It’s the law of sod isn’t it? You bemoan something for the longest time, and then when you don’t require it, it’s suddenly available.
I’m talking about decent Maternity fashion.
I was also lucky to be able to wear some “regular” clothes until quite late on as Bubba remained compact, a mix of what was to be a healthy 6lb10oz baby (same as his Dad) and a strong core. Most notably was a Monsoon maxi dress (in my normal size) which was Grecian in nature, having an Empire line waist, and a Whistles Shift. Perfect for the two do’s I had within my last month (both photos below I’m 39 weeks pregnant).
However, I regularly cursed the high street’s choice of styles. Why was everything always navy, grey and black? Where were all the gorgeous colours that were in season? Offerings from the “maternity” specialists of Mothercare and JoJo Mamman Bebe were quite frankly boring and dull. Added to this a lot of styles were so voluminous they made you look even bigger than you were – so unflattering!
Isabella Oliver was a ray of light amongst the grey, but I found the price point was just so high in most cases. I managed to pick up a couple of bits from eBay, but although there was a little more choice in colours and styles, it wasn’t close to what was available in mainline fashion.
Fast-forward to 2013 though, the Maternity Fashion Gods must have been listening. REJOICE!
Topshop and ASOS maternity ranges this year have been amazing, just recreating styles that feature in their mainlines (who’d have thought that would be a good idea!), and Zara has managed to bring its Mum range to the UK via the website (although still playing it safe with the basics at least there’s another offering). Even Gap, who was notoriously bland in its colour palette last summer, has brightened things up.
I have enjoyed reading Angela Buttolph’s Style Diary for Isabella Oliver where she mixes pieces from their range with others. Laura Fantacci’s blog Wearing It Today was also nice inspiration for me last year (the Marni for H&M dress I have worked well in the latter stages of my pregnancy, as did Laura’s). It’s also good to know that the site A Pea in the Pod now delivers internationally.
So the future, happily, looks bright. I do hope the trend for just recreating what’s in season in mainlines carries on for Maternity wear. Just because you are with child shouldn’t mean you have to become boring in your choices! I’m hoping that next time, the choice will be better still.
Erin, Love from Cornfield… X