Pick a Pretty Peplum!

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1940s fashionSorry for the title… too much time singing nursery rhymes… Peplums are a huge trend this season. I haven’t done much about them as I thought it was going to be one of those looks that last a few weeks and then never make it into anything breastfeeding friendly anyway. I was SO wrong – they’re everywhere! So here’s the lowdown:

What is a peplum? It’s a tailored frill or flounce that starts at the waist and finishes at hip level and can be added to tops, skirts, dresses or jackets, giving an emphasised female hip curve. Imagine a 1940s wartime jacket and you’ll know what I mean.

Who will it suit? While peplums won’t slim you, they are great for hiding the bit of your tummy that bulges, so good for mummy tummies and for creating a clear waistline. Avoid peplums if you’ve got an athletic, straight up and down figure as it doesn’t create curves – you need to have them to start with for this fashion!

What to look for: Look for something tailored and not frilly for a modern, sharp look. Skirts should be knee length or just below for the most flattering look. If you have short legs, you may prefer to wear a peplum top with trousers – peplums can make your legs look shorter and the trousers will balance you out again. Here are some breastfeeding friendly peplum looks.

Tops:

ASOS Scoop Neck Top with Extreme Peplum
This jersey top will stretch for feeding.
Short Sleeve Plain Peplum Top
The wrap front will work for breastfeeding. Wear with a nursing vest for more coverage. Available in mocha and pink.

These wrap top peplum dresses from Dorothy Perkins are perfect not only for breastfeeding access  but also for the weird weather we’re having.

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Swallow Print Peplum Dresses
The wrap top on these dresses makes them breastfeeding friendly.

For a quick and easy way to bring a basic vest or top (even a nursing vest!) right up to the minute, try a peplum skirt.

Mango Peplum Skirt, Black Oasis Lace Peplum Skirt

Check out more breastfeeding friendly peplum dresses and peplum tops on the main shop pages.

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Perfect Paisley

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Paisley is a hot trend for SS12. It’s a definite winner for mums like me, as the swirly print is perfect for disguising those random stains you only notice after you leave the house! Here are my favourites…

Hot Summer Prints

Red paisley printed maxi dress Lauren by Ralph Lauren Paisley Wrap Dress, Pink
Red paisley printed maxi dress
Was £60 Now £42
Lauren by Ralph Lauren Paisley Wrap Dress, Pink
£175
Button front for breastfeeding Stretch and pull down to breastfeed

Cool Sophistication:

East Violetta Paisley Print Dress, Wisteria Blue Paisley Mix Blouse
East Violetta Paisley Print Dress, Wisteria
£85
Blue Paisley Mix Blouse
£28
Unbuttons for nursing access Long button placket for breastfeeding

Find lots more paisley print nursing clothes on the shop pages.

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AW11 Fashion Trends for Breastfeeding Mums

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As Autumn officially began last Friday, I thought it was high time I pulled together a post on this season’s trends. I’ve been thinking about them for weeks but somehow getting everything together in one post always gives me writer’s block.

Colour is still big news for Autumn Winter with colour blocking and statement prints ongoing trends. Richer jewel tones are starting to take over from the more neon brights, and are gorgeously glam in luxurious fabrics for the winter.

Shop breastfeeding friendly jewel colours and brights at MilkChic.

Jewel Colours
Elle Macpherson, House of Fraser, Oasis, Asos

1. Belted Sleeveless Jumpsuit, £50; 2. Purple satin wrap blouse, £45; 3. Belted Crepe Dress, £24.99; 4. Side Wrap Top, £38; 5. Dandy Dot Blouse, £35; 6. CLOSET V Neck Zip Front Dress, £42; 7. Miso Zip Front Dress, £19.99; 8. ASOS Wrap Dress With Bow Detail, £40; 9. Women’s Planet Red drape blouse, £79; 10. Elle Macpherson Intimates Fly Butterfly Fly – Maternity Nursing Bra, £39

Go Wild in animal prints. They’ve been creeping in for months now and this time it’s not just leopard print. Snake prints, mock croc and even zebra prints are all right on trend. If you’re not sure about head to toe zoo chic, opt for a less obvious colourised print or accessorise with animal print shoes or bags.
Shop breastfeeding friendly animal print at MilkChic.

Motel, Ben de Lisi, Star by Julien Macdonald

1. Grey leopard print clutch bag, £30; 2. Women’s Motel Tilly cropped top, £11.50; 3. Red giraffe print jersey dress, £65; 4. Tan tiger print wrap dress, £50; 5. House Of The Gods Debbie Harry Zebra Batwing Top, £38; 6. Lyla Animal Print Double Collar Sequin Blouse, £20; 7. Almost Famous Top, Scoop Neck Short Sleeve Leopard Floral Printed Lace, £23.38; 8. Natural animal print midi wrap dress, £65; 9. L.K. Bennett Kitty Jersey Dress, Grey-Kitty, £145; 10. Animal print dip back dress, £39; 11. Croc Boxy Grab Bag, £18

Heritage fabrics are making a comeback this season. Make like a lady in tartans, tweeds, demure blouses and midi skirts.

Shop breastfeeding friendly heritage styles at MilkChic.

Heritage
Oscar De La Renta, BB Dakota, Labour Of Love

1. Sophie Gray dogtooth Printed Wrap Dress, £40; 2. LABOUR OF LOVE Tweed waisted dress, £112; 3. Women’s Linea Weekend Tweed cape, £84; 4. BB Dakota Calhoun Plaid Hooded Poncho, £87.19

Vintage looks are influenced by 1940s silhouettes and 1970s styles, which continue to dominate. Folk-inspired looks work well for daytime, and strong colours combined with ladylike silhouettes are a winner by night. For a simple, breastfeeding friendly look, combine elegant palazzo pants with a button down blouse.

Shop vintage inspired breastfeeding friendly fashion at MilkChic.

Vintage Style
Asos, Diane von Furstenberg, Oasis, Oasis

 1. ASOS 70s Floppy Felt Hat, £20; 2. Soft Palazzo Trousers, £35; 3. Diane von Furstenberg Solenn Wrap Gown, £349.78; 4. Floral Pussy Bow Blouse, £42; 5. Red oriental sleeved dress, £39; 6. Jacqueline Dress, £70; 7. Clover Canyon Long Sleeve Maxi Shirtdress, £169.69; 8. Teatro Long Sleeve Maxi Dress, £59; 9. Belted Jumpsuit, £75

Mod is back again this winter. Shift dresses and peter pan collars are all over the place, but sadly it’s a hard trend to shop for a breastfeeding mum – simple silhouettes and high necks rarely signal good feeding access. I’ve found a few that work, and will keep looking!

Shop breastfeeding friendly mod looks at MilkChic.

Mod
Johann Earl, Promod, Promod, Max C, Asos

1. Johann Earl Lace Collar Longsleeve Dress, £45; 2. 60’s Style Tweed Jacket, £57; 3. 1960s Bicolor Dress, £36; 4. Black Max C Peter Pan Collar Dress, £40;  5. ASOS Cute Collar Jumper With Gold Buttons, £35

Pop over to MilkChic for more AW11 breastfeeding friendly fashion.

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Trend Flash: Denim Dresses

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The denim dress is a key item for Spring/Summer and Marc Jacobs and Vivienne Westwood prove that denim doesn’t have to be casual to be cool. There is a dress to suit everyone this season – even breastfeeding mums! Here are some of our favourites, which all have button down fronts for easy feeding.

If you’re coveting the Jaeger dress, which a number of celebrities have been sporting recently, but can’t justify the £150 price tag, take a look at the rather more purse-friendly option from Dorothy Perkins – at £38, you could even treat yourself to some copycat white buttons!


Denim dresses
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Clockwise from top left:

Western shirtdress Was £45 Now £20Oasis; Denim pintuck smock dress £35 – Dorothy Perkins; 70’s Button Through Denim Dress £55 – Oasis; Label Lab Denim utility dress Was £65 Now £45.50 – House of Fraser; Marc by Marc Jacobs Denim dress £235 – Net-a-Porter; Vivienne Westwood Lee Anglomania Twist Denim Dress £162 – Urban Outfitters; Boutique by Jaeger Denim Dress £150 – John Lewis; Mid wash 70s denim shirt dress £38 -, Dorothy Perkins; Dark blue denim shirt dress £55 – Debenhams

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