Tuesday, 15 February 2011


Apart from eating healthily and looking after your skin and hair, selecting the right clothes and accessories can go a long way to creating a cool, casual look when you’re tummy begins to take over your life. Some ladies seem to be able to achieve this somewhat refined look effortlessly, while the rest of us struggle hopelessly with the concept.

The trick is not to think too long and hard about it. Just go back to basics, add the right accessories and then wear confidently. You can look extremely elegant in a plain black maxi dress, colourful cardigan and flat pumps, for example, which is simply pared down style that is both fashionable yet comfortable. Fluid fabrics can be sharpened up with a neat coat or jacket to achieve a wonderfully stylish look. It goes without saying that you should avoid any type of clothing that makes you look off balance such as flared Fifties skirts or high dominatrix heels.

Black Maxi Dress Forever21,  Flared Denim Jeans by M2b, Pink Cardigan by Phase Eight, Striped Bolero by Top Shop, Lacey Blouse by New Look, Pumps by Schuh, Leather Baby Bag by Catwalk Collection Handbags.

Use accessories to add your own unique personality; pearls over a shift dress will look effortlessly classy, whilst plenty of buckles and studs on handbags and shoes will give that urban rock and luxe vibe. Key fashion trends for this year include romantic layers of lace and over-sized military tassels. If you loved them first time round, you’ll love them again; those bell bottoms and flared jeans are back again. If you want to look smart and sophisticated, try nautical or black and white stripes. And yes, this year you can mix stripes and florals for a feminine and non conformist look; think modern hippy!

Baby publications to inspire:
Your Pregnancy Bible
Pregnancy Chic: The Fashion Survival Guide
Bloke's 100 Top Tips For Surviving Pregnancy

Baby films to inspire: 
Baby Boom
Three Men And A Baby
Mr Mum

Pregnant mums to inspire:
Samantha Cameron
Victoria Beckham
Emma Bunton
Penelope Cruz
Christina Applegate
Mariah Carey
Penny Lancaster
Natalie Portman

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