Mummy cool

Pregnant? Struggling to look good while keeping cool? Time Out gathers three stylists and a mum to be to show how you rock the bump

Tanja Peters's make over
Tanja Peters's make over
Workwear
Workwear
Daywear
Daywear
Eveningwear
Eveningwear
Marissa Woods
Marissa Woods
Ivana Mazic
Ivana Mazic
Rona Turley- Nilsson
Rona Turley- Nilsson
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Sweat patches, melting make-up, humidity-frazzled hair... Looking good in the heat is tough for us all, but when you’re carrying 10kg of excess weight and your ankles have swollen to the size of small balloons, it can seem like a losing battle – so we enlisted the help of Dubai’s top stylists. The challenge? To provide our pregnant volunteer, Tanja Peters, with fab outfits for work, weekends and black-tie events.
See how they got on...

Workwear

Rona says: ‘Tanja works in a highly creative environment so I wasn’t looking for traditional officewear. As well as adding flair and reflecting her creative side, the leopard print in the top creates a great optical illusion: we don’t want to hide the fact that she’s pregnant but at the same time sometimes it’s nice to wear something loose as it gives flexibility. Black trousers are always useful as they’re versatile; Tanja can dress them up or down depending on whether she’s in work mode or mum mode. When you’re pregnant, your centre of gravity changes and the arch in most women’s feet collapses temporarily, so it’s important to wear supportive shoes. I thought these black ones would dress up her daywear. The bag is definitely the splurge item but I love the colour of it!’

Tanja says: ‘The combination of the leopard print and the bag looks nice and dressy. I’m not a classic dresser usually, but for business this outfit is good – and it makes me look a little more competent! The jewellery is great, it’s certainly my style, but I wouldn’t usually wear animal prints. However, I would feel comfortable wearing this, it’s nice.’

Leopard print top Dhs109, H&M

Black trousers Tanja’s own, originally from Mamas & Papas

Black shoes Dhs205, TopShop

Turquoise crocodile skin bag Dhs5,500, www.nottinghill design.com

Bracelet set Dhs40, TopShop

Necklace Dhs125, TopShop


Daywear

Marissa says: ‘I found the lack of budget maternity clothes in the stores very frustrating – but luckily the trend at the minute is for flowing empire lines and smocks so you don’t actually have to buy maternitywear, as long as you make sure the garment has enough length to cover the bump. This dress is pretty but simple. Tanja has an angular jaw line and a V-shaped necklace works much better than a round one. Tanja also has relatively broad shoulders, which the floppy hat balances out. I love incorporating the snakeskin effect, and this bag is like the tardis – everything fits into it! The slouch shape is very in right now too. I know I’m breaking the rules by giving Tanja heels to wear but they’re from Clarks and so they’re ergonomically designed – plus they’ve been featured in the UK version of Marie Claire.’

Tanja says: ‘It’s funny because I have always preferred things in a V-shape – I guess subconsciously I knew they suited me better. I couldn’t walk in these shoes for hours, but they’re fine for brief periods, although to be honest they’re not really my style. I love the white dress, though, and the size of the hat is great as when your tummy’s getting bigger, everything else needs to get bigger too. The bag is brilliant as it fits all my mummy stuff in it, like diapers and wet wipes for my son.’

White dress Dhs89, H&M

Hat Dhs49, H&M

Grey shoes Dhs495, Clarks

Snakeskin bag Dhs295, TopShop

Bracelet Dhs40, H&M

Sunglasses Dhs125, TopShop

Necklace Stylist’s own


Eveningwear

Ivana says: ‘For evening gowns, I think black works best on pregnant women. This one was an ideal choice because the shape is lovely, it fl ows with the body shape and the stretch in the material complements the bump. The neckline works well with Tanja’s face and the simplicity of the dress makes it ideal for pairing with glamorous accessories, like this brooch and bracelet. For eveningwear I would always either go for fl ats or very high heels, and the latter obviously wouldn’t work while pregnant – plus Tanja already has height so heels aren’t really necessary. These are very comfortable and soft.’

Tanja says: ‘I feel very ladylike and grand in this dress – almost as if I’m at a fi lm premiere – and the material is soft and cool. Since I’m tall, I love long dresses and for the evening there’s nothing more dressy than black. I am normally a very natural girl but I just love these sandals. They are an understatement in that they’re fl at, but at the same time they make the dress look much classier due to their glamour and sparkles. The brooch adds the wow factor.’

Black dress Dhs1,425, Blossom

Brooch Dhs160, Aldo

Bracelet Dhs140, Aldo

Shoes Dhs250, Zara

Clutch Dhs2,800, Prada at Saks Fifth Avenue

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