At our Nursery World shops, where the maternity wear is sold we are constantly asked what are the essential items a pregnant women needs for her maternity wardrobe, as first timers are really unsure as to what to buy and what to make do with.
So to help those who are struggling we have made a list of 5 key items to invest in to see you through your pregnancy in style. The cost of maternity wear can quickly add up, so these are our 'must haves maternitywear':
Maternity Jeans - if you were never out of your jeans before your pregnancy, this will not change. We don't need to tell you that jeans can be jazzed up for nights out or dressed down for weekends.So it is going to be important to find a great pair, in a style you like. Maternity Jeans have various waistbands to accommodate your bump, and don't be fooled into thinking you can just super-size on normal jeans - they will just look saggy around your bottom and legs. Make sure there is an element of elastane too.
Black Maternity Trousers - again these work well in many situations, used for work, dressed up for a night out or just a change from your jeans. As with the jeans there are a variety of different waistbands.
Maternity Wrap Dress - this dress suits most shapes and bumps, and can be very comfortable. Avoid non-maternity ones otherwise you could have an uneven look with more material at the back and the front sitting 4 inches above your knees. Your wrap dress will also fit your post-birth and can be used if you are breast-feeding, so it is really worth the investment.
Classic Fitted T-Shirt - again opt for a maternity one, that will stretch and grow with you. Choose one in a neckline that suit your shape and if you want to play it safe go for black and jazz it up with necklaces, brooches or scarves. Your boobs and back will grow, but your shoulders are unlikely to change, so buying larger regular clothes will make you look over-sized across your shoulders.
White Shirt - every season, without fail, the white shirt makes an appearance in the fashion pages. We've had pussy-bow, oriental collar, wrap around.....so with a white maternity shirt in your wardrobe you can always pull a smart outfit together either with your jeans or your black trousers. You can get away with a man's shirt here, and no doubt your partner will find it a sexy look, but for a more together look, opt for a stretch maternity version.
So if you only buy 5 things this pregnancy, we suggest you consider these!