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Maternitywear for Autumn Pregnancy

Layers and smart casual looks are ideal for the changing weather of autumn

Posted: 1 October 2008
by Debra Stottor

Autumn is here and with it comes a whole new set of maternity wardrobe challenges, and the solutions will depend on how far into your pregnancy you are. If you’re only just showing, you can plunge right in and buy a winter wardrobe safe in the knowledge that you’ll be wearing it right until your baby’s due date, but if you’re rapidly approaching D-day, a bit of layering could be all you need.

Viscose Twist Front Jersey Top - £35
Viscose Twist Front Jersey Top - £35, Blooming Marvellous
Empire Pleated Trench Coat - £85
Empire Pleated Trench Coat - £85, Blooming Marvellous
Jo Jo Maman Khaki Parka - £39
Khaki Parka - £39, Jojo Maman Bebe

The essentials
Something smart but comfortable for the office is essential, as is something casual (and very comfortable). The good news is that you can buy pretty much any style of trousers cut for maternity, so you’re sure to find a pair that suits your shape. Skinny jeans tucked into boots with a tunic/kaftan-style top is an on-trend and flattering look, or try a boot-cut with heels to lengthen the legs.

Ideas for autumn ’08
Vintage jeans, £35, Mamas & Papas
Tailored under-bump trousers, £30, Mothercare
Essential cigarette pants, £79, Crave Maternity

Soft fabrics are easy to wear, so go for jersey or lightweight knits, adding a luxurious touch with beading or velvet trims. Make sure you have at least one camisole to wear under tops and cardigans on cooler days – layering is best for autumn with its changeable temperatures. For tops, styles that are fitted at the bust then flow over the bump are flattering – or go for something clingier if you dare.

Ideas for autumn ’08
Viscose jersey twist front top, £35, Blooming Marvellous
Print tunic, £35, Mamas & Papas
Beaded top, £28, Mamas & Papas
Pleated jersey top, £44, Crave Maternity


Cardigan These are an autumn essential, perfect for throwing over any top on a cooler day, or to cosy up in front of the telly with. Longer-length cardigans can double as jackets, especially if you choose a heavier knit. Some will belt above the bump, some below, the choice is yours. When you’re pregnant you’re less likely to feel the cold, so you may not need a winter coat (which explains why there aren’t too many about), but if you need one, try Mothercare or Blooming Marvellous for good-value versions.

Ideas for autumn ’08
Smart swing jacket (pictured, left), £40, Mothercare
Pale grey long cardigan, £59.50, Blooming Marvellous
Empire pleated trench coat, £85, Blooming Marvellous
Textured cardigan, £50, Mamas & Papas
Fleece-lined parka, £35, JoJo Maman Bébé
Colline Maternity Maxi-style cardigan, £35, Vertbaudet

The wrap dress is a perennial favourite as it can be fitted to your expanding girth. An empire line is also flattering. Above-the knee dresses can be teamed with jeans or leggings and boots, or go for longer lengths for a smarter look. Skirts can fit above or below the bump – choose a narrow, more tailored style for work, or try long, flowing styles if you fancy the boho look.

Ideas for autumn ’08
Floral print wrap dress, £39, JoJo Maman Bébé
Essential wrap dress, £85, Crave Maternity
Fluted sleeve dress, £27,Mothercare
Fine knit dress, £32, Mothercare
Midi pencil skirt, £65, Isabella Oliver
Cowl sweater dress, £110, Isabella Oliver

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