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THE OUTNET: EVENT & OUTFIT

I recently spoke on a panel at the Mothers Meeting & The Outnet event. It was so much fun and an excellent event. We spoke about everything from online shopping tips, outfit ideas for a breastfeeding, maternity style, wardrobe staples, wardrobe failures, what to invest in, what brands to look out for and much more...

I often feature and shop at The Outnet they have so many great things and bargains! The Outnet is Net A Porter's sale site and sells past season stock at a massive discount. They occasionally do 80% off flash sales which are amazing but sell out fast (so be quick), they are also great for jewelry, presents and are the first place i look if i need a special outfit for a special event.

My whole outfit on the night (apart from the shoes & bag) was from The Outnet and here it is: 

Helmut Lang cropped wool blend blazer £211 (was £470) / Vivetta £262 (was £525) / Alexis £200 (was £445) / TOPSHOP £56 / Bag by Hill & Friends £1095

More photos of the night can be seen here on the Mothers Meeting website.

SMART DUNGAREES

I love dungarees and there is a dungaree for every occasion!  Casual or denim ones are the most popular but there are a few smarter styles and fabrics that would be great to wear for work, dinner or to a party. 

I recent wore these (from Ark £26) cropped, smarter style ones to an event and loved them.  

Here are a couple more smarter dungaree styles that have caught my eye:

Zara £39.99 / Urban Outfitters £66

I wore a black t-shirt under mine, but a shirt or sleeveless top would also work well - it depends what look you want to go for.  My boots are from Clarks V&A Collaboration (£120).

To breastfeed - lift up underneath t-shirt, wear vest underneath that comes down, then dungaree strap comes down or you get access from the side.

WHAT TO WEAR: WHEN YOU'RE BREASTFEEDING AT A WEDDING

Here is a piece I wrote for the awesome cool crafting website Ladyland last week - when they asked me "How do you breastfeed at a wedding and maintain your fashion composure!?" 

I think one of the hardest outfits to find is a breastfeeding-friendly wedding guest outfit. There are so many things to consider, but most importantly you want to look good and feel comfortable.

The same rules apply as with any breastfeeding-friendly outfit: the top part must either undo or come down, or the straps of the top must come down over your shoulder. Personally, I tend to wear a thin stretchy vest under everything that can be pulled down or up – depending on which way you are getting nipple access.

But, there are other factors to consider: if you have very recently had your baby you may not feel super confident or comfortable wearing anything too tight. I avoided waist bands as I found them very unflattering – they would be tight around my waist and my mum-tum would poke out the bottom. Nice! Also, in the early days of breastfeeding you tend to sweat – so best to avoid clothes and fabrics that will enhance sweat patches or leaking milk! And, of course, over exposure of your breast is something you might want to avoid: you don’t want detract from the bride!

It's very important to stay true to your style, so try to wear something that you'd wear even if you didn't have to breastfeed. If you're wearing something you don’t feel comfortable or confident in, you won’t enjoy yourself as much.

Here are some ideas:

One option is to wear a jumpsuit (one that you can unbutton or that you can pull the strap down over your shoulder). This one by Whistles unbuttons; it’s fairly plain but with the right accessories could look really chic.

An obvious choice but one that works well is a button-up shirt dress. This dress is good because it buttons all the way up the front (good access), the style is not too fitted so would be flattering on the waist and tummy, but you could also wear a belt with it or tie it tighter at the back.

Co-ords (a matching top and bottom) are perfect because the top comes up for easy access. This outfit is good as it looks like a dress; the loose-fitting top that goes over the skirt would be more flattering than if the top was tucked into the skirt.

Love this waistcoat and culotte combo:

I love this dress – it looks so comfortable and flattering. You could lower the strap down over your shoulder and maybe take a scarf to drape over if you felt self-conscious. You could wear anything with this, like a brightly coloured jacket or big flower in your hair.

There are certain accessories that are a bit of a no-no while breastfeeding – think hoop earrings or big dangly ones – they are too tempting for the baby to rip out of your ears. Also, chunky or pointy textured necklaces that they could head butt should also be avoided, but this gold 'Mother' chain from Cult of Youth is perfect.

Cross-body bags are a good idea as they mean you’ll have you hands free (the nappy bag can travel separately – don’t let it ruin your outfit!)

Comfortable shoes are important, like these shiny flats from Zara. I nearly always wear flats anyway, but definitely avoid ones that you can’t balance in – chances are you’ll be carrying a baby!

And finally, lipstick! Wear it bright and with confidence; it will brighten up your face which, if you are breastfeeding a baby all the time, might look a bit tired. Let's hear it for the lippie!

WEDDING OUTFITS

When my daughter was 6 weeks old we took her to a wedding in France and i wore a jumpsuit.  

The one i wore was from Whistles and had thin straps that i pulled down over my shoulder when i needed to feed her.  I wore a thin lycra boob tube under it (that i pulled up) and took a scarf with me.  

If anyone is going to a wedding this Spring / Summer i've noticed Whistles has a couple of other good options.

Claribel Frayed Edge Jumpsuit £175 / Adrienne Zip in Pearlised Print £120

Love this navy jumpsuit - it would look super chic with hair up, gold jewellery and red lips.  Or fun with bright shoes, jacket and clutch.

This dress is such a good style for a new mum - not to tight and the zip is perfect for feeding.  I'd wear it with my bright pink tuxedo and some pointed flats.

ASOS £40 / Whistles £140

Shorts and matching jackets (AKA Co-ords) are also a good option - that way you can wear any top under the jacket.

This black and white jumpsuit is a similar style to the one i wore - it would also look cool dressed down with flats and you could wear any colour with it.