Building a maternity wardrobe

Building a maternity wardrobe Photo: Danielle Smith

Create yourself a simple stylish and flattering maternity (and post baby) wardrobe with these easy style tips from stylist Kendall Serich.

1. Start with a few flattering basics.
Understand how to flatter your body shape and choose styles that support this eg. choose lower necklines to flatter growing busts, avoid styles that are too full or horizontal strips that add bulk.  If you're not sure about the styles that suit you ask a stylist or a style savvy friend.

Invest in a few core maternity basics that you can wear to death eg. black pants, jeans, skirt. Mixing these with non-maternity pieces is the key having a versatile wardrobe for pregnancy and beyond.

Select items in stretch fabrics that are not only more comfortable but far more forgiving as your body changes. The more flexible your wardrobe is before pregnancy the more wear you can get during and after.  

Choose fabrics that are trans-seasonal where possible so that you can get the most amount of wear eg jersey skirts are great with singlets and sandals/thongs in summer and excellent with jumpers, boots & tights in winter.

Buy low waisted, stretch pants and skirts to sit under the belly. Team these with long stretchy tops, singlets and boob tubes so you aren't exposed and layer with wrap cardigans, shrugs and ponchos.

2. Add some interesting pieces to mix & match with your basics.
Mixing some special pieces with your core basics will extend the flexibility of your wardrobe allowing you to be prepared for any occasion.

3. Use interesting accessories to customise your look.
Use a variety of accessories such as necklaces, earrings, scarves, brooches, flowers, bangles, belts, shoes & bags to add interest to your basics and help you to create different looks from a small capsule wardrobe.  

If you don't already have them add some comfortable flat shoes to your wardrobe, in summer you may live in sandals and thongs while in winter a great pair of boots, a trendy trainer and some ballet flats.

This style sheet kindly supplied by Kendall Serich of http://www.stylesavvy.com.au/