There is nothing I love more than getting dressed up in a fancy frock and the festive season seems to be the perfect time to put your glad rags on and hit the town.
Having been pregnant and breastfed during the festive season I know first hand how incredibly hard it can be to find some beautiful clothes to see you through all the parties and merriment and avoid those dreaded “I’ve got nothing to wear” moments.
So I thought I’d help with the struggle and make sure all you Mums are looking fabulous, comfortable and prepared for all the fun this Christmas.
I’m so impressed with all the nursing options that seem to be available now. I think they were virtually non-existent when the boys were younger, not that I was actually successful at breastfeeding them, but that’s a story for another time. But even 2 years ago when Anabelle was born I don’t recall seeing as many options. Or maybe in my sleep deprived state I just didn’t focus on all the clever pockets and extra layers.
This gorgeous black lace gown is not only stunning in its own right but it also has the most genius discreet nursing pocket I’ve ever seen. Meaning you don’t have to leave the party to feed your baby.
Not every occasion will require a killer dress sometimes all you need is your favourite jeans and a top and this cornflour blue blouse with 3/4 sleeves will be a lovely addition. Also including a discreet front zip and hidden nursing function.
If blue isn’t your colour then you could always go for this crepe wrap top available in baby pink and black.
Many of the maternity dresses and tops available now also double up as nursing outfits post baby which is great for budgeting, as lets face it buying lots of maternity clothes AND then separate nursing outfits on top can be quite a spendy affair.
But if you are going to splash out on one piece then I think it should definitely be this red bordeaux Isabella Oliver dress. The silhouette is simply divine, with the cutest ruching around bump and super stylish front pleat.
Lottie brought this knitted roll neck dress to my attention. Perfect with a pair of leggings and boots for a casual day time look (maybe even carving the turkey) or with some tights and heels for the evening.
I don’t know what it is about Christmas but it always brings out the magpie in me and I always seem to home in on the most glit-terrific dresses and tops.
Both of these dresses have a gorgeous metallic thread going through them to ensure you sparkle on your nights out.
I couldn’t decide which one I liked more so I though what the hell, I’ll show you them both.
Plus the silver thread layer dress has a handy nursing overlay and would be great to use when little one arrives too.
One of my most favourite and comfiest things to wear during pregnancy was my onesie. I think it was because there was no waist band. I recall having my friends over for dinner and after the meal I casually popped upstairs to change into it. Some hostess I am! I seriously wish I would have invested in this jumpsuit. There would have been no wardrobe changes mid evening and I would have been equally as comfortable but looked so much more stylish.
This asymmetric dress comes in my favourite hue again, but with a clever layered top that expands when your boobs do during pregnancy and then lifts up to reveal a nursing pocket post arrival.
If you’re not one for a fitted dress and prefer the much floatier option, this skater dress with cut out shoulders looks utterly adorable.
How stylish is this maternity top with sheer and solid chevron stripes, it looks like it would be perfect to wear casually with jeans and also with a skirt or trousers and heels for a dressier occasion.
Marks and Spencer
When I think of Christmas I automatically think of snow and wrapping up warm, but I don’t think I invested in a good cover up or coat. If I’d have seen this metallic effect knitted poncho then it would had been straight in my basket. Ideal for wandering around Christmas shopping or for keeping you warm on your nights out.
If your budget doesn’t stretch to anything new then I can definitely recommend stocking up on a few of these camisoles to wear with your regular clothes. A great addition to any wardrobe as a maternity essential and so handy if you do decide to breastfeed afterwards.
These polka dot tights are the perfect little extra to add a twist to any of your outfits.
Have you got your eye on any special maternity or nursing outfits to see you through the Christmas holidays?