Hello Everyone, I’m Rhona and I have a personal styling business, Colours by Rhona, based in Harrogate.

 

I’m originally from London, with a background in retail management at Harrods and I trained as a stylist when my daughters were small (they are now 20 and 15!). My aim is to help my clients look and feel amazing and it’s all about the Cinderella moment for me: when the people I work with are transformed into the best, most authentic versions of themselves. I love to see them filled with confidence and renewed purpose. Alongside colour and style analysis, I offer wardrobe detoxes and personal shopping.

I am really excited about what Amy and Annabelle are doing with This Mummy Loves and they’ve asked me to write about styling and pregnancy. Hopefully, my tips will help any soon-to-be mums feel more glamorous and confident, simplify clothing choices and avoid unnecessary spending.

So here are my top ten tips for looking gorgeous whilst pregnant:

1. Start with a wardrobe edit. You may be surprised just how many pieces will work for you during those nine months and post-pregnancy. But my advice is to remove everything that won’t fit in the foreseeable future. It might be your favourite skinny jeans or your body-con Saturday night dress but don’t worry it’s only on a sabbatical! If you pack those items away, they won’t dishearten you every time you open the wardrobe door. A simplified wardrobe where everything works separately and together means outfit building is no longer a stress.

2. The prairie/floaty dress trend is good for you as are A-line shapes. Stretchy knitted skirts and dresses can look amazing as can bias-cut slip dresses and skirts. View here

3. Have fun with the oversized trend for shirts and knitwear. Check out what is inside your partner’s wardrobe too, you may find some fabulous shirts that would look great on you!

4. Invest in accessories. Beautiful bags, totes and fashion jewellery in your best colours will all lift your spirits. They will also help style up your maternity outfits and last well beyond pregnancy. Some pretty bracelets and bangles will draw attention to your wrists (your slimmest part!). Pendants will slim your silhouette. Two of my favourite fashion jewellery destinations are Lovisa (Trinity centre Leeds) and Bijouled (Harrogate). View here

5. Ditch your vertiginous heels for moderate block-heeled shoes, ankle-boots and espadrilles. Combat/hiking boots are still massively on-trend (and super-comfy). Pointy toe flats will slim your feet and look feminine and elegant with both dresses and trousers.

6. Embrace the athleisure trend. Stretchy leggings and comfy trainers (eg Stan Smiths) are your friends. Smarten up your look with fun trainers in your best accent colours, classic white, on-trend nude or still fashionable animal print. View here

7. Wear an unbuttoned blazer, trench, biker or denim jacket. This will slim your silhouette and create an elegant look. If you wear one colour head to toe and a coat or jacket in a contrasting colour on top you will look taller and slimmer.

8. Waist extenders (available at Amazon) will allow you to keep going with your existing trousers and skirts as long as possible. However, there are some great High Street pregnancy collections. My current favourite is Zara with some beautiful cotton sundresses and jumpsuits. Maternity jeans and trousers are invaluable in the later stages of pregnancy and once your baby has arrived. Topshop have a variety of maternity jeans which look like normal jeans when worn with an oversized top. View here

9. It is definitely worth buying maternity underwear: maternity bras, bra strap extenders (eg 3-pack £3.99 H&M) and comfortable underwear to be worn either above or below your bump. Leonisa UK do some fabulous supportive shapewear for use in pregnancy and beyond. View here

10. Check out cheaper brands such as Primark and Matalan to update your wardrobe without breaking the bank. Both these labels offer up to the minute trends, colours and shapes which will give you a boost no matter what stage of pregnancy you are at. In complete contrast the slow fashion, sustainability and not-buying-new movement may encourage you to check out your local charity shops. Often you can find great pre-loved pieces at bargain prices.

I really hope that some of these ideas have proved useful. Having your colours done also makes it easier to build a pregnancy capsule wardrobe because everything you wear matches your eye-colour and skin tone. Wearing your best colours next to your face makes your eyes look brighter and your skin look healthier, a massive plus when you are adjusting to your new shape.

I regularly post on Facebook and Instagram with outfit inspo and tips and do feel free to DM with any style-related queries. I’d love to hear from you!

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With my very best wishes for a happy, healthy and stylish pregnancy,
Rhona X