MATERNITY AND fashion are two words you don't normally associate with each other, since one is all about an expanding waistline and the other about shrinking it to insignificance. But mothers-to-be do have thoughts on the next nine months of fashion. When do you start wearing maternity clothes? How does one go about picking a maternity wardrobe? How much will all this cost?
Gone are the days of baby doll smocks and T-shirts announcing "baby this way". However, today one can find a wide variety of clothes from business to dress/formal wear and even maternity lingerie.
Says Rina Dhaka, the well-known diva of the fashion world, "Pregnant women can add colour to their wardrobe specially when they are limited to few options. They should emphasise bright colours and well styled clothes which will make them look elegant." One should wear pouchy prints, horizontal stripes that look good during those days.
There are clothes available that will take you all the way from pregnancy to nursing.
Pants from Formes, the maternity wear boutique in London, are high fashion for mothers-to-be. They are literally Kangaroo-shaped, very flexible and cover the stomach. Going all the way to London to buy them may be costly, but similar stuff will be available at The Cradle boutique in a couple of months.
Wear pants with kurti or any T-shirt.
Beg, borrow and steal. Ask any friends or relatives if they have clothes you can borrow. They often get passed around in circles in this manner.
The best is making your own clothes. If you are even slightly handy with the sewing machine, making your own clothes should be fairly easy to do.
But what about our age-old salwar kurtas, available in plenty with new designs? Rina points out the safety factor, saying dupattas carry a risk of tripping up the wearer. And though kurtas are available with collars and decorative necklines, which can be worn without a dupatta, she recommends, "If you can't carry yourself well with traditional line, it is better to go for the safer options which can be carried well."
While there is no perfect wardrobe for every mom, although some of the basic kits are helpful Rina suggests, "Clothing has to be functional, breathable and non-transparent. Basic pants in white, black or bright colours can be worn with a kurta. Not only this, one can have maternity bathing suits and plus-sized clothing."
One final tip - passed on through the generations: No matter what your fashion during pregnancy, follow your instincts. You're likely to be most beautiful then.
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