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Friday, 7 September 2012
Celebrity mothers-to-be have set the fashion stakes high in 2012, with TV and pop stars such as Holly Willoughby and Emma Bunton proudly displaying their pregnant bumps as they walk the red carpet at film premiers and events. Their influence has brought the glamour back into maternity wear, and this summer evening dresses for yummy mummies are elegant, sweeping to the floor, with empire style waists embellished with ribbons and sashes. Necklines are deep, with the briefest of puff sleeves, or bodices go strapless, 1950s style. The material of the season is jersey, often lined so that it falls in soft drapes, and generously gathered and ruched. For evening wear shades of lilac, dusky silver and old gold first seen on the fashion house catwalks have been translated into delicious designs for maternity clothing, and Next UK have an elegant lilac maxi dress that embodies the film star look.
Going casual, this summer has seen the growing popularity of the tunic, worn over leggings, a mini or midi skirt, and it’s a style that is perfect for the mum-to-be. Worn belted in the first months of pregnancy, and then loose and flowing to accommodate the growing bump, they make the ideal top. Designs range from this season’s popular prints to colour-blocks in neon yellow and green; if budgets are tight, then a simple black or dark grey tunic can be worn over dark tights for the day, and transformed for evening wear with the addition of sparkly tights, a narrow silver belt worn empire-style and chunky bracelets.
A popular choice for many mums-to-be is the layered look, which again gives that element of versatility and allows you to create a different look from day to day without having to buy a whole new wardrobe. A tip is to stick to a base of black or a dark colour – it’s both slimming, and easy to build layers of colour over. Starting with a black long-sleeved T-shirt, create different styles and moods for yourself by adding a washed-out pink sleeveless tunic with a flounced maxi skirt, or if you feel like splashing out on colour, a bright cerise silk short-sleeved blouse with floral pattern maternity jeans.
Posted by Leanne Nash at 14:32