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DRESSING PREGNANCY IN THE SUMMER

Growing a human takes a long time! I am currently at the end of growing my third and feel like I have been pregnant in every season and for a very (very) long time.

I don't think there is a perfect time of year to be more or less pregnant and of course it totally depends on the individual woman, both in terms of what they do and how their body takes to pregnancy. Both Summer and Winter come with their own challenges, advantages and disadvantages.

But Summer is approaching and with it comes things like holidays, weddings and festivals as well as life, work and everyday life. All things that pregnant women partake in, while wearing clothes.

Dresses are great things to wear while you are pregnant in the summer, mainly because they are so comfortable and will keep you cool (many women struggle with getting hot). This pregnancy i've really hated waistbands especially at the beginning and end for some reason - so i've defiantely embraced the dress.

I think it is worth investing in dresses that you can breastfeed in afterwards or that you can wear once the bump is going down/gone. The advantages of wearing an official maternity dress is that they are cut especially to fit over a big belly so there won't be so much pull and the hem line should stay straight, however many non-maternity dresses still work well.

MATERNITY Pink Spotted Skater Dress £42 / Bobby Lobster Canvas Shopper Bag £26

Dresses can be layered too - this one for example would look great with a t-shirt worn underneath or with a chunky knit cardigan or denim jacket on top.

MATERNITY Zebra Print Ruffle Slip Dress £39 / Benny String Shopper Bag £22 

With maternity dressing generally I think it is important not to deviate from your usual style too much. There is so much change with your body anyway the last thing you should feel the need to do is change your image too.

If you usually wear shorts and skirts invest in maternity versions. You may also find that you can wear many of your existing tops - which if they become too short you can layer with a vest underneath or with a belly band.

Plus you will most probably be wearing these for a few months post birth and if you are short of money look out for them on second hand sites or sell them afterwards.

MATERNITY Colorado T-Shirt £18 / MATERNITY Ripped Ashley Shorts £29

Shirts are another great bump proof item of clothing - they look smart and are perfect for breastfeeding in afterwards. This one also comes in a non-maternity cut - the main difference is that the shirt is longer and wider around the waist - which for many is a more flattering cut anyway. It is also very soft against you skin and washable - something that once you are a mum things have to be.

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TOPSHOP MATERNITY JEANS - WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

As you are all well aware I am a fan of TOPSHOP and highly rate TOPSHOP's denim, so it was the first place I went for my maternity jeans. 

I believe that it is worth investing in maternity jeans early on in your pregnancy - they are so much more comfortable on your expanding waist, even with a small bump so why wait? Also compared to normal jeans they will have limited wear (although I have friends who still wear theirs for a Sunday roast). You will most probably be wearing them for a while once the baby has arrived too - so get some you love.

Another thing to know is that maternity jeans can either fit under or over your bump. It is personal preference as to which you prefer but some style legs work better than others.

The advantages of over the bump is that it keeps your belly warm and you don't suffer from 'mum bum' when you squat down. Also you can wear shorter tops without exposing your belly. If you are looking to get a looser fit leg or a non-stretch denim jean then I would opt for over the bump as they will tend to stay up better - no belts remember!

The advantages of under the bump are that they aren't so bulky under tops and to combat exposure or to allow you to wear a shorter top you can always wear a belly band or long vest top under your top top. Under the bump tend to work better for skinny, stretchy style jeans as the stretch in the denim will hold the jeans on your leg as supposed to having to rely on the waist band only.

Up until very recently there has been a distinct lack of interesting style maternity jeans - and most still tend to be skinny which is fine and often what you feel like wearing as they tend to balance out the ever expanding top half of your body, but still it is good to have a choice of styles.

Here are my top 4 and what you need to know: (FYI I am about 6 months pregnant in these photos)

STRAIGHT JEANS

These are very comfortable and I love the cropped length. They are normal non-stretch denim but i've found them to be good at retaining their shape. Because they are a loser fit it is an advantage for them to go over the bump as this stops them falling down.

Over The Bump Straight Jeans £42 / Knot Woven Mules £39 / Double Breasted Tartan Jacket £59 / Shelly Straw Basket Bag £26

JAMIE JEANS

Jamie Jeans are made from super-stretchy denim which is good because they hold their shape well. These fit under the bump which works well with a stretch denim as the jeans stay up and on. These are great every day jeans and would work well with both boots and trainers too.

Rich Jamie Jeans £40 / 'Amour' Slogan Jumper £29

BOYFRIEND DUNGAREES

I am a big fan of dungarees (bump or no bump) these Boyfriend ones are a loser fit and are very comfortable. The advantages to maternity dungarees are that they do not fall down and feel super comfortable on the tummy. I personally wouldn't style them with boots but would wear them with most flats and trainers.

Boyfriend Dungarees £49 / Point Polly Cat Eye Sunglasses £18

JONI JEANS

These are similar to the Jamie jeans but are even more stretchy denim. They fit over the bump so create a smooth waistline. I like the rips - very rock n' roll mum.

Super Rip Over The Bump Joni Jeans £42 / Attitude Soft Ballerina Pumps £29 / 'Voila' Embroidered Slogan T-Shirt £16 

This post was kindly sponsored by TOPSHOP. All thoughts, ideas, poses and ideas are entirely my own - clever me!

Photography by Jane Looker

 

 

TOP OF THE SHOPS

I shop at TOPSHOP a lot - it is definitely one of my go-to high street stores.  I like the way they embrace colours, re-invent the catwalk for the high street and because a lot of their clothes are fun. 

I enjoy wearing different types of outfits and experiment with new trends (although I do tend to be attracted to colourful (often pink) and sparkly clothes) which again TOPSHOP do very well. I'm a big fan of their jeans and think that they are some of the best on the high street, I think they do great reasonably priced shoes and fun accessories.

This month I have picked 3 TOPSHOP outfits (a dress, sequin skirt and jeans) that can be mixed and matched, and that have all become my new wardrobe staples.

I have worn this dress a lot since I got it - I love the print (it reminds me of Smarties), the loose comfortable cut and the frill detailing. It would work well with a belt or jumper on top and is suitable as maternity wear and for breastfeeding.

The pink colour of these boots is so good (one of my favourite tones) and just because they are a bold colour do not assume they won't go with the rest of your wardrobe, they actually have the ability to brighten up all outfits!

Spotted Frill Dress by Boutique £95 / MARILO Knotch Ankle Boots £75

The perfect black biker jacket is not an easy thing to find - but when you do find it, you will love it and wear it often. I've been on the look out for a while and I have a feeling that this one and I will be together for a while.

Belted Leather Biker Jacket by Boutique £195 / KIKI Gem Shoulder Bag £32

I've been stopped in the street a few times already and asked about this skirt - i'd stop me in the street and ask me about this skirt. It is perfect.

 Textured Balloon Sleeve Jumper £46 / Premium Rainbow Sequin Midi Skirt £125

If I could have an incredibly impractical car - just for fun, it may well be a pink cadillac. Unfortunately this isn't an option when you live in London with 2 kids - so I have settled for a shirt covered in them instead. 

Cadillac Print Casual Shirt £32 / Supersoft Scarf £16

TOPSHOP kindly sponsored this post, but everythings else about this post is me.

(TOP)SHOP LIKE A MUM

TOPSHOP is one of my favourite, go-to high street stores. Whatever i'm looking for - whether it be something for an event, work or jeans I usually start with TOPSHOP.

I think that sometimes there is an assumption from ladies over 30 that 'TOPSHOP is too young for me'  - which I totally disagree with. Personally I believe it caters for all ages from teenagers to retirees. I also think that they do great affordable basics, knits, jackets, as well as super fun statement clothes, plus I believe they do some of the best jeans on the high street (yes i'm a TOPSHOP fan).

One of the other great things that TOPSHOP offers (in selected stores) is complimentary Personal Shopping. I have tried and tested this premium service a couple of times and can 100% recommend it. If you are stuck in a fashion rut, do not enjoy shopping but need some new clothes,  have an upcoming special event, need help and advice on what suits you, or you just need a whole wardrobe overhaul - then they can help. You book online and provide the stylist with some information on what you are looking for, then when you arrive at your appointment they will have already filled your (luxury) changing room with some suitable clothes for you. You will have your own stylist on hand to help with sizes, get free refreshments plus you can bring your baby! It is such a great way to shop because it is entirely stress free, you get dedicated help with what you need and there is no pressure. I always have a great time and wonder why I shop any other way.

So to prove that TOPSHOP has something for all of us and to hopefully give you some festive outfit inspiration, here are my latest TOPSHOP purchases, that with the help of my personal shopper are now happily hanging in my wardobe.

I love this outfit - this top is like some super cool lace-sequin-rock star hybrid t-shirt, easy to wear and very cool. I've teamed it with my current favourite trousers my sequin ones, which last weekend I wore with a white t-shirt, trainers and leather jacket to go for a Sunday lunch. I believe sequins can be dressed down and shouldn't be kept for special occasions.

Cape Embellished Rock T-Shirt £45 / Sequin Stripe Trousers £59 

This is a great take on a Christmas jumper - I love the stars and beading. This will also be a great festival jumper once the Summer comes back.

As you may have noticed I have a thing for metallic footwear, I believe metallics are neutrals and are way more fun than the black versions - these silver boots are so good! 

AMAZING Western Boot £72 / Star Cape Embellished Sweatshirt £69

This is one of the most comfortable, stretchy and sparkly jumpsuits i've ever worn - it is absolutely perfect for the Christmas (and potentially indulgent) season. It is backless i'd wear it with either a pretty lace backed bra or like I have here a colourful cami.

Glitter Jumpsuit £35.00 / Studded Flat Mules £62

This red statement shirt is great - it is a super flattering pyjama style and looks great with jeans. I'd wear it with a chunky knit cardigan on top or with a skinny polly neck jumper underneath.

Tiger Lily Print Shirt £39 / Loose Fit Jeans £49

Photographer @janelookerphotography

This post is kindly sponsored by TOPSHOP. My love for them is real.

EMBRACE A DRESS

Dresses are great because:

  1. They are an outfit in one

  2. If you get the right dress style it can be super flattering and make you feel awesome

  3. There is a suitable dress for every occasion from weddings to work to the playground

  4. There is a suitable dress for all weathers from snow (knitted) to summer (light weight)

  5. Dresses can be dressed down eg. with trainers and a biker jacket or dressed up with heels and a clutch

  6. Dresses come in all different price ranges

  7. You can always find one to suit your shape / size / colouring

TOPSHOP always have a great selection of dresses and at the moment they have loads of different styles.

I LOVE fuchsia pink, it is my favourite colour so when I spotted this dress I had to have it. This would be a great dress to wear to a summer wedding. I've styled it with metallic (neutral) shoes and mirrored sunglasses and would pair it with a leopard print or metallic bag.

Frill Midi Pencil Dress £59.00

This dress is amazing, it isn't actually a style I have gone for before because at first glance I thought it looked too classic but the laced up back, asymmetrical hem and mix of florals gives it an edge and I love it. I recently took this dress on holiday with me and wore it out in the evening to dinner but it will also be great to wear in the UK too - I will wear it with a denim jacket and trainers.

Splice D Ring Midaxi Dress £59.00

This dress is so pretty, it is silk and lace and feels so luxurious on. Again perfect for a wedding or to a smart summer event. I've worn it with a sequin jacket and pointed flats but it would look stunning with super high heels and slick back hair. It is not the most forgiving style and you'll need some seam free underwear but on the right person will look amazing.

Satin Lace Dress £89.00

If you are in the mood for a tea dress then this one is great - the colour is amazing (but they also have it in blue), it is flattering and very easy to wear. The slit up the front and low V at the front stops it from being safe and instead makes it sexy! This is a great everyday dress - perfect for wearing to work in the summer or at weekends with cool flats or birkenstocks.

Red Spot Midi Tea Dress £49.00

So if you are looking for a dress this season then head to TOPSHOP and embrace them. And remember that if you like it try it, as you never know it might suit you and make you feel awesome!

This post has been kindly sponsored by TOPSHOP + Affiliate Window. As you know my love for TOPSHOP dresses is real and genuine as are all the words, dress choices and thoughts in this post.

GOOD JEANS

I can't remember a time in my life when I haven't worn jeans. I have had purple Levis that I used to go to get from Kensington Market aged 16. I then progressed to flares - with dirty, wet, ripped bottoms; there was a phase of big baggy ones worn on my hips with a studded belt and platform trainers and then there were the skinnies that I was wary of at first but that stuck around for a while.

Right now the denim landscape is ruleless! Jeans come in all shapes and styles, they are cropped, straight, moms, boyfriends, ripped, frayed and everything in between. This is a good thing because jeans are great . They can be dressed up and down and it is currently acceptable to wear them (more or less) everywhere. They are durable, washable, flattering, look better with age, plus there is a style for everyone.

TOPSHOP for a long time has been my go to place for jeans. I like the quality of the denim and all the different styles they have that they constantly update and add to. 

Here are my current top 3 styles:

MOM

Coincidentally I have only started wearing Mom jeans since becoming a Mum - i'm not sure why this is but I do know that I like the high waist which has proved invaluable when bending down to play with the kids on the floor (no mum-bum). They are also great for hiding the mum-tum both things that you might not have considered if you are not a mother (or someone who bends down a lot or rolls on the floor!).

I love the patchwork panels on these, it makes them a bit more interesting and more of a statement than the plain versions.

Patchwork Panel Mom Jeans £50 / Dropped Hem Jacquard Blouse by Boutique £59

CROPPED WIDE LEGGED

I love these (and this whole outfit), they are such a useful style - perfect for the UK's not hot but not cold summer weather. Personally I would wear these with flat sandals or trainers, but they would look cool with a sequin top and pointed flats too.

Mid Blue Cropped Wide Leg Jeans £40 / 1972 Tshirt £15 / FALCON Buckle Sliders £39 / SWIFT Chunky Cateye Sunglasses £18

STRAIGHT

If you are still stuck in your skinnies but are tempted to break away then a straight leg is a great transition jean. They are flattering and easy to wear with all types of shoes and ankle boots. I like the simplicity of these and will wear them turned up as well as left to fray.

Blue Raw Hem Straight Leg Jeans £40 / Box Pleat Cold Shoulder Top £45

This post has been kindly sponsored by TOPSHOP + Affiliate Window. As you know my love for TOPSHOP (especially their jeans) is real and genuine as are all the words and thoughts in this post.

IT'S ALL ABOUT...GINGHAM

There is a lot of gingham around at the moment, and I think that because it hasn't been around for a while it is being embraced. You can hardly click on a Instagram fashion feed or open a magazine without being faced with the little check.

Personally I love gingham - even though it reminds me of my school uniform. There are loads of ways to wear it - from tops to trenches, if you want to wear gingham you can find it on everything at the moment.

Topshop are doing it particularly well - they even have a dedicated section for it. They have some great tops and this awesome, flattering, easy to wear skirt which also ticks the frill trend too.

Gingham is easy to wear and versatile because it goes with everything and can be dressed up at night or down for day.

Here are 3 ways to wear to wear this gingham skirt:

Double gingham - I love this outfit, it's like the clashing prints trend but using gingham (which is kind of a print) and is perfect for when the weather gets warmer, day or night.

Teamed with a pink silk shirt the skirt can be dressed up - good for work or a smarter occassion. I love these studded shoe-boots too - the perfect transition from winter boot to summer shoe.

Summer will come soon and when it does we can wear T-shirts and sandals (with a gingham skirt).

Gingham Ruffle Midi Skirt £39 /Asymmetric Gingham Frill Top £29 / He Loves Me Blouse by Boutique £60 / MADNESS Studded Boots £72

This post has been kindly sponsored by TOPSHOP + Affiliate Window. As you know my love for TOPSHOP is real and genuine as are all the words and thoughts in this post.

INTERSEASON SHOPPING

I love the Summertime but I also love the changing seasons. I think it's good to have a change and makes you appreciate what you have when you have it. I also love being able to dress for different weathers - I like the cosyness of coats and the carefree coolness of a summer dress and look forward to both at the end of the season before. 

The end of the Summer before Autumn (September - October time in the UK - interseason) can be all sorts of seasons, weather and temperature in one day. So when I shop around this time I look for versatile clothes that can be worn in all weathers, all year around.

Mono Animal Ruffle Long Sleeve Blouse £34 / MOTO Side Stripe Skirt £30 / Two-in-One Reversible Bomber Jacket £79

TOPSHOP have some great inter-season pieces in at the moment, I recently purchased an amazing reversible bomber jacket - it's like having 2 jackets in one and really does go with everything including your mood! I am also pretty excited about this black and white ruffle shirt, which I intend to wear with jeans and under dungarees, but would also wear it with a smart skirt or bright coloured trousers to meetings.

We are also fast approaching boot season - I love a statement shoe and rarely play it safe when it comes to the colour of my footwear. If you have followed me for a while you'll know that I love a bright, leopard print or metallic (neutral) shoe and the same goes for boots.  I am really looking forward to styling these red ones, but also have my eye on TOPSHOP's  gold and pinks ones.

A denim skirt is also a wise purchase for September, wear it now with bare legs, trainers or sandals then as the colder weather sets in with tights, boots or loafers.

I also recently purchased this leopard print clutch. The good thing about a leopard print clutch is that it will go with everything and can be worn to anything.  I got mine to go with a blue playsuit I recently wore to a wedding but have since worn it with so many different outfits and know I will for years to come. 

So if you are interseason shopping look out for versatile things that can be worn in all weathers, that can be dressed up and down and as always that make you happy!

This post is kindly sponsored by TOPSHOP & Affiliate Window. All thoughts, clothes choices, ideas and purchases are my own!

DRESS LIKE A MUM AT FESTIVAL

My family and I and some excellent friends have just got back from Camp Bestival - we had such an amazing time it was so much fun, the kids loved it and we loved it and we can't wait to do it again.

One of the things I have always loved about festivals is the fashion. For me it is a place to wear whatever I feel like - no holding back!!!

Sequins are perfect for festivals, in the day time they look amazing when the sun reflects off them and at night they shine in disco lights. You'll always have a good time wearing sequins!

Rosa Bloom leggings now £65

Glitter and sunglasses are a couple of my festival staples - both of which are fun to wear and are perfect for hiding tired looking eyes. I also make sure I take a sunhat that can fit into my bag both for shading your face from the sun and having a nap under.

There is a lot of glitter around this festival season with most festivals offering places that you can pay to have your face glittered. Personally I like to do my own, it's really easy and fun to do - here is how.

For Camp Bestival I had a mixture of pearl coloured and blue glitter. I also applied this amazing iridescent eye shadow which changed colour depending on which angle you looked at it from. Don't forget to take a mirror!

Bevelled Round Sunglasses £20 / Glitter £7.50 / Mono Eyeshadow in Holograph £7 / Roll Up Straw Visor now £7

When you are at a festival you want to have free hands (for dancing, drinking, waving etc.) therefore you need to take a bag that allows this. This year because we took the kids I carried a backpack with all their stuff in and a cross body bag for mine - wallet, sunglasses, lipstick, glitter etc.

Patchwork Crossbody Bag £65 / Metallic Pocket Backpack £29

I travelled to the festival in this denim dress, tshirt and sandals, then put on a pair of tights, jumper and a bomber jacket for the evening. I like the versatility of this dress - you could wear anything from a swimming costume to a roll neck underneath and it would look good. 

Plait Strap Denim Pini £39 

I wore this super fun jumpsuit for the final day, it is so comfortable and perfect for sitting on the floor, playing with the kids and hoola hooping in. I would also wear this to work or dress it up for a wedding.

Slouchy Colour Block Detailed Jumpsuit £42

It gets cold in the evenings and sometimes rains at UK festivals so I always make sure i have a couple of jackets and layers to put on for when it does. It is also a good idea to take a warm scarf.

Holographic Festival Rain Mac £49 / Borg Western Jacket £59

This post is in collaboration with, and kindly sponsored by TopShop via Affiliate Window. All thoughts, ideas, clothes choices, festival tips and views are my own.

IVY PARK

I am a believer in investing in decent sports clothing that you love. The reason i believe this is (from experience) that if you love something you are more likely to wear it and therefore that will motivate you to get fit and do more exercise! 

Topshop have recently launched Ivy Park - which is a new activewear and leisure label co-founded, created and fronted by (mother of one) Beyoncé. 

Beyoncé wants Ivy Park to empower all women through fitness - encouraging us to try and incorporate it into our everyday lives, and to be strong, happy and healthy, which is obviously a good thing. 

The collection - leggings in three styles, sports bras, tank tops, sweatshirts and jackets are a mixture of high performance technical sportswear and fashion-led casual wear.  The aesthetic is a kind of cool streetwear, the styles are designed to fit big but flatter, the fabrics are innovative and the designs are interesting. 

All the styles have been designed to be fully opaque (so no underwear exposure) and to hold the body for extra support plus the quality is great due to the use of technical and high performance fabrics.

So whatever type of exercise you do/ or don't there is something from Ivy Park that will make you feel a bit more like Beyoncé - which can't be bad!

This post is in collaboration with, and kindly sponsored by TopShop via Affiliate Window. All thoughts and views are my own.

TOPSHOP JEANS

I wear jeans a lot - they are easy, cool, comfortable and practical plus i love denim.

I wear black spotted ones for work with a buttoned up shirt and loafers, i have 'mom' jeans which have allowed me to wear shorter tops than i would have with my skinnies and i also have ripped ones for when i want to look cool!

In the past i have had moments of  'i'm bored of wearing jeans' but once you look at the options within jeans you realise that now more than ever there so many different shapes, colours, patterns and different style jeans around.

I wear skinny jeans a lot, mainly because i have a lot of them and they are easy (currently i'm wearing mine with ankle boots) but apparently they are on the way out of fashion (even though they have been around for 15 years) plus i'm ready for a change so i'm going to start embracing other styles.

The majority of my jeans come from TOPSHOP and that's because i think they do the best on the high street. But I also have a pair of black GOK for Tu Sainsburys's ones which i love and a pair of ripped GAP Girlfriend ones too. 

TOPSHOP have recently launched their MEET YOUR JEANS campaign - where they clearly explain what the characteristics are of each design. They currently have 245 different styles and have increased their Tall, Petit and Maternity range so there really is something for everyone/ shape.

The best way to choose a style that suits you is to try them on - the most important thing is that you like them and feel good in them. And don't assume a style won't suit you and embrace a statement jean - why not?

TOPSHOP ones i have include: The Jamie - these are good because they come up higher on the waist than the Baxter, have more stretch in them and are therefore really comfortable. They are not so good if you don't like tight fitting jeans.

The Mom jean - these are cool because they aren't too tight, and come up higher on the waist and are surprisingly flattering.

TOPSHOP have SO many in at the moment like these:

Indigo Stripe Chino Jeans £45 / Stripe Hem Hayden Jeans £46/ Embroidered Straight Jeans £45 / Indigo Cropped Flared Jeans £36

Then there are many many versions of the above - ripped, patterned, cropped.... Also there isn't one particular style that is overtaking them all.

So basically jeans are (still) in, but what colour and style is entirely up to you. If you like them - wear them! 

PINK TROUSERS

Here are the links to my latest outfit.  I LOVE these pink trousers - they'd look cool with brogues, trainers or sandals, be good for work, parties, events, etc...