never took to maternity jeans. They are Not comfy and fall down all the time.