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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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Magpie Monday: Window Shopping Part 1

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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
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The MilkChic Marketing Board: Thank you!

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Thanks to everyone who helped with the content of my breastfeeding flyer. This is the final version:

I’ve taken on board as much of the feedback as possible. In the end, I decided to focus on  practical breastfeeding tips. I hope that it’s clear in the final version that covering up is one of many options, not a necessity. The only essential for breastfeeding clothes is easy access. After that, everything is personal preference.

Having spoken to lots and lots of mums, I have completely removed the word “discreet”. As I wrote in a previous post on semantics, I do think it describes the style in which many women prefer to breastfeed. Unfortunately, it can also be read with negative connotations. I don’t want there to be any of that ambiguity in this leaflet.

Feel free to print, copy or share the leaflet but please don’t crop or change it. You can download a PDF version Breastfeeding Leaflet.

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The MilkChic Marketing Board

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I’ve been asked to produce a flyer for inclusion in a local Breastfeeding Week goody bag. It’s a fantastic opportunity for me to get some free marketing for MilkChic, and I would really like to produce something that is genuinely helpful, rather than marketing hype.
I’m not a breastfeeding expert and I think there is plenty of information about the physical issues, but not nearly enough support with emotional and practical issues – like what clothes to wear, and how you feed in a public place.
This is my first draft, and I’d really appreciate your thoughts and comments. Please excuse the missing illustrations and random formatting…
(c) MilkChic.co.uk All rights reserved.
It’s a postcard sized flyer and I could print both sides, so if you have some great ideas of what might work on the other side, then please, please tell me! I need to go to print on Monday but will be producing a pdf version too, so any great feedback that misses the print deadline will still be used.
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Personal Shopping: Pink Dresses for a Cornish Blonde!

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I was asked by a lovely breastfeeding Twitterer to find her some dresses to wear to an upcoming wedding. Here are a selection of finds in her favourite pink!

Pink dresses for a Cornish Blonde!
Boohoo, Peacocks, Fly 53, WGACA, Warehouse
A little personal shopping exercise – something for a breastfeeding mum to wear to a wedding.

1. Julie V neck waist bobby maxi dress £15, Boohoo.com – Either pull down to feed, or possibly sleeve feed – add a nursing vest underneath for extra coverage.
2. Rochelle Chiffon Frill Top Layer Detail Dress – £15, Boohoo.com – I’m not 100% on this one as the sleeves may not be wide enough to feed, but at £15 it’s so cute I’d be tempted to order it and see…
3. Floral Vintage Dress £85, People Tree – Pull down feed – wear with a nursing vest or add a cute cardi buttoned at the top for extra coverage while feeding.
4. Parker Double Flared Sleeve Dress with Print – £142.48, Shopbop – Button down for easy feeding, flattering to a mummy tummy and incredibly stylish, but it is dry clean only. Wear with a nursing vest for extra coverage.
5. Button Front 50’s Dress Was £65 Now £45, Warehouse – I love this as it’s something I might have worn to a wedding before I was breastfeeding. It has a button front for easy pull down style feeding and wide straps to hide a nursing bra!
6. Marc by Marc Jacobs Carmen Silk Jacquard Dress £209.78, Shopbop – Not exactly a budget buy, and it is dry clean only, but the colour is stunning and the style is a classic and very figure flattering. Button down for easy feeding.
7. Short Dress £39, La Redoute – The smocked bodice and adjustable straps will allow for easy feeding but the narrow straps mean it’s best paired with a cardi if you want to hide a nursing bra. Unbutton the bottom of your cardi and it will give you extra coverage for feeding too.
8. Pink Kinsella Dress Was £135 Now £79, Thomas Pink – A very posh shirt dress. Button down for easy pull down feeding – add a nursing vest underneath for extra coverage. Again, dry clean only.
9. Long Floral Print Dress £65, La Redoute – The wrap top and smocking under the bust will allow for a pull down feed and wide straps mean no showing your bra. Wear with a nursing vest or a cardi buttoned at the top if you want extra coverage when feeding.
10. Rachel Pally Newport Dress £163.09, Shopbop – The crossover top and stretch fabric on this classic Grecian style maxi dress will work well for a pull down feed. Wear with a nursing vest for extra coverage.
11. What Goes Around Comes Around Bianca Dress £227.96, Shopbop – Not a cheap option, and dry clean only, but the hidden button down front is great for feeding and I love the simple style, which is loose over the tummy and will show off a good pair off legs.
12. Fly53 Womens Repent Strappy Dress Raspberry £44.99, M&M Direct – A slightly more casual option for a relaxed wedding, the button down front will make feeding a breeze. Wear with a nursing vest or little cardi for extra coverage.
13. Ladies Tea Dress £20, Peacocks – A really cute print dress with covered buttons for a chic look.  Wear it as it is, or style it up with a contrast belt and a net petticoat to create an hourglass silhouette and the illusion of a miniature waist. Wear with a nursing vest for extra coverage.

Personal Shopping note: MilkChic is not a big company. In fact it’s… erm… well… just me. I also have a day job and a toddler, which can make it difficult to find hours in the day, but it does mean I always offer a personal service! If there is something you are looking for, please contact me and I’ll try to find it for you.

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