One of the biggest struggles I encountered when I was pregnant with Sadie was feeling like I’d lost my style identity – as someone with a real passion for fashion I found it tough having to succumb to plain and lack lustre maternity styles so I can’t tell you how much happier I am this time round to be almost 30 weeks pregnant and having barely experienced this. I don’t know whether it’s the better selection of maternity options on the market, the rise of the mum Instagrammers who champion wearing what you please not certain garms’ just because you’re a mum or the fact that at almost 30 (shhh!) I feel incredibly happy in my own skin and care a lot less about what people think – I’m sure this is what everyone says when they near a milestone birthday. With all this in mind the title of this post had to be a few of my favourite things because right now these pieces are rocking my world and I’m beyond pleased to say only one item is maternity so let’s start there.
One item I started to get really frustrated with when attempting to curate my maternity wardrobe essentials was jeans, since my pregnancy with Sadie I’ve moved away from a skinner fit to a straighter leg and here is where my struggle began. I managed to find two straight leg maternity styles, one from Topshop which came up teeny tiny and the second from ASOS which fit like a traditional straight leg jean but felt so restrictive that after five or six wears they were sidelined. After some serious searching and wearing everything but jeans I stumbled across a brand called DL1961 on the ASOS maternity new in section, quickly splurged and half hoped they wouldn’t fit right as they were pricier than I care to admit but what do you know? They’re the one. The Hannah justification behind these jeans is that I love my denim so owning a pair I feel comfortable in while pregnant is key plus they enable me to wear many of my non maternity pieces in my wardrobe. I also think I’ll be wearing these for a while once baby arrives as having done this giving birth business before I know now you don’t just suddenly fit into your old clothes and the fact these actually button up and have the stretch waist band at the sides mean they look a lot more like regular jeans than your standard maternity offering.
On the non maternity front I have a couple of pieces from & Other Stories which is hands down my favourite high street store, if all my post baby wardrobe could be from there I’d be one happy woman. First up is the Stranger Things meets band tee which my brother and sister in law bought me for Christmas, I love that this is oversized enough to still fit my growing bump but would look just as cool tucked into high waisted pale jeans post bambino with a pair of slides. Just typing slides makes me long for Spring, anyone else? My second piece and the one that I swooned over for weeks before deciding to try on and realising it was love is this grey checked blazer. Checked blazers are having a real moment right now so this could be seen as a faddy buy but I personally think any well tailored blazer will see you through a number of occasions and I can already imagine this with a white cotton dress, sleeves pushed up a la Emma Hill, paired with Converse or these Hermes inspired sandals when the weather hots up. To round up the look I went a bit matchy matchy with my fits-everything-I-need Blossom bag and loafers which are making their Cagney & Lace debut. If you’re a regular around here you’ll know I’ve lusted after these loafers forever so to find them under the Christmas tree was a real treat, thanks mum and dad! I try not to be sucked in by the hype of certain designer pieces but for me these are the real mccoy, super comfortable, stylish and ultimately timeless. So much so that I’m already eyeing up the nude backless pair for Summer, what have you started Mum?
What are your favourite things in your wardrobe right now?