Tips on Dressing Your Bump for Party Season

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A Guest Post by Alex O’Callaghan (Creator of MammaBelle – New Australian maternity clothing label due to launch in 2015).

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MammaBelle’s top tips on dressing your bump for party season

Firstly, congratulations on your pregnancy! This is a time to celebrate YOU and how amazing you are for choosing to undertake the greatest calling known to woman.

Choosing clothing to celebrate and style your BUMP is a HUGE part of the fun of being pregnant. The clothing that you wear during this special time in your life should be an expression of how you feel about yourself and your journey into motherhood.

Party season is packed with fabulous get-togethers and events so it’s the PERFECT opportunity to show off your BUMP and have some fun with your maternity style.

Here are some things to consider when creating your perfect maternity party look this summer:

DRESSED UP OR DOWN?

Party season events can typically be divided into three dress code categories:

  1. Casual and carefree – think Christmas Day with the family or a BBQ with friends.
  2. Semi-formal – think Christmas dinner break-ups with the girls or work parties.
  3. Formal and fancy – think New Year’s Eve.

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Classic Stripes

 
MIX AND MATCH

In order to make the most of your maternity wardrobe during party season (and throughout the rest of your pregnancy) make sure to include a few staple pieces that you LOVE (i.e. things that you will wear to death). Make sure these pieces are versatile so that they can be dressed up or down, cross-seasonal and easy to style.

The following pieces are my must have staples and allow for endless styling options.

An item in classic stripes – its powers of versatility make it one of the easiest staple pieces to style. Dressed up or down the classic stripe will see your bump through party season and beyond.

An item in a statement print – this summer is all about floral prints. I love florals blown up to statement proportions for maximum impact. Statement prints usually require minimal accessorising making them super easy to wear.

An item in a bright block colour – have some fun and celebrate your BUMP by choosing bright colours. I love red and orange for this summer.

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 Statement Prints

ASOS Breton Stripe Maternity Top  | Ripe Maternity Denim Shorts | Boohoo Floral blazer | Dress in oversized floral print  | Prada Sunglasses |  Moschino Heart Shaped Clutch |  Erickson Beamon Statement Earring | Kurt Geiger Block Heeled Sandal | Ancient Greek Sandals Slides | Zalando Wedge Sandals 

GLAM IT UP

The following accessories are perfect for glamming up any party season maternity outfit.

  • Statement necklace
  • Statement earrings
  • Killer clutch

STYLE YOUR LOOK

Add the following pieces to your party season maternity wardrobe for ‘maximum styling potential’. Rest assured, you won’t be caught wearing the same outfit more than once. My fave styling pieces for this summer are:

  • Light-weight summer kimono/blazer in a bold print (I’m still loving floral prints).
  • Trendy hat
  • Statement sunglasses

EXISTING WARDROBE

Remember, you don’t always have to wear maternity branded items. Try to think of new ways to wear your favourite pieces from your existing wardrobe. For example elastic waisted skirts can be worn over your BUMP. Flowing high waisted skirts look amazing draped over your beautiful belly. Check out my styling images for an example of how to style a high waisted skirt.

Let’s talk SHOES!

My top picks for cute kicks this party season are:

  • Slides – so on trend and so comfy!
  • Wedges – the comfy option for a little extra glam.
  • Block Heels – if you dare to wear heels opt for block heels with an ankle strap for extra support. Ankle straps are known for elongating your legs, especially if you’re wearing midi length dresses.

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Bright Block Colour 

Prada Sunglasses | Trimester Riley Bright block colour dress Boohoo Floral blazer | Moschino Heart Shaped Clutch |  Erickson Beamon Statement Earring | Kurt Geiger Block Heeled Sandal | Ancient Greek Sandals Slides | Zalando Wedge Sandals 

A note about FABRICS – What to look for and what to avoid.

Paying attention to the fabric make up of your maternity clothing is super important, especially when choosing clothing to wear during summer.

Fabrics made of natural fibres like cotton or bamboo are best for maternity wear because they are light, soft, breathable and comfortable. Viscose/Rayon is very close to a natural fibre and is also ideal.

Spandex/lycra blend fabrics are perfect for providing stretch and room for growth.

Avoid man-made or synthetic fabrics like polyester, nylon and acrylic. Synthetic fibres do not breathe well and can leave you feeling sweaty and itchy.

Thanks so much Alex! Party season can be so stressful especially when you’re pregnant. These style tips are a great help for all mums to be! Mama S x

About the Author

Alex O’Callaghan is the Creator of and Mamma behind MammaBelle, a new Australian maternity clothing label due for release in early 2015. Alex is passionate about helping fashion lovers celebrate and style their growing BUMP with NO frump maternity clothing they can fall in LOVE with. I wore one of her dresses here and it was love at first sight.

She is also committed to supporting mothers as they prepare for their journey into motherhood through her own musings on motherhood (via her blog: http://mammabelle.postach.io/) and by providing pregnancy resources and information and inspiration to live by (via her Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/mammabelle.com.stylingyourbump)

Alex’s MammaBelle maternity clothing label will include all of her own original designs and is due for release in 2015. 

5 Comments

  • Alex O'Callaghan says:

    Thanks so much for the opportunity to guest post on your blog Mama Stylista! I am completely honoured and thrilled 🙂 I hope my tips are of value to all Mammas to-be this party season.

  • Mica says:

    Oh even though the bump is gone, I am in love with all 3 of those striped outfits! 🙂 Good inspiration even for those who are no longer pregnant 🙂

    I have a (non-maternity) dress similar to that striped one too, I should get it out and wear it again! 🙂

    • Alex O'Callaghan says:

      Thanks so much for taking the time to leave a comment Mica. I am so glad you like my style inspiration. My tips are definitely applicable for a non-maternity wardrobe 🙂 Definitely get that stripe dress out and wear it! There are loads of ways to style stripes so have fun with it 🙂

  • Norlin Mustapha says:

    Oooh making me wish I was …ok maybe not. But love the tips! I agree that you don’t have to wear maternity brands when you’re pregnant as there’s so much out there or in your wardrobe that can stretch with the bump.

    • Alex O'Callaghan says:

      Thanks for your lovely feedback Norlin! I am so glad you loved my tips 🙂 Mixing and matching with maternity and non maternity items is definitely the way to go. I think it’s nice for Mammas to-be to celebrate their new bump by buying a few maternity items they love and then make the most of their existing wardrobe as well 🙂

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