The Growing Bump: Casual Wear Ideas

I realised I haven’t written a maternity style post in quite a while! And given I’m now 28 weeks pregnant (yaaaay!) I figured it was about time for a little update on how I’ve been dressing this ever expanding bump of mine. I am at the stage where I feel I am getting bigger by the day!! (anyone else feel like that?!) I actually tried on a top this morning which used to be ‘baggy’ thinking I would still be able to wear it and eh… Let’s just say it was NOT a pretty sight! And I got stuck trying to pull it off…. Never again! Quite hilarious really but never again! I’ve learnt my lesson there 😉
I tend to post the majority of my personal style pics over on my Instagram page. (See it here) So if you are looking for some ideas, you might wanna check it out 🙂

Instagram: My life in little boxes

Instagram: My life in little boxes


I get so many emails every day about maternity style and dressing your bump. I want to share that I am finding this hard too! It’s my first baby so I am really just learning as I go, and trying to figure out what I am comfy in, but what still looks somewhat stylish. Let me assure you there are so many days when I feel absolutely horrible, bloated, fat, spotty and swollen and I do not even attempt to glam myself up on those days. So, trust me, I am not dressed up every day!!! If you saw me on random Sunday glued to Netflix on the couch you would no doubt suggest I shut down The Style Fairy 😉

CASUSAL MATERNITY WEAR

So, what am I wearing casually. I wrote a post before about what jeans I am loving and that has stayed the same (Read that post here) Bar the addition of this pair below which I really love (the roll up is optional but looks great when worn with trainers)

ASOS, €41 Shop here

ASOS, €41 Shop here


I still love the over the bump jeggings from New Look that I talk about in this post (I have them in navy and black) But I am also wearing the jeggings from ASOS a lot. They are SO comfy, because they have a great stretch and the colour is ideal. The only annoying thing is I am ALWAYS pulling them up, I think that’s the one massive draw backs of under-the-bump jeans though, other than that, I love them!
ASOS, €47 Shop here

ASOS, €47 Shop here


As well as jeans, I wear black leggings a lot (I have these ones from New Look).
When it comes to tops, the key for me has been having loads of great basic LONG vests (no sleeves, plus t-shirts with short and long sleeve) and then layering over those. Be sure to opt for ones with good lycra in them and not ones that go loose and baggy after one wear (that annoys me so much!)
I love the Zara vests (in stock all year round), I have the thick sleeved lycra vest from there in cream, navy, white and black. If you’ve been on a personal shopping trip with me, you know I recommend them as the ideal basic for everyone. I have also picked up some plain vests and t -shirts in Dunnes Stores, Penneys and New Look. Length, as I have learned, is key. A peaking out bare pregnant belly is not a good look!!! Hahaha… 😉 I find the Mamalicious range of vests and t-shirts really nice to wear. As well as the below, I also got some multi packs from New Look and some this long sleeved basic top from Elora Maternity.
Two pack vest from Mamalicious, €30 Shop here

Two pack vest from Mamalicious, €30 Shop here


I have been wearing a mix of maternity and non maternity tops, some of the best I have been wearing are from ASOS, Isabella Oliver, New Look, Dunnes Stores and Elora Maternity.Here are a few others I have:
ASOS, €13  Shop here

ASOS, €13 Shop here


ASOS, €34 Shop here

ASOS, €34 Shop here


Isabella Oliver (available on ASOS), €123 Shop here

Isabella Oliver (available on ASOS), €123 Shop here


Elora Maternity, €40 Shop here

Elora Maternity, €40 Shop here


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Topshop, €20 (approx.) Shop here


Isabella Oliver, €47 (was €125) Shop here

Isabella Oliver, €47 (was €125) Shop here


H&M, €24.99

H&M, €24.99 See here


New Look, € Shop here

New Look, €9.99 Shop here


New Look, € Shop here

New Look, €8.99 Shop here


Hope this helps give you some ideas for casual wear 🙂
‘Til next time
Naomi xxx

Naomi Clarke is the owner and creator of The Style Fairy. Naomi, a qualified fashion stylist and personal shopper has over 12 years experience in fashion, personal shopping, blogging, styling and PR both in Ireland and abroad. Having spent 2 years working in the fashion industry in Sydney and then in Singapore, Naomi relocated back to Dublin to set up her own business in 2013 and so began The Style Fairy.

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