This week I’m bringing you two outfits, and I’ll show you how I made these two n0n-maternity dresses suitable for wearing during pregnancy. In these photos I am 24 weeks pregnant.
The first is this blue and white polka dot dress by Yumi which I bought from New Look in size 14.
I bought this dress before I was pregnant, but because of the pleats around the waist, it made me look as though I was. Not good if you’ve just got a food belly! So I put it at the back of my wardrobe, and now it’s the perfect maternity dress. The fabric is really light and silky, and as the waist is just above the bump, there is loads of room to grow under the pleats.
So my advice for finding a non-maternity dress that is suitable for pregnancy is to look at where the waist is on the dress – the higher the better – and choose dresses that are pleated from a high waist, which would means there is lots of fabric for your bump to grow under. Choose lightweight fabrics – I would avoid stiff cotton which would feel tight.
My second outfit choice is also a non-maternity dress from New Look, size 14.
It was a dress that was elasticated at the waist. I turned the dress inside out and unpicked the elastic so that is became a giant smock. As the dress was elasticated, this meant there was loads of fabric. It’s totally loose and comfortable to put on, and I tied a black ribbon belt above the bump to give it some shape. And this means I can loosen or tighten the waist according to how I’m feeling on the day.
So when you next shopping for maternity dress, have a look at the non-materity dresses with an elasticated waist and turn it inside out to see if you can unpick the elastic.
With both outfits I am wearing a black top underneath (non-maternity from Dorothy Perkins), and black glitter maternity leggings that are from a maternity shop in Portugal (I bought loads of maternity clothes from when I went on my babymoon for Tyler back in 2012). My boots are from New Look.
I hope this helps any pregnant ladies reading this 🙂
PS. A massive thank you to my photographer – my sister Angie. She took the photos for this post and the first Maternity Style post. She’s got quite a talent there, thanks sis 🙂