Friends, family and colleagues have been bombarding me with babies. Lovely as they are, what a time and energy consumption they prove to be! Up at strange times giving them attention, constantly on your feet to keep up with their exploration and needs, there is no wonder many new fathers and mothers put style in the boot of their family station wagon. On the other hand, others refuse to let their appearance slip. Instead, they seek alternative sources to maintain sleek exteriors whether at the school gate, at work or when they are squeezing in some essential ‘me time’ with friends.
But what should expecting-/Mumma wear? I hear jeans with elastic waist bands are a dream but they are hardly the chic we see Anna Wintour wear. Yet when your tummy is the size of a genetically enhanced watermelon who has the inclination for waiting in the queue for the latest designer collaboration with H&M at 5am? Also, who wants to handover wads of cash for clothes you will no longer be wearing in less than a year? Well, Nine in the Mirror, a website created by Adriana Chryssicopoulous and Tatiana de Boisanger has the answer. Having worked together at Net-a-Porter, these women know how to dress a bump. This amazing website offers a selection of designer clothes which suit expectant mothers, think Joseph, Mary Katrantzou, 3.1 Phillip Lim and many more. Items are cleverly organised into trimesters and cover every event from trips to the supermarket, to weddings and post-pregnancy. All the pieces featured on the website involved the above ladies either wearing a fake bump at buying appointments or attaching it to the fit model so you know “you can work it!” Nine in the Mirror also offers top tips from those in the fashion and professional world on how to make a bump work for you. Yet you need not pay a fortune look great. Whilst on holiday in Peru I came across a mother carrying a child in beautiful ink-blue suede heels, she looked fab yet they could not have cost her the earth. Sorry, no slob excuses now!
Another answer to be a fashionable parent is to fashion your baby. Morally, financially and practically, I think this is wrong. Accessorizing your phone or handbag is one thing but a new human life is not a changeable whim. Also, how often will the child use or wear that branded hoodie? Within a matter of weeks they will have grown out of it and your bank will be crying when you have to buy the next size up. Then let us not forget that kid’s Ralph Lauren polo is a t-shirt no less when it has their lunch stained all over it. But if you want to see kids who really are too cool for school then check out the fashionkids.nu Instagram page.
A more sensible way of up-styling the way you transport tyke around is purchasing a special edition Bugaboo. At the moment, Bugaboo carries collections made in collaboration with the maestro rebel brand Diesel and The Andy Warhol Foundation. The camouflage Diesel collection is slightly more discreet than the later and fortunately style is coupled with functionality. For instance, the faux leather handlebar offers “premium look and comfort”. However, if you want your bubba to be big on the art scene then opt for the unmissable banana print design from the Warhol collection. The accessories for this budding artist are usable in any Bugaboo (in case the whole package is too intense for you) and made from eco-friendly bamboo material which has the benefit of helping regulate temperature and humidity whilst offering warmth in the chill.
Need more of a deep-rooted style boost? I have not been, but Blo Bar in Chiswick, south-west London, has an onsite crèche-watchable via screens fixed in front of every seat- for babies to enjoy while mummy/daddy has some spa R&R.
Welcome to yummy mummy/daddy upper-class.