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When your body is changing, you want quality pieces to keep you looking stylish throughout pregnancy and beyond…
1. Frugi, from £25 for leggings to £65 for a dress
Type: Casual wear
Known for its gorgeous kids’ clothes in colourful prints, Frugi has an equally eye-catching maternity range.
Available in sizes from 8-18, Frugi’s range features plenty of pieces that will do double duty for nursing as well as pregnancy, giving you better value for money.
We particularly love the yellow cord pinafore – a MadeForMums silver award-winner for its style and long-lasting post-bump potential.
You can also pick up midi and maxi dresses in cute prints, short- and long-sleeve T-shirts you can use for nursing, long vest tops that will cover your bump and a denim tunic that we predict will become a firm favourite teamed with leggings while expecting and beyond.
For a bit of mother-and-daughter dressing-up fun, look out for prints that are used across the maternity and kids’ ranges. The Sofia Skater dress with its cheerful blue rainbow print also comes in an Olive outfit for baby girls and as a Spring Skater dress for older girls – you and your daughters could be completely coordinated!
You’ll also find nightwear and swimwear in cheerful, colourful prints. Another plus with Frugi is that most of its range is made only from organic cotton and soft modal for comfort – just what you need when you’re expecting.
MFM judge Rebecca says of the yellow cord pinafore “Great-quality fabric, lovely bold colour and design. It would see you through pregnancy, nursing and possibly beyond, too.”
2. ASOS Maternity, prices range from £5 for a vest to £95 for a formal dress
Type: Casualwear and formalwear
Online fashion favourite ASOS has a huge range for both expectant and nursing mums and it’s all at a great price – you could buy your entire pregnancy wardrobe here without breaking the bank.
For everyday basics there are multi-pack T-shirts and vests for layering as well as jeans. These are often one of the first wardrobe staples you can no longer squeeze into after the first few months of pregnancy and ASOS’ extensive range starts with jeggings from just £18 – much cheaper than Envie de Fraise (see below).
For chilling at the weekends there are leggings, sweatshirts and hoodies, while for nights out there are jumpsuits and dresses. The ASOS range also has smarter pieces for your 9 to 5, with well-cut trousers and shirts, and tea and wrap dresses.
If you have a party or a wedding to go to, ASOS has some gorgeous dresses – for around £30 you could look like you’ve spent a lot more.
There are stylish trench coats and parkas to keep the rain and wind off when you’re out and about, and for days when you just want to take it easy at home, there’s a good range of loungewear.
We also love ASOS for its range of sizes – it’s the only brand in this roundup to offer maternity styles in petite and tall as well as from size 2-26. Whatever you need, they’ve got it.
Available from: ASOS
3. FittaMamma Ultimate Maternity Activewear, prices range from £24.99 for a pregnancy yoga top to £59.99 for Ultimate Pregnancy Fitness Leggings
Keep up your fitness routine in pregnancy and you’ll feel the benefit both physically and mentally. FittaMamma is the brand to wear for working up a sweat.
Whether you’re a yoga lover, a gym bunny or a keen runner, FittaMamma has the kit you need to support your growing bump and bust while you work out. Their stylish Ultimate Maternity Sportswear top has been scientifically proven to reduce bump bounce by nearly 50%.
Made from high-performance, shape-retaining fabric and available in three different colour ways, the extra-firm waistband cradles your growing bump, while the triple-layer cross-back top has an inner bra to keep your boobs under control – no bouncing here!
The Ultimate leggings also have the same bump-supporting technology, with a waist panel that can be rolled up over the bump or folded underneath if you prefer. With this sort of gear, you’ll be able to exercise with confidence, and it’s all available in sizes up to 18.
MFM judge Claire says: “As my second pregnancy progressed, so did my pelvic girdle pain. It was aggravated by my huge bump bouncing and by my ever-increasing bust – going to the gym became a dreaded experience. However, I found the FittaMamma leggings to be incredibly supportive, which helped to relieve my aching hips,. The material did not loosen during exercise or roll during movement and kept me feeling secure and supported. The top was my favourite – the inner bra kept my boobs in place and it supported my bump so well and stopped it bouncing during movement.”
4. Envie de Fraise, prices range from £8.99 for a vest to £97.99 for a strapless maxi dress
Type: Casualwear and formalwear
Worn by Hollywood heavyweights Natalie Portman and Anne Hathaway during their pregnancies, French brand Envie de Fraise offers a style-conscious range that’s comparable to ASOS in size, with prices only a touch higher and pieces available in sizes from 6-18.
There are T-shirts in plenty of different styles, both plain and prints, all starting from around £14.99. If you’re a jeans girl, you can choose from a range of styles to suit you and your growing frame – prices start at around £29.99.
Dresses are a great, failsafe option when you’re pregnant and Envie de Fraise’s range includes everything from body con to flowing maxi dresses, in plenty of different colours and costing from £19 to nearly £100. Several of their dresses and tops are also suitable for nursing so they’ll last you longer.
A great budget buy is their ‘fantastic dress’ for £38.99, which can be worn in six ways to look like four different dresses and two skirts – a clever way to get more outfit options and prevent pregnancy wardrobe fatigue! For special occasions, Envie de Fraise also has plenty of formal options including maternity wedding dresses.
You’ll also find smarter options for work here than ASOS, and Envie de Fraise also offers more choice in bras and swimsuits, selling basic options through to premium. In essence, Envie de Fraise has something for everybody’s taste and budget.
Available from: Envie de Fraise
5. Pregnidos Alpha Boots for pregnancy, from £79.61 for sandals to £133.28 for Alpha Boots
Type: Maternity footwear
Growing a mini human does all kinds of crazy things to your body and not least of these changes can happen to your feet, which can swell thanks to water retention. Practical and comfortable, Pregnidos shoes have been specially designed to look after your tootsies during pregnancy and beyond.
We’re big fans of their Alpha lace-up boots, which come in black, blue or brown, and have elastic laces kept in place by an adjustable toggle, so they will always fit your feet even if they’re swollen.
Made from fine and suede leather, they breathable and with a padded tongue and ankle, they’re so comfy you could walk in them all day. A side zip means they’re quick to put on – no need to crush the bump trying to lace up your shoes! They also have anti-slip rubber soles – hand-stitched to reduce chemicals – to keep you steady on your feet as you carry your precious cargo.
MFM judge Claire says “Even though I bought wide-fitting boots from high-street shops, they still felt tight across the top of my foot. As my swelling increased throughout the day, I found Pregnidos were easy to adjust, which helped relieve the tightness, which in turn cooled them down slightly. They were really easy to get on, which was a relief as my bump grew bigger, and they looked good with jeans, which I always wear.”
Available from: Pregnidos
6. Hotmilk Lingerie, prices range from £24.99 for a nursing/sleep bra to £45.99 for a Temptation Powder nursing bra
Type: Maternity and nursing bras
You’re pregnant, but that doesn’t mean no more glamorous, sexy underwear. Not only does Hotmilk lingerie fill this brief (pardon the pun!), but its designs are created especially for pregnancy and breastfeeding, too.
Available in sizes from 10-18 and for back sizes from 30-42, the range includes gorgeous non-wired neutral, coloured and lacy styles – but there are also bras with underwiring for days when you want a bit more va-va voom.
Thought you couldn’t wear an underwired bra? You thought wrong. They’re fine to wear when you’re expecting and also from a few weeks after birth (as long as your breasts don’t feel like they change size during the day, or if you have mastitis).
Although Envie de Fraise sells a large range of bras, the wired styles are similar in price to those by Hotmilk. It’s also worth knowing that Hotmilk sells maternity sports bras that are perfect for low- or high-impact exercise during pregnancy and beyond.
MFM judge Rebecca says of a Hotmilk bra “A very stylish maternity bra with great quality fabric. You can use it for nursing, too.”
7. Tiffany Rose Red Carpet, prices range from £99 for a cocktail dress to £349 for a maternity wedding dress
Going to a posh do, or getting married before your bump becomes a baby? Even though your shape is changing, you’ll still want to look your absolute best. And for this, we guarantee you’ll say yes to the dress when you see Tiffany Rose’s Red Carpet collection.
Loved by royalty and celebrities alike, this maternity clothing brand has silk, lace and sparkly frocks with the wow factor, all beautifully cut to show off your blossoming form.
Pretend you’re a princess in the Eden dress, previously worn by Crown Princess Victoria and Princess Madeleine of Sweden, or take a style tip from Kate Silverton, who wore the Rosa gown, or Kimberley Walsh, who rocked the Marie dress.
Choose from cocktail dresses starting at around £100, while full-length gowns start from around £160. Dresses are available in sizes from 6-20.
Available from: Tiffany Rose
8. SpeedBump Maternity Activewear Range, prices range from £54 for a maternity racer top to £84 for maternity leggings
SpeedBump has all the essentials you need to keep fit while expecting – a long vest top, a T-shirt, leggings and under-the-bump shorts in coordinating hot pink, ice blue or granite with black accents.
This is all made in soft and sweat-wicking fabric, with mesh panels to keep you cool and flat seams for comfort.
Although sizes only go up to a 14, the big plus of SpeedBump’s clothing is that the fabric retains its shape, so you should be able to wear their exercise clothes after you’ve given birth, claims the brand. However, their range doesn’t have the built-in bra or special bump support of FittaMamma’s Ultimate Maternity range, and although SpeedBump’s vest top is similar in price to FittaMamma’s Ultimate vest, SpeedBump’s leggings are £25 more expensive than FittaMamma’s Ultimate leggings.
Love Island star and mum of one, Cara De La Hoyde says: “Great quality, with really nice ‘holding in’ material.”
MFM judge and mum of 2 Magda adds: “Very high-quality fabric and love the mesh areas for sweat wicking.”
9. Bravado Designs, prices range from £26.22-£47.40 for a nursing bra
Type: Pregnancy and nursing bras
During pregnancy your breasts will grow and change, but there’s no need to settle for a shapeless, unsupportive bra because you can no longer face wearing an underwire.
Offering shape and comfort, Bravado Designs’ pregnancy and nursing bras start from around £26. One of their bestsellers is the Body Silk Seamless bra, a fab bra that will see you through pregnancy and beyond.
Selling for £34, this comfy but attractive bra gives your fast-growing boobs shape and separation with moulded cups and foam inserts rather than underwire – unlike Hotmilk and Envie de Fraise, none of Bravado’s bras has underwiring. The Body Silk Seamless bra comes in any size up to J and is available in six colours – white, pink, natural, black and apricot and a marbled indigo.
Its stretchy fabric means it adapts to your changing size, and you’ll be able to use it when nursing your newborn, too, as the cups usefully unclip with one hand so you can hold your baby in the other, ready to feed. It also comes in a Yoga version for low-impact exercise. Although this is £10 pricier than Hotmilk’s yoga bra, in general, there’s not much to choose between Bravado, Hotmilk or Envie de Fraise price-wise.
Our home tester and mum of two Kara says of the yoga bra: “Great maternity bra. Very soft material but strong enough to be supportive. I like the design feature of continuing to have support even when breastfeeding.”
10. Magnet Mouse maternity range, £45 for an Alice Shirt
Type: Casual wear
Magnet Mouse’s floaty Alice Shirt is the perfect top when you’re expecting a little one. With three-quarter-length sleeves, it’s cleverly cut to fit over your bump and it’s made of cotton to keep you cool.
A great investment for your pregnancy wardrobe, it’ll be even more useful when you’re breastfeeding as it can be quickly and easily pulled open with one hand – thanks to clever magnets that keep it closed rather than fiddly buttons or zips.
The designs are also very forgiving for hiding milky dribbles. Choose from four pretty floral prints including Dandelions, Summer Flowers, Cream & Navy and Pale Pink.
Available from: Magnet Mouse