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Maternity wear: Dressing the bump

Who says maternity wear has to be frumpy or boring? Two Expat Living readers and a style expert dish out their maternity styling tips!

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“For me, longer length vests were the underpinning to every outfit and were perfect for my ever-growing bump.”


Creative Consultant
First-time mum to baby Arlo

A bit about you …

My husband and I moved here a year ago from London with our now 14-month-old, Arlo. Most recently I set up a creative consultancy guiding brands and magazines through trends, content and image campaigns. My background is in PR and publishing. I was the fashion editor at Grazia magazine (which I helped launch in the UK) and I also had stints at Gucci, Marie Claire, Evening Standard andVogue US.

Your favourite pregnancy pieces …

  • Isabella Oliver’s luxe jersey dresses. They hugged in all the right places, lending support with the double lining.
  • ASOS jeans were super comfortable; I was really impressed with their maternity range – less frump, more style.
  • Isabel Marant Smock tops were lovely – lightweight and beautifully embroidered.

Your biggest maternity style tip …

Master the art of layering. Boyfriend shirts make for great lightweight cover-ups (and are also ideal for breastfeeding). For me, longer length vests were the underpinning to every outfit and were perfect for my ever-growing bump. Another trick: layer busy prints to keep the eye wandering so the focus isn’t just on your tummy; also, layering jewellery or wearing a statement necklace helps to balance out your ever-changing proportions. Your best pregnancy skin-care tips … I love Mama Mio products so much, so I started getting creative and making my own lotions and potions using essential oils, 100 percent natural.

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“Apart from staying comfy, make sure you still accessorise.”


Finance Professional
Mum of one and currently six months pregnant!

A bit about you …

I’m originally from London, but I’ve been living in Singapore for nearly three years now with my partner. We have a one-year-old girl and I’m six months pregnant with number two! I work full time in the finance department of a global bank.

Your favourite pregnancy pieces …

My favourite pieces have been a long Seraphine dress – which was actually borrowed from a friend! – and anything comfy and in lightweight cotton, like the stripy dress I bought from H&M. They have lots of great dresses.

Your biggest maternity style tip …

Apart from staying comfy, make sure you still accessorise. Wear belts over dresses above your bump, and coordinate your handbag and shoes to keep you looking chic, while detracting attention from your bump. Your best pregnancy skin-care tips … I love Mama Mio’s Tummy Rub Oil. I used it twice a day with my first and I’m using it in this pregnancy too; so far it looks like it’s been preventing the stretch marks! It smells great, which is a bonus too.

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Shopping at Tiffany’s

TIFFANY MAUGHAN, founder of Shopping at Tiffany’s and mum of three, dishes her key tips for dressing your bump!

Tip 1: Keep it comfortable, but don’t compromise on style.

When it comes to maternity wear, comfort and ease are key, but that doesn’t mean compromising on style! Empire lines, shaped but comfortable maxi dresses, and off-the-shoulder tops and dresses hide a multitude of sins, while showing off your good bits. You could also go for a fresh, easy look with a shirt dress or jersey cotton swing dress. Our current maternity favourite is the bestselling toga one-shoulder dress by Elly M ($95), which is very flattering, and the fabric drapes perfectly over your curves and growing bump!

Tip 2: The items to avoid are the ones that you have to “think” about how to wear.

As soon as you have to overthink how to get your outfit on or off during the day for those many bathroom breaks, it’s too much work. Avoid wide horizontal stripes and instead go for a thin pinstripe. Wide stripes can give the illusion of making you look bigger than you are. Also, adding a thin belt just above your bump can be a flattering addition to a shirt dress or shift dress.

Tip 3: Accessorise those arms and neck!

A chunky short necklace or long draping pendant can be a flattering and fun addition to your outfit. Plus, it’s a great time to add a dramatic cuff or stacking bracelets for a bit of impact. Cat Hammill does a great range of gorgeous bracelets in eye-popping neons that we stock and can’t get enough of.


This is an extract from an article that first appeared in the March 2017 edition of Expat Living. You can purchase a copy for the full article, or Subscribe now so you never miss an issue!

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