Just because you are pregnant, it doesn’t mean that you don’t want to look great. In fact, you can look better than ever during your pregnancy. There are some fantastic new maternity looks that are flattering and often surprisingly practical as well.
Here’s a look at key maternity trends for Fall 2010. Many of these looks are adapted from high fashion trends of the season, so don’t be surprised if you see looks adapted from this year’s major fashion shows. However, these trends really do look great no matter what stage of your pregnancy you’re in.
One of the major looks for Autumn and Winter 2010 is military inspired. The catwalks have been parading models in military inspired items ranging from jewelery to coats. (Just look at Burberry’s new line of coats to see trendsetters in the military look.) The good news is that this look translates amazingly into maternity fashion. Military style jackets with a large lapel can help balance out your bump. Dresses or tops with military detailing (think braids, brass buttons, etc.) are easy to dress up or down, and add a bit of interest to your outfit. I particularly like Next’s military jackets. They are affordable (£50 or less), durable, and don’t look overtly maternity (meaning that you can wear them beginning in your first trimester right through to the end of your pregnancy).
Layers are a perennially hot fashion for the autumn season. This look is especially practical when you are pregnant as it can be easier to get hot than normal, so bundling up in layers makes it easy to stay the right temperature. This is a really easy look for anyone to wear. Make sure to invest in a few good basic pieces, like plain t-shirts or vests that fit well. (I always have good luck finding maternity basics that are flattering, comfortable, affordable and durable at H&M.) Then layer up as desired. You can team with chunky knits, thin hoodies, ponchos, or –very on trend this fall–waterfall cardigans. This look is particularly good with a scarf or pashmina, so make sure to include your normal accessories.
This look is also really practical if, like me, you have older kids or are clumsy. If you get fingerprints/food/etc. on part of your outfit, you should just be able to take off that layer and keep playing.
I have never felt so womanly and feminine as when I am pregnant. All of your curves get bigger and you’re having a baby. Why not celebrate this über-womanly feeling by wearing more feminine clothes than normal? Lace is a major material in fashion collections for Fall 2010. For this year, though, throw out any ideas you have of old lady or itchy lace. This lace is soft, sexy, and sophisticated. It’s easy to include just a little of this look. But a camisole with a lacy top, for example, to add just a hint of lace to an outfit. Make sure to feel the lace before buying to feel that it is soft; in maternity lines, the lace is often backed by a soft material, like cotton, so that it looks and feels great.
Lace looks good on both the outside and inside of your outfit. Wearing maternity lingerie that is sexy and has some lace in it can help you to feel more confident and attractive throughout your pregnancy. I particularly like Hot Milk’s comfortable and attractive range of maternity and nursing lingerie.
Usually a summer look, safari inspired style hit fashion scene for autumn 2010. Look for anything in camel and animal prints. It’s easy to go overboard on this look, but incorporating a little bit can be fun. Try layering an animal print with another plain fabric to balance it out. Freya even has a maternity bra in a “snow leopard” print so that if you’re not brave enough to flaunt this look, you can still wear it for yourself (and your partner).