For some, heading back to work in 2019 means a whole lot more than just getting ready for another year of hard graft and exciting opportunities. Some of us are gearing up to head back to our desks, but with a little one to keep us company while we tap away on the keys or hit the road.
Returning to work at the beginning of the year, especially when you’re expecting, means having to think about a few extra bits and pieces to make sure you’re ready to kick things off successfully. When you’re pregnant, this may include preparing the ideal maternity wardrobe to suit the workplace environment, season and company culture. So, with so much to choose from, where do you even start?
Know you don’t have to spend a fortune
There’s no need to rush out and grab a dozen different pieces you’re not likely to wear. Sometimes the rule of thumb is to buy a few staples and maximise the ‘capsule wardrobe’ approach. Instead of opting for all sorts of intricate pieces that don’t provide much in the way of functionality and versatility, choose garments that can be layered up or down, style and paired with others, or can go all-year-round, to get the most out of your collection.
If you’ve been putting off buying any maternity clothes at all, now’s the time to ditch the procrastination and make sure you’re equipped with the right additions to head back to work in. The aim here is to look out for pieces that are comfortable and can even be worn when you’re not on the clock – the more you can get out of it all, the better.
Find a nifty dress
A great way to prep for the warmer months is by opting for a simple dress that can be accessorised up or down, or put together with a few other pieces to make several different looks. Ones like the Edie Nursing Dress offer a relaxed fit that can go from day to night, all the while giving you the opportunity to add onto it easily. Simplicity is key here, so choose something looks a little less, so you can add a little more.
Include a comfortable skirt
No matter how simple, a black skirt will always take you from work to play with ease. If you’ve got a big-time meeting that requires you to ramp up the corporate look, a piece like the Rouched Bamboo Maternity Skirt gives you room to play with how dressed up you want to look – add a snazzy blouse and some dazzling accessories for the perfect first impression. Alternatively, dress it down on casual Fridays with a basic grey, tucked-in tee — the perfect staple piece.
Have a go-to top on hand
When you’re well on the way in the pregnancy journey, you’re going to want nothing more than a comfortable tee you can turn to, even if you’re off to work for the day. No matter how corporate your workplace environment is, a functional top that lets you still tick off the hours in comfort is key. The Split Front Nursing Top is an excellent option for those looking for a soft layering effect, all the while taking you into breastfeeding phases easily, once the little one has arrived.
Pro tip: Choose a top that’s flowy and allows breathability for those warmer days.
What are your favourite must-haves for your maternity wardrobe?