Five Top Maternity Trends for Autumn and Winter
It must have been something in the air; 2012 has seen a record year for celebrity pregnancies, and many are setting the trend for proudly displaying the bump by taking what’s on the fashion catwalks and making no concessions to hiding away that growing tum. So what’s new for this autumn and winter on the fashion catwalks, and how can the stylish mum-to-be adapt the latest trends?
First tip – go grunge and retro. There are some great variations on the theme of back to the nineties, with ripped denim jackets and jeans and the khaki thigh-high parka with faux-fur lined hood and drawstring waist. Just ideal for expanding waistlines.
Keep to the khaki for the big look this autumn – designers have gone overboard on the military look, with floor-length greatcoats, perfect for snuggling into on a cold winters day, and high waist Hussar jackets. Have fun with brass buttons and epaulettes, and wear your cut-back military dress jacket to proudly flaunt your bump.
Demure and girl-next-door, all dressed up in baby pinks or sober browns and blacks. The New Look range of maternity wear has some deliciously demure jersey dresses, with just that touch of style that makes them a little bit different. Check out this mamalicious grey ivy belted jersey dress (as shown) from New Look with a deeply cut neckline, softly ribbed hem and neck detailing, and ruched sleeves. Purple or brown stripey long dresses show off your bump to perfection, or a Quaker-style little grey dress with crochet tucker insert brings out the butter-wouldn’t-melt-in-your-mouth look. Teamed with a sparkly bracelet or silk rose in your hair for social occasions, to add a touch of spice to the overall style.
Knitwear is traditional chunky or figure-hugging cashmere. Some of the most desirable maternity knitwear this season is fine angora or cashmere, cross-over cut, or deeply v-necked, worn over a plain coloured t-shirt. Rather more eye-catching, celebrating your mum-to-be status, is Mamalicious flamboyant v-necked cardigan, cut back to outline that baby stomach.
For evening wear, go maxi. Dresses with high waists and floor-sweeping skirts give you a chance to play up the Hollywood glamour factor, and are perfect for the pregnant shape.