Finding an office appropriate outfit when pregnant is often a challenge and almost always a slightly uncomfortable trip trying to fit in classy shoes, pencil skirts from BP (before pregnancy) or not rip out the buttons of your white shirts. But there are some key pieces which can help you re-create your corporate wardrobe and will make dressing Monday to Friday a breeze.
From timeless dresses, to elastic tailored trousers and fit-all-in carry ons, this is what you can wear at the office when you’re expecting, and still feel like a goddess.
The Timeless, Chic, Comfy Dress
When thinking “what should I wear to work today”, the first and easiest choice is a timeless, chic dress that can fit your tiny or round bump. And the options are limitless – from breezy, cascading chevron dresses (like the pink one by Gül Hürgel), to cotton caftans ( from our beloved STORQ) or even silk crepe midi dresses ( like the Chester striped one from Joseph) , these jewels will make you look stand out from all the rest. Choose a straight cut or even fitted styles in stretch fabrics, find what works best for you, and you are set. We also love the Clara shirt dress by HATCH , the Melia Midi Dress by Faithfull The Brand, the long, white Vivi dress by Johansen or the black maxi dress by Caravana.
Pair them with low, pointed pumps and you are guaranteed to land the most fashionable bump 9-5 look.
The Bump Friendly Button-Up Shirt
An ageless classic, the button-up shirt is a classic piece in every woman’s work wardrobe- whether she is expecting or not. The secret is to find a soft, relaxed piece tailored for all 9 months that is absurdly comfortable and also nursing-friendly (you will see why…). Our favourite? The STORQ silk, loose, relaxed fit button up that you can style with anything and look fabulous!
The Modern Maternity Blazer
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When you throw a blazer over pretty much anything, you are sure to lend a business edge to any look – whether over a soft dress, a skirt, or even leggings and print boots. You can play with it over the 9 months: style it closed during the first trimester, then let it open when the bump is getting rounder and rounder. We love the Simon Miller wool blazer for cold days, the ultra-chic Gucci x New York Yankees embroidered wool blazer, the Ganni cotton-blend corduroy blazer – pair it with jeans and high heels, the playful striped Alice + Olivia twill blazer that you can mix with a colorful t-shirt and skirt, or the Joseph Gemina oversized wool blazer that is a fashion statement altogether.
The Chic Caryall That Will Be Your BFF
You will see why… If now you’re carrying books, phone chargers, lipsticks, perfumes, credit cards or make up in your bag, once your baby arrives, you’ll be searching for pacifiers, milk bottles and clean diapers in your bag. So what you need is a big sized bag that fits all. Of course carrying a heavy tote when you’re pregnant is not ideal, but finding a light weight one that will fit you everything you need is what you have to look out for.
Our top choice? The Parker Thatch Mimi Bag! A bag you will love and wear a lifetime, the Medium Mimi Bag is made to accompany you in all your adventures, and is perfect for carrying daily essentials and baby stuff. Crafted from heavy weight canvas, it can be carried by hand or worn as a crossbody bag when you need to be hands-free. Personalize your bag by adding a your initials or monogram!
The Shoes That Carry You
The first trimester is usually an easy one- you and the people around can’t even notice you are expecting, and you can have a blast wearing your favourite high heeled pumps and boots. However, with time, wearing really high heels becomes not only more uncomfortable but not even indicated, so transitioning to low heel mules and pumps is the perfect option for mixing both comfort and chique-ness.
We love the Gucci leather slippers with appliquéd horsebit details; the Aquazzura leather pumps that work perfectly with 3/4 jeans and that Joseph blazer, the Gianvito Rossi patent-leather mules that will give any laid-back look a sexy yet office feel, the classic, comfy Jimmy Choo suede pumps with an ultra low and comfortable heel, the Mercedes Castillo leather mules in the same style; or the low heel Sam Edelman knee boots that are ideal for fall and knee-lenght pencil skirts.