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Congratulations to all of you who are reading this article! Having worked in fashion magazines for some time, I was excited in the prospect of getting a new wardrobe when I found out I was pregnant. Unfortunately, finding maternity fashion I liked wasn't easy at all. Put together with the challenge of finding affordable maternity clothes, I thought I'd either have to wear an outfit that looked like a large tent or resort to wearing tops halfway up my big belly! Australian women are simply as stylish because the women in Europe but our options here seem so much more limited. So, here's a few style tips that will keep you looking and feeling cool in summer and where you can shop for stylish maternity clothing that doesn't cost a year's worth of nappies!

Hiding your belly when you are not yet ready to tell the world

I found that this would be a major issue, especially at the job as there was this fear that soon everyone would notice that either I'd been enjoying my food a lot of recently or that I'd indeed started growing a bump. And, you wouldn't want your employer to begin making plans for the future that do not include you. I also found that I wasn't keen permit everyone know that I used to be pregnant until I'd had the important 12 week scan as I'd made the mistake of telling several people early before and then miscarried.

So, during this period, I'd definitely recommend dresses with empire lines in floaty, cotton fabrics which don't cling to your shape so jersey fabrics are certainly out at this point over time. Tunic-style or A-line style dresses will also be good although via a normally your style, you will most probably have friends/colleagues wondering "Is she or isn't she...?". For tops, I found I'd a few non-fitted shirts which were perfect for this period - shirts using a print are even better as they tend to distract the attention. Bottoms are the difficult bit, especially for second pregnancies onwards as you tend to show much earlier. However, you may get away with needs to wear maternity jeans or pants in the event you wear longer tops that cover up the belly band. Similarly, with maternity skirts.

It's once again time to celebrate and show off your bump!

There still seems to be so much maternity clothing on the market which does women that are pregnant a disservice. After approximately 3-4 months, you will want to show off your voluptuous curves, never to hide under a big sack. Maternity T-shirt dresses and empire line dresses especially, hug your bust area to give you shape. Empire line dresses are extremely fashionable at the moment, that you could wear them even when you're no longer pregnant, stretching your dollars even further.

Summer maternity clothes

Australian summers are very hot and buying maternity clothes online from the northern hemisphere just fails as their seasons are the opposite of ours. Despite the heat, wearing strapless maternity dresses with ruching along the sides or T-shirt dresses. There are a few great maternity dress styles on the market at the moment for pregnant women such as a halter neck maxi dress which wouldn't look out place on the catwalk. Also, don't be afraid to show off your legs - you are able to still wear mini skirts and shorts to maintain cool. And when it got too hot, I'd pop in my maternity swimmers and go to the pool or beach to get a swim. I'd definitely recommend buying some maternity swimwear, as some of the stares can make you feel a little uncomfortable if you wear your usual bikini. Maternity swimwear which has ruching down the sides enable you to move easily and not feel constricted throughout the belly as you get larger. Plus, a holiday during summer around australia wouldn't be the same without spending lazy days by the pool.

Breathable fabrics including cotton, bamboo and viscose/rayon work best for maternity wear, especially in summer. Your body temperature will be higher while you're pregnant, so these fabrics can help keep you cool. They're all from natural sources plus bamboo has got the added benefit of being "eco-friendly maternity wear". Jersey fabrics enable you to move and grow in comfort and are great for the 2nd and 3rd trimesters.

Maternity wear it doesn't break the bank: bargain maternity clothes

womens fashion online - Finding cheap maternity clothes australia wide was near impossible when I started looking. After all, I was only going to wear this clothing for at most 9 months, or possibly longer if I would have been to have another child (simultaneously of year again). Furthermore, i wasn't a pregnant celebrity for whom price was no object. I think this is how most women feel, yet we still wish to feel gorgeous at this point in our lives even as indeed should. So, I looked around for maternity sales in the shops but found it was for the wrong season - the growing season just gone! This wasn't likely to help at all. I also looked for second-hand maternity clothes on eBay but found there was clearly little choice there and was back to square one.

My best tip for finding affordable maternity wear in Australia is to look for maternity clothes online and do a local Internet search for the words "maternity sale" in order that the clothes match our summer months. Maternity wear shops are generally scattered all over the place and you will be getting hot and bothered going from shop to shop, trying on clothes. Shop from the comfort of your own home or even an internet cafe using a lovely cool drink with you. You'll find some great options come up.

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