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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.
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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

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Magpie Monday: Pretty Things

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Last Monday, I posted some breastfeeding friendly bargains from the online charity shops. This week, I stayed virtuous and kept my purse shut, but was lucky enough to pick up 16 gorgeous seventies sewing books via Freecycle. Alongside some really clear instructions for various sewing and dressmaking techniques, there are some fabulous retro projects that are going to keep tempting me away from work.

I have to concentrate on the websites in the run up to Christmas, but in the meantime, I’m just enjoying looking at the beautiful prints on the fabric covers. How often do you see books like this now?

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P.S. I held firm and haven’t bought the military style jacket. If anyone else wants a bargain, it’s still there!

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Spring Weddings: Fashion for breastfeeding mums

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It’s that time of year again when the wedding invites start arriving. If you’re like me, having spent a few weeks thinking about how lovely it will be to show off your gorgeous baby to all those admiring friends, outfit panic is probably now setting in.

As a breastfeeding mum I’m finding occasion shopping that much harder. I used to have a wedding “look” that always gave me a confidence boost, but strapless prom dresses and empire line maxis don’t work with my nursing bras and I’m having to rethink my style.

If like me, you’ve been stuck in a fashion rut, why not take the opportunity to reinvent yourself this Spring and try out some different shapes and styles.

Remember that outfits don’t have to look functional to allow you to feed easily – a cardigan or shrug buttoned at the top allows you to feed without fuss (or flashing) in any top or dress that will pull down. If you make your own nursing vests, you can tailor colour, straps and neckline to work perfectly underneath any dress and you can use the same technique to make nursing slips for a smoother silhouette.

Here are some of my favourite looks for the wedding season:

There are some lovely 50s style dresses in the shops at the moment. They are a flattering shape and great for hiding a mummy tummy, but most of them won’t work for breastfeeding. Look for styles which button to the waist and wear with a nursing vest or cropped cardi for extra coverage.

Flirty Fifties
Dorothy Perkins, Dorothy Perkins, Dorothy Perkins
1. Shadow butterfly dress (Green/Blue/Orange) Was £40 Now £36 – Dorothy Perkins
2. Black poppy print fifties dress £35 – Debenhams
3. Button front 50s dress Was £65Now £45, Warehouse
4. Emily And Fin Dorothy Coral Dress £55 – Coggles.com
5. Claudia Twist Back Button Front Flower Print Denim Dress £15 – Boohoo.com
6. Scenic Print Prom Dress £29.99 – New Look
7. POP by PPQ Bianca Dress £49 – Very

If you prefer a clean lines and a tailored look, look out for simple shapes with hidden button or zip fronts and wrap dresses in graphic designs. Stick with strong colour and striking accessories to really stand out in the crowd.

Simple Shapes, Strong Colour
1. Rag & Bone Carmel Dress (concealed button front) £239.60 – Shopbop.com
2. Nevada Dress (concealed button front) Was £135 Now £80 – LK Bennett
3. Lauren Jestina Jersey Shirtdress £175 – Ralph Lauren
4. Phase Eight Stripe Renee dress Was £95 Now £53.20 – House of Fraser
5. Nanette Lepore Ingrid Dress (exposed zip front) – £119.16 – Shopbop.com
6. Red spike fascinator £30 – Debenhams
7. Kit Heath Garnet Charm Bead £12 – House of Fraser

Shirt dresses are easy for breastfeeding and there are lots about. Pick luxe fabrics, prints and detailing and wear with heels for effortless glamour.

Sophisticated shirt dresses
Be Beau, Thomas Pink, Antik Batik, Parker

1. Tommy Hilfiger Dress £99.90 – dress-for-less
2. Gryphon Burnout Dress £135.03 – Shopbop.com
3. Parker Double Flared Sleeve Dress £136.01 – Shopbop.com
4. Antik Batik Kim Mini Dress £119.81 – Shopbop.com
5. Be Beau Blurred Print Shirt Dress £22 – Matalan
6. Pink Kinsella Dress Was £135 Now £79 – Thomas Pink

The strong 1970s influence this season means there are lots of laidback styles in soft, draped fabrics. Cape style, wide sleeves and slouchy looks all work well for a simple wedding look. High heels and flats both work with this look but keep accessories simple. This is a perfect low-effort look for yummy mummies!

Laidback Cool
Parker, Twelfth St. By Cynthia Vincent, Rare

1. Warehouse Lace Trim Shirt Silk Dress £30 – ASOS
2. Parker Double Flared Sleeve Dress with Print £142.48 – Shopbop.com
3. Ruby star print v neck maxi dress (sleeve / pull down feed) £18 – Boohoo.com
4. Cape Tie Waist Dress (sleeve feed) Was £47 Now £38 – Rare
5. Twelfth St. by Cynthia Vincent Bibbed Tunic Dress £211.12 – Shopbop.com
6. Clarie flower border maxi dress (sleeve / pull down feed) £15 – Boohoo.com
7. Rachel Pally Newport Dress (also available in other colours) £165.94 – Shopbop.com
8. Pied a Terre Floral and paisley print dress (sleeve feed) Was £130 Now £91 – House of Fraser

If you’ve found a great outfit you want to share, please e-mail me or share it on the MilkChic Facebook page!

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Spring Trends

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It’s hard to feel springlike when it’s all grey and rainy outside and the weather is more suited to chunky knits than pretty dresses. The sun is shining today so I’ve decided to take the plunge – here is the MilkChic pick of the spring fashion that works for breastfeeding mums!

70s:

The 1970s is influencing all the trends this season, with pretty prints and florals for daytime and washed out denim and crochet details all over the place. At night, think Studio 54, with jewel and neon colours, dramatic long lines and lots of glitz!


So Fabulous!, Dorothy Perkins, Boohoo, Marks and Spencer

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Spring Florals:

Easy to wear country garden florals are everywhere. If you’re not ready for full on girlie, pick tailored shapes and graphic florals like this shirt dress (£44.90 at dress-for-less) or clash your prints for a more edgy take.



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Brights:

A splash of colour is a great way to update your look this season and any shade goes as long as it’s bright. If you’re not feeling brave enough to colour block, pick some vibrant accessories to get the look – the gorgeous Storksak Jess changing bag is perfect to brighten any day.



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Romantic Nudes:

If all of these bright colours and prints aren’t quite your scene, try a sophisticated palette of nudes – there is something to suit all skin tones, from caramel to blush, and it looks great teamed with black. Make sure it’s machine washable though, as pale colours aren’t always baby friendly!


Monsoon, Tropez, Love Label, Club Monaco, Untold


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Pure White:

This probably isn’t the most practical trend for mums with young babies – I am someone who can get a white top filthy in minutes even without a toddler throwing Weetabix at me! Having said that, it looks great and if you pick easy to wash fabrics like cottons, at least you know you can throw them in with the baby vests and they won’t wreck.

Oasis, Chilli Pepper, Per Una, Vsct Jeans


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Stripes:

Simple stripes always look great. This season, the trend is for wide stripes and striking colour combinations. I love the heart shaped GUMIGEMâ„¢Teething Necklace from MamaJewels – practical and on trend!

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