Roxanne Hinton models fashion from Va Va Voom, Red Hill, Rockhampton. Maternity wear for Fashion File. Photo Sharyn O'Neill / The Morning Bulletin
Roxanne Hinton models fashion from Va Va Voom, Red Hill, Rockhampton. Maternity wear for Fashion File. Photo Sharyn O'Neill / The Morning Bulletin Sharyn O'Neill ROK140214smater7

Make way for bump beauty with trendy maternity wear

EVERY pregnancy is different, but most women can get away with wearing the clothing already in their wardrobe for a while.

But when changes start happening to your body, so too will your clothing options when there is a bub on the way.

Some bellies expand early, other bellies are sensitive to touch.

But is specially-designed maternity wear essential to purchase for your wardrobe?

I know in my own pregnancy, stretch material was my friend.

I wore stretch skirts most days, which expanded with me as my baby grew. But elastic waists will only take you so far.

The good news for expectant mums today is so much of current fashion can be converted to maternity wear.

Maxi dresses are a great starter.

Many are roomy enough for a baby bump, while others will also stretch as you grow.

Don't discount tops and pants either.

Some pant styles can be worn rolled down low under the belly, while looser, flowing tops, like swing tops and ponchos, can easily spread over a swelling bump.

Avoid the tent effect by giving shape to loose-fitting styles with scarves, jewellery and layering with sleeveless cardis and vests.

Certainly as you near the end of the baby-carrying road there is a good reason to browse the maternity sections in fashion stores.

Sometimes the changes your body goes through require more than just an oversized t-shirt to make you feel fab.

Target is one store with a great range of maternity fashion basics, including casual and career styles, and all at a great price.

You can mix and match these fashion pieces, and even incorporate some of what you already have in your wardrobe.

Being pregnant is a special time, so enjoy every part - including the view in your mirror.



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