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Vintage Style Nursing Dresses


If you like to rock a vintage vibe, don’t let a little thing like breastfeeding get in the way of your style. Leave frumpy nursing dresses behind and check out these retro designs which should work just as well as specialist nursing clothes.

This gorgeous fifties style comes in 3 shades and while the wrap front is “mock”, the fabric is stretchy so you should have room to manoeuvre. Go for a size up from your usual and wear with a net petticoat for added va-va-voom!

These lovely dresses also have that fifties feel. With a button front or stretch down neckline, breastfeeding access is simple – just layer over a nursing vest or add a cardigan worn cape style if you prefer to stay covered:

You don’t have to be a fifties fan to work a vintage look. Here are a few more of our breastfeeding friendly favourites:

Collectif Dana Navy Fitted Linen Vintage 50s Nautical Sailor Pencil Wiggle Dress

Sailor Style Blue Wiggle Dress

Find lots more vintage inspired nursing clothes on the shop pages.

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Bubble Betty Giveaway!


Bubble Betty Leopard Rain Bonnet

I have been trying very hard recently to persuade you all into a rain bonnet revival. It’s the perfect moment – Fifties styles are popular after the Diamond Jubilee, the weather is madly unpredictable (or unremittingly rainy), and they’re so much neater than a hood!

I’ll admit that the humble brolly looks pretty good most of the time, but it struggles in windy weather and is bl***y useless if you’re trying to push a pram or a buggy too. In fact, it’s in every mum’s best interest to make the cute and convenient rain bonnet a style essential once more!!

Bubble Betty Black Lace Rain Bonnet

Anyway, I’ve been harping on about this so much that the lovely people at Bubble Betty have offered me 4 of their beautiful retro rain bonnets to give away. They’re a bit of an upgrade on your average granny version – with cool prints and a neat little tin to keep them safe in your handbag. I’m mad for the leopard print one.

To enter, leave a comment below with your e-mail address (won’t be shared or used for any other purpose) below, or follow me on Twitter and tweet the following:

“I want to start a rain bonnet revival! Win with @MilkChic”

Do both, and you’ll get an extra entry! Winners will be selected at random on 20th June 2012.

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Magpie Monday: How times have changed…

vintage leather handbag

Remember when you went to places where they stamped your hand so you could get back in? We had stamps at our student union bar and there was always a great rigmarole as we nominated the most trustworthy looking person to pay and get their hand stamped, and then the next 45 mins trying to reproduce it, artfully smudged, so everyone else got in free and save the extortionate £1 entry (I have since discovered that this was the art student approach to deception. Mr MilkChic reliably informs me that engineers use solvent to copy and re-stamp).

stamped handYou could always rely on an event with hand stamps to involve alcohol, and friends, and silliness. So when on Sunday morning I woke up with a purple smudge on my hand from a stamp that wouldn’t budge no matter how hard I scrubbed it and no hangover, I felt a nostalgic euphoria – result!

But where would the mum of a toddler have been out gallivanting to get a stamped hand on a Saturday? Were there late nights and babysitters involved? Did we creep in at the dead of night, tripping over shoes, whispering loudly and trying not to wake the children?

Erm, no. We went to a vintage fashion and homewares fair.

My stepson “dragged” me along, having been targetted in the street by someone with flyers (proud!). We went en masse – me, Mr MilkChic, the lumpy one & his girlfriend, the curly one and the small one.

Topsy & Tim's New ShoesSmall one fell in love with a pair of black, clumpy childrens shoes which looked just like the ones that Topsy refuses in her Topsy & Tim’s New Shoes book. Oddly enough they were in her size, but we couldn’t justify £15 for them and they had too much of a heel for a 2 year old, no matter how sensible Topsy’s mum thought they were.

Still reeling from the realisation that the only places we get stamped now are vintage fairs and indoor play areas, I have only been able to console myself with the lovely handbag that Mr MilkChic treated me to.

vintage leather handbagSome things never change 😉

Me and My Shadow

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AW11 Fashion Trends for Breastfeeding Mums


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.

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.

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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Vintage, one-off and pre-loved breastfeeding clothes


If you want to find something unique then it’s always worth shopping vintage, especially with the 70s trend sweeping the shops this spring. It’s a great way to update your wardrobe without breaking the bank and eco-friendly to boot.

For vintage, one-off and pre-loved fashion, take a look at our new Last Chance to Buy page on MilkChic or follow us on Twitter. You’ll also find some great sale bargains which aren’t on the main site!