Fashion, Maternity wear, Mummy stuff, Pregnancy, Style

21 weeks pregnant: dressing the bump

Trying to fit the bump into a photo booth. Only partly succeeding

I am having a few ‘hit by a truck’ days. Nothing that a 30-minute afternoon nap couldn’t fix, but still hugely annoying. Especially now that I’ve got more to do than in a long time (more on that later). I am starting to wonder whoever came up with that golden trimester myth. Ah, who knows, maybe it’s going to happen any second now. Maybe I am going to wake up tomorrow, all beautiful, blossoming, blooming pregnancy bliss. Because hope dies last.

With spring finally upon us (or is this summer now?), I found myself in the position of literally having nothing to wear. Last time, when I was pregnant in winter, I just cut into the waistband of my tights and wore my regular cashmere jumper dresses until little L was born. Which presented me with the delightful problem of having my figure back but nothing to wear the following the winter (apart from bumped-out, baggy dresses).

Shopping for a bump however is a little less delightful. Don’t get me wrong, I love dressing le bump, and there are gorgeous maternity clothes out there (albeit a little too frilly-lacy-ruched at times for my liking). But I am only going to be pregnant for another four months, and I am not going to spend vast amounts of money on clothes I can’t wear beyond that. Sure, maternity jeans* and leggings are must-have staples. But apart from that, I am mainly buying regular clothes a size bigger, in the hope that they will still look OK once the baby is here.

What’s your approach to maternity wear? Any brands I should know of?

*I bought Séraphine’s grey skinny below-the-bump jeans and love them!

Model wears: black and beige striped top: Malene Birger, black leggings: Topshop, rose quartz pendant: Browns; blue and white striped maxi-dress: American Apparel, grandpa caridgan: Gap, twisted hoop earrings: American Apparel, dark circles under eyes: model’s own


  1. I was pregnant this time last year and lived in baggy vest tops all bought 2 sizes too big, am recyling them this year with a skinny waist belt! I agree that maternity wear is just too expensive for the time you will wear it – I managed rather well with 1 pair of maternity jeans and too big tops, although at 2 weeks late I ballooned to wearing the husbands t-shirts! (to set the scene, im 5ft nothing, he’s 6th and 15 stone!!). Good luck with all things maternity wear!

  2. I am obviously going to recommend Isabella Oliver, I love their stuff and the maternity collection is great but with the British summer and you obviously not wanting to spend lots, I say stick with the maxi dresses that come from under the bust, that way they should still fit for next year x

  3. karolina says

    Same with me, pregnant last year and with awful vericose veins – couldn’t enjoy summer as I had to wear those horrible stockings!! Makes me boil just at the thought of it! Maxi dresses from h and m are good and cheap as next year you won’t be able to wear them because of the stretched out bump – so get all the colours. Mothercare and GAP do some nice bright dresses. I used to always wear bold printed scarves to accessorize the bump. Enjoy and don’t buy too many things 😛 xxx

  4. Happymiddlemum says

    I lived in two fabulous cotton dresses that my mummy made for me! She even made me a matching bag, all in Amy Butler fabric. After a totally depressing post natal shopping trip yesterday, I was on the phone to mum again asking for another no-bump version. I really should learn to make stuff myself…

  5. Happymiddlemum says

    Yes, you do look amazing. Here is hoping for some energy bursts for you 🙂

  6. You look so pretty and the house looks like it’s really coming along too! xx

  7. Well firstly, you look great! And yes I did the same, i used to buy clothes a size bigger, but then after baby I was faced with clothes that were too big, so in which case I could then justify buying maternity clothes! xx

  8. I think you look great too, maternity wear is not easy to find. Especially good stuff!

  9. jen says

    Ohmigosh! You are sooo adorable! I love the horizontal stripes over the bump.

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