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HE Duchess of Cam­bridge never looked any­thing less than pol­ished and chic. Bey­oncé made it look easy – even while ex­pect­ing twins. For celebri­ties, preg­nancy fash­ion seems like a dod­dle, but if you haven’t got a stylist and ‘glam squad’ to hand, it can be pretty daunt­ing. How can you style your bump with­out spend­ing a for­tune? Where can you find the best ma­ter­nity-wear on the high street? Is it pos­si­ble to stay trendy in your third trimester? Shop­ping – and get­ting dressed – is a whole lot more com­pli­cated when your body is chang­ing so rapidly. So we asked the founders of two of the UK’s best-loved ma­ter­nity cloth­ing brands for their top tips for nav­i­gat­ing the next nine months in style. Here’s what they had to say... “EV­ERY stylish out­fit be­gins with well-fit­ting un­der­wear. Your breasts are go­ing through a lot of changes and the right ma­ter­nity bra is es­sen­tial for com­fort and con­fi­dence,” ad­vises Laura Teni­son, founder and MD of JoJo Ma­man Bebe. “A pair of black ma­ter­nity leg­gings are re­ally use­ful too, es­pe­cially when be­ing com­fort­able is your high­est pri­or­ity.” “THE key pieces that I rec­om­mend buy­ing are a good pair of ma­ter­nity jeans and a se­lec­tion of tank tops and T-shirts that can be lay­ered,”says Bauk­jen de Swaan Arons, founder and cre­ative direc­tor at Is­abella Oliver. “Com­fort is key, so look for fabrics, such as jersey, which of­fer some stretch.” “MOST items in your wardrobe will gen­er­ally still fit dur­ing the first few months of preg­nancy,” says Bauk­jen. “Over­sized shirts, em­pire line dresses and long line tops prove use­ful dur­ing this time, as they can be worn dur­ing and post-preg­nancy too.” “A SIM­PLE black dress can form the foun­da­tion of count­less looks with the help of a few ac­ces­sories,” Laura rec­om­mends. “WHEN in­cor­po­rat­ing sea­sonal trends into a ma­ter­nity wardrobe, con­sider how these trends will work with a grow­ing bump,” Bauk­jen sug­gests. “Think about print and colour. Bolder and brighter colours or prints work bet­ter when worn on the bot­tom half, as this will bal­ance out a grow­ing bump and draw at­ten­tion to the legs.” “WE’RE lov­ing the midi dress at the mo­ment,” Laura says. “It’s chic, uni­ver­sally flat­ter­ing and shows off just the right amount of skin for the of­fice with­out leav­ing you feel­ing frumpy.” “STICK to styles that you are used to wear­ing. If you’re a T-shirt and skinny jeans per­son, stick to that,” Laura ad­vises.

“Like­wise, if you like your fit­ted dresses, you’ll only feel dowdy if you opt for a flow­ing style.

“You’re go­ing through so many changes as it is, keep­ing to your usual style will help you feel a bit more like your­self.

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