Unless you have a large, disposable income, purchasing clothes that you will wear for nine months at most can be hard to justify. Believe me, I completely understand.
The first time I was pregnant I was fortunate to have a friend with really good taste and two children lend me her entire maternity wardrobe. I remember her telling me that when she was pregnant with her first child she had only bought one or two maternity items and made do with what was already in her wardrobe, quickly getting bored and feeling frumpy and uncomfortable. So when she got pregnant the second time she thought, to hell with it I am buying myself some nice, comfortable maternity wear. I was the thankful recipient of an excellent collection of skirts, pants and tops, which was fabulous, especially as I was working and needed to look presentable.
This time, being pregnant with AJ, I had very little in the wardrobe that was suitable to wear once my tummy started to pop (and boy, does it not pop so much earlier with each subsequent pregnancy!) So, with many months of pregnant belly to accommodate (plus a good dose of post-pregnancy tummy that doesn’t just disappear overnight), I decided to invest in a few key maternity items that I could mix and match with pieces of regular womens wear.
Fortunately my search led me to Soon Maternity online. I ordered three pieces – their Cargo Maternity Skirt, black Band Maternity Shorts and black and graphite Emily Frill Maternity Top and these quickly became three of my favorite things to wear. The skirt and shorts each had a really comfortable, wide elastic band at the waist and the top’s length and ruched sides made it perfect for later in my pregnancy when I felt really big 🙂 I was so impressed with each of these pieces that they were on high rotation during my second and third trimesters and I instagrammed, tweeted and shared them on Facebook.
This sharing via social media led me to connecting with Jane, Soon Maternity’s Brand Manager, and I was invited to review the Trudie Cowl Neck Maternity Tunic. Unfortunately the dress arrived just before AJ was born and I did not have the chance to take photos of me wearing it while I was still pregnant. Fortunately, it still looks great post partum. I love the stripes which are so fashionable right now, and if you add a pair of leggings or opaque tights and ballet flats I swear you will look great and be so comfortable that it feels like you are wearing pyjamas (which is high on my list of requirements when it comes to maternity wear!)
As a bonus, all of the four pieces mentioned here are currently listed in Soon’s mid year sale. I am only sorry that I missed out on buying the Whitney Drape Cardi before it sold out in my size! Shopping the sale items was one of the ways I saved money and could totally justify purchasing maternity wear for this pregnancy 😉
I have a $100 gift voucher to spend at Soon Maternity to give away to one lucky Childhood 101 reader. This giveaway is open internationally (yay!) but excludes postage so be sure to check out Soon’s postage charges.
To enter, check out the Soon Maternity range and leave a comment on this post telling me which of their stylish maternity garments best suit your personal style and why, and LIKE the Soon Maternity Facebook page.
Entries close 6pm AEST, Tuesday, 31st July 2012.
The fine print:
1. The competition begins at 9am AEST,3rd July 2012 and ends at 6pm AEST, 31st July 2012.
2. Entries will be judged based on creativity and originality.
3. There is one prize to be won, with a total value of $100.00.
4. Entry is limited to one comment per household/IP address. Please register a routinely checked email address in the email field of your entry.
5. The winners will be notified via email within 7 days of the competition closing.
6. Should the winner fail to make contact via return email within 72 hours of notification a new winner may be selected.
7. The winner’s contact details will be passed onto Soon Maternity and the prize organised directly by them.
8. Entries remain the property of Childhood 101 and may be republished.
The Trudie Cowl Neck Maternity Tunic was sent to me for editorial consideration. Read more in my disclosure statement.