I'm so very proud of how my style has evolved alongside my pregnancy. Personal style was a very small concern of mine when it came to me ever getting pregnant, but a concern all the same. I worried that I would lose myself, something that I know would only be temporary but would be quite detrimental to my mental health as my personal style is such a huge boost for the way I feel about myself and life in general. Styling and fashion is one of my biggest passions so when they're not really working out for me they can begin to affect other parts of my life too. It's so important to recognise these small things that make a huge difference to our way of life and ensure that we work to better them for our own sake alone.
Being in lockdown for the most part and navigating that, alongside my pregnancy and personal style has brought with it benefits as I've been able to stay at home and take full advantage of my all new loungewear collection, something I've noticed you guys, my audience, enjoy seeing too, which is so beyond great! I think we've all got a new level of tolerance to comfortable clothing, something I'm sure we'll take through to normal life when the world starts up again in due-course.
However, there really is nothing like popping on a printed plisse two piece adorned in the most fabulous psychedelic wave print in vibrant shades of blue and green, paired with one of your fave Saturday By Megan Ellaby high neck tops, a pair of trainers (side note: Converse are THE hardest shoes in the world to get on when 9 months pregnant...) your latest and most practical handbag and styled with a waistcoat and a faux fur coat (out of shot).
Honestly, this outfit, complete with fresh fringe trim, had me feeling SO damn good. I felt really, truly like myself, even with a tiny human strapped to my front. I didn't even realise that I hadn't felt all too like myself until I put this outfit together and I just felt so very normal, I guess thats what 4 days of no make up and the same tracksuit will do to you eh...
A good hair day paired with a good outfit day don't happen all too often in my world but the stars aligned this day and I felt really bloody good about it.
So yeah, what I'm basically saying is that maternity dressing doesn't need to be daunting, you can still totally be yourself, but perhaps in a size or two bigger than usual and of course with an elasticated waistline. Gone are the days of breton stripes, body-con and floral smock dresses only, you really can navigate 9 months of pregnancy in your own way. I was sent a pair of maternity jeans from my pals at ASOS and that is literally all the maternity wear I've done, and even those I didn't really love.
I've worn countless tracksuits yes, the same sloppy T-Shirt for days on end sometimes. I've worn knitwear solidly, every single day until this week, for the last 5 months. And then some days I've fancied putting on a full face of make up, actually doing my hair rather than putting it in a top knot or throwing on a hat, and I've adorned something that makes me feel totally fabulous and this day, in my little plisse two-piece was one of those days. A totally fabulous very "Me" day. You don't need to lose yourself and your personal style whilst pregnant, it's simply about listening to what your body and your mind needs an styling yourself accordingly, and I hope I was able to show you that throughout the past 9 months.
I'm excited to wear the outfit that made me feel like dancing again so soon, both pre and post pregnancy.