Five bump-friendly, non-maternity pieces for the first 5 months

non-maternity bump friendly wear for pregnancy

During my pregnancy with Little Miss I jumped straight into unflattering maternity wear and completely lost all sense of my own personal style, and in turn lost a little bit of me. This time around I was determined to stay me and a lot of that, for me at least, came down to wardrobe.

If you, too, are looking for some non-maternity wear to get you through the in-between stages of the first 3 months and perhaps a little further beyond, here, my top five pieces, all non-maternity, that were all on high rotation during the first five months.

1. The short set

Cecilie Copenhagen YELLOW Collection Shirt V & Short in Colour 01 available directly from Cecilie Copenhagen or through Parlour X in Sydney.03- five for 5- styling and photography by CATHERINEGRACE copyright 2016The a-line shape of the Shirt V (and the Shirt O for that matter) and the elasticised waist of the Short make this Cecilie Copenhagen pair perfect for the beginning of the pregnancy journey. The woven cotton fabric is light enough to keep you cool (a must for me during pregnancy when I become a walking, talking heater) yet structured enough to ensure it does not cling to the little bulge that is yet to become a nice round tummy. Well priced, from $95, a flattering multi print pattern and reasonable space in the breast area despite its one size sizing (I am wearing 14C/D bras at the moment and it feels comfortable) and you have an ideal starter to your non-maternity pregnancy wardrobe.01- five for 5- styling and photography by CATHERINEGRACE copyright 201602- five for 5- styling and photography by CATHERINEGRACE copyright 2016

2. The fluid shirt

Witchery long-sleeved gathered blouse05- five for 5- styling and photography by CATHERINEGRACE copyright 2016I initially purchased this top in black on a whim and loved it so much that I have gone back and invested in the white and khaki version. The v-neck is perfect for your growing chest and the length at the front means that during the early in-between days you can tuck it in to give yourself a little bit of shape and later on leave it out flowing over that growing tummy. At $99.95 and super easy to wash on your regular cycle (no need to wait until you are doing a load of delicates) this breezy blouse can be worn both day and night.04- five for 5- styling and photography by CATHERINEGRACE copyright 2016

3. The leather legging

Willow leather legging07- five for 5- styling and photography by CATHERINEGRACE copyright 2016I have had a love affair with these leather leggings for a while now (Willow have now sold these for at least three seasons). The super comfy leather is easy to move in and the elasticised waistband makes it bump friendly. I now wear these under my bump paired with a long line top. You can’t go wrong with black leather.non-maternity picks for pregnancy - CATHERINEGRACE

4. The chambray shirt dress

Decjuba dress (find similar here)non-maternity bump-friendly pieces for pregnancyI was newly pregnant and needed a bit of a lift when I purchased this dress. I thought it would be a 1 month wonder, however, in turns out, the shape of a shirt dress is perfect for a growing bump (just make sure you buy a size with plenty of room in the breast). I usually team it with my all time old-favourites, white tennis Bensimon sneakers (shoelaces removed) or a pair of Hobes, for an easy run-around outfit.08- five for 5- styling and photography by CATHERINEGRACE copyright 2015

5. Tie front tee

Scanlan Theodore cotton tee (find similar here)11- five for 5- styling and photography by CATHERINEGRACE copyright 2015This top will really carry you from the early stages of pregnancy (the knotted tie will do wonders to cover any bulge) through to the 5th or 6th month (the stretchy material allows for maximum comfort and the knot can be worn under the belly). Definitely one of my favourite pieces.non-maternity bump-friendly pieces for pregnancy

Bump-friendly, non-maternity: my mantra for as long as I can get away with it! xxC

My favourites from Life Instyle Sydney 2016

Now that almost everything I loved at Life Instyle is in-store and ready to purchase I thought I’d put together a guide to my favourites from this year’s Sydney show. What did you love?#4X Life Instyle best of 2016#2X Life Instyle best of 2016#1X Life Instyle best of 2016#3X Life Instyle best of 2016

A family trip to bliss

Lord Howe Island - photography by CATHERINEGRACE copyright 2016

During the first week of March my whole family (parents, siblings, wives, husbands and children) packed up (lightly!) and headed over to Lord Howe Island. Just 2 hours from Sydney, off the east coast of NSW, Lord Howe Island is truly a little piece of paradise. The water is crystal clear, nobody uses locks on their doors and turtles swim just meters from the shore. The weather is just gorgeous; everyday sits around 25-26 degrees Celsius during the day and 21-22 degrees at night.Lord Howe Island - photography by CATHERINEGRACE copyright 2016Lord Howe Island - photography by CATHERINEGRACE copyright 2016Lord Howe Island - photography by CATHERINEGRACE copyright 2016Lord Howe Island - photography by CATHERINEGRACE copyright 2016Lord Howe Island - photography by CATHERINEGRACE copyright 2016Lord Howe Island - photography by CATHERINEGRACE copyright 2016Lord Howe Island - photography by CATHERINEGRACE copyright 2016Lord Howe Island - photography by CATHERINEGRACE copyright 2016

DO:

  • Travel light – you can only take 14kg of luggage on the small Qantas plane that takes you to the island. See my packing post for all I needed for a great stay.
  • Send over all heavy items, especially alcohol, by post prior to your stay. The Island encourages visitors to have BBQs (with excellent, clean BBQs available all over the island at no charge) and food & drink is quite expensive on the island so simply pack a box or two of alcohol and other non-perishables and send care of the post office with instructions as to when you are arriving and where you are staying. The friendly Lord Howe locals will make sure it gets to you.
  • Try the muffins at The Anchorage – they are simply delish. In fact everything at The Anchorage is really tasty and the coffee is great too. The staff bake their own bread every morning and it is well worth a wander down each morning.
  • Stay on Ned’s Beach Road – it means you are walking distance to The Lagoon, Ned’s Beach & Old Settlement Beach (the best places for snorkelling) as well as The Anchorage for morning coffee.

DON’T

  • Worry if you forget your snorkel. The Island has lots of places to hire snorkel gear, including via an honesty box on Ned’s Beach.
  • Forget some Mortein plug-ins. There can be a few mosquitos at dusk and overnight and the anti-mosquito paraphernalia is expensive on the island.
  • Expect to be connected to the rest of the world during your stay. There is no mobile connection and limited wifi on the island. We spent the week completely unplugged and kept all our mobile devices on airplane mode for the entire week and it was bliss.

Lord Howe Island - photography by CATHERINEGRACE copyright 2016Lord Howe Island - photography by CATHERINEGRACE copyright 2016Lord Howe Island - photography by CATHERINEGRACE copyright 2016

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