What to Wear: [Maternity] Summery Third Trimester


ASOS maternity strapless dress, £18, worn with silver birkenstocks and silver Zatchel, aviators and Christy’s Nimbin hat

A couple of weeks ago we went to Italy for our friends wedding. I’ll share the travel aspect soon but I realised recently that I haven’t shared much in the way of what I have been wearing maternity-wise. Frankly, this has been due to the fact that we have been so busy in the house, painting, DIYing and running to places like B&Q and IKEA, that there hasn’t been much int he way of dressing up. However, on holiday I got to wear a few new pieces that I thought I’d share today.

In summer, I think strapless styles are a must as I can’t stand tan lines, even if they are inadvertently picked up whilst sight seeing. Unsurprisingly given the amble bust that arrived with pregnancy for me, strapless maternity styles are few and far between, but I love this Sea shell print white dress from ASOS. Unfortunately it’s no longer available but this similar style is.

Everyone needs a maternity maxi and this Striped GAP maxi is super comfy and wasn’t expensive. The only downside is that a strapless bra is required, due to the racer back straps. It’s currently on sale too.


Seraphine Emerald Knot front maternity Maxi dress, £59 worn with cream Accessorise clutch, H&M oversized chandelier earrings (similar here,) and ASH heels (similar here)

For the wedding, I decided I’d be too hot and bothered in something clingy (like the body-con style I wore at 28 weeks to another wedding.) I had spied this Seraphine Maxi and wanted to buy it for general wear in summer, but realised the luxe jersey draping and elegant front knot were suitable for a summer wedding and I felt a million dollars in it. I wore it again this weekend at the black tie do I went to and loved it again.

Lastly, and slightly oddly, I’ve been back into some of my ‘normal’ clothes! You might remember this favourite Whistles dress of mine (seen here and here before.) – Now that my bump has overtaken my boobs, looser t-shirt and shift style dresses that I love but were super unflattering hanging straight down from my larger chest are now comfortable and fashionable, still showing the bump!

Obviously, I know this is all very warm weather appropriate, but I thought it was time for a bit of maternity outfit inspiration!

Love,
Rebecca
xo

What-to-Wear: Print on Print

Perhaps the scariest trend known to (wo)man, is that of clashing prints and I can say with confidence I never expected to be sharing myself attempting it here. Least of all at a family wedding.

However, this weekend I was attending a wedding, on the beach no less, so I needed something from my existing wardrobe, that would work, allow me to eat and drink and have fun but still feel pretty in. My Whistles Wisteria print dress is perfect in that respect, with the pockets and loose fit, but the print felt summery and I paired it later for the reception with the purple wedges I wore when I last featured it here.


Jacket – Miss Selfridge // Dress – Whistles // Bag – Mulberrycity for this particular wedding. I have this gorgeous little beaded jacket from last year and although it is also a floral print, I decided the two worked together. Despite the summer temperatures and sun (I actually got too warm,) the glitter seemed to add a touch of almost casual glamour and as a few of the ladies there were wearing vintage frocks (yes, I asked,) I felt suitably dressed up without being over the top. Bare feet were the order of the day…



The jacket is from Miss Selfridge and when I bought it cost about £90. The story behind it is that at a fashion show I saw a girl wearing a similar style in different colours and asked where she got it, thinking it was bound to be vintage. She said Miss Selfridge and then I remembered they do jackets like this every season. It’s the kind of thing I wear with jeans, skirts and I’ve worn it with block colour dresses underneath. Although it seemed like a big outlay, I can see it being in my wardrobe for years, one of those ‘hero’ pieces you keep going back to.

So what do you think readers? Less scary after all?!

Love,
Rebecca
xo

What to Wear: Whistles Wisteria print…

Today’s what to wear is really just an excuse to share one of my favourite frocks this season. Already featured as a Friday Frock of course, Florence Finds fashion and these ‘What to Wear‘ posts in particular, are just about showing you what they look like on a real person, not a stick thin model. Hopefully you’ll find them useful as Whistles themselves use very slender models indeed for their promotional and online stock shots.


Whistles Wisteria print dress // French Connection Connie Jacket // Shoes – Mulberry (SS’11) // Bag Marc by Marc Jacobs (AW’10)

A long time fan of Whistles, I fell in love with this print instantly and was delighted to see it adorning something other than one of their signature dress styles. I love this shape of dress, it’s flattering and super easy to wear, plus it’s perfect for those occasions when you want to live a little in your dress and I don’t know, eat or something. 😉

On this particular occasion I wore it to dinner on my 30th birthday, which was a Thursday and Pete and I headed to Australasia in Manchester. Because of the glorious yellows and lilac’s in the print I accessorised with my yellow Marc by Marc Jacobs handbag with the strap tucked in to make an oversized clutch and some fabulous Mulberry wedges that I picked up in the My-Wardrobe.com sale last summer. I like the retro T-bar style with school shoe-like buckles teamed with a very grown up sky high wedge. Of course as it was absolutely freezing, I threw over my ‘goes with everything’ nude French Connection Connie Jacket.

The Wisteria print is available in a Jacket (love), trouser, (double love) and top as well as this dress. And while we’re on the subject, there’s a £15 voucher for Whistles in this month’s Elle magazine too.

Lots of floral love,
Rebecca
xo

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