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Double duty: Maternity clothes you can wear now and after baby arrives

Modern maternity clothes are designed to grow with your bump - and to look good after pregnancy, too. Here's how to get the most out of your maternity clothes and wardrobe by buying pieces you can wear throughout pregnancy and for long after your baby arrives.

Buy these double duty maternity clothing items now, and wear during pregnancy and after baby's arrival

Double duty item #1: The LBD (little black dress)

A classic LBD is a wardrobe staple that every woman should own. Purchasing a bump-friendly LBD that you can wear post-pregnancy means you'll get years of wear from this investment piece. Black is timeless and elegant, flattering for every body (pregnant or not), and suits almost every occasion. Tip: Look for a wrap dress style that looks good on all body types.

Double duty item #2: The floaty tunic

Wear over tights, with a slip underneath in the summer, or as a loose top layer over leggings and a jumper when it's cold outside. You can even wear it as a swimsuit cover-up at the beach! The floaty tunic is a versatile piece that looks good at every stage of pregnancy and will become a favourite wardrobe item as it's easy to dress up or down.

Double duty item #3: The leggings

Simple, stretchy, classic black leggings are always in fashion, and you can wear them with so many outfits - under tunics and dresses, with jumpers, or with a breastfeeding top and cardigan. Buy maternity leggings early in your pregnancy and wear as your bump grows and then decreases after your baby is born. They're also more comfortable to wear if you have C-section incisions.

Double duty item #4: The skinny jeans

If you live in your skinny jeans, the maternity version is even more comfortable than your regular pair - and a bonus is you can still wear them post-pregnancy and reap the comfortable rewards without anyone knowing they're actually maternity jeans. Skinny jeans feel good on and look great with a fitted top or looser-fitting jumper, and they are great to pacl in your hospital bag if you want to feel put-together post-birth (instead of wearing track pants!).

Double duty item #5: The maxi dress

Great to disguise your bump in the early days when you're not quite ready to share the big news yet, a maxi dress is also great for post-pregnancy when you might have some wobbly bits you want to keep under wraps. And when your body eventually settles in its post-pregnancy state, a maxi is super-comfortable to throw on when you're heading out and about with your little one.

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