New Look maternity dresses: a review for pregnancy
If you’re pregnant, make sure you read this New Look maternity dresses review, where I try out New Look maternity clothes
So where does everyone stand on maternity clothes? A big no, necessary evil, or love them and want them all? However much you resist the big sizes and elastic waistbands of maternity ranges, it does make you look – and feel – a lot better to have things that fit properly. Especially when you have a giant-sized baby stuffed down your front. Clothes designed for a bump mean no uneven hems, stretched seams or any flappy bits of cloth. I wouldn’t say go crazy, but having jeans, tights, a few tops and a couple of nice dresses does make a lot of difference.
Last time I was pregnant, I wore an adapted version of my existing wardrobe, slightly bigger sizes of other clothes, and loads of accessories (statement necklaces, belts above the bump, and so on. Anything that detracted from my green / grey ghost face was a winner). In terms of maternity ranges – I found H&M, Topshop, Isabella Oliver and ASOS to be the best. And New Look; not somewhere I usually shop now I’m old, but the maternity range is actually good. It’s pretty cheap (great when you’re only wearing things for a couple of months) and although there are some slogan t-shirts, there’s also really good basics and also nicer, more fashion-led pieces, which is what you want really when shapeless flowery sacks aren’t on your fashion radar.
So when the guys at New Look’s maternity range got in touch seeing if I wanted to review some New Look maternity dresses and items of my choice for the blog, I said a big yes please.
I had a night out planned on the day that all the clothes they arrived, so decided to have a try on / dress up / bad posing / mirror selfie sesh to pick an outfit for the evening.
So here are the results (Oh and BTW – our bedroom, like most of the house is currently a work in progress, hence the ‘artistic’ paint-splattered floor and red ‘before’ wall. And I’m not sure how Eliza’s wall stickers ended up on the mirror).
Here are my favourite New Look maternity dresses and New Look maternity clothes:
Firstly, HELLO maternity leggings. I resisted these last time despite everyone telling me to buy some (leggings are what you wear to the gym…right?) But I totally get it now. These one are £8.99, seamfree and are more like thick footless tights. I’m wearing them in all the photos. And for foreseeable future.
My first pick was the black and white striped longline tunic dress. I can’t believe this is only £9.99 really – it fits really well. The neck is probably slightly higher than I’d chose, but I think it’s a great day dress.
Next, also picked the teal ruched side t-shirt (£6.99, also in white, peach and black). This is one to grow into, but I really like the vibrancy of the colour. It’s also quite long so you can wear it over previously mentioned maternity leggings. Here it is by itself, and with my own top.
As a wildcard, I went for the black and white floral print slip dress (£14.99, also in pink and navy). I thought I should go for something vaguely…summery. But actually, I really like it, especially with a belt. Here it is by itself and dressed up:
And lastly, the navy plain tea dress blue dress (£19.99, also in pink). From the photos, I thought this would be chiffon but it’s quite thin cotton, so is good for summer. I love this one. Also; need to find the iron.
So those were my choices for my evening out…and ta-da! I went for the blue dress, but with added leopard, necklaces and toddler. Thanks to New Look for sending me the New Look maternity dresses and pregnancy clothes.
What unexpected places did you find to buy clothes for when you were pregnant?