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Fashion: 7 items to master maternity

Katie Wright asks pregnancy fashion experts for tips on creating a cold-weather capsule collection

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Delphine tie dress, £59, Frugi

Delphine tie dress, £59, Frugi

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Delphine tie dress, £59, Frugi

So you're expecting a baby next year - congrats! - and now you're wondering: what am I going to wear?

Don't be fooled into thinking that you need a total style overhaul. Instead, compile a capsule collection of seasonal staples that you can mix and match with what you already own. Here, experts set out the seven pieces you need to master maternity style this winter...

1. Dungarees

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Denim maternity dungarees, £59, maternity and nursing jumper, £59, Seraphine

Denim maternity dungarees, £59, maternity and nursing jumper, £59, Seraphine

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Denim maternity dungarees, £59, maternity and nursing jumper, £59, Seraphine

 

Oliver says that every expectant mother needs a pair of maternity dungarees: "No more hiking up your trousers, and they offer a fully adjustable fit with several button settings at the sides to increase the size as you grow. Team them with a cosy knitted jumper for instant everyday style."

2. Leggings

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Mimi organic maternity hoodie, £69, Kerrison maternity leggings, £35, Isabella Oliver

Mimi organic maternity hoodie, £69, Kerrison maternity leggings, £35, Isabella Oliver

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Mimi organic maternity hoodie, £69, Kerrison maternity leggings, £35, Isabella Oliver

 

Mimi organic maternity hoodie, £69, Kerrison maternity leggings, £35, Isabella Oliver

3. Coat

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Winter maternity parka, £149, post maternity shaping jeans, £59, Seraphine

Winter maternity parka, £149, post maternity shaping jeans, £59, Seraphine

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Winter maternity parka, £149, post maternity shaping jeans, £59, Seraphine

 

A babywearing coat is a clever way to keep warm now and after your baby is born.

"Our ingenious three-in-one coats offer a perfect fit and come with a detachable panel that zips up over a baby carrier," says Chelsey Oliver, creative director at Seraphine.

4. Jeans

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Maternity lift and shape Emilee jeggings, £17.99, New Look

Maternity lift and shape Emilee jeggings, £17.99, New Look

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Maternity lift and shape Emilee jeggings, £17.99, New Look

 

One thing that won't budge when up against a bulging baby bump? The waistband of your jeans, so you'll need a pair with added stretch.

"Maternity jeans are a great option to wear on repeat during your pregnancy," De Swaan Arons says. "More relaxed 'boyfriend' styles will provide the perfect amount of slouch, and look out for built-in 'over the bump bands' to offer both support and comfort."

5. Dress

"The LBD is an essential piece for any wardrobe, including a maternity one," says Baukjen De Swaan Arons co-founder and creative director at Isabella Oliver.

She says a stretchy knitted or ribbed dress is an "easy-wear piece that looks great dressed up with boots, or dressed down under a jacket with trainers". Plus it can be worn post pregnancy - "just belt at the waist for a sophisticated hourglass silhouette".

Delphine tie dress, £59, Frugi

6. Jumper

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Maternity greencash jumper, £119, Isabella Oliver

Maternity greencash jumper, £119, Isabella Oliver

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Maternity greencash jumper, £119, Isabella Oliver

 

A good-quality maternity jumper will serve you well throughout pregnancy and when your bundle of joy arrives, ideal for wearing with jeans, leggings or dungarees.Look out for knits with split seems to allow for your expanding bump, and for easy access when breastfeeding. Maternity greencash jumper, £119, Isabella Oliver

7. Loungewear

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Maternity tracksuit, £30, ASOS Design

Maternity tracksuit, £30, ASOS Design

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Maternity tracksuit, £30, ASOS Design

Oliver advises that premium loungewear in ultra-soft fabrics is the answer when you want to feel comfy but look presentable: "And after baby is born, they're even smart enough for receiving visitors."

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