Posted on

8 Floral Dresses under £25

Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedintumblrmail

Special occasion breastfeeding dresses don’t always need to break the bank. If you keep an eye on sale items (also watch our #lc2b tweets on Twitter!), there are lots of options. Here are a few to start you off:

Isla Button Through Cotton Strappy Sun Dress Love Label Floral Wrap Dress
Isla Button Through
Cotton Strappy Sun Dress, £20
Love Label Floral Wrap Dress, £25
Print Floral Wrap Front Dress Pink Floral Button Front Dress
Print Floral Wrap Front Dress, £20 Pink Floral Button Front Dress, £24.99
Joe Browns Flirty Floral Dress Fearne Cotton Floral Vintage Dress
Joe Browns Flirty Floral Dress, £25 Fearne Cotton Floral Vintage Dress, £24.50
Next Tea Dress Floral button front dress
Next Tea Dress, £13.99 Floral button front dress, £15

For all of these, either layer over a nursing vest or add a cardigan buttoned “cape-style” over the top for extra confidence feeding in public.

If you’re looking for bargains, it’s always worth a quick look at the Ebay Fashion Outlet – lots of new items with the safety of a brand behind them and fixed prices, but at a fraction of the price.

Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedintumblrmail
Posted on

Make Your Wardrobe Work Harder – 3 Quick Fashion Fixes

ASOS Victorian style lace collar
Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedintumblrmail

If you’re feeling the pinch this winter, here are some quick ways to stretch your breastfeeding friendly wardrobe without breaking the budget.

1. Arm Shapers
Mary Portas Armery arm shapers
Mary Portas’s invention wasn’t just good for hiding flabby arms… With Armery style sleeves, you can wear your short sleeved breastfeeding tops all winter long. They cover your arms without reducing boob access, so are perfect for nursing mums. With fashionistas across the country copying the Queen of Frocks, you’ll be right on trend too. And if you’re feeling crafty? It’s quick and easy to make your own tights for arms!

 

2. Belly bands
Boob tube as belly band
If you shop on MilkChic, you’ll know that I recommend belly bands under loose hemmed tops if you want to keep your tummy covered while feeding. They are also an easy way to change the look or length of a top and have become one of my wardrobe staples even now I’m no longer breastfeeding.

Maternity belly bands tend to be thin cotton and come in limited colours, but boob tubes or lycra tube skirts are often cheaper, do exactly the same job and there is far more choice in colour, design and fabric. I regularly use a fab gold lurex knitted boob tube (a souvenir from my mispent youth…!) as a belly band under dark jumpers – perfect for cold winter days. Mix and match colours for a stylish colour block effect.

3. Just add a collar
ASOS Victorian style lace collar
ASOS do a fab range of detachable collars which can be used on any top or dress to change your look completely. You can find lots of similar detachable collars on Ebay. If you’ve got loads of plain tops and you don’t want little ones breaking your precious jewellery, these are a great way to jazz up a simple outfit. Peter Pan collars look perfect right now – add one to a grandad top for a breastfeeding friendly Mod look or go ladylike with this gorgeous Victorian style lace option.

Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedintumblrmail
Posted on

Magpie Monday: Window Shopping Part 1

Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedintumblrmail
Due to a combination of dodgy finances, lack of house space and impending Xmas doom, I am avoiding the charity shops and car boot sales at the moment except for essentials, like clothing for small one.

It’s left me a bit short of inspiration for Magpie Monday this week, so I thought I’d write a joint post across my 3 websites and go window shopping online. The online charity shops not as cheap as shopping in person, but you can still get a bargain.

MilkChic – Stylish Clothes for Breastfeeding Mums:
I did a post on wrap dresses earlier in the week so here are my pick of the options at Oxfam’s online shop…Some great jewel colours, and a fabulous metallic polka dot print too!
Cancer Research Online are slightly cheaper, and seem to have quite a lot of brand new Red or Dead items at the moment, so well worth a look. I thought these two dresses with button down fronts would work well for breastfeeding.
Debbie Shuchat
Checked Dress
NEW!
Size 10
£12.38
Red or Dead
“Wildcard” dress
NEW!
Various Sizes
£12.75

They also had some nice cropped cardis, which are perfect as a quick breastfeeding cover-up at this time of year. Wear a top that pulls down underneath and lift up the cardi to breastfeed in comfort and warmth. The fake fur version is right on trend!

 


Red or Dead
Victoriana
Cardigan, NEW!
Green or Black
Various Sizes
£11.25
Red or Dead
demi hoodie
Pink or Brown
NEW!
Various Sizes
£9.75
Red or Dead
Lola Fake
Fur Jacket
NEW!
Various Sizes
£22.50

 

To see the rest of my imaginary haul, visit Pretty But Not Pink – Non-pink clothes for girls aged 0-14 and Armed and Glamorous – Dresses and Tops with Sleeves. Or pop over to Magpie Monday and see what everyone else has been buying!
You can always see my latest breastfeeding friendly vintage and sale finds at Last Chance to Buy on MilkChic.
Me and My Shadow
Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedintumblrmail
Posted on

Bricks & Mortar bargains!

Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedintumblrmail

As some of you know, MilkChic is funded by sales commission. When you click through to buy a product online, I receive a percentage of the sale as commission. The income doesn’t justify the hours, but it helps.

Poundland bibMy priority is to find great breastfeeding friendly clothes, so I use a mixture of paid and non-paid links. Products are listed on their own merit and I won’t list something that doesn’t work for the sake of short-term income. Equally, I won’t ignore something great, just because it isn’t profitable. My only criteria is that it must be available online.

Having said that, I’m very aware that the best products aren’t always available online. Here are my favourite bargain products in bricks and mortar stores, promoted here on a strictly non-profit basis:

Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedintumblrmail
Posted on

Guest Post on New Mummy’s Tips: Money saving mummy!

Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedintumblrmail

Very excited to see my guest post published on New Mummy’s Tips today.

Here are some useful links for fellow moneysaving mummies:
* Freecycle – find a group in your area
* Focus Groups – Focus Force, Focus4People
* Amazon Subscribe and Save – great for nappies, wipes, baby food etc. as well as other groceries
* Baby clubs – Boots, Mothercare, Tesco, Sainsburys, Asda, Bounty, Hipp, Pampers, Huggies
* Tester panels – BzzAgent, Tesco Mums panel, Clix Research
* TopCashBack – There are lots of other cashback sites but I have found this reliable and it’s free to sign up.
* As well as Ebay, Oxfam and Cancer Research sell good quality secondhand baby clothes online.

New Mummy’s Tips: Guest Post – Money saving mummy… (or how I bough…: “It all started with a trip to John Lewis, where we cooed excitedly over lovely prams and highchairs… and then passed out on sight of the …”

 

Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedintumblrmail