Sunday, 20 May 2018

What to wear on holiday when you're pregnant

Getting dressed on a normal day when you're growing a human isn't the easiest so throw in the summer heat and holiday vibes and it becomes a military operation. Joe and I recently got back from our 'babymoon' (I'm not a huge fan of that term but I'll use it anyway) so I thought I'd share a few key pieces that I wore while we were away that I'd recommend for any other fellow preggos out there.

To be honest, it took me ages to find pieces that I felt comfortable and confident in before we went away. Joe essentially threw stuff in a holdall the night before we left whereas for me it was a two week planning situation with A LOT of ASOS orders. I tried out quite a few different looks, I attempted to add in more colour and I tried to get out of my comfort zone, but maternity clothing is quite difficult so I ended up sending quite a lot back and going for mostly black, white and denim pieces.

There is only one maternity piece in this post so it's suitable for anyone who isn't pregnant too and for bump size context I was 24 weeks pregnant while we were away!

The Midi Dress

I am so happy I picked up this bardot midi dress, it was my favourite dress of the holiday! I had popped into Next to return a PR sample that didn't fit when this caught my eye. It was only £25 (and also comes in a few different colours including pineapple print) and is so comfortable and easy to wear whatever your shape. It's also available in sizes 6-22 which is great. I'll definitely be wearing this dress throughout the summer, I sized up and it's stretchy so it should fit me for a while yet. I loved this dress too but it wasn't very bump friendly sadly.

My only problem with this dress is the preggo boob situation, obviously they're a bit bigger than usual (for reference I've gone from a 32E to a 34FF so far) and a little more tender so my usual strapless Wonderbra was not an option. Instead I went for a very comfortable and just about supportive enough bandeau bra in size L from ASOS. It also has detachable straps so is great for wearing underneath a camisole if you want to be comfortable. As I said, it's not the most supportive for the more ample bosom but it's definitely enough for a relaxed holiday day.

The Bardot Dress

When I first put this dress on I wasn't 100% sure about it, it felt a lot dressier than I'm used to and I didn't feel super comfortable. But it was our last night so I decided to wear it for dinner anyway and I'm so glad I did, I felt really pretty and there was plenty of room for the bump underneath. It has a high low hemline so it's easy to walk in and perfect for showing off shoes.

Again, this isn't a maternity dress, it's from River Island via ASOS and I sized up. I wore my Topshop leather jacket over the top and I loved the way the outfit looked together along with my Mansur Gavriel bucket bag.

I also have really glamorous shorts on underneath for a bit of bump support and to hide my giant pants, don't try to tell me I'm not fancy.

The Maxi Dress

Finally, I embraced a bit of colour with this maxi wrap dress from Next! This was such a comfortable dress and I loved the way it made me look, it gave me back a bit of definition around my waist which I have lost for obvious reasons. It also shows off the bump quite nicely! Next kindly sent me this as a little babymoon gift, thank you!

This is a great dress for throwing on over a swimsuit to head to the beach or can be easily dressed up for dinner. It also comes in navy and is available in sizes 6-22, this isn't maternity, I sized up.

The Slip Ons

Finding a comfortable pair of sandals/shoes that were suitable for ever swelling feet wasn't the easiest but I'd spotted these Clarks shoes in a magazine and kind of fell in love with them.

I picked them up a couple of weeks before our holiday and they've been great for throwing on with jeans for a day look and with dresses for evening. I think I might get them in black too...

They are incredibly comfortable to wear and they will definitely be a solid part of my summer wardrobe. They did take a while to wear in, not from a comfort perspective but from a squeaky leather perspective, they were very noisy for the first few wears!

I wish I could link my bag too as I love it but I found it in a vintage shop in Portobello market years ago when I was living in London so I'm afraid I can't, but if you're going away on holiday, I'd recommend picking up a straw bag while you're there, they are so much better quality and about half the price!

The Swimsuit

Finding a suitable swimsuit was a MISSION. I must have tried on about 10 before finding these two, and one of them isn't even maternity!

I finally went for the Gottex Profile Waterfall swimsuit in black which the lovely people at UK Swimwear sent me as a babymoon treat. I felt amazing in this swimsuit, it is so flattering and supportive around the boob and bump area. I actually felt quite sexy wearing it which is not like me! This isn't a maternity swimsuit but because of the ruching around the waist area, it was perfect after sizing up.

I also picked up a Peek & Beau swimsuit from ASOS which is suitable throughout pregnancy which is great for me as I swim regularly. It's nice and supportive on the boobs but because it's suitable throughout pregnancy, I feel like it made me look more pregnant as the bump wasn't restricted at all! I love the little tie and peekaboo just under the boob area, it adds a nice bit of detail. I'd definitely recommend this one and I may invest in another before my next (and final!) trip next month.

As well as these pieces, my most worn strictly maternity pieces so far this summer have been relaxed fit jeans, this ASOS maternity camisole which also comes in white (which are my FAVES!) and this t-shirt. I'm building myself a bit of a maternity uniform so I can throw on an outfit without having to think about it too much so that's been my weekend look. With actual maternity clothes I've just been buying my normal size so no need to adjust anything.

These were my favourite holiday pieces and I'd definitely recommend them for those of you who are pregnant and not pregnant. Let me know if you have any questions about any of these pieces too!

1 comment

  1. You are absolutely killing it with your maternity wardrobe! The Bardot dresses are gorgeous.
    A Story of a Girl


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