Get Lily Allen's on-trend maternity look

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The first few months of pregnancy often give rise to several wardrobe dilemmas.

An increase in breast size and the 'loss' of waist are a couple of the most common 'secondary effects' that mums-to-be encounter during the first few weeks.

With waistbands that have become too tight and an assortment of bras that serve no purpose whatsoever, the alterations to your body can be frustrating.

These changes can seem difficult to accommodate - but fear not, for the solutions are often easier to find than you may think. Moreover, it is an excuse to treat yourself to a lovely new wardrobe!

Tartan-patterned shirts, Topshop and River Island. Oversized wool poncho, H&M

Something of an expert in rocking the maternity look is singer Lily Allen, who announced via Twitter several weeks ago that she will give birth to her first child in early 2011.

The British artist sparked rumours of her pregnancy some months before her announcement after she cancelled numerous performances at summer festivals.

She is currently in the midst of presenting her last few concerts before withdrawing from the music industry indefinitely in order to fully dedicate herself to her new family.

In one of her final public appearances Lily was already sporting a budding baby bump, which she neatly disguised on stage by wearing an XL checked shirt and comfy black leggings.

She also swapped heels for Converse trainers, resulting in an outfit that was not only true to her style but also a perfect maternity look that is affordable, comfortable and fun.

1. Scottish-style shirt, Topshop 2. Flat trainers, Converse All Star 3. Gold retro-style watch with hands and a digital screen, Casio 4. Leggings that mimic jeans - or jeggings as they have come to be known - with a V-shaped waistline, French Connection

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