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The Low Down On Maternity Clothes

Apr 16, 2008
Women don't lose their style, their uniqueness, their individuality, just because they become pregnant. They want to look wonderful - chic and fashionable - regardless of their ever increasing bump.

When a women finds out she is pregnant, along with the excitement and anticipation, she steps into unknown territory and combined with a rapidly expanding waistline it can be a daunting experience! It is very hard to imagine how big and hard one's belly grows.

There is a vast range of emotions going on inside a woman's head as she starts to discover the monumental changes occurring to her body and in her mind as she prepares for the birth of her baby.

Contrary to the general assumption pregnant women aren't in a head long rush to wrap their growing belly in frumpy and billowy tops and dresses.

The clothes she wants to wear are exactly what she normally wears - but with clever adaptations for her growing bump and boobs.

The foundation of a maternity clothes collection is based on stylish classics as well as must-have essentials and ideally each season high fashion themes and fun seasonal elements are added in.

Maternity clothes are only worn for a certain amount of time and during those months they have to work hard to allow women to create different looks from a set number of tops, skirts, trousers and dresses. Maternity clothes need to be easy to co-ordinate and are versatile to create a look which with the addition of a jacket or a top can go from the office to a night out.

It is essential that fashion designers who work in the industry are specialists - that's the only way they obtain the knowledge and experience to design maternity clothes. The best designers know how important the cut and feel of a garment is in creating a flattering silhouette that accentuates the pluses of being pregnant - not swamping a woman in layers of material.

The fit of maternity clothes is also important - no gappy arm holes and neck lines; in the design process every style needs to be repeatedly checked to ensure that a garment flatters and fits in all the right places. It is crucial to know which bits do and which bits don't grow in pregnancy. Women are proud of their bumps and want to show off their changing shape and maternity clothes should help them do just that.

The best maternity clothes use only high grade fabrics - luxurious silks, linens, silk-cotton mixes, cottons and wool - which, combined with excellent design, ensures that the maternity clothes represent excellent quality and value. Always look for the highest possible quality of fabric with a competitive price tag.

Maternity clothes should be made to last and to continue to look great, so in the months following the birth, when weight is still an issue for most women (unless they are an A-list celebrity of course!) they should continue to provide a fantastic wardrobe without looking like 'maternity' clothes.

This season's summer collections are full of glamour and chic, with strong emphasis on fitted styling with ties and gathering which is designed to highlight the changes in a pregnant woman's shape. Embroidery and cutwork detailing is a favourite look this season. Strong bold prints in florals and patterns reflect the look on the catwalks. For high summer fun, brightly coloured camisoles and t-shirts are perfect for keeping cool on hot summer days and on holidays abroad.

Continuing the theme of versatility and co-ordination long tunics and dresses can be worn on their own or with trousers or coloured maternity leggings. No maternity wardrobe is complete without the essentials which are designed to form the basis of a woman's pregnancy clothes - roll top trousers, camisoles and under the bump jeans.

To keep a maternity wardrobe looking and feeling fresh add in new designs though out pregnancy, so there is always something to enjoy wearing.
About the Author
Sharon writes for the company Blooming Marvellous - who sell fashionable maternity clothes.
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