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Let’s go shopping

Now that bump is getting bigger, it’s time to shop for maternity jeans (the best buy for any mum-to-be). There are so many different styles and colours to choose from, so stick to what you would wear non-pregnant. The most important thing to remember is the fabric must be super-soft; this will allow for expansion and, of course, will work with swollen legs at a later stage of pregnancy.
Over-the-bump jeans are best, as they give you support around the tummy area and will be more comfortable than under-the-bump styles.
Invest in a couple of wrap dresses; one for daytime and maybe a dressier style for any dinner invites one might receive. The wrap dress is made to wear from maybe three months until the very end, and is a must have for your wardrobe. A classic wrap dress will softly drape over your bump and works so well with heels or flats - just add simple accessories to complete your look.
We love maternity ruched tops. These sure do solve any dressing dilemmas one might have, as they give you extra room to grow, and look fantastic with a pair of boyfriend jeans and pumps for that weekend appeal. Wear to the office with a tailored skirt and heels to create the perfect professional look.
Shop for a white contemporary maternity shirt, with a self-tie belt; this will give you a sharp and flattering silhouette. The great thing about maternity shirts is they look even better as your bump gets bigger. This is perfect for the office when worn simply with your maternity trousers or a skirt, and for a casual look wear it over your maternity leggings.
The key for good maternity shopping When shopping online, remember to read the size guide well before clicking the buy button. Many good companies are only happy to answer and questions on sizing. A lot of clothing sizes vary depending on what country they are from, so look up as much information possible, so there are no returns and extra costs.
At Stylemama, we offer a free-of-charge styling service and are always happy to guide you while online shopping! You can also avail of a personal appointment here in our south Dublin showroom.
Now you can enjoy shopping for your new baby bump, choosing more fitted styles along the way.
Join us next month for tips on dressing for your third trimester.
Gillian x