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Raising the bar on maternity wear

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Raising the bar on maternity wear

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Angella Mitchell-Gittens is an attorney-at-law. She is currently four months pregnant with her second child
Describe your personal style.
I like tailored suits for work. I generally like classic styles and I also like to incorporate Caribbean and African influenced styles in my wardrobe.
As a child, were you always into clothes or did you grow into your own fashion sense?
I was always into clothes. I am my mother’s only daughter and she took great pleasure in dressing me up; in fact she still purchases pieces for me even now.
Do you find that you follow fashion trends or do you play by your own rules?
I generally play by my own rules.
Are there any colours that you tend to shy away from and if so, why?
I am restricted to dark colours for work so I am happy to wear all other colours outside of work.
How soon did you start to wear clothes to suit your pregnancy?
As early as two months my regular clothes started to become uncomfortable.
Do you like to see the belly out fashion in pregnant mums?
A pregnancy portrait with belly out can be tasteful; however, generally speaking I am not a big fan of the belly out.
How does your pregnancy factor into your wardrobe choices for work and play?
My wardrobe choices are severely restricted. It is difficult to find maternity clothes in Barbados and I do not want to invest heavily in a wardrobe that I will wear for only seven months so I try to incorporate my pre pregnancy outfits as much as possible.
Does it take you a longer or shorter time to get ready now that you are pregnant?
Definitely, shorter, I have much fewer choices.
Are there days when you can’t find anything to wear?
Not really, this is my second pregnancy so I am better organised. I have divided my wardrobe into things I can wear and things which I no longer fit so I don’t have to do the trial and error.
Heels or flats for the pregnancy?
Flats from day one.
Do you think it is important to look great and feel great during pregnancy?
It is definitely important to look and feel great. However, pregnancy can be a most uncomfortable state with several unpleasant side effects, so most days I find it difficult to feel great. I hope that it doesn’t translate to the way I look.
Are there any designers that you like to wear or whose clothing stands out with you?
Shakad –  the designer, Shaneka Burnett, dyes fabrics into the most beautiful colours and makes wonderful designs (the orange dress in the photo is a Shakad design).
Give two tricks that make life more fashionable with a bump.
Wrap skirts and wrap dresses. They are fashionable outside of pregnancy and the extra fabric makes them comfortable to wear as the bump expands.
What are three things that every pregnant woman should have in her closet?
Cute flat shoes.
Pregnancy jeans.
An elegant versatile maternity dress.