Maternity Jeans: Do’s and Don’ts

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Oct 142016


We all know a fabulous pair of maternity jeans is an absolute must-have for your pregnancy wardrobe, but what should you look for in your maternity denim? Four pregnancies (and several disappointing buys) later I have come up with a list of features that make the difference between a winner or a ‘binner’:


Your beautiful baby is not the only one growing, over the course of 9 months your body is bound to change in shape and size too (sometimes going up several clothing sizes). Keep an eye out for adjustable waists and elasticised sides that allow you to create the perfect fit for tiny little bumps, big round tummies and post-baby bellies. With a bit of luck that means the same pair of jeans will fit beautifully throughout the whole journey and you won’t have to buy new jeans every trimester.

Make sure your maternity jeans are soft and stretchy to help accommodate the rapid body changes your body will go through during pregnancy and post-delivery. It’s all about balance when it comes to stretch: As a proud, pregnant mama you want denim that is stretchy yet strong, you definitely don’t want a unflattering jegging (jeans x legging) that offers no support and loses its elasticity after one wear.

Thankfully the denim experts at Jeanswest understand that being pregnant doesn’t mean giving up on your sense of style, so they have created a great range of maternity jeans to suit everyone. The skinny fit is right on trend and with different washes and finishes you can mix and match to your heart’s content. The award winning Jeanswest Maternity Jeans range caters for sizes 6 up to 18 and even comes in length options Short, Regular and Long, they have all expecting mamas covered.

Tummy Support
tummy-bandPersonally I love the extra support and comfort of a soft, elasticated tummy band that sits nicely over your belly. It gives beautiful shape to your growing bump and prevents it from being accidentally exposed (and getting cold). Especially near the end when your bump is at its biggest the under-belly styles can get a little bit ‘awkward’…, a builders-crack doesn’t look good on anyone! The belly band also offers gentle support for a painful belly button or sore back.

To find out more about the Jeanswest Maternity range, to locate a Jeanswest store near you or to order online visit

Aug 032015

After almost 10 years together my wonderful hubby knows very well how to make me feel special, as opposed to ‘materialistic’ gifts he prefers to shower me in ‘experiences’ which is so much fun every single time. On Saturday I celebrated my 32nd birthday (I can’t say I feel 32 at all!), it was a very cold and wet day and I woke up with a terrible cold which wasn’t really in line with hubby’s big surprise plan. He had booked me in for a relaxing pregnancy message at Endota Spa in the beautiful Adelaide Hills (yep, he is a true gem!), followed by a Dutch-style picnic lunch with the family. Oh well, you have to work with what you’ve got so I had my massage with a box of tissues within reach and afterwards we picnicked under a shelter, all warm and cosy in our winter coats. Another birthday to remember, celebrated with the special people in my life.

Mama on Monday

Barossa Valley

Picnic Lunch

Tommie and Sybbie


Cowl Neck Dolman Maternity & Breastfeeding Top (RRP $79.95) by Milk and Love
This comfortable Mothers En Vogue slouchy knit is getting a great work-out this winter. Originally I purchased this top when breastfeeding baby no.4 (and had already lost the baby weight) so it’s probably at tad too snug for this far into my pregnancy but it’s so easy to wear I can’t resist it. The asymmetrical design consists of a loose, over-the-shoulder knit and a nursing singlet in a matching colour to allow for discrete breastfeeding once baby is born. Made from a soft and stretchy bamboo/cotton blend it is lovely gentle against the skin. This season this style is available in three new shades so I may have to order a new one for when baby has arrived, I am leaning towards the pretty deep blue colour.

Jessa Denim Jean (RRP $129.95) by Ripe Maternity
These casual stonewashed jeans were the first maternity pants I purchased for this pregnancy, way back in the first trimester when I couldn’t do up my regular jeans anymore but didn’t want to give our secret away yet either. They are very supportive, stretchy in the right places, thick and warm and I absolutely love the over tummy knit waistband.

JAMiE Ankle Boot (RRP $255) by FRANKiE4

Mama on Monday

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Jun 152015

It’s a quick one today as I’ve been looking after our sick little girl all weekend. Nothing like a midnight hospital visit to throw your relaxing weekend plans out of the window! This quick and comfy casual maternity outfit is perfect for days like this (and any other day really!).

Isla Jeggings



Isla Jegging (RRP $119.95) by Ripe Maternity
I picked up these stretchy Ripe Maternity jeans on sale a few weeks ago and loved them so much I got them in two colours, one to wash and one to wear I say. They fit really well, have a lovely high back and don’t get all floppy and stretched after a few hours of wear. The elasticised side tabs allow for plenty of bump growth and thanks to the belt loops (not that common on maternity jeans!) they can be worn post-baby too while you get back into shape.

JAMiE Ankle Boot (RRP $255) by FRANKiE4
If you have seen me around our neighbourhood lately you have no doubt noticed I LIVE in these FRANKiE4 Ankle Boots. They feel like comfortable slippers and the low heel makes them perfect for chasing after my tribe whilst still being feminine and classy (they look great with jeans). In my opinion the JAMiE boots are the ideal mama-shoe this Winter.

Mama Tricot Trop (€9.99) by H&M Mama
Mama Fine Knit Jumper (€29.99) by H&M Mama
Floral Tube Scarf (€12.95) by Pieces

Aug 052014


Big Birthday Bash – Day 5

If you are a regular Hip Little One reader there is a big chance you’ve read about Oishi-m before. We are huge fans of this hip Australian clothing label and always sit on the edge of our seats when the new styles are due to be released. Oishi-m is so popular that their limited edition garments often sell out on the very first day and I regularly receive emails from desperate mamas who want to get their hands on particular Oishi-m designs.

Oishi-m Now JacketOishi-m is created with active kids in mind, featuring practical styles and comfortable fabrics that allow for movement, growth and lots of exploring and adventures. The signature Oishi-m bottoms with their funky fabric detail feature a soft and stretchy Tummy Toastie waistband that keeps little tummies warm and makes quick toilet breaks a breeze, after all there is too much fun to be had to waste time with tricky buttons.

The Oishi-m range currently caters for children up to 6 years old with styles to suit boys and girls of all shapes and sizes. Created by mums Oishi-m is not only super stylish but also easy to wash and wear and the trendy bottoms are designed to last through a growth spurt so you get to wear your favourite Oishi-m gear for longer. If you are an Offspring fan you have no doubt spotted Oishi-m on the youngest actors of the show, you can shop the hottest Offspring styles directly on the Oishi-m website.

Oishi-m Bottoms

To find out more about Oishi-m, to locate a stockist near you or to order online visit

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Havoc Denim – Spring/Summer 2013

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Dec 212013

If you’re afraid to stand out from the crowd now is the time to click away. Australian fashion label Havoc Denim loves to stir things up a little with funky designs, eye catching prints and fresh new colours that pop, created for street wise kids that like to swim upstream and are not afraid to show their individual style.

Havoc Denim Summer

Havoc Denim Spring/Summer 2013

Havoc Denim designer Linstel is always one of the first to spot new trends on the streets of the big fashion capitals and uses them to create a range of kids clothing for hip Aussie kids. Fashion savvy mums will know by now that you have to be quick when new season stock arrives as it sells out in the blink of an eye, this Summer’s neon styles were hugely popular and many stockists sold out in flash. But don’t worry, there is still plenty of colour left in the Havoc Denim Online Store.

Bahamas Spot ShortsSo if you are mum of girls neon is definitely the way to go this season, other trends include florals and polkadots (my favourite). Havoc Denim has got all the hypes covered with ten different styles of jeans, shorts and skirts in a range of stylish colours and prints. The current range caters for ages 2 all the way up to size 14 and if you need a bit of help with your sizes there is a handy size chart available online.

Marseille JeansOur kids have been wearing Havoc Denim for a few years now and the jeans have proven to be extremely hard wearing. Even with all the climbing, running, sliding and jumping they do I am yet to experience a broken zip or hole in the knee, something that can’t be said of many other brands they own. One of my most favourite jeans for this season are the Marseille Skinny Jeans ($59.95, pink and mint), a beautiful fitted style with funky back pockets.

However first prize goes to these Costa Rica Skinny Jeans ($59.95), I bought them to take on our trip to Europe next year but miss 5 couldn’t wait that long and wanted to wear them anyway (even if they’re a bit too big still). The colourful floral print looks amazing and all these pants need is a plain top or singlet, so easy!

Costa Rica Skinny Jeans

Costa Rica Skinny Jeans

To find out more about Havoc Denim, to locate a stockist near you or to shop online visit, shipping is FREE Australia wide.

Aug 222013


We all know the big names by now and it is nice to shop at familiar stores where you know what to expect and find the brands and styles you love. On the other hand it is also lots of fun to discover a new shop on the block, something that’s a little different and original. Here at Hip little one we love sharing our hip finds with you and we’re excited to tell you about the newest name on the shopping strip: Jrfashionista.

Striped Summer SkirtAt Jrfashionista you will find a fast growing collection of baby and kids clothing, accesories and toys handpicked by mum Michelle. Michelle is always on the hunt for unique pieces that are fun, on trend and last but not least affordable. We all know dressing little ones can be expensive so it is nice to be able to give the kids wardrobe a nice top up without breaking the bank. 

Foral Hooded Vest

When I spotted this gorgeous Floral Hooded Vest online I knew it would be perfect for our little 3-year old daughter who was in desperate need of a cute, comfortable and easy-to-wear garment to keep out the chill. We often hop in and out of the car for school drop offs or a visit to the supermarket and this is zipped vest is so quick to put on, much easier than a big winter jacket. This lovely floral printed vest is available in sizes 2-4 and at just $25 I think it is very well priced too, choose from three different colours.

Wooden Letter GameOne of the latest additions to the store is this cool Wooden Card Alphabet Game ($30). Used on Montessori schools this game uses colourful picture cards and wooden letters to teach young children about the alphabet, as well as stimulate their fine motor skills. The aim of the game is to find the letter that matches the word and picture on the card, great fun and of course educational too. The letters are neatly packed together in a clear bag for easy storage. Also available with numbers.

Everyday Denim JeanJrfashionista caters for boys and girls, sizes depend on the garment. All boys big or small need a nice of pair jeans to wear, my son wears jeans almost every day. Sometimes casual, sometimes dressed up, we all know denim is just so easy to mix and match with other pieces in your wardrobe. The Everyday Denim Jean ($38, size 1-10) would feel right at home in any boy’s wardrobe and is designed to withstand the rough and tumble of active boys who love the outdoors.

To find out more about Jrfashionista, to browse the range and to order online visit

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May 142013

The Australian weather never ceases to amaze me. From cold, wet winter weather and warm fireplaces to hot, sunny days that call for shorts and sun screen, we’ve seen it all last week. When I send the kids to kindy I always make sure they wear a (light) jacket so they are prepared for cold spells, plus I think my daughter looks just adorable in her new denim jacket by Australian brand Havoc Denim:

Havoc Denim San Marino Denim Jacket

Havoc Denim San Marino Denim Jacket

10This gorgeous cropped Havoc Denim San Marino jacket ($59.95) is part of the latest Autumn/Winter collection and it is perfect for the in-between weather. Because of its classic denim fabric it goes with all of her other clothes and it looks particularly hip with pink and red, colours you find in most girls’ wardrobes. I absolutely love the ruffle around the collar and if I was to ask miss 4 she’d say her favourite parts are the diamonte buttons on the cuffs and at the front. A real winner for her winter wardrobe!

Havoc Denim Winter 2013

Havoc Denim Winter 2013

_I4C0852As you may know I have a soft spot for anything red, so I also quickly grabbed this cute red Monaco Trench ($59.95) for next year. My girls love playing outside and getting dirty so I always look for jackets that can be machine washed like this one (admit it, no mum likes dry cleaning for kids clothes). It is a thin, light weight style with handy detachable hood and the sweetest floral lining.

_I4C0794You can tell that Havoc Denim is always spot on trend as it is only May and this season’s Havoc Denim Floral Skinny ($59.95) is almost sold out already, there are only a few sizes left in the online store (Tip: Check your local stockist, with a bit of luck they still have your size). These awesome pants are skinny, soft, stretchy and of course super stylish, if only they came in mama sizes too! If you like the floral print you can also choose to go for plain pants with the Vienna Floral Jacket in matching fabric.

The Havoc Denim Winter collection has something for everyone from curious tots (size 2) all the way up to hip tweens (size 14). Bold colours, cheeky animal prints, eye catching florals and interesting textures, this winter is definitely not going to be boring.

To find out more about Havoc Denim, to locate a stockist near you or to shop online visit, shipping is FREE Australia wide.

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