A few maternity dressing hacks I’ve discovered

Coat: Dorothy Perkins (old but buy a similar version in the sale here). Jumper: H&M (old but buy similar here). Skirt: Marks & Spencer (old but similar in faux leather – which I love – here). Trainers: New Balance (old but similar available here). Bag: Kurt Geiger (old). Photographs: Christopher O’Donnell.

Maternity wear isn’t for everyone, even for pregnant people – some people just hate it (myself included!). So when I managed to put together an outfit that required no actual maternity items, I was pretty pleased with myself.

I think maybe it’s the idea of being put into a box – you are now pregnant, you need elasticated waists, ill-fitting blouson tops and you won’t care about style.

Admittedly, the High Street is so much better than it used to be and there are some on trend options out there but generally, when I browse online at the Maternity sections of a website, it’s never anything to get excited about.

So I was thinking about what would be your options if you wanted to avoid Maternity clothes altogether? It is possible…and this outfit highlights the possibilities. A few tips on what to look for:

Elasticated waist items: this skirt from M&S still fits quite neatly over the top of my bump and is something I’d loved pre-pregnancy.

Oversized shirts: I bought a great one from H&M last week (here) that I’d definitely wear in the summer over swimsuits.

Knitted dresses: these look great for pregnancy as they have so much stretch.

Loose dresses: thankfully it’s the season of the granny dress, try with trainers and an oversized coat and I swear you’ll feel cool.

Statement coats: no matter what you’re wearing underneath, a cool coat will make you feel great – especially in winter when it’s 70% of your outfit anyway.

Oversized knits: don’t be scared to tuck them in a bit, like I have done here – it’s about owning the bump, not necessarily covering it.

I’ve been hearing a lot about people feeling they lost their identity with pregnancy, and then becoming a mum – and I definitely get it (especially as my ankles disappeared the evening before this shoot!). But I’m hoping to approach it as a challenge – I’ve always loved clothes and hoping this won’t change too much – we’ll see if I can stick to this though and as always, I’m sure it will be a work in progress.

Coat: Dorothy Perkins (old but buy a similar version in the sale here). Jumper: H&M (old but buy similar here). Skirt: Marks & Spencer (old but similar in faux leather – which I love – here). Trainers: New Balance (old but similar available here). Bag: Kurt Geiger (old).


  1. love seeing your bump! 🙂 great outfit for maternity wear or not, can never go wrong with a chunky knit and pleat skirt combo!

    Laura | roseandweston.blogspot.co.uk

  2. Haven’t been in touch in ages on the “gram” but LOVE your style and blogger personality! You look amazing, as always.
    Massive congrats and abs well done on the house refurb, have loved all the stories. Such inspro!

  3. Love how you’ve retained your usual style even throughout your pregnancy! Really enjoyed the pregnancy wardrobe video you uploaded last week (and I’m sure it will come in handy in the future for me!).

    I’ve been eyeing up your red new balance and love how you’ve incorporated it into outfits lately but the sheer volume of different style numbers on the NB website is so overwhelming! Do you know what style number they are? I think I’ve managed to whittle down my shortlist to 420 and 520 but also quite like the 373s!

    1. Thank you! So the style number has actually rubbed away in mine as I’ve worn them so much….! I got mine via Asos but not sure how big their selection is these days, I find Zalando good for trainer selections too. The 373 are cool (I think Lucy Williams has those in black) x

  4. Hi Alexandra, you are looking so beautiful with these great outfits even at your maternity period too. After seeing these photos it doesn’t seem to me that you are the twin in one indeed. Thanks.

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