One of the most frustrating things I find about maternity clothes shopping is that a lot of the stores only stock online, anyone who has ever been pregnant knows that no pregnant body is the same and therefore buying clothes without being about to try them on is a gamble at best and disaster at worst!
Thankfully I still have a pair of pretty good fitting gap jeans from my first pregnancy but other than that I borrowed a lot of clothes so need the basics at the very least. For good quality, good prices stuff I found New Look to be the best, I ordered a few t shirts, and a pair of their super soft skinny jeans recently and other than the bump band on the jeans being a bit big at the moment I'm really pleased with them.
I have also bought a couple of bits from Next the top is a great fit but unfortunately the chinos I bought are crazy low and if it wasn't for the fact I love the fit elsewhere they would have gone back (I'm just hoping a well fitted long line vest will spare the world of an unflattering glimpse of my behind!)
So this weekend I started the challenge to beat all challenges - I'm heading to a wedding in May and need a dress. So I started having a look at all the usual websites and frankly was uninspired, a lot of maternity dresses are seriously frumpy or the trendier ones on websites like ASOS look too short for me - I'm 5.7 and having a little one to look after I do prefer something that covers my bum!
I've spotted Seraphine and seen some lovely dresses there, but nothing that really wowed me, apart from the super expensive range which I can't warrant on a dress I'll only wear once! Then the lovely All about Mummy Recommended Envie de fraises a French company with a really large range of dresses (and other clothes) which so far look pretty fashionable and totally wearable - I'm guessing French women aren't prepared to sacrifice style for pregnancy. I haven't decided on a dress yet but am feeling a bit more optimistic, if I find one I love I'll be sure to write a review.
I still feel like I'm just dipping my toe into the whole maternity wear thing at the moment as I can still fit into some of my regular clothes but I'm sure there'll be more hurdles as I try and find my summer wardrobe, I haven't even thought out Maternity / Nursing bras yet and remember that bing a total headache last time. So I guess this isn't going to be my last maternity clothes post - you've got lots more moaning to look forward and if you're lucky a helpful recommendation!