15th March 2012
When both your bump and your baby's wardrobe are growing at an alarming rate, many expectant mums' thoughts turn to storage space and how on earth they're going to fit everything in.
Now new research has shown that eight out of ten women are secret hoarders, hanging on to old clothes in the hope that one day they'll be able to fit into them once again or that cargo pants will come back into fashion.
Over a third (36 per cent) said they couldn't bear to part with their trusty jeans, while the same proportion didn't want to throw away their occasionwear, which may hold fond memories of birthday parties, weddings and evening dos.
The survey, which was commissioned for clothing collection charity Give Up Clothes For Good in partnership with Cancer Research UK and TK Maxx, also found that old tops and skirts were among the hardest items to get rid of for 28 per cent and 23 per cent of women respectively.
Psychologist Linda Papadopoulos told the Daily Mail that there are many reasons why people find it difficult to part with their clothes.
"People can develop an emotional attachment or sense of nostalgia to clothes making them hard to let go of - whether it’s the dress you wore when you got engaged or that lucky suit you wore for a job interview," she explained.
But when the items hanging in your wardrobe boast up to four different sizes among them - as is the case for one in 12 women - it's probably best to take a deep breath and get out the bin liners.
Meanwhile, Amy Keating, a boutique store worker in Liverpool, says there are loads of fashion trends around this season that mums-to-be can dip into.
Amy, 22, whose first baby is due on March 23rd, told the Liverpool Echo: "A lot of the trends for spring/summer work really well for pregnant women. There's lots of 70s-inspired styles, maxi dresses and kaftans which are perfect."
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