As my trousers are becoming more impossible to fasten with every passing day, and forcing the button shut for professional purposes (cos you know, it feels weird sitting at my desk with my pants undone, even if no-one see thanks to my well worn rotation of long-length t-shirts) gives me pains and aches that I can just do without, I can’t help thinking ahead to the days when I can let it all hang loose and wear clothes for comfort.
I’m trying not to think about anything beyond the next two weeks, until I have my scan and know if everything is present and correct, but if all goes to plan I’ll be seeing through my second trimester during the summer, which makes me all giddy at the thought of wearing cute summer dresses and long flowing maxi dresses. Anything that doesn’t have a waistband is my wardrobe dream right now.
So while I’m not browsing yet, I do have some style inspiration in mind, so thought I’d share some of my favourite celebrity maternity style, the women that I thought nailed it during pregnancy and will be my style icons during the next 6 months. They didn’t always get it right (but who the hell am I to judge) and it’s fair to say that the red carpet looks (i.e. when an expensive stylist has pulled the look together) are often stronger than the day to day looks… but all in all, these are my four fabulous celebrity maternity style crushes…
- Kourtney Kardashian
For me, Kourtney’s style has got better with the more babies she’s popped out. Her first pregnancy saw a lot of short dresses and slinky fabrics, while her second and third saw her step up her game and go for bright colours, cool fabrics and a real sense of sophistication (not a word often associated with the Kardashians, to be fair). One of the four whose day time style was often stronger than her evening style – she may well have had a round the clock stylist considering the filming for Keeping Up With The Kardashians, but she’s still shown us all how it can be done.
This fab Asos pencil dress is a lesson in how to do work wear without being afraid of showing your bump. One of my favourite Kourtney looks.
2. Blake Lively
I mean, this girl could quite literally wear a bin bag and look like a goddess, she’s a real beauty and one of my style icons whether preggo or not. She was elegant on the red carpet, making her bump and her curves her key accessory, and took a different direction with her daytime style, covering up in lots of blanket cardigans and wraps, but avoiding the frumpy look by balancing it with bare legs or tight jeans to show off her pins.
3. Reese Witherspoon
When Reese was pregnant with baby number three (Tennessee, yep really) she got comfortable summer dressing down to a fine art. Lots of loose dresses, bright colours and prints, she’s the ultimate Southern belle living in LA where the sun always shines. Not a waistband in sight, her casual wardrobe is what I’m currently dreaming of and her evening/work-friendly wardrobe was a reminder that she’s an A list superstar who just happens to have a cute bump.
4. Chrissy Teigen
I have to admit I have a bit of a girl crush on Chrissy, and that’s not something I can say about many celebrities. She’s so sassy and her Instagram and Twitter, and her passion for food, have me a little bit in love. She’s taken some style cues from her friend Kim Kardashian, who wasn’t my favourite maternity style star, but Chrissy has pulled off some very cute looks and has done it all while feasting on burgers and home cooked meals (her Instagram is a foodies dream). A signature look of figure hugging dresses and skirts to show of the bump, under a long length duster coat for some extra coverage, has done her well during the past nine months.
No doubt I’ll be looking at these four more closely over the coming weeks, as well as any other pregnancy style inspiration I come across to help me navigate the bump dressing. Now I’m off to put a onesie on…