I loved being pregnant, but seven years ago maternity fashion was no where near the stylish heights it is today. Now a mum to be can look as glamorous with child as a woman without and I have to admit some of the gorgeous outfits Kate Middleton wore during her pregnancy I’d quite happily wear without a bun in the oven.
With the newest royal baby having been welcomed to the world just last week, now there seems no better time than ever to reflect on one of the more unexpected challenges of new motherhood – staying stylish. Many young mums, while utterly enthralled with their new bundle of joy, find it difficult to reconcile their identity as a young woman with their new responsibilities – and fashion is one massive area of difficulty in this regard. Taking both style and practicality into account, here are a few key pieces to add to your wardrobe this summer.
Especially if you are a first-time parent, you are now meeting with surprise and possibly horror the reality of how much stuff children need. From nappy changing equipment to snacks to blankets to spare jumpers, you will be needing to carry your child’s belongings around with you wherever you go. Handbags are now a necessity like never before. Radley have a beautiful new selection of shoulder and cross-body bags, the perfect size for storing away spare bottles, blankets, snacks – as well as the usual necessities for mum – in elegant designs to ensure you feel fab.
When your little one begins to move around and find their feet, you’ll be as proud as can be. You will also find yourself on your feet considerably more. When going out, look after yourself and invest in some comfortable shoes. Low-heeled pumps are timeless, as in this vintage snap of former First Lady Jackie Kennedy’s, accentuating her legs while remaining easy to walk in, and make a great addition to a nice dress or jeans for an evening out. With the summer vast approaching, get ready for days at the beach with some simple flat sandals, which are timeless and can be worn year after year.
Comfortable and versatile, the right pair of leggings can look incredibly chic. Plain black is always a smart option – look for leather look or sequined to add some glamour. Alternatively, patterned leggings can be styled with a loose black tunic top (ideal for easy breastfeeding), denim jacket, and flat ballerina shoes or biker boots for a casual daytime look. A comfortable wardrobe staple that makes an easy transition from your relaxed day at home to a seemingly effortless day out, perfect for unexpected trips out with the little ones.
Shhhh….don’t tell anyone but even seven years post pregnancy I still love my leggings, jumper dress and a pair of Converse for being comfy, stylish and able to run around after my six year old!