3rd Trimester Maternity wear…

Good Morning Readers! So, I didn’t quite get the second part of the girls shared room out on here as planned… I took the photos and started the post, but I still had one finishing touch to make which I carelessly ordered on Amazon, neglecting to notice the month long delivery time from China. So I’ll be back on that just as soon as the last bits arrive! In the meantime, I haven’t really talked about being pregnant at all this time but thought as I came into the third trimester in September, I’d share a few of the new season maternity bits I’ve bought to see me through the last three months and beyond.

My home made tiered midi dress – pattern by Tilly and The Buttons

Firstly, my approach to dressing and shopping this time has been very different. I don’t plan to be pregnant again(!) so I wanted to really choose items that would see me through the months of breastfeeding ahead, or that I would wear when I wasn’t pregnant. That said, I always admire women who say they managed with their usual clothes. My whole shape changes when I’m pregnant, and whilst I don’t get completely huge, I do get a decent size bump(/bloat?) early on along with a total explosion in the boob department so many of my clothes don’t work that well by the end of the first trimester. I always find regular tops really aren’t long enough, and this time I really have had a huge issue with wearing anything that’s remotely tight around my bump – even maternity jeans where the denim starts beneath the bump panel have felt uncomfortable, so I’ve chosen a lot of looser styles/dresses.

Manamou Khaki leopard dress (better without socks!) Blouse just seen hanging up

I’ll start with the non-maternity store Manamou I came across on Insta but whose styles tend to be ‘oversized’ and perfectly suited to maternity wear. I bought a couple of summer dresses from here, then more recently this sequin skull blouse, and the khaki leopard midi dress worn here. They do tend to have small drops and sell out so if you like something, buy it, but they also re-stock really frequently with new and sometimes sold out lines. The prices are really reasonable (£35 for this dress) and the only thing I wasn’t keen on was a cardigan I returned, but I am fussy about knitwear!

First wears of my splurge Gussy and Lou cardi…

Normally I’m a real knitwear fanatic and the cooler months bring me great pleasure investing in a few really nice pieces. As I said, I am fussy and often buy cashmere blends or real wool but as I know I’ll be breast feeding and also wrapping/wearing a new baby I’m looking at cardigans instead. Not only do they work with an expanding waistline now but they will be ideal for layering later with baby. I treated myself to this cashmere splurge from Gussy & Lou in summer, and have had loads of wear out of it already, and now am intently browsing Wyse London for something new. I also spotted this Forage Somerset Chunky cardi today whilst browsing and thought I’d share – love the colours for Autumn.

While it was warmer I’ve been wearing this linen shirt as a layering piece too – a bargain I bought from H&M before our summer hols intending to wear on the beach over a swimsuit but it didn’t arrive in time and I’ve ended up layering it over dresses instead. Again it will be great for breastfeeding later down the line too… I consider khaki a neutral and it works so well with all the neutrals, my fav denim and a lot of pinks I lean towards lately too. As an aside, I also bought these maternity pyjamas from H&M I’ve loved wearing and intend to get a long-sleeved pair next.

My biggest problem in terms of maternity wear this time around has been the epic search I went on to try and find some dungarees. They were the perfect solution to my denim love, without any restriction around the bump. I happened to have recently binned my oversized pair and so I was on the lookout relatively early on in pregnancy. I didn’t want to splurge on these as they had a finite lifespan and looked everywhere for a reasonably priced pair. I recommendations for H&M, GAP, Jojo, but they either didn’t have a traditional denim colour in stock or when I tried them they just weren’t right. Lots of them I found quite unflattering and gaped at the back so eventually I caved and ordered the more expensive pair of maternity dungarees from Seraphine which I have been so pleased with and actually wore from pretty early on. They have a decent amount of stretch and I would say size down (I chose an 8 after a couple of orders and would normally want a 10 non-pregnant, despite putting on weight all over not just in terms of a ‘bump’.) In general I like Seraphine’s stuff – although its quite pricey you can often wait for a discount, or buy in their trans-seasonal sales. I also bought this jumpsuit for an absolute steal which I loved for work and think I’ll wear post baby and I like their nursing friendly bretons – I had a red one last time that I still have and added the navy stripe to my collection this time.

Flagrant bum shot to demonstrate my best maternity find: Love Leggings maternity leggings. No see thru bum! Recommended!

One other maternity item I had to buy was leggings. I thought I had a pair I could get out from last time around but when I did they promptly split along the seams so obviously weren’t in as good shape as I thought! Trying to find another pair was a nightmare. I don’t tend to wear leggings as the only thing covering my bum unless I’m hanging around the house but I didn’t even want to be showing my knickers through them then to be honest – its good to hang onto a shred of dignity when pregnant! I finally took a chance on a brand called Love Leggings advertised on insta and was so glad I did. They’re long enough (I’m 5’7 but don’t have particularly long legs for my height) super comfy and thick enough to wear nothing else with them if you wish. There are loads of colours too if you want to branch out from black. All for £17.99 and free returns!

Floral tiered dress from Love Lucy Boutique

This time around I have lived in dresses and I plan to layer the summer ones I bought with longsleeved tops underneath and cardi’s on top through autumn, with chunky boots as soon as I find the right pair. I bought this dress from a local boutique Love Lucy who do online too and stock the same brand throughout the year with a short and long sleeved option. I’m liking the winter mini florals this year and liberty-esque patterns so check them out if that’s your thing too.

The Indigo Sahara from Beyond Nine

Above all however, my fav find this time around has been Beyond Nine. Maternity and feeding friendly clothes designed to be worn by anyone who just wants to be comfy they are gorgeous quality and super super comfy. I bought the Sahara linen jumpsuit for summer and loved it and am writing this in my Laura jersey jumpsuit. I can only liken it to wearing full body joggers and know I’m going to love it post partum and when feeding too. I’m debating adding a linen khaki version or charcoal jersey one to my collection and definitely have my eye out for a long-sleeved version this winter.

The Laura jumpsuit from Beyond Nine

I think that’s all for now! I hope this little round up has been useful for those of you with bumps to accommodate and those of you who haven’t might have spotted a few things you fancy too. I might try and round up some boots next as they are my current nemesis and I’m now limiting myself to buying clothes that will be suitable postpartum – can’t go wrong with shoes! 😉

Love, Rebecca x

Friday Frock O’clock

Today’s frock is the first one I have been excited about in WEEKS and I’ll tell you why…


Midi Frill sleeve dress £40, ASOS.

Years ago, around the time I started University, I found a gorgeous dress in the Topshop Unique section for a bargain £40 (although that was a lot for me back than,) in the sale. It was teal and made of super light silk, with a v-neck and seventies style frill sleeves. The edge of the neckline was satin ribbon and one day whilst ironing it I just touched the ribbon and it shrivelled into nothing causing a hole in the front of the dress. I was devastated and it took me years more to part with it – always with the vain hope I would some how figure out a way to fix it.

This dress is so similar in style from the front and the shape is so flattering – highlighting your naturally slimmest part at the bottom of the ribcage. It also has the addition of a sexy key hole back and a lovely length. It’s elegant and thoroughly grown up, just what you need as a wardrobe staple. Team with killer heels and this one will take you from work drinks to the Christmas party and everywhere inbetween, I promise. And in a twist of fate, it is also £40!

Happy weekend readers. I have big news for you next week!

Love,
Rebecca
xo

Friday Frock O’clock

The warmer weather towards the end of this week has really turned my attention towards cooler dressing and for the first time in a long time, I thought of a maxi dress. Once a style staple there seems to have been a bit of an absence of maxi’s in stores recently, or maybe I haven’t looked because I’ve been tired of them. Today I really wanted to find one that worked for stylish and casual occasions, perhaps even work. You know how I love a one-dress-does-it-all situation!


Reiss Athena Dress – £117 (down from £235)

Todays dress is from Reiss, in inky black and off white with a really unusual pattern, a not quite maxi, midi hem line and a really flattering silhouette. I love the slight rise and fall hem and it feels modern whilst also being classic enough for a formal occasion. It would work as easily at work with a blazer as at a summer function.

And if I was wearing it, I’d be feeling fierce, but also doing some obligatory twirling 😉

Big Friday Love,
Rebecca
xo

The Fash Flash… Party Dresses

Ok, so, not having ever been an office worker, the whole office Christmas party has rather escaped me in the past. However the season is fast approaching according to my lovely twitter informants and I thought it was high time I did a little round up of festive frocks.

First up, the glitter gang. I love a sequinned frock, really I do, and I have walked into several shops of late open mouthed and squealing with excitement to see yet another sequinned dress. And therein lies the problem. They are everywhere.

Now, if you’re the type of person who dresses for yourself and hang the rest, then this is still the dress for you. But if there’s a remote whiff of self doubt there and the sight of someone in the same dress will send you straight to the bar loos with tears in your eyes, choose something else. Once the dress for the super confident, sequinned dresses are now for the masses, be warned.

All that said, there are some stunning examples and I have included a few here, chosen for their qualities aside from style (which is a given on these pages!) Despite the above I’ll be struggling to take my own advice and not make a purchase.

For those who don’t suit a high neck, which all the current sequinned dress offerings seem to have, try this V-neck champagne sequin dress from Dorothy Perkins. If you’re not one for tight numbers, this one-sleeved seventies sleeve number from Warehouse is low key luxe. Or, if you want an investment, this classic black strapless tube dress from French Connection will take you from Christmas eve to New Years eve, office party to birthday party and girls night out.

Want to do festive sparkle but not fancying the glitter factory explosion of an all-over sequinned dress? Nail the tribal trend with this beaded Warehouse number, or be super stylish in black and gold chevrons, also Warehouse. If you’re feeling a little bit more rock chick, the lines of this panelled dress from French Connection are super flattering and it’s an edgier look that will last beyond Christmas.

Next, a colour that’s just perfect for Christmas, but also happens to be bang on trend right now. There’s something about red (well, it did inspire a song…) that makes it a statement of confidence, no matter how you are feeling. I also like that when a dress is red, you can wear a simpler shape, something more demure and still look super sexy like this Warehouse midi dress. Ted Baker have also come up trumps with a flirty ruffled number and classic-as-you-like, preppy self-striped frock. I love.

Black is always a winner, and although it’s not a colour I wear, there are some really great black dresses around at the moment. My advice would be to steer clear of anything too classic and mix it up with sheers, try leather or this super fun polka dot number by Topshop Dress Up. Chiffon and sheer pleat dress, Mango. Embellished sleeve dress, Topshop.

Now, I know this is supposed to be party ‘frocks’ BUT, something occurred to me while I was putting this together… is the reign of the party dress over? There are so many other options right now, and separates are a massive trend – I’ve never been tempted to overlook the dress but shorts and jumpsuits are all I can think of when it comes to rocking a trend right now. So, if you’re not a frock girl or want to stay right at the front of the trends, here are my picks for festive style…

Polka dot jumpsuit, Whistles.
Print jumpsuit, Ted Baker.
Sequinned shorts, Warehouse.

And yes. My top choice of shop to get your sparkling festive fashion needs sorted if you’re short on time? You guessed it. Warehouse.

So, let’s hear about your party dresses, or if you have spotted something here that you’ll be seeking out for party action. Tomorrow we’ll talk party accessories from heels to handbags to complete your look 🙂

Love,
Rebecca
xo

Friday Frock O’Clock

Whoop! It’s Friday! And today’s Friday frock has been a loooong time coming.

Featured on the Dorothy Perkins ad campaigns and on the website for weeks and weeks now, I’ve been desperate to share it in Friday frock o’clock, but until last weekend, it wasn’t actually available. Now it is, and it’s a bargain, so place your orders folks!


*Dorothy Perkins Turquoise Deco Midi Dress, £42

I love a bargain, I love how bright and bold and fun this is. It’s striking, work appropriate, bang on trend in a midi length and perfect for playing after work… particularly on a Friday. 😉 I can see it colour blocked with a bright trench, or worn with black opaques and patent heels.

So what do you think?

And what’s your frock this Friday?

I’ll be wearing mine from work to play tonight… see you at the bar 🙂

Love,
Rebecca.
xo



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