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As the word ‘maternity’ scares me to the core I decided to do a little searching and came up with some non-maternity items that were completely flattering. My first stop in the pregnant woman’s smart guide to shopping was Kookai.

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Dress: KOOKAI

Jacket: FOREVER NEW

Shoes: TONY BIANCO

Bag: GUCCI (hired from the LUXE COLLECTION BY L)

After finding out I was pregnant I stayed in my normal clothes for awhile and chose roomier options as my body was starting to slowly change. It wasn’t until the second trimester when there was no denying the growing bump that I knew I had to rethink my choices. The roomier choices during this period made me appear like I was putting on weight rather than actually carrying a bub. I didn’t like this feeling of hiding my body & appearing larger to the world rather than preggers. I’ve worked to hard on my body over the years to stay in shape so rather than hiding it I made a conscious decision from that point to ’embrace the bump’.

So here is one of the secret formulas I live by and swear by after the tireless nights of research:

CHOOSE BODY FITTING ITEMS IN A STRETCHY FORGIVING FABRIC IN A SOLID COLOUR

Thats all folks.

After endless nights of being on the internet researching various pregnancy forums, various pregnant bloggers and also clicking on ‘non-maternity’ for the pregnant woman all roads seemed to lead to Kookai.  I actually haven’t stepped a foot in Kookai for the past 5 years but after hearing all the hype I decided to check their ‘basics’ range. So off I went too stock up on a few items. They have so much to choose from and the secret to their success is their stretchy cotton & their merino wool. If you go in and announce to the sales girls that you are expecting they know exactly what to suggest for you & that’s exactly what I did! I walked out happily with three body fitted dresses. Two of them being midi (here and here). They looked so chic with heels or sneaks and now going into spring this was perfect. I also purchased a black merino high neck top that looks perfect with jeans. I’ll also be back to stock up on their tanks (also stretchy & long which is perfect for an expanding belly) and midi skirts as the weather gets warmer. I loved all the options as they come in a pile of different cuts, long sleeved, cap sleeved, sleeveless turtleneck, v-neck, the list goes on oh and the on point colours. Might I add the price point is fantastic. This gray dress was only 80 bucks  and I actually felt a million bucks when I had it on so totally worth it (tip: wear it with a long line coat to streamline your body, but this deserves another blog post)

Kookai really is worth a visit if you want to embrace your beautiful pregnant bod.