I'm 30 Weeks Pregnant, and This Is What I'm Wearing to Work Right Now

Now that the heatwave has subsided and my hot-weather wardrobe of frozen damp towels fashioned into a rather fetching toga has given way to actual clothes, I thought it might be useful for anyone else out there who is pregnant and trying to get dressed for work to see what I've been wearing.

This is my first baby, and I'm clueless about literally every facet of this process—from WTF is the Babyzen Yoyo everyone keeps going on about right now to what to wear on a day-to-day basis. Also, no one ever tells you about the extreme bloat that sets in almost instantaneously. Everything blew up—from my boobs (they inflated overnight from a 30H to a 34G) to my nose.

It was only a few weeks ago that I genuinely started to look pregnant rather than like I'd been on the pork pies (which, incidentally, I really have), and dressing has actually become easier since. And in the beginning, you try to navigate this unfamiliar body without being able to fully embrace looking or feeling pregnant.

I've had to adapt from being someone who wears everything from the '70s with nipped-in or belted silhouettes (items generally fitted around the hips and sitting close to my hourglass figure) to someone who favours comfort, stretch and—perhaps the hardest transition of them all—sensible flat shoes.


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What I'm Wearing: Stine Goya Joel Dress (£160); Topshop sandals (on the rare occasion, I'll wear heels for an event)

I just can't do heels anymore (you're advised not to anyway, as it can put your body out of alignment). In addition, my calves, ankles and feet are swelling up a treat each day: By 7 p.m., my legs are like two giant sausages, desperate to burst out of my now-adored Teva sandals. But one has to have a sense of humour about these things, right?

As I already own a ridiculous amount of clothes (the majority of which are now vacuum-packed into bags under my bed, because there's nothing more annoying that items you can't fit into goading you every morning), I've also been reluctant to buy new pieces, particularly those that will only last during this period. So anything fresh that has been purchased has longevity in mind. Maybe one day some of these looser dresses can be reintroduced to the waist-belt collection that's gathering dust or be given a new lease of life with some high-heeled boots come autumn/winter.

Now 30 weeks into this game, I've discovered a few handy tips and tricks that I hope might help anyone who, like me, tends to favour dresses and smart looks over jeans and casual getups of leggings and longer-line tunics. (I haven't stepped anywhere near maternity denim and don't intend to.)


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What I'm Wearing: Olivia Rose Beryl Dress (£230); Loeffler Randall shoes; Ganni bag; By Alona necklace (I wore this to a wedding last weekend.)

My Top Maternity Style Go-Tos

1. Chunky-soled flat sandals—preferably by Teva. Which is lucky, because they're now in fashion.

2. A basket bag to carry everything (water bottle, portable hand-held fan and snacks are vital).

3. Stretchy dresses I can wear when I'm not pregnant anymore. Make the most of this season's shirring trend.

4. Slip skirts and knotted shirts.

5. Accessories, as they can save even the plainest outfit whether you're pregnant or not. They've really helped me hold onto my style personality.

6. Short or cropped layering tees and vests help with the battle of low-cut tops against enormous maternity bras.

Keep scrolling to see the maternity outfit combinations I'm wearing on repeat for work.

See What I've Been Wearing


Outfit 1: Midi Dress + Sandals
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What I'm Wearing: ASOS Maternity Twist-Front Dress (£38); Teva Sanborn Universal Sandals (£49); By Alona Shell Necklace (£180); Loel Hammered Gold Hoops (£95)

I'm partial to midi dresses with long sleeves anyway, so the fact that there are quite a few available across the high street is really helpful. This twisted, rust-coloured version is from ASOS Maternity, but it's not so big at the front that I couldn't wear it again later on down the line. I'm 5'1'' and already curvy, so jumping into gigantic, voluminous silhouettes will result in me looking like a blob. That means I'm tending to opt for body-con, but I can totally understand why anyone would want to default to sack dresses or loose-fitting dungarees for the pure comfort factor. Gold hoops and a matching necklace have been trusty companions right from the start of my pregnancy.

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Outfit 2: Knotted Shirt + Slip Skirt
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What I'm Wearing: Mango shirt; Samsoe & Samsoe skirt; Muuñ bag; Maryam Nassir Zadeh sandals

When we documented the wardrobe of shoe guru Natalia Barbieri, she was in her third trimester and told me all about how she'd come to rely on slip skirts with knotted shirts. I secretly squirrelled that information away for when I'd need it, and it's true: This combination has come in very handy. If you're tall, I'm sure you'd look cracking in a longer, open kind of shirt styling, but as I'm petite and still trying to have some semblance of a waist, I've been knotting and shortening instead. In addition, I've noticed that tucking blouses/shirts into slip skirts when you have a bump creates a lot of bunching underneath the high-shine satin, which can look a bit scruffy.

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Outfit 3: Maxi Dress + Chunky Sandals
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What I'm Wearing: Baserange Shaw Long Sleeve Kaftan (£148); American Apparel bag; Teva sandals; Grey Ant glasses

I bought this stretchy ribbed wrap dress back in April after seeing our columnist Monikh looking so good in it. I knew it would be flexible enough size-wise to last out through my nine months and still be wearable, classic and useful on the other side. As with almost all of the outfits I wear now, I've come to terms with flat shoes and embracing a more comfortable way of life—I've bought two pairs of these chunky-soled Tevas, as well as a grey pair for when black feels too heavy. On my travels, I've discovered that Amazon tends to have the biggest selection of colours and styles.


Outfit 4: Stretchy Co-Ords + Sandals
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What I'm Wearing: Free People Clementine Co-Ord (£88); By Alona Shell Necklace (£180); Loel Hammered Gold Hoops (£95); Teva sandals

Co-ords always feel like an outfit with more oomph, but there was something about this brown beach set from Free People that really resonated with me. I liked that it was a long lightweight cardigan over a tube dress so that you have a flexible option for days where the weather is as changeable as your body temperature. Again, hopefully, I won't stretch this out so much that it becomes saggy in a few months' time—I'd really like to wear it again next summer.


Outfit 5: Layered Dress + Flats
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What I'm Wearing: ASOS Maternity Pansy Dress (£30); Free People Cropped Baby Bamboo Tee (£18); Kim Riedel earrings; Muuñ bag; Fila Disruptor Sandals (£65)

Where my personal taste usually leans towards the '70s, I've had to embrace the '90s instead. Layering tees under slip dresses or sleeveless dresses has been essential, as my non-wired maternity bras are so big and visible they practically deserve their own post code. Along with stepping into platform-soled sandals like these (I couldn't find the Tevas in white that I originally wanted), I'm exploring unchartered territory every day!

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Hannah Almassi
Editor in Chief

Hannah Almassi is the Editor in Chief of Who What Wear UK. Hannah has been part of the the Who What Wear brand since 2015, when she was headhunted to launch the UK sister site and social channels, implement a localised content strategy and build out the editorial team. She joined following a seven-year tenure at Grazia magazine, where she led front-of-book news, fashion features and shopping specials as fashion news and features editor. With experience in both print and digital across fashion and beauty, Hannah has over 16 years in the field as a journalist, editor, content strategist and brand consultant. Hannah has interviewed industry heavyweights such as designers including Marc Jacobs and Jonathan Anderson through to arbiters of taste including Katie Grand and Anna Dello Russo. A skilled moderator and lecturer specialising in the shift to digital media and e-commerce, Hannah’s opinion and work has been sought by the likes of CNBC, BBC, The Sunday Times Style, The Times, The Telegraph and MatchesFashion.com, among many others. Hannah is often called upon for her take on trends, becoming known as a person with their finger of the pulse of what’s happening in the fashion space for stylish Brits. Hannah currently resides in Eastbourne with her photographer husband, incredibly busy son and highly Instagrammable cat.