Goodbye Summer, Hello Autumn.
It feels like not long ago, we were melting in the mid-30s, still sporting all our summer favourites, but with a new week comes (as if overnight) an autumnal crisp chill in the air (and unfortunately some rain too). We've put together a guide to transitional maternity style, to give you a helping hand as we head into Autumn.
This sudden change may have left you staring aimlessly at your wardrobe indecisively trying to grab something to wear... It might not be time to get the big knits out yet, but it's certainly time to switch up your look, ready for the season ahead.
Transitioning into a new season can be challenging at the best of times let alone when you’re up against your ever-changing shape, body temperature and even the ability to see your feet (let alone squeeze into any of your beloved knee-high boots.) So here are some of my go-to tips for dressing your bump as you welcome the new season.
Light Layers: add something under, add something over
Adding a layer under could be as simple as putting a tee under your dungarees or slip dress. Lightweight long sleeved basics (or second skins as I like to call them) are fab too to wear under sweatshirt, shirts or even hidden under a long sleeved dress if you don’t want to wear a jacket yet.
For adding your layer over this could be in the form of a classic knitted cardigan, but could also mean a Shirt, blazer, body Warmer/waistcoat, or a quilted coat.
Bare legs & Boots
If the thought of putting away those comfy floaty bump friendly dresses fills you with fear then don’t fret yet, a great way to add a little autumn update is to add a ankle boot. Suede is one of my favourites for this time of year.
Cutting low on the ankle will be more flattering and for those in the 3rd trimester best to not even attempt to go for anything but a short ankle style that zips on the side (to be put on while seated …. No matter how much you want the convenience of balancing in a flamingo pose while manoeuvring into your boot…. I wouldn’t recommend it.)
The Cardi: Your knitted best friend
A bumps best friend as you don’t need to close a cardi. They look great thrown on Ruth jeans & a tee, leggings & a shirt or fab with a comfy stretchy jersey dress. And it’s not just about the knitted ones to consider, There are plenty of great cardi styles to choose from, from coatigans (half coat, half cardi... Don’t blame me, I didn’t make it up) to cotton varsity/bomber jacket styles. As a bonus, they’re also super handy for easy access feeding later on too.
During pregnancy, we can feel fatigued. Let’s be honest - we can feel darn right exhausted. But, during the Spring and Summer months, there is something about a the brighter, sunny days that keeps you feeling motivated and energised. So, with the darker days on the horizon, it's important to do what you can to keep that spring in your step. We don’t want our energy levels depleting along with our vitamin D intake (this is your reminder to keep your vitamin D topped up!). One way to inject some sunshine into your life at this time of year, is to keep the bright colours going... They're not just exclusive to summer. Adding some colour into your wardrobe can lift your mood and energise you - so consider a colourful knit to perk you up through the Autumn and Winter months.
Welcome back the Jeans
I couldn’t go through either of my pregnancies without maternity jeans, although I of course had multiple pairs of trusted leggings, I am such a denim fan I couldn’t go that long a stretch without my wardrobe staples. At this time of year I actually get excited about getting my jeans back out and on after a summer of shorts, skirts and silky Palazzos. I don’t believe you have to keep light denim for spring either, I proudly wear my stonewash all year round.
The Sunnies stay
It can be hard saying goodbye to the sunshine-filled summer days, but rest assured the sunnies can stay. In between the ‘cloudy with chances for showers’ forecast, there will be bright days too and these never-out-of-style staples are there to hide the tiredness and make any outfit instantly look more put together.
Heavier fabrics are key
When I think of autumn I think of lightweight knits, thick jerseys.... textures!!
If you find layering a faff, you could go straight to heavier fabrics to keep you from feeling the chill. Stretchy fitted styles can be super bump-friendly and flattering too, the ribbed knitted dress is a wardrobe hero in my book.
Socks & Trainers: a yes from me
If you’ve loved the comfort of sandals all summer then an easy transition is into trainers, which are now widely acknowledged as a totally acceptable footwear choice for almost any occasion. Add some ankle or sports-style socks to add that sports luxe look to your leggings and sweats.