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Pregnancy can be one of the most beautiful times in your life. However, very few of us have time to fully enjoy being pregnant the second, third or fourth time around. Gone are the days where you can take a nap whenever you need one. It’s no longer as important that you stay in your pre-pregnancy clothes for as long as possible. And, so what if you just found out that you’re pregnant, and you’re already wearing leggings and maternity jeans.
Annee Matthew gets it. Her Fall/Winter 2015 collection is designed to be functional, comfortable and transition from maternity into motherhood. Whether you’re in your first trimester, full term or nursing, her clothes will meet all of your needs.
Conceal and Flatter
While it’s exciting to learn you’re pregnant, most women aren’t ready to go public with the news until they are out of the first trimester. For first time moms, concealing a pregnancy isn’t usually a problem as your bump won’t show until well into your fourth month (or later). However, for those of you who already have at least one child, a baby bump can appear almost immediately, making it that much more difficult to keep your pregnancy a secret.
This is one of several reasons why we’re loving Annee Matthew’s 2015 Fall/Winter Collection.
Pieces like the Tuscany Maternity and Nursing Tunic (in burgundy as seen above) offer slimming lines while you’re waiting to confirm a viable pregnancy, that then stretches with your body. The button up sleeves offer an adjustable length and the dual layer allows you to breastfeed without showing your tummy. Unlike many designated “nursing” tops, the bottom will pull up so you can nurse your baby while the second layer stays against your body. You’ll never have to worry about packing a nursing cover in your diaper bag again with a top like this.
The same can be said of the Tilda Maternity and Nursing Knit Tunic in Marle Taupe. Depending on your office dress code, this top could easily be worn at work. Paired with brown or black leggings, this amazingly soft, lightweight and feminine tunic with contrast neckline in cosmic gray blend and necktie detail looks great dressed up or down.
Furthermore, you’re going to love how this piece can be worn whether you’re expecting, nursing or just as comfortable clothing. The slightly longer length is flattering on almost every body shape.
Practical and Versatile
If you’ve already got little ones at home, then your criteria for maternity and nursing wear may be a little different from that of a first-time mom. It has to be simple and practical. Furthermore, it has to be versatile. No one wants to buy clothes that will only work while you’re pregnant, but if you’re already a mom, versatility is even more important.
Your clothing has to be able to catch anything your toddler or preschooler may throw at you; including but not limited to today’s lunch, play doh, paint, leaves, sand, dirt, bugs and boogers. Those same clothes have to be able to bend down and pick up toys or food off the floor over and over again without falling down.
You’ll find that many of the pieces in Annee Matthew’s collection will easily hide a typical day of motherhood while you await for your next bundle of joy to arrive.
For example, the Rayanne Maternity and Nursing Rib Tunic in Marle Gray may at first look like a simple sweatshirt, but little details like the lace mandarin collar will make this top one of your favorites this winter. It pairs great with jeans or denim jeggings and booties.
Once you’ve given birth, you can continue to wear this top while nursing. Simply unbutton at the front neckline to expose your breast. The nursing panel underneath will allow you to keep your breastfeeding session private.
Speaking of practical, if you find yourself shuffling the kids around to and from school, or the ball field while you’re expecting or nursing, then you’ll love the Rhys Raglan Maternity and Nursing Casual Tee. Made from 100% cotton, this long sleeve t-shirt is the definition of simple and its comfortable for any weather.
What we love about it most is that if you didn’t know any better, you would never know that it was a maternity or nursing-friendly shirt because of the discreet design. Nurse your sweet baby by pulling at the side of the shirt. Paired with Annee Matthew’s Dual Function Black Tights, which feature an adjustable waistband that will fit you during and after pregnancy, you’ll be completely prepared to take on anything the world may throw at you.
Comfortable and Modern
Comfortable, modern and maternity are rarely seen in the same sentence, but Annee Matthew manages to marry the three words beautifully. For example, we’re loving her take on two trends for fall with the Terry Maternity and Nursing Hoodie in blue stripes. We’re not sure what we love more: the convienant pull-aside nursing access, the drawstring hood or cozy kangaroo pockets. Whatever the case, you cant go wrong with this piece.
Furthermore, this top easily coordinates with denim jeggings in cobalt. These pants are a great alternative to your regular jeans during that awkward phase of being between pre-pregnancy clothing and maternity wear. They are super comfortable, soft, stretchy and feature two real back pockets. Whether you’re in your first trimester or postpartum, these jeggings are a great option.
Speaking of comfort, while you’re shopping for new pieces to add to your motherhood wardrobe, don’t forget to pick up a Seamless Nursing/Maternity Bra. Having worn many maternity and nursing bras in the past, we can attest that this particular bra is the most comfortable bra you will ever own. The molded foam cup bra is seamless and will round out your lumps and curves while still providing great support (minus a wire). And because the foam cups are removable, you have the option to add a thicker cup lining or nursing pad when you need it.
Available in white, black, pink, nude, lilac and light blue; we recommend that you buy at least two or three of these bras.
Tuscany Maternity and Nursing Tunic | Tilda Maternity and Nursing Knit Tunic | Rayanne Maternity and Nursing Rib Tunic in Marle Gray | Denim Jeggings |Rhys Raglan Maternity and Nursing Casual Tee | Dual Function Black Tights | Terry Maternity and Nursing Hoodie | Cobalt Jeggings | Seamless Nursing/Maternity Bra
EXPLORE AND CONNECT
Sure, it’s fun to buy a few trendy pieces, but no one wants to spend big money on clothing that will only last for a few months. Annee Matthew not only offers fashionable clothing for motherhood, but she offers it at a price we can all love. With tops ranging between $36-65, you can purchase your maternity and nursing wardrobe without breaking the bank.
Photo Credits: Ashley Sisk