While this is a woman’s classic line, it is true for the pregnant woman. When my largest pair of pants got too tight and I’d started to “steal” Hubby’s comfy t-shirts, he thought it’s time I went shopping!
Since I only need clothes for the first two trimesters (my stash is at home),I tried to look for pieces I could still wear even after I’d delivered 🙂
With the weather here teetering between Spring and Summer, I decided to get summer clothes since I could just add layers if I felt cold.
Lucky for me, several mother and baby shops are nearby that I went shopping after seeing Lucas off to kindy. Here’s what I got:
– a pair of stretch stone-washed capri jeans
– a V-neck grey print blouse with tiny flowers (layered with a camisole)
– a semi-sleeveless brown blouse with a pirate blouse neckline
(the cream-coloured long-sleeved blouse and khaki capris are my current uniform 🙂 )
Other suits include:
– a sparkly charcoal grey blouse, which would be OK for dinner,
– a simple shiny silver blouse, which is also OK for dinner…
– a pair of grey capri pants and
– several pairs of black calf-length tights (cheap and comfortable at RMB38 each);
– the paisley-patterned blouse/dress was actually for Hui Sia (who’s tall, slim and fair) but then she’d gone home and is almost due. Don’t think I look good in it because I’m not as tall, slim or fair as her 🙂
For now, I can easily mix and match these tops with the capri pants (including some of my current tops) and add lighter or more colourful blouses if needed later…
All of them cost me about RMB400 and I got a 40% off discount card for future purchases at the mother and baby shop 🙂
Tips for the petite and L or XL-sized Mother
1. Capri pants are flattering for any new Mum – just make sure that the pants stop just above the fattest part of your calf. You can also wear them after you deliver!
2. Avoid sleeveless blouses unless you have nice, slim arms – I always go for cap sleeves or three-quarter sleeves.
3. Avoid puffed sleeves too – unless you’re as tall and slim as Anne of Green Gables, they’ll make you look rounder and shorter!
4. The V-neckline and the square neckline are the most flattering necklines. The high, round neckline only emphasizes your growing boobs (go for it only if you want to show off this…)
5. Go easy on shiny, sparkly fabrics – if it’s shiny, then choose a soft t-shirt fabric so that the top falls down nicely on your frame. Clingy fabric will expand your shape instead of flattering your new curves.
6. Patterns and prints – Loud, geometric patterns and large prints can sometimes look good on large sizes. I have a black-and-white geometric print blouse and a grey/brown/yellow/white floral blouse which look good. For such ‘high-risk’ items, you need to try them on in front of a mirror to see which ones do. If not, plain colours are the safest 🙂
6. Buttons, ribbons and cartoons – I avoid them as much as possible because I only surrender to looking ‘cute’ in the final trimester when I’m HUGE, heavy, bloated and couldn’t really care what I look like then LOL.
Have you shopped for maternity clothes lately? Do share your link here – be nice to see what other Mums are wearing!