A mum-to-be has shared how she shelled out over £10,000 on her maternity wardrobe, opting to show off her baby bump in crop tops and cut out dresses like a ‘fashion accessory’
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When we think of maternity wear, we tend to think of oversized tops and stretch waistbands.
But one mum-to-be has decided not to go down this road and has instead spent over £10,000 ($14,000) on clothing to show off her baby bump as much as possible.
Summer Rachel Warren from Scottsdale, Arizona, has purchased more than 100 new pieces including crop tops, mini skirts, cut out dresses and low-rise trousers.
The 24-year-old content creator has shopped at all her favorite brands during her pregnancy, just opting for larger sizes instead of maternity clothing.
Summer, who is currently 31 weeks pregnant with her first child, says she refuses to hide her pregnant belly as it’s her ‘best’ accessory.
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She said: “When I found out I was pregnant – I didn’t think I would need to change my style.
“My bump is just something to work around not cover up and change.
“I think maternity clothes are outdated and traditional and I’m not a traditional person, nor will I be a traditional mum.
“People expect mothers to just throw on something that covers them up and hide from the world and I want to change that narrative.
“I would like to embrace my bump – it’s something to be celebrated, not covered up and hidden away.”
This comes after Rihanna was recently seen embracing her baby bump too, in glamorous revealing outfits at several starstudded events.
However, Summer insists her wardrobe choices weren’t inspired by the superstar and it’s just something she’s always wanted to do.
The mum-to-be admits she has faced some negativity for the way she’s styled herself throughout her pregnancy, but says many have been supportive.
She explains: “Some people have told me it’s wrong and as a mom, I should cover-up. Others have told me that my baby is going to be freezing cold!
“For the most part, people love it and think it’s really cool – they find it refreshing that there’s another way to dress when pregnant.
“Sometimes I can understand why some women might be uncomfortable with belly on display but I was confident prior to showing my stomach and mid-riff.
“My partner Yazan, 26, is really supportive too – he’s always known that I’ve been a bit crazy with my style.”
Summer added: “I have bought over 100 new items during my pregnancy already and I spend about $2,000 a month.
“I look for material that stretches more, but I am comfortable and more confident dressing in my own style.
“I go for anything low rise – low rise maxi skirts, rib or knit pants under bump, sheer button-down tops that I can unbutton over my bump, bralets and crop tops.
“I’m super excited to be a young mom and to be able to relate to my future child on a personal level.
“I want to be their best friends and role model.”
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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.