With less than 2 weeks to go (tomorrow I’ll officially be on the single digit countdown) until Rabbit’s due date, my bumps is really getting to the stage where even my baggy or stretchy pre-pregnancy clothes are struggling to cover my bump.
I get those awkward moments where I realise that my top has risen up and my belly is hanging out – not particularly lovely when strolling around Co-op!
With such little time left I haven’t wanted to purchase anymore maternity clothes but this has left me struggling to have a varied wardrobe of late.
One thing that I’ve really missed is wearing dresses. Most of the ones that still fit me are so obviously not meant for bumps as they rise up at the front and not in an on-trend kind of way!
I’ve always loved a pretty floral maxi dress but a little black dress – LBD is really my staple piece. I love a LBD that you can dress up with heels and a bit of red lippy for a night out; and dress down with gladiator sandals and a chunky necklace for day time.
Not fitting into any of my LBD’s during my last stage of pregnancy *sob* has been a bit depressing, so when I was given the lovely chance to review an item of maternity wear from Seraphine’s gorgeous new SS14 collection, I was instantly drawn to this:
Black Eyelet Belt Maternity Dress
It’s the perfect Parisian chic style with a really polished look.
I love Seraphine, they are a fab maternity brand and I can’t rave enough about my Changing bag that I recently reviewed for them!
The dress is made from woven viscose so it not only drapes nicely over my bump but it’s really light and airy – perfect for the warm weather we’ve been having!
I love the gold eyelet detailing and tie belt at the empire line which cleverly highlights the slimmest part of my body at the moment – between the boobs and the bump!
The neckline is described as a sharp Tunisian collar which I will admit is not what I usually go for. I’m not saying I’d normally go for something really revealing but I’d normally show a bit more of my chest than this. I wasn’t sure about it but once I put in on I really loved the uniqueness – if you can’t try a new fashion trend while you’re pregnant when can you?
Overall I really love this dress. It suits my bump perfectly and is subtly structured to accentuate my newly pregnant figure!
It’s really versatile and although the neckline wouldn’t allow for a statement necklace, I’d team it with a bright coloured clutch bag and some wedges in the evening (no way will I be going near any stiletto heels just yet), and some simple sandals with a tote bag during the day.
The only downside for me is that where I’m quite short the dress comes up quite long. I’d prefer it to sit a little bit higher but again that’s only because it’s what I’m used to.
I’m really excited to see if the dress will still look as fab once I’ve had Rabbit. I know that the dress has curved hemline features and an inverted box split to cater for pregnant figures but I’m hopeful that I’ll get some use out of it post pregnancy … if not it’ll be saved until my next pregnancy for sure!
If I had more time as a muma to be I’d definitely be making some purchases from the new SS14 range as there’s such a lovely collection of maxi dresses perfect for holidays!
I can’t wait to see all of the yummy mummy to be’s summer wardrobes, I’ll be quite envious that I had a winter and spring pregnancy which for the most part consisted of layers upon layers!
Thanks for reading 🙂