Autumn/winter trends revealed and how mums-to-be can wear them

Looking forward to the new season and we are rather excited about the rich, baroque, gothic but romantic looks that will take over the high street. It’s a real mix of masculine vs. feminine, sharp tailoring vs. floaty shapes, rock ‘n’ roll vs. prom princess.

Key pieces include embellished peplum dresses, bomber jackets, de-structured blazers and tuxedo jackets, velvet leggings and high-waist skirts. In terms of materials and detailing look for embellishment, stud word, leather, velvet, metallics, animal print, snakeskin, sheer and lace. Colour wise, black should form the backbone of your wardrobe, with hints of colours in golds, rich reds, plums and creamy white.

So how does this transfer to pregnant ladies with baby bumps to dress?

It actually transfers surprisingly well. High waist skirts for example can be worn over the bump; sixties-style a-line shifts look great on mums-to-be and de-structured tailoring and floaty fabrics glide over and flatter a bourgeoning bump.

So let’s get down to the nitty-gritty; what pieces should you put in your wardrobe? New Look’s maternity clothes offer a great range that are on trend and comfy. It proves maternity clothes don’t have to be dowdy, lifeless and completely unfashionable.

New Look’s Maternity Black Lace Panel Top, £14.99, is the perfect winter wardrobe staple. The lace panel is on trend whilst the stretch fabric skims over your belly. This top will look equally as stylish with a blazer, skinnies and a gothic necklace and shoeboots as it will with a high-waisted punky tweed skirt, lace tights and embellished tuxedo jacket.

Getting into that gothic, rock ‘n’ roll look is easy with New Look’s Maternity Black Supersoft Skinny Jeans, £19.99. The elasticated waistband sits comfortably under your belly and the rich, pure black colour is slimming and stylish. Dress these up with a lacy or sequin covered top and tweed jacket or keep it relaxed with a fur-trim princess coat and cream coloured chunky-knit jumper.

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Jack Zack Maternity Black Lace Dress from New Look

Whether you’re on maternity leave or not, the festive season is full of parties. You may not be able to drink, but you can still have a good dance and enjoy the finger food. The Jack Zack Maternity Black Lace Dress (pictured), £39.99 is a sumptuous evening dress ideal for Christmas parties. Add plenty of metallic jewellery and a fur-hooded princess coat and you’ll feel a million dollars. Pregnant Anna Paquin looks amazing in this black lace and sheer cocktail dress; style inspiration: we think so.

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