I was fortunate enough to be working in retail when I was pregnant with Lucas and I could get Topshop maternity fashion clothes at discount. I like to feel comfortable yet still look fashionable too in my clothes. I sometimes tend to just buy a size bigger or items that were more suitable to wear over my big baby bump and it was a big bump!
I loved buying clothes. I would always have a new outfit for every social occasion and I feel I take pride in looking good and wearing the latest trends because that makes me feel good.
I found myself wearing a lot of the same items with my boy Seb and even now I still wear a few items, you would never know they are actually maternity fashion clothes.
After having my two boys I wasn’t going out to social events as much, I’m getting older now, plus I was 2 sizes bigger and nothing would fit me the same, I was gutted. My passion for fashion was deteriorating but I never really thought about it, my boys were my main priority now.
Going shopping for maternity fashion I hated because nothing would fit me. I would just pick up something off the rack that I loved the look of and take it home, only to be disappointed that I couldn’t get into as it wouldn’t fit my new body shape, then I’d go buy something that made me look even more frumpy, aged me and wasn’t very stylish. Shopping wasn’t fun anymore.
I loved getting stuff for the boys – good job I don’t have girls really ha ha! I couldn’t comprehend spending £40 on a high street named top for myself anymore as I have a family to dress now. As the purse strings got a little tighter I would buy more timeless, statement pieces that I could get more wear out of rather than wearing the latest maternity fashion trends. I started going to supermarkets and Primark instead; they actually have some really good stuff and great value for money.
My shopping needs aren’t as important now. I buy as and when I need to and have the occasional treat when we have a special event to go to as I still want to look nice. My hubby and friends are great at making me feel confident in what I’m wearing which is needed once your body shape changes after birth. It’s a big thing.
I went through a phase of wearing items to hide my flabby tummy but it just made me look worse, so now I wear what I think is nice, fit wells and most importantly I feel comfortable in. I go shopping on my own now for some ‘me time’ rather than just picking up a quick fix from the super market.
Now I’m a Sweaty Mama instructor I spend most of my days in my kit and love treating myself to the newest items we get in stock.
I still have a passion for fashion, it’s just more for Sport wear now rather than maternity fashion!!!! I want to look good because I find when I think I look good, I’m comfortable I feel good inside too, even though I might have some of the boys’ breakfast down me today and a little bit of sick in my hair!