Louisa Claire

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Preparing for Baby: Dressing the Bump or…. 4 simple tips for staying stylish during pregnancy.

1. Keep it Simple

My pregnancy wardrobe consists of 2 pairs of black pants, 4 long sleeve longline tops from Sussan (yes, I have every colour) and 3 longline tank tops also from Sussan. I basically alternate the layers each day and that’s it.

2. Accessorise, Accessorise, Accessorise!

I accesorise my “wardrobe” with a mix of lipstick, colourful earrings and scarves – using those colours to add a bit of spark and colour to my life!

3. Gold is the new black

I picked up the Witchery flats pictured above and have been wearing them every day (they have even overtaken my gorgeous yellow flats) and they are perfect with everything! Who knew, gold is the new black!

I now have my eye on a pair of glittery flats…maybe like these ones even…

4. Layer 

If you are a Melbournian then you will already know this tip but for those from more constant climates it might be new to you. What was new to me was that layering could apply to dresses as well as pants! As your belly grows, you may find that some short dresses actually can start to act more as tops – as is the case with the Seed Fitted Tank Dress layered as a rouged top over the Seed Tube Maxi (aka “condom dress“) pictured below…


Looking good when pregnant doesn’t have to be as stressful or costly as you may think. We can all keep it simple and achieve a bit of class without sacrificing comfort – phew!

Where did such great advice come from? Certainly not from my own “stylist inclinations!” No, they came  from Julia Allen, personal stylist at Westfield Doncaster – a woman with over 25years experience in fashion, Julia kindly walked me through Doncaster and through these simple steps for staying comfy and stylish throughout pregnancy. As I walked the store with her I couldn’t help but think what an amazing gift a styling session would be for a pregnant mum – forget the nappies and the breast pads and get together with your girlfriends to give the gift of style. I know it sounds corny, but who doesn’t want to at least look amazing during 9 months of increasing discomfort? Westfield offers 2hour styling sessions for $300 – I actually met a woman recently who was given a styling session and a Westfield voucher from her girlfriends for her 40th and she was so excited about it. Love it!

Have you ever had a styling session? Would you enjoy having a couple of hours with someone whose sole job was to help you look good?!

Disclaimer: I was provided with valet parking, a 2hour styling session and a Westfield Gift card courtesy of Westfield Doncaster. All opinions and the experience I am sharing are my own.

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Thoughts on “Preparing for Baby: Dressing the Bump or…. 4 simple tips for staying stylish during pregnancy.

  1. Great advice Louisa. I am now almost 32 weeks pregnant, and have finally found some preggy style again. I had a stylish first pregnancy, then a couple of “good” outfits with pregnancy 2 and 3, in between the frumpy stuff. Now with pregnancy 4, I went through a bad patch (from about week 18-26) – especially with the cold weather, I was wearing a very daggy long cardigan and some old cargo pants around the house a lot – and sadly, I went out in them for some trips too (e.g. local shops, play-group).

    I think the better weather has inspired me. I have a couple of pairs of footless tights, some short dresses/ skirts to go over the top, a couple of long-sleeved tops to layer with them and 2 new thin cardigans to layer over the top. I wear these with nice flats, scarves etc. Oh, and I got over myself and have made extra time to apply make-up now on most days. I feel so much better about myself!
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  2. I swear by Intimo clothing for regular days and pregnancy days! Don’t know what I would have worn when pregnant without my Intimo! Their “Anywear Roll Top Pant” is the best maternity pant ever (and doesn’t require to ever meet with an iron!) http://www.intimo.com.au/shop/item/rolltoppant (P.S. I’m not a consultant trying to sell… I just love Intimo!)

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