One Dress, Three Looks

Never buy something if you can’t wear it at least three different ways; this is what my fashionable yet very practical mother would always say. This bit of advice has served me well in building my wardrobe and as a clothing designer.

It is definitely a very valuable tip when buying maternity clothes too. You don’t need a different dress or blouse for every occasion; you can create a variety of looks with a good foundation piece. This is where the right dress combined with the right accessories is your best friend for six months.

Look #1: Work
A slim belt and a jacket or cardigan will easily carry you through any work situation. Classic accessories, such as understated earrings, a long chain necklace or a cuff bracelet, do the trick of giving the dress a polished look. Heels, even low ones, always make clothes look more professional.

Look #2 Work

Look #2: Off-duty
Nothing could be simpler – put on your most comfortable shoes with a denim jacket or light cardigan and you’re ready to run errands or search for a crib or stroller. If you’re meeting friends for brunch, add your favourite accessory and apply lip gloss and mascara.

Look #2

Look #3: Evening
Lipstick, a dramatic eye and an elegant belt will take your dress from day to evening. Strappy sandals are perfect for a night out but consider If you’re going to be standing or sitting for the evening when choosing heel height.

Look #3 Evening

Investing some time to find key pieces that fit you well and suit your style will make the daily process of “what to wear” easy. And with a variety of accessories and shoes, you will never feel like you’re wearing the same old dress. These little tips can make your key pieces the foundation of your maternity wardrobe. My mom’s advice still applies – change the accessories, change the look and get your money’s worth.

Pat Gillespie

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