Lady Di

I’ve realised that my maternity style icon is Princess Diana, circa 1982. I’m not usually inspired by Royal style but smock dresses, ruffles and pussy bows make sense to me right now. This dress is from my favourite Danish brand, Ganni. Once again, it’s not designed for maternity, but it’s comfortable and should see me through the next few months. I’ll also be able to wear it after the baby comes in May, which is another win. The key to making a pregnant Lady Di vibe contemporary, is to ground floaty dresses with tailored coats and heavy boots. Most maternity wear is so not my style, I’m glad I’ve been able to find stuff that I feel good in. I’ve worn it with an old coat from Self-Portrait (similar here and here) and ankle boots by […]

Tent Dress

As my pregnancy progresses, I’ve realised that my style hasn’t changed that much. Apart from my cinched waist skirts, my look is pretty much the same. At first glance, one would think the uniform for pregnant women is skin-tight Bretton stripes, which wouldn’t my choice, even when not pregnant. However, with a bit of imagination, there’s no reason to be shackled by boring maternity wear. This dress from Zara isn’t maternity, but it’s really comfy and skims over my bump. I love the ruffles and flared sleeves, which is a nod towards Chloé’s  romantic AW16 collection. It’s also voluminous enough to last for the duration of my pregnancy. I’ve styled it with an old coat from Acne (similar here and here ) and boots from Kurt Geiger.

Non-Maternity Maternity

At 17 weeks pregnant I’m nearly half way there and I can’t believe the time has whizzed by so quickly. Thus far, pregnancy has been pretty kind to me. I’ve had spells of sickness and I’ve felt quite tired, but compared to lots of other women, I’ve had it easy. I still haven’t quite got my head around the prospect of having an actual baby at the end. I’m told that when I start to feel the baby move, reality will strike. I’m looking forward to the next stage of pregnancy. I’ve found that there are things in my wardrobe that work as maternity wear, which is great as I’m loathed to buy too much new stuff; I already have more than enough. I bought this Saloni dress from The Outnet earlier this year and the […]

Bohemian Baby

I’ve always been fond of a bit of boho, although the term has rather naff connotations. I think the key to a chic bohemian vibe is not to over do it with the accessories; too much jingiling jewellery can undermine the look. If I’m wearing a boho dress, I like to wear one or two bold pieces of jewellery. I love this silk dress by Me & Maya. It skims over my baby bump nicely, but will work post-baby next summer, worn with bare legs and tan sandals. I’ve styled the dress with a faux fur coat from Whisltes (similar here) and boots from Kurt Geiger.

Leather and Lace

After weeks of avoiding maternity wear, I’ve finally caved in and bought a couple of maternity dresses. My priorities have changed and comfort is the deciding factor; I can’t bear fabric that’s even slightly scratchy or clingy. This lace dress from Mamalicous is soft and comfy. Looking at these pictures, I think the frock will work better when I’m more heavily pregnant, but it’s so comfortable that I can’t wait to wear it. I’ve layered it under my old faithful leather jacket from Whistles and a 50s vintage faux fur coat (similar here) that’s oversized enough to see me through my pregnancy (similar here and here) . My boots are from &Other Stories (similar here) and my sunglasses are by Versace.

Ghost of Pregnancy Future

As my pregnancy progresses, I’m becoming more disillusioned with maternity wear. A lot of the dresses fall about an inch above the knee, which suits me like socks suit a rooster. I’m still in the awkward in-between phase, where I don’t really look pregnant but most of my clothes don’t fit. Non-maternity dresses with pleats in the front work well as they’ll accommodate my bump, as and when it properly pops out. I found this dress in the Ghost sale, and it caters to my obsession with vintage. I bought it in a bigger size than I would usually go for, so hopefully I’ll be able to wear it for a while yet. I’ve paired it with my favourite gilet from Ruby and Ed (similar here) and an old pair of silver Bowie-esque boots by Reiss, (similar […]

Bumpity Bump

I’m nearly 14 weeks pregnant and I’ve got a little growing bump. I ordered a bunch of pregnancy clothes this week, but I sent most of them back because they were simultaneously too tight and too baggy. There are a few maternity brands that I like, but most of the stuff I’ve seen thus far is rather depressing. This dress is from Lily and Lionel, which is not a maternity brand, but I’ve had my eye on it since before I was pregnant. I think flowing dresses in a bigger size will be the way forward, although I’m still on the lookout for lovely maternity wear.

No-go Logos

I went to a school with no uniform, one might have thought that this would have cultivated sartorial creativity, but we all wore more or less the same thing. It was the late 90s/early 00s, and logos were king. Levis jeans, Nike trainers and sweatshirts emblazoned with Tommy Hilfiger and Calvin Klein were highly sought after. Although only the kids from the wealthiest families could afford to wear them. I spent my teenage years feeling like I should conform, but I knew that crass logos were not for me. I found my look when I discovered vintage and I spent many a happy hour rummaging around Camden and Portobello markets. The cool kids thought my enthusiasm for old clothes was weird, but I didn’t care. I never wanted to fit in with them anyway. I’ve been looking for a vintage […]

Eternal Classics

I’m not usually one for investing in classic pieces, I can’t resist the lure of the new and flamboyant. However, I bought this coat from French Connection (similar here) six years ago and I dig it out every Autumn. I’ve worn it with a ribbed roll neck by Teatum Jones, boots from Carvella and a skirt by Lily and Lionel.

Velvet Underground

Years ago, I saw a beautiful 1930s vintage, midnight blue velvet dress on Ebay. I lost the ensuing bidding war, much to my disappointment. Since then, I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect velvet dress, and at last I’ve found it. This frock by Katya Dobryakova is from The Place London, a brilliant boutique on Connaught Street. I love the classic Stevie Nicks vibe, and the sumptuous fabric is very comfortable. I’ve styled the look with a vintage belt and an old pair of boots from Topshop (similar here and here). The Place London is my favourite new shop, I’ll be writing more about this later in the week.