Friday 28 October 2016

Leigh Arnold's fashion tips for pregnancy: 'Stay away from maternity clothes'

Leigh ARnold
Leigh ARnold

Actress Leigh Arnold has revealed her top style tip for dressing her baby bump – step away from maternity clothes.

The Dublin screen star is just weeks away from giving birth to her third child but even with her bump, the petite actress avoids “frumpy” maternity wear.

“I don’t really wear maternity clothes. I do wear maternity jeans and trousers, but I generally just wear oversized tops and blouses,” Leigh (right) told the Diary.

“I don’t claim to be a fashionista but I do find that an awful lot of maternity clothes are quite frumpy and they just don’t fit well on me.

“I’ve been sent some gorgeous stuff from boutiques around the country, but I tend to keep it simple.”

While Leigh – who is best known for her role in RTE medical drama The Clinic – tends to stick to her high street staples, she admitted dressing while expecting is no easy feat.

“The most important thing to be when you’re pregnant is comfortable and not to put pressure on yourself as regards fashion,” she said. “Certain materials on my skin have been driving me nuts. I’m so over heated all the time, I must change three or four times a day.

“This is my first time being pregnant through the summer

and it’s a very different experience. The other times I could get away with wearing big baggy jumpers because it was through winter,but this time there’s been a lot of stripping off and putting back on,” she joked.

Although Leigh is looking forward to her new arrival, she is also eyeing up a return to acting next year after taking a step back from her career over the past few years to focus on being a mum.

“I’ve only been away for a couple of years and it’s not as though I’m gone completely, it’s just been a bit of break,” she said. “Hopefully in 2016 I’ll be back in with a bang.”

For now, Leigh is keeping busy by writing for her newly-launched blog, leigharnold.ie.

“I use social media quite a bit, but there’s only so much you can write in 140 characters,” she said. “You’re always a little bit afraid when you put your heart on your sleeve, but so far so good.”

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