If you’re suffering from fatigue, backache or nausea, the last thing you need to worry yourself over is how to style your bump this summer. As the Marketing Director at Mayarya and founder of designer maternity wear brand Keungzai, I’ve learned a few inside tricks and tips when it comes to dressing stylishly for your bump! Here’s the ultimate checklist of do’s and dont’s for staying comfortable and fabulous during your 9 months in Mayarya’s Top 10 Tips For Dressing Maternity!
1. Invest in comfort.
Your skin is sensitive during pregnancy, your hormones are going crazy and you deserve to feel comfortable! Don’t sacrifice on quality and comfort – invest in luxurious jersey dresses, expertly crafted maternity jeans and speciality maternity and nursing bras. All too often, I hear about first-time mums who did not invest in the foundations but learned the hard way that comfort and support is essential during pregnancy. Invest early – buttery soft materials and supportive clothing will make the world of difference to your mood!
2. Stock up on basics.
A go-to jersey dress, basic tees, leggings and maternity jeans should form the foundation of your maternity wardrobe. For summer, a jersey A-line dress with stripe detail is a great option for an easy and chic daytime look. Style with sandals or sneakers – comfort and style is essential as your bump grows.
3. Be supported.
I regret that I never invested in a belly support during my pregnancy. Especially during my third trimester, my bump felt heavier and lower than ever! I wish I had discovered what I will share with you now… Blanqi Belly Band and Ultimate Support Tank Tops. The products, made in the USA, are absolute must-buys – invest early to take advantage of all the benefits. Blanqi’s Maternity Belly Support Band is velvety soft, designed with patented built in support technology that lifts and supports your growing bump. The unique X-shaped back support helps to alleviate the pressure on your back and reduce back pain. It’s amazingly comfortable with a seamless finish – layer it under your tops, tees and dresses for easy support.
4. Buy clothes that you can wear after pregnancy too.
Short-lived fast fashion is not for me. Clothing that can be worn during and after pregnancy is better for your pocket and for the world! Say no to throwaway fashion and choose styles that can genuinely grow with your bump and still look fabulous post-partum.
5. Opt for fashion AND function.
All to often I hear mothers with sartorial dilemmas when it comes to finding a nursing-friendly outfit to breastfeed their bubs discreetly, especially for special occasions. Nursing wear options have improved over the years with a number of brands now addressing the issue, including new bump-friendly but not bump-only brand, Predict. The Predict Bell Sleeve Dress is the perfect choice for Sassy Mamas!
6. Don’t be afriad to accentuate your curves!
Stretch jersey dresses will show off your new shape. Be proud of your changing shape; form-fitting dresses will flatter your pregnancy curves.
7. Go-to denim.
If you prefer to wear jeans or shorts, Slacks & Co and J Brand offer comfortable and stylish options with discreet, stretchy elastic waistbands which offer extra support for your bump. Slacks & Co Santa Monica Denim Shorts are a must for your beach vacation and hot summer weather.
8. Go long!
Maxi dresses are an expecting lady’s best friend. Light jersey maxi dresses will skim over your hips, darker colours are more forgiving for curvier shapes while bright coral is perfect for the ultimate vacation vibe. Try a V neckline to balance your look.
9. Relax and lounge.
Take it easy, lounge in comfort and style. For the hot summer months, choose a soft, jersey Nursing Chemise that you can use after pregnancy too. Don’t forget to pack your nursing nightwear into your hospital bag!
10. Stay true to your style!
Thankfully, there are more options than ever for stylish bump friendly clothing. Remember to always stay true to your style and always make that special effort to pamper yourself. Entering this new phase in your new life can be daunting, Mayarya’s Home Shopping Service is here to assist women navigating their way through each stage of pregnancy and beyond. You needn’t step a foot outside, Mayarya will bring the latest collections to you so you can try on new styles in the comfort of your own home with the help of your own personal stylist. Better still, there is no obligation or pressure to buy!