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Viva La Velvet!

Madam Rage Velvet Jumpsuit
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Velvet is the hot fabric for AW16. Whether crushed, printed, or worn from head to heel, velvet dominated the catwalks and is the perfect luxurious look to wow this Christmas. Velvet dresses are a dramatic choice for nursing eveningwear and party looks.

M&S Collection Fit & Flare Velvet Dress - Marks and Spencer Nursing Clothes
Velvet Floral Choker Midi Dress - pink - boohoo.com Nursing Clothes
Karen Millen Printed Velvet Dress

Velvet jackets and cigarette pants look classy, with playsuits in more relaxed cuts the contemporary alternative.

Fashion Union Velvet Suit Jacket
Alice & You Crossover Velvet Playsuit
Madam Rage Velvet Jumpsuit

If you’re not yet convinced by the velvet trend, snuggling your breastfeeding baby against a plush velvet top might just convert you.

Melody Rib Velvet Wrap Front Top - grey - boohoo.com Nursing Clothes
Jane Norman Velvet Bardot Top
Cold Shoulder Velvet Top - navy - boohoo.com Nursing Clothes

Whatever you’re wearing this Autumn, these rich velvet accessories will instantly update your wardrobe, and who doesn’t need a pair of velvet boots?

BCBG Neration Burnout Velvet Triangle Scarf
Black & Lime Velvet Ariana Velvet Boots
Phoebe Quilted Velvet Backpack

Shop for more velvet nursing clothes.

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Strawberries & Cream Fashion

Strawberry Jewellery Charm
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It’s Wimbledon week! Celebrate this most British of sporting events with the (strawberries and) cream of breastfeeding friendly fashion and baby clothes.

1.Strawberry Jewellery Charm
4.Strawberry Baby Bib
2.Bill Skinner Strawberry Stud Earrings5.Strawberry pack a bag
3.Joe Browns Strawberry Dress

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Cutie Strawberry Print Skater Dress

7.Voodoo Vixen Cresida Lemon Strawberry Cardigan (Yellow)
8.Dickins & Jones Strawberry Silk Scarf
9.Smafolk strawberry bug kids tshirt
10.Stewart Strawberry All In One
  1. Links of London Strawberry Charm, House of Fraser
  2. Strawberry Stud Earrings, ASOS
  3. Joe Brown Strawberry Up and Down Dress, Amazon
  4. Strawberry Bib, Not On The High Street
  5. Strawberry Pack a Bag, John Lewis
  6. Cutie Strawberry Skater Dress, New Look
  7. Voodoo Vixen Strawberry Cardigan, Amazon
  8. Dickins & Jones Strawberry Silk Scarf, House of Fraser
  9. Smafolk Strawberry & Bug Kids Tee, Amazon
  10. Strawberry All in One, Not On The High Street
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Ador(k)able anoraks

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Great news ladies – the anorak is cool at last!

Worn with everything from jeans to chic dresses, anoraks and pac-a-macs are having something of a fashion moment. Thanks to Miu Miu, the AW14 Paris catwalks were filled with practical looking waterproofs in all shapes and styles.

From cover all ponchos (did I mention fabulous breastfeeding access for rainy days?) to curve friendly Pac a Parkas, these lightweight lovelies are suddenly a fashion essential.

Despite the labels, this look is definitely more hiking than haute couture and I can’t promise that the elevation to high fashion is going to increase your elegance quotient as you run for shelter in this autumn’s downpours but, as life with young children means that you will spend more time in waterproof clothing than you ever thought possible and the high street has a fabulous selection (check out the range at ASOS!), why not find something you actually like before the fashion pack move on?

Here are a few of my favourites from across the web:

Love Label Floral Mac

Love Label Floral Mac, Was £18 Now £11

Breastfeeding Tips: Many of my early breastfeeding in public experiences were at the side of a rugby pitch full of teenage boys and in my experience, if you’re likely to need to actually feed outside in the rain, ponchos offer the best rain protection versus nursing access – you can wear pretty much anything you like underneath. They are however difficult to get fully on or off one-handed so a mac you can keep fastened cape-style at the neck (double ended zip or neck poppers) is a good compromise.

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SS13 Trend: Monochrome

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The snow has gone and the weather is just starting to warm up enough for me to start thinking about Spring fashion. The Monochrome trend covers the gap between Winter and Spring brilliantly and is very easy to wear. Babies are endlessly fascinated by high contrast patterns so you may even find your baby is so transfixed by your new outfit that they don’t distract so easily!

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Peopletree Georgina Check Shirt Dress (Amazon)

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Find more monochrome and graphic looks on the shopping pages.

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Exposed zips… hidden benefits from the Olympics

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I really meant to write an Olympics inspired blog post… you know the sort of thing – gold, silver & bronze… events for a breastfeeding mum decathlon…. something immensely witty and amusing that would have been shared widely across social networks… but what with my daughter’s birthday and World Breastfeeding Week, it didn’t happen.

I watched the opening ceremony last night for the Paralympics, arguably going to be even more exciting, which starts today and I was slightly disappointed to see that the Star Trek zippy dresses were missing in action.

Honestly, I’m no more sure about the Olympic presentation dresses now than I was at the beginning, but there’s no denying a trend for zips in odd places might make life very easy for fashion-loving breastfeeding mums. They may not feature in the Paralympics, but there are still a fair few Olympic style exposed zips in the shops.

Here are some more conventional options… matching peaked hats optional:

AX Paris Navy Floral Frill Playsuit, £25 Zip Front Drop Back Dress, £45
Black Zip Front Vest, £25 TIBI Paisley print zip drape dress, £180

The zip fronts are perfect for breastfeeding access – just layer over a basic nursing vest if you want more coverage while feeding. You can find lots more exposed zip styles in the main listings.

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