The Mother Hut has a huge passion for ensuring women feel confident and comfortable in all all aspects of their journey into Motherhood; whether that’s feeling fully prepared for their labour through to how they look and feel when baby arrives. So it is a real treat to have with me fellow Girl Tribe Gang sister, stylist Anna Mewes sharing her knowledge and wisdom on key wardrobe staples for pregnancy and new mums. We have 5 key questions to ask Anna…
Anna Mewes – tell us some fabulous things about yourself and your story to becoming a stylist.
Hi! I’m Anna, a Personal Stylist and Image Consultant, Mummy to two (6 and 3 years old) and wife to one. We live near Leeds in West Yorkshire.
I set up my business when I was on maternity leave with my eldest child and actually trained whilst pregnant with him down in London. Up to that point I’d worked in marketing and loved it, but I knew the pace and amount of travel that came with my job wasn’t going to fit with the type of Mother I wanted to be. I needed more flexibility and working for myself offered that.
I’ve now been working as a Personal Stylist for the past 6/7 years and I love my job! Helping women look and feel fabulous is truly so rewarding. Our personal style is so much more than just what we wear and getting it right really boosts your confidence.
My own style journey has had a few ups and downs - I definitely lost my style mojo and confidence after having my children. It took me a while to get back to feeling like ‘me’ again, particularly after having my second child, but I found spending a little time and effort on my personal style had such a hugely positive effect on how I felt - I love to share that feeling with my clients.
How did you approach any wardrobe changes when you found out you were expecting to accommodate changes to your growing bump?
With my first pregnancy I dressed to conceal my bump as much as possible - lots of light layering, scarves and A-line dresses which basically meant a lot of people had no idea I was pregnant if they were meeting me for the first time!
During my second pregnancy I showed my bump off more and would wear stretchy long-line vests with skinny jeans and then long cardigans - I enjoyed showing my shape more in my second pregnancy for some reason, I’m not sure why!
My advice to anyone who is pregnant and finding their bodies changing massively - relax and go with the flow (I know it’s hard!). If you don’t like the maternity ranges in stores then you can always size up to give yourself more choice too.
Talk us through those first few weeks as a mum; what was your 'relationship' with fashion?
Oh gosh, what relationship?! Those early weeks were just about comfort and practicality for breast feeding. If it was stretchy and clean then I was happy! Ha!
I think your body really takes time to feel ‘normal’ again after giving birth and we have to be kind to ourselves. I opted for lots of tactile fabrics which felt good against my skin (and baby’s too) and tried to wear as much colour as I could to lift my tired complexion!
If you were to give any advice to mums on how to feel their ‘best’ in the pregnancy and postnatal period, what key pieces would you advise them to have in their wardrobe?
Your body goes through such huge changes in such a short space of time when you have a baby, it is so exciting but clothes-wise it can pose some really challenges. I always advise my clients who are pregnant to focus on footwear and accessories as these things will fit during and after pregnancy. So a great pair of leopard print trainers, some cute stud earrings in different colours or even just a fabulous, colourful manicure - all great ways to give you a style AND mood boost and ensure you’re looking your best.
What colours' work best on days when you just feel like wearing all black?
If you’re in the mood to wear black but want to lift yourself out of it try navy as an alternative. There is a shade of navy to suit everyone (it just needs to be the right depth) and I find it is softer and more flattering than black on most people.
Pinks and reds are energetic colours, so if you’ve had a sleepless night then these will give you a boost! Green is calming and balancing and yellows/oranges are friendly and energetic (again good colours to wear if you’re not feeling particularly spritely!)
Thanks, Anna! It might not be at the top of everyone's priority, but that's what is so great about Anna's advice; just simple changes in colour and textures of clothing can change how you feel and lift your mood where needed :)
To see more from Anna check out her social pages below.
t: 07872 642 502
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