Maternity Dressing Without Buying Maternity

Camel Coat: Marks & Spencer / Grey Pearl Sleeve Knit: Marks & Spencer / Ren Midi Dress: Hush / Berry Scarf: Barbour / Flap Bag: & Other Stories / Maternity Tights: ASOS / Studded Boots: Topshop / Windswept hair: Models own

I can’t believe this is my first outfit post of the new year! They’re my favourite kind of post to bring to Cagney and Lace so I’m gutted to have not brought you more this January but in all honesty the only time I have a photographer (otherwise known as my husband) is the weekend and nearly every single one this month has been a wash out so you can imagine my delight when the sun shone this morning on our walk to the park and how quickly I ran for the camera as we were heading out the door. Now I don’t usually dress this fancily for a family walk to the park (spoiler alert – you will get rained on and your coat will also get covered in mud thanks to Bramble) but after wearing this very outfit the day before for a morning of shopping in Leeds (where I may have caved and bought the blazer of dreams) I knew it had to be photographed.

What warms the cockles with this outfit (yes I enjoy an old dear phrase) is the fact that there’s no maternity only buys involved (except the tights but you didn’t really expect a 26 week preggo to be wearing regular tights now did you?) The starting point for this ensemble was the leopard print midi from one of my online favourites Hush which was a piece I lusted after for months but refused to pay full price for (it’s actually been reduced further since I bought it) – I do love you Hush but your prices are certainly premium! What I adore about this dress is the fact it can be worn day or night, would look equally as fly with bare legs and loafers as it does with opaques and buckle boots and of course the obvious, it works with or without a baby bump. To make things day time and January god it’s bloomin’ freezing appropriate I added my looks basic grey knit from M&S which is actually plain in the front and party in the sleeves with pearl embellishment – now it’s not quite right without the coat on but who even takes their coat off in these temperatures? I rest my case. While we’re on the subject of coats I can’t quite believe this is only the fourth time this goes with everything wool number has featured on the blog. It’s hands down my most worn outerwear garm’ as it makes you feel pulled together and dare I say polished, providing your muddy Beddlington doesn’t jump on you!

As always I kept my accessories to the bare minimum – scarf, bag and boots because why break a paired back aesthetic of a lifetime? A huge shout out has got to go to my Topshop buckle boots which I think have graced my feet almost everyday for the past three months. When you talk cost per wear there’s no worthier winners than these bad boys and I stand by the fact that Topshop have one of the best footwear departments out there. Another item you must be fed up of seeing is my handbag, this was such a good birthday present (thanks girls) and I don’t think it’s left my side since making me think the Loewe Barcelona has got to be the next bag welcomed into my collection. Of course we have to talk about the only maternity item here and the one ruining my post title, step forward the ASOS maternity tights which are frankly terrible even though they’re named new and improved fit. Well if a new and improved fit means these end up underneath your bottom within two minutes of walking (I wish I was joking) then well done guys, you cracked it! If anyone does have any maternity tight recommendations then please send them my way before these fall down any further…

What do you make of my Sunday best?

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  1. Shaney Firth
    January 30, 2018 / 5:30 pm

    Looking good in your Sunday best👍🏻😊 you look blooming – & everything is so wearable after your pregnancy – Fantastic !!

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