As soon as a woman falls pregnant, amidst the excitement of bringing a new life into the world, several thoughts are directed at what clothing will last them through their pregnancy and their growing bump. While there’s a whole host of fantastic maternity clothing on the market, some at affordable prices through supermarket ranges such as George, sometimes, it’s nice to buy clothing that can last during and after pregnancy to get the maximum amount of wear out of your new attire.
As the autumn and winter seasons approach, now is the time to stock up on any warm clothing that your summer wardrobe may be lacking. Choose items that will fit your pregnant figure while also doubling up as post-pregnancy threads; for this, you don’t have to head for the maternity range. Be clever about your choices and you could pick up some fabulous items from the main collections.
Women’s cardigans are a fabulous addition to any autumn wardrobe, whether you’re pregnant or not, and the design of many women’s cardigans from George at ASDA will allow them to be worn with bump and without.
Choose a cardigan that’s longer in length – the Moda Ribbed Cardigan for £12 from George would be perfect; its open front means that regardless of bump size, it will suit your growing figure without stretching out of shape.
These are an ideal wardrobe addition, even as the weather changes towards milder temperatures. Team with a cardigan or shawl and you have a perfect outfit for an evening meal or even a daytime look. While a standard maxi dress may not fit during the last months of a pregnancy, it will certainly accommodate the early stages to save you investing in maternity threads too soon.
Opt for autumnal colours, such as a deep, flattering burgundy, and choose a dress that is flowing rather than figure-hugging, which will brush past your growing bump to give a seamless look.
Most ladies will choose to invest in some maternity jeans at some point – whether it’s the under-bump or over-bump design is up to the individual. However, if you’re a little strapped for cash and want to try and utilise standard jeans for as long as possible (investing in a new pair that you can wear afterwards, perhaps?), you could always purchase a waistband extender which helps to extend the waist of your jeans and trousers as you grow.
It’s a shame to spend a lot of money on a coat that’s designed solely for maternity use – especially as many winter coats can be quite expensive. Rather than spending on a maternity coat that you’ll get minimal use out of, buy an A Line, wraparound or cape style coat that can double up as a maternity coat during pregnancy while it can also be used afterwards, too.
You shouldn’t feel pressured into heading for the maternity rails as soon as you start to show. Be sensible, choose affordable items and use versatile, standard clothing wherever possible, to avoid spending OTT on maternity items.