Written by the Annabella designer – Gillian Cary-Baddeley
The secret to building a versatile wardrobe is to find key pieces that can be mixed and matched to create different looks that reflect your personal sense of style. A maternity wardrobe is no different, except for the fact that you will need those items to be really comfortable and to accommodate your changing shape without compromising on style.
When you first start showing, you may be able to continue to wear your pre- pregnancy clothes for a while but as your bump grows larger you will soon become desperate for something more comfortable! Fabrics with stretch provide the most comfort. However, don’t be tempted to buy ‘normal’ clothes in a larger size as they will not fit properly on your shoulders, arms or legs and you will simply look overweight. Maternity styles are designed to flatter. Features like gathers and side ruching will look beautiful and create that extra bit of space where needed. A good rule of thumb to avoid looking too big is to balance your look when wearing a loose fitting skirt or pant by wearing a fitted top. Visa versa applies – a loose top looks best with a slim pant or fitted skirt. Bear in mind that you might not be able to wear all the seasons most fashionable styles and may have to avoid things like cropped tops or belted dresses but you will find that comfort (and your bump) starts to dictate what you want to wear.
Our Annabella range is not only designed to look gorgeous during your pregnancy but also to flatter the post pregnant figure and most of our styles transition easily into the next season. So let’s take a look at what we suggest for this season:
-The slim fit pant is one of winter’s hottest looks. Fitted to the ankle, it can be dressed up with heels or kept casual with ankle boots or pumps. Our stretch version, the ponte pant, is made from a thick, soft fabric that will hold its shape and is very comfortable yet has a smarter look than leggings. It features a roll top- which is a real secret to comfort during pregnancy ! It can be worn up over the tummy or rolled down underneath according to what you prefer during the different stages of your pregnancy.
-A basic long sleeved winter tank is the most versatile top. The side ruching ensures a great fit no matter the size of your bump. It can be worn on its own, dressed up with a necklace or layered with another tank in a different colour. Because it is fitted , it is also perfect for wearing under many other items for that bit of extra warmth.
– Layering is an easy way to create a great look this winter, especially when using contrasting textures. It also allows you to remove a layer if the day unexpectedly heats up as one often feels the heat more when pregnant. We recommend layering our cosy textured knit v- neck tunic over the basic tank and ponte pant… just add boots and away you go.
-The cardi with tie is also an easy item for layering as the slim silhouette does not create a bulky look. It can be worn open and gently tied at the back or it can be tied in the front. The ties are perfectly positioned to tie under the bust and create a flattering empire line as the cardi falls open to show your beautiful bump.
-A gorgeous, classic dress is a must have for any season! It is more than likely that you will have some function to attend, so choose a dress that you can dress up for a cocktail party or team with a denim jacket for a casual lunch. Our twist front dress is neither too fitted nor too full, so it has the perfect silhouette to wear under a jacket or our cardi. The front twist detail creates just enough flattering fullness over the tummy while the V-neck accentuates that great perk of pregnancy – cleavage! You’ll also love how this dress looks post pregnancy.
-Add an investment piece to the mix: Something to make a statement. Our new cowl neck in a fashionable print will look gorgeous during and post pregnancy and is cleverly designed to allow for easy and discreet breastfeeding. It looks stunning with the Ponte pant, just add the cardi and boots for extra warmth. Only 6 items that create many outfits and your maternity wardrobe is off to a good start!