For anyone that feels their bump growing they know one thing for certain – it gets impossible to dress it! As I mentioned in my previous post I tried to squeeze myself into trousers and dresses for a while (not a good look I must admit) until I decided to succumb to the tum! Now I have been searching for feminine maternity pieces, and finding authentic vintage wear has proved a little too difficult.

But fear not, there are plenty of alternatives readily available from high street and designer brands and you don’t need to spend a fortune in the process.  I personally find it a fun challenge to dress and I have even found better things than specific maternity wear- enter the wrap dress!

I accidentally wore a Boden number one day (an old friend used to work for them and gave it to me as a gift) and was the only thing washed that would fit me. Then I realised how comfortable and lovely it felt and decided that was it- I was a woman on a mission to find more!

I have now found quite a few suitable ones including the one I’m wearing below from Zara 

But there are many more to choose from as listed below- I would love to hear about your maternity dress wear tips! Don’t forget to click on the links to directly shop!

Annette xxxx





Collectif Vintage Amaya Velvet Dress


ASOS Frill Detail Wrap Dress


Dorothy Perkins Navy Self Tie Floral Print Wrap Dress


Seraphine Black Floral Silk Wrap Maternity Dress


Isabella Rose Elisha Dress



Early this week I had the pleasure of attending Anna Williamson’s book launch for Breaking Mum and Dad: The Insiders Guide to Parenting Anxiety at the highly exquisite Devonshire Club.

I was there to hear all about the making of the book and some of the topics it covered. There were quite a few young mum and dad’s, experienced ones, new one’s and a few pregnant ladies too so I definitely did not feel alone!

I often can feel quite nervous walking into somewhere on my own but was lucky I met a lovely young woman, Kim, from the Telegraph who gave me a load of baby/parenting tips having had her own a year and a half ago- phew! There were also some other lovely ladies I spoke with and of course I was excited to hear what Anna’s book was all about!

The Devonshire Club were the perfect hosts with delicious canapes, champagne and mocktails for the preggo ladies like me 😉

The book covers so many topics from ‘I’m struggling to love my baby’ to ‘I miss my old life.’ It’s like a therapist in your pocket with contributions by Dr Reeta Newell so it has a medical approach as well as practical advice with ways to cope with low anxiety, low mood and stress.

I can totally relate to this as being pregnant I have absolutely loved the feeling (like to the point I think I could burst with happiness and joy!) but then I get super emotional and have an anxiety attack- how weird is that eh?! I can’t just blame the hormones but I guess it is a whole kaleidoscope of things and learning as I go along (is there a baby school? Please send me now).

Anna Williamson has already written Breaking Mad: An Insiders Guide to Conquering Anxiety and is a life coach, counsellor and Master NLP practitioner so has a wealth of experience. She is also an Ambassador for Mind, Childline and The Princes Trust (as well as a tv presenter and broadcaster!) and I’m so excited to get stuck into this book and hopefully pass on a few tips in later blog posts.

Breaking Mum and Dad is a little pocket guide of empathy, sympathy and above all, hope. And we all need a little bit of that sometimes, don’t we?!

Finding maternity clothes is how can I put it politely? Bonkers! (As well as frustrating, hard work and time consuming).

There’s the maternity leggings and jeans (which kind of make you look like your wearing a nappy 😉 and I am quite feminine so really wanted to find pieces that emulated my style. Also I love vintage styles, especially those of the 1950’s so could I find something that had an essence of this? I had my work cut out for me!

I decided to head to my favourite haunt (where I’ve shopped ever since I was little) Marks and Spencers.

I used to shop in the ‘Over 50’s’ section which is now called ‘Classics’ as their items are pure vintage whilst being very comfortable.

I decided to see if I could put their pieces to the test and find some pregnancy clothes. Now they don’t have a maternity section as such! But one thing I have realised with maternity wear is that as long as there’s stretch and they are not too tight on the waist then you can definitely work around that problem. I have found that wrap dresses work well as do floaty pieces and jersey.

Here are my favourite Marks and Spencers pieces which aren’t maternity wear but could definitely work well for ladies out there who are expecting… Happy shopping 😉

1st Look~ Floral Wrap Dress £39.50

2nd Look- Floral Print Dress £19 (wow! Amazing price)

3rd Look- Floral Dress £15

4th Look- Wrap Dress £45

5th Look- £39.50