Monday, 12 March 2018

OOTD Maternity | Leopard Print Mama

How did you style out your pregnancy?

When I was expecting Theo, I didn’t actually have much maternity wear. My bump wasn’t there until much later on, so I lived in stretchy leggings and oversized vests.

This time around with baby number 2, I was showing a whole lot earlier. I also knew this time that you spend a lot of time in your maternity wear after you’ve had the baby! So I decided to built a capsule wardrobe of smart, comfortable clothes that would be suitable for work and play, pregnancy and breastfeeding, and most weather.

I didn’t count on the Beast from the East though! The UK has been bitterly cold and snowy with no sign of spring, and everyone in our house came down with really bad flu. Style went out the window in favour of trying to keep warm. I didn’t buy that many super warm maternity clothes, I’d actually gone for things you can layer more - but they weren’t a match for the -5 temperatures. So I’ve been living very unstylishly in thermal tights, a huge duvet coat and my husband’s jumpers and cardigans for the past couple of weeks!

With a slight rise in the temperature though, I’ve been able to dress properly for the last week!

Leopard print wrap dress - ASOS Maternity
Grey textured ankle boots - Topshop
Black thin rib polo neck - H&M
Medium ‘Lily’ - Mulberry

The thing I love about this midi wrap dress is how elegant it is, and also how versatile. It’s made of a stretchy cotton and it would work for a summer garden party with nude heels, on the beach with flat sandals, or just as well for the office or the weekend. ASOS Maternity is definitely one of my favourite labels - the stuff is still stylish and trend led, and it always makes me feel great.

For the colder temperatures, I layered a thin black ribbed polo underneath. I’m a huge fan of ‘winterising’ dresses by adding a polo! This isn’t a maternity piece but it’s stretchy enough to accommodate my bump, which is growing by the day.

Simple grey ankle boots and bag finish the look off and don’t compete with the pattern on the dress. Finally, thermal tights are the only reason I’ve been able to get out of bed in this cold weather - they’re life!

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