Now I’m nearing the end of my pregnancy I am starting to think ahead to Summer and what I will be wearing and how I will be dressing my postpartum body.  I’ve got to be honest, I’m not relishing the idea of having to find clothing to; keep me cool, suit my weird shape, and that I can breastfeed in discretely as I am a bit of a novice at it and will no doubt be self-self-concious.

I think this might be a common thing, as I have spoken to my sister and she felt the same, but after I’ve had a baby I feel like my style changes. I look at my old clothes and wonder what on earth I was thinking.

I’ve put together two outfits I’d love for Summer. For the first outfit I wanted something floaty and light for those really warm days and so I chose this gorgeous maxi dress.  I love how the dress has a sheer floaty panel to help hide any lumps and bumps – there are lots of similar styles available too. I paired the dress with these embellished sandals; which are also available here from JD Williams.  I accessorised with a simple pair of sunglasses from H&M.

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My second outfit choice is a bit more ‘mum on the run’ for an everyday look.  I’ve been seeing these pinafore dresses everywhere and I immediately thought how good they’d be for breastfeeding. I’ve kept it light and summery with a pop-over shirt from Joules in a classic stripe.  The shirt unbuttons at the front and so I am able to feed quite discretely once I have undone the dress.  I chose a pair of White Converse to keep the look casual and comfortable.

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I’m hoping we’ll see some proper sunshine soon and I’ll get to treat myself to a few of these pieces.  How did you feel about your style postpartum and what do you plan to wear this Summer?

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I was browsing through the Daily Mail app the other day (yes, yes, I know) and I came across an article entitled ‘So much for maternity wear!’ which immediately caught my attention, for obvious reasons.  Anyway, it got me thinking are maternity clothes a no-no?

The article was about a ‘woman’ called Coco Austin.  I have no idea why she makes headlines but she’s 32 weeks pregnant and wearing clothes I wouldn’t dream of wearing when I’m not pregnant let alone that far along.

Source - Daily Mail 22/10/15

Source – Daily Mail 22/10/15

I don’t really care what she does or doesn’t wear, as the case may be, but I do wonder how she can be comfortable in those tight clothes.  I only have to position the waistband of my leggings in the wrong place and I’ll have guaranteed stomach pains all day! Am I just being a wimp?  I guess being ‘glamorous’ is her career.

I’ve been watching quite a few pregnant vloggers on You Tube recently and reading blogs by expectant ladies and it struck me how many people don’t seem too fussed on purchasing any maternity wear.  With this pregnancy, as with my other two, I couldn’t wait to wear my maternity jeans and I’m still chomping at the bit to get into my over the bump leggings. I’m 10 weeks pregnant this week and I’m still at the “has she eaten all the pies or is she pregnant” stage.  I find that any trousers that are too tight or sit in the wrong place give me really bad wind.  Sorry but its a pregnant ladies curse – if it’s not one end it’s the other! Likewise, all my underwired, padded bras really bloody hurt.  I let out an audible groan at the end of the day when I take it off as it’s just such a painful relief!  Anything too tight on my top half just makes me look like I’m smuggling tyres under my top so loose tunics or maternity tops with that extra bit of ruching or wider panel at the side are a God send.

I’ll be the first to say that I think the ranges of maternity wear are awful.  I went into Next the other day to be told they don’t even stock it in the shops any more so the only option you have there is to order online. My favourite place for maternity pieces has to be New Look and H&M. They’re affordable, staple pieces which will last the entire pregnancy. Our local Mothercare recently closed down (boo) but before it did I always thought their maternity wear was just a bit….old fashioned. Likewise, with some of the more high end brands such as Isabella Oliver the designs just aren’t for me. When oh when will Joules make Breton maternity jumpers and tunics?

Some people just suggest getting a size or two bigger, which I have done in Primark recently, but the fit just doesn’t seem right. It might be a bigger top but it’s bigger all over and really I just want a size 12 with extra length and a bit of room around the front.  I don’t need baggy arms or loads of material across the back.

I just wonder if I’m in the minority as I furiously wash and dry my maternity clothes to save me from my ‘civilian’ wear.  Will maternity wear become a thing of the past?

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