Helen Canning is mum to Coco Lily, 2 and since writing this post has given birth to a beautiful baby girl Mimi Rose (scroll to the bottom for a picture!) Helen draws on her styling background and personal experiences of pregnancy and motherhood to write the blog www.cocomamastyle.com packed with style inspiration for bump and beyond.
As I near the end of my pregnancy and start to think about the next wardrobe – oh, and living with a new born baby of course! – I’ve been taking a look back at some snaps from the past few months of what feels like the longest pregnancy ever!
I’ve worn some great pieces from Seraphine that have seen me stylishly through the summer and autumn and many will also last through the winter and beyond with their fab nursing features. So here’s a peek into my Seraphine pregnancy wardrobe and those all-important must-haves I couldn’t have lived without.
The Black Shift Maternity Dress
It’s date night and at 17 weeks I’m embracing the bump-hugging qualities of the classic Seraphine black shift dress and adding detail with the double wrap skinny belt under my bust.
It’s a relief to go from the feeling fat phase of the first trimester when you’re trying to hide any weight gain and the first signs of a bump, to the second trimester when you’re ready to share your news with the world and can finally embrace that growing tum.
The ruching on this LBD flatters your bump whatever size and the ¾ sleeve means you don’t have to be conscious of your upper arms, when it’s not just your waistline that’s expanding!
A Summer Maternity Tunic
I couldn’t have survived the many gloriously hot days this summer without my Seraphine printed tunic dress. It was light, airy and so flattering and I’ll definitely be bringing it out next summer too, fingers crossed for such great weather!
The Navy Knot Front Maternity Dress
The navy knot front dress has been an essential piece in my maternity wardrobe and is a real change from my usual, pre-pregnancy style which goes to show you shouldn’t be afraid to try something new when you’re expecting. And if it’s good enough for the Duchess of Cambridge…!
This classic dress is made in the softest jersey and drapes gently to flatter your figure, so the longer-sleeved version will certainly be finding its way into my nursing wardrobe for winter.
Over-Bump Skinny Maternity Jeans
As autumn set in, skinny jeans and layering naturally came in to play. I’ve always loved combining stripes with leopard print and these two pieces (striped side pleat top and scarf) tone well together for a relaxed day look. I’ve regularly teamed these with my skinny over-bump jeans which have just the right amount of stretch to fit perfectly without digging in to your bump – essential as you near the final weeks and crave comfort without sacrificing style.
ShoeTherapy Ballerina Pumps
Shoe Therapy pumps – quite simply heaven for my tired feet. Soft, supportive and of course, stylish I went for the versatile neutral snakeskin colour and best of all they fit throughout my pregnancy, even when the jeans and tops got a bit snug.
My feet will also thank these pretty pumps when I’m running around after two little ones once the second is born!
Grey Leopard Print Scarf
Another day and yet another outing for the grey leopard scarf – it really does go with everything! I lifted the neutral tones of this look with a cobalt blue necklace and my mini fashionista in the making (aged 2.5!) insisted I wear her bracelet too – I couldn’t say no to that little face!
This grey popper tunic has been a staple later in my pregnancy and will see me through to post-birth with its shoulder poppers making it perfect for feeding and the longer length hem will flatter my hips as they (hopefully!) ease back to where they once were. The popper design is such a great idea I’ll also be investing in the bamboo sweater version for winter.
So thank you, Seraphine for keeping me stylish through my pregnancy and beyond!
Here is Helen and her beautiful girls Coco Lily and baby Mimi Rose.
She looks every bit the proud new mummy in our Black Bamboo Lounge Pyjamas.
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