So the Great British Summer is here (apparently) and it is pretty clear that there is no way I am squeezing my ever expanding baby bump into any of last years summery outfits. All the pretty vests tops, little dresses and those high waist shorts I wore to death last year will be staying hidden away in the deep dark depths of my wardrobe this summer – and don’t even get me started on all my bikinis *sob*. Although I am a bit sad I can’t fit into these clothes anymore, I am overjoyed to have a baby growing in my belly and what a great excuse to go shopping for a whole new wardrobe. Finding nice maternity clothes can be a bit of a challenge as sometimes they just look a bit frumpy but I have found some really lovely outfits in the Dorothy Perkins sale perfect for the – hopefully! – warmer Summer months.
My Summer 2016 maternity wardrobe wishlist.
I love this navy tunic. It is perfect for wearing to a family picnic on a sunny day and on cooler evenings it can be teamed up with a pair of leggings. As well as looking fab, you can tie the tunic as loose or tight as you want and there are stretchy, pleated sides for extra comfort. £15
I love anything stripey so as soon as I saw this khaki striped tunic I knew it would be going on my wishlist. There is something about stripes that make a pregnant belly look really cute and this tunic would look great worn on a casual day out. You could also dress it up with accessories and pretty shoes for a night out with friends, sat in a beer garden sipping a cold OJ while everyone else gets stuck into the prosecco! £13.50
Even when you are pregnant, a little black dress can still be your best friend. This pretty pinny dress is made of lots of stretchy material so it fits comfortably over your bump and, as is the case with a black dress, can be worn for all kinds of occasions. The short sleeves and length will help keep you cool on those days where the sun actually decides to come out. £16.50
So often maternity tops are just plain colours and a bit dull but this cobalt lace vest top shows that your clothes don’t have to be boring just because you have a bun in the oven. The lace effect front and the sparkly neck detail make this top perfect for evenings out with friends, a family bbq or just for adding a bit of glamour to your day to day life. £12
This longline tassel cardigan is not from the maternity range but as it has no zip or buttons there is no reason why you can’t wear it if you’re sporting a baby bump. The short sleeves make it a perfect way of layering up your outfit on a warm day without getting too hot and the tassel detail around the bottom is bang on trend. No matter how big your belly gets this cardi isn’t going to stretch or be uncomfortable to wear – result! £12
This navy and grey long t shirt is really cute and is the perfect length to wear with jeans or leggings for those summer days that aren’t quite summery enough for you to brave getting your legs out. The sides are ruched, as is common in maternity tops, which means the top will continue to stretch and fit nicely over your bump throughout your whole pregnancy. £10.50
Speaking of not wanting to get your legs out, every pregnant mama needs at least one pair of maternity jeans. I love these black skinny jeans as the stretchy bit around the middle goes under your belly. Maternity jeans can be horrible to wear on a hot day as most have a big bit of stretchy material that covers the whole of your bump, it is like wearing like a whole extra layer of clothing, not ideal of for an already too hot mum to be on a warm day. With these jeans that problem does not exist and you can team them with any top you fancy, they are black so will go with anything after all. £19.50
I think that is probably a long enough list for now, I don’t want to break the bank as I still have lots of baby essentials to buy. I am really excited to go shopping and start creating my maternity summer wardrobe, I could spend hours browsing the Dorothy Perkins sale alone, never mind any other shops as well. It is good to know that although I may be miles away from my 2015 summer body, there are still lots of pretty fashionable clothes around for me to dress my bump in this year.
Are you pregnant too? How are you planning on dressing your bump for the summer months? Would you wear any of these maternity clothes? Does anyone else get really hot during pregnancy or is that just me? I would love to know what you think of my wishlist.
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