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COOL MATERNITY STYLE

EMILY CRONIN FASHION EDITOR, THE TELEGRAPH

What was your favourite pregnancy look? What made you feel the most beautiful?

Two dresses: a chambray dress from Hatch with bows at the shoulder, and a capacious apricot-and-lavender silk number from Tibi. Neither ever failed to make me feel connected to my non-pregnant sense of style. They were absolute dreams to wear and got me through many picnics, dinners out, etc. I even wore the Tibi dress to interview the women of the Fendi family, and they complimented me, so….

 

Do you have 1 hot tip for pregnancy dressing? 

Don’t hesitate to try something you might never normally wear. I scoffed at jumpsuits and form-fitting dresses “before”, and I was wrong — my Beyond Nine linen jumpsuit was so easy and dependable that I still wear it, two years after giving birth; I felt unexpectedly sexy (I know, I know, I hate that word too) in a tight red Isabella Oliver dress. For once, everything that was round on my body was supposed to be round — I was glad to celebrate that.

 

Any absolutely-NOTS/pet-peeves?

Belts under the bustline. After a certain point, nothing creates the illusion of a waist.

 

Is there a piece from the Onloan wardrobe you’d love to wear when/if pregnant?

A slippy, slinky, kimono-style jacket can be just the thing to make you feel slippy and slinky when, objectively, you are anything but. I’d wear this Soeur black velvet jacket over a tight black dress or with maternity jeans, a t-shirt and black velvet flats.

AlexaChung Oversized Colour Block Cardigan

SOPHIE BARON FOUNDER OF MAMAMADE

What was your favourite pregnancy look? What made you feel the most beautiful? 

My pregnancy style couldn’t be more different from my usual! I typically love to wear dresses, anything a bit floaty, and I thought that would be perfect going into pregnancy, but actually as my bump has grown, long floaty dresses just made me feel huge. So this time around I’ve got a uniform of skinny or girlfriend jeans, t-shirt and blazer or long-line cardigan – nothing revolutionary, just clothes that accentuate the bump but allow me to feel like I’ve still got a clean line and some length. The look’s still going strong at 7+ months (not that I’ve left my house!)

 

Do you have 1 hot tip for pregnancy dressing? 

Everyone carries differently in pregnancy, and there’s really no way to predict how you will – so I find pregnancy is the one time when taking too much inspiration from anyone else’s style is just useless. Find what makes you feel good inside, what you feel happy and beautiful in – be it a color, a silhouette, or a single item – and stick to it. Even if it means wearing the same outfit for 9 months! Dressing in pregnancy should feel like self-care. 

 

Any absolutely-NOTS/pet-peeves? 

Maternity clothes in general (apart from basics like jeans). Can we just not. Especially the clothes that claim they’ll go from bump to nursing. They don’t, at least not in any flattering way. I’m open to suggestions but truly I’m yet to find anything, even from the most luxury of maternity brands, that doesn’t feel dowdy and icky. 

 

Is there a piece from the Onloan wardrobe you’d love to wear when/if pregnant? 

The Alexa Chung Colour Block cardigan (pictured) or Malene Birger Collarless Tuxedo Jacket.

ALEXANDRA KING JOURNALIST, CNN

What was your favourite pregnancy look? What made you feel the most beautiful? 

I became obsessed with fun accessories when pregnant. I wore lots of big barrettes and ankle socks and loafers. Little fun touches of joy and personality at either end of my body that were my way of saying, I’m still here! Also, I wish someone had told me that for many women, especially with first babies, you don’t actually look pregnant, with that lovely big moon of a bump, until you’re super far along. I didn’t have a bump until about 7 months in, and for most of my pregnancy I just looked like I’d put on a bit of weight on my waist and tummy. There definitely were occasions when it was tough to not be frustrated by how swollen and unattractive I felt! But I did feel beautiful until the end, when I had a fab time raiding my husband’s closet and stealing his button downs (worn with leggings, and the aforementioned barrettes and loafers). Until then, I bought some workhorse regular clothes and bras in two sizes up. 

 

Do you have 1 hot tip for pregnancy dressing?

Choose the clothes you need to protect your body and show yourself off in equal measure, as needed, and at your own pace. I, like so many mamas, experienced baby loss on my way to a “viable” pregnancy, and it therefore took me a long time to find joy, rather than terror, in the experience of being pregnant. I was convinced for most of my pregnancy that at any point it could all be over, and so, at first, I was drawn to wearing soft, warm, oversized things because I think I craved protection. The fact that it took a long time for me to get an obvious “bump,” and the many well-meaning people who loved to comment on my lack of one (eye roll…I think they thought they were giving me a compliment) was a source of terror for me. The clothing choices I made at the end, when I could finally believe that my little one was really and truly coming, really reflected the joy and release I felt in that moment.

 

Any absolutely-NOTS/pet-peeves?

I think empire waists are on the whole terrible, especially if your boobs get massive, much better to have something that hugs or skims your torso. In addition my general body temperature was so much hotter when preggers that I really craved soft light materials that didn’t make me sweat. Farewell, silk shirts! Also for postpartum I have a pet peeve about horrid “nursing tops” with those weird shelf boob flaps. Practical, I guess? But such an odd silhouette. Just pull your shirt down/up, dude, it’s fine… (or wear a button down, always chic!).

 

Is there a piece from the Onloan wardrobe you’d love to wear when/if pregnant? 

This Soeur Lucrece Floral Shirt for the awkward “Is that a sandwich or a baby?’ phase, worn with coral lipstick and an exciting jean.

This Lily & Lionel Red and Pink Floral Midi Dress for third trimester bumping real-ness

Mother of Pearl Gingham Wrap Skirt

CASSIE FITZPATRICK STYLE DIRECTOR, AMAZON UK

What was your favourite pregnancy look? 

I’m currently pregnant with baby number 3 and this time round I’m keeping things smart wearing my other half oversized shirts, with a blazer jacket and slouchy boots. I have a fairly classic style but when I’m pregnant I like to take advantage  of my newly found curves and I’ll wear maxi dresses’ and more figure hugging styles. I love Princess Diana pregnancy style!

 

Do you have 1 hot tip for pregnancy dressing?  

Take advantage of your blossoming bosom. When I fell pregnant with my first, I went from a A cup to DD. If you got it, even temporarily, then go ahead and flaunt it!!!

 

Any absolutely-NOTS/pet-peeves? 

I recently went on holiday and my friends were not impressed with my floral dresses and burgeoning bump. The word ‘Mumsy’ got thrown around. A lot. I’m also not a huge fan of maternity jeans (sacrilege, I know!) During this pregnancy I’ve challenged myself not to buy any specific ‘maternity’ wear and only to invest  in or rent pieces that I can wear pre and post partum.

 

Is there a piece from the Onloan wardrobe you’d love to wear when/if pregnant? 

The Mother of Pearl Holly Gingham Wrap Skirt (pictured), House of Dagmar Umi Ribbed Knit Midi Skirt or the amazing Baum & Pferdgarten Becks Check Blazer & matching Nyo Check Trousers.