My top 4 websites for affordable and fashionable maternity wear

Legoe Heritage maternitywear

Finding fashionable maternity wear and dressing your growing bump during pregnancy can be a challenge, especially when you hit the third trimester. I have 2 weeks left to go of my pregnancy and have reached the stage now where it’s literally a struggle to fit into anything easily!

Throughout my pregnancy I’ve tried and tested clothes from a variety of different brands and websites. No one wants to wear something that makes you feel like you are wearing a sack and for me, still keeping fashionable but comfortable were important factors for my maternity wardrobe. So, for today’s blog post, I have narrowed it down to my top 4 places where to buy maternity clothing to help anyone currently pregnant with shopping and styling their changing body shapes. 

Asos

ASOS is a great place for being able to look through a wide selection of different brands and their maternity collection definitely doesn’t disappoint. If you have a special occasion like a wedding to attend to, then ASOS is a great place to find dressier pieces catered for baby bumps. Although there do not seem to be many fun events happening at the moment thanks to Covid… But if you have a small baby shower or home gathering and want to wear a pretty outfit then this is the best place to look. Their own brand ASOS design has some really beautiful dresses which are definitely worth checking out.

You will also find a decent selection of basics on ASOS such as maternity leggings, vests, plain t-shirts etc.

You can shop the ASOS maternity range HERE

Boohoo

For me personally, I didn’t plan on investing a lot of money into maternity clothing but I still wanted to wear fashion forward pieces. Boohoo has been a perfect place for this and they have a really fun and affordable selection of fashionable maternity wear. My pregnancy has mainly been over the hot Summer season and so I picked up outfits such as biker short/t-shirt co-ords, pretty dresses, a cute polka dot pinafore dress, smock dresses, and some loungewear bits. Now we are moving into the Autumn/Winter season, they have started to introduce more shirts, jumpers and coats into their range which is great.

You can shop the Boohoo maternity range HERE

Legoe Heritage

Legoe Heritage is an Australian premium maternity wear brand. Their range is made up of contemporary, effortless and simple styles, in quality fabrics. They very kindly reached out to me back in the Summer and sent me a selection of pieces to try out and I was really impressed. I particularly love their ‘Falling for You’ striped top which I have worn over and over again as the fabric is just so soft and comfortable. The design of this top can also be used for breastfeeding which is an extra feature of this item. Every time I have worn their pieces I have always felt smart but relaxed which is just what you want during pregnancy!

You can shop the full Legoe Heritage range HERE. and you can use my discount code HANNAHxLEGOE for 10% off.

Here are a couple of pieces from the brand that I have also loved wearing:

Legoe Heritage maternitywear

Legoe Heritage maternitywear

Missguided

Similar to Boohoo, Missguided has been another affordable fashion go-to that I have been wearing maternity pieces from. I really like their jersey basics, loungewear sets and oversized sweatshirts for those days when you just want to chill out at home and lets face it, 2020 has definitely been the year of staying at home! The clothing quality of these fast fashion e-tailers is not always the best but I only planned to wear these items during pregnancy to manage my growing baby bump, so I was able to compromise on the quality more than I usually would.

You can shop from the Missguided maternity range HERE

For more pregnancy style tips, check out my previous blog post HERE where I share some of the favourite styles I have been wearing.

Broderie Anglaise: The style to be wearing this Summer

This Summer is having a major moment with Broderie Anglaise. Neons, Tie dye, satin skirts – there have been a few things to be seen in recently and these are the sort of trends that don’t stay around for long and you end up sick of the sight of them. However, Broderie Anglaise is something that will equally be as wearable for future Summers to come which makes it something to invest in. It’s a classic and stylish fabric that is just perfect for the warmer months of the year.

What is Broderie Anglaise?

Broderie Anglaise translates as ‘English Embroidery’ and is a material that has a real history to it – from as early as the late 1800s and it still looks amazing today. It incorporates embroidery, cutwork and needle lace to make delicate, romantic pieces that are lightweight and effortlessly stylish. It’s a really pretty, feminine material which I’m loving wearing at the moment and I’ve been seeing some amazing pieces on the high street.

It’s also the perfect fabric to dress up an outfit, as well as being worn in a casual relaxed outfit so its a really easy style to get involved in.

Shopping for Broderie Anglaise clothing

ASOS and Topshop have some excellent Broderie Anglaise pieces this season, from puff sleeve blouses to pretty dresses, playsuits to jumpsuits and gorgeous skirts or shorts. Its a material that works well in so many silhouettes so you are guaranteed to find something that is perfect for your own personal style.

The majority of the stores are starting their Summer sale periods so now is an excellent time to pick up some pieces for a reduced price.

Mix it up in your wardrobe

Don’t just think of this as just a white or neutral material. It looks amazing in bright shades, pretty pastels, as well as black or navy and I’ve even seen some gorgeous colourful Broderie Anglaise items that will look fabulous on a sunny day. It’s also something you could wear easily to work, or for a day out in the City, just as easily as going for a casual weekend brunch.

As you can tell, I am a huge fan already. I’ve done the shopping for you and picked out some of the best favourite Broderie Anglaise items that are available at the moment, from both high street budgets to some more high end pieces.

H&M – top 3 looks

Net-a-Porter: top 3 looks

Asos Broderie Anglaise Edit

Neon Rose plunge front midaxi dress with tie waist in broderie
ASOS DESIGN Tall PREMIUM broderie maxi dress with pep hem and fluted sleeves
ASOS DESIGN broderie cropped suit blazer
Miss Selfridge linen tee in ivory at ASOS
ASOS DESIGN orange sundress
ASOS DESIGN sleeveless mini dress in embroidered floral broderie
Pretty Little Thing lilac mini dress at ASOS
Parisian off shoulder white dress at ASOS
Pretty Little Thing belted shorts at ASOS
Neon Rose plunge front midaxi dress with tie waist in broderie
ASOS DESIGN Tall PREMIUM broderie maxi dress with pep hem and fluted sleeves
ASOS DESIGN broderie cropped suit blazer
Miss Selfridge linen tee in ivory at ASOS
ASOS DESIGN orange sundress
ASOS DESIGN sleeveless mini dress in embroidered floral broderie
Pretty Little Thing lilac mini dress at ASOS
Parisian off shoulder white dress at ASOS
Pretty Little Thing belted shorts at ASOS

Are you loving this trend at the moment?

What is your favourite piece from this trend report?

Leave a comment below and thanks for reading! xx

Online shopping – is it worth the money or is the high street better?

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In the last few years online shopping for clothes has really boomed. I remember when Asos first launched and they were actually called ‘As seen on screen’, selling clothes that were inspired by what celebrities had been spotted wearing. Now days they are a multi-billion pound global success selling womenswear, menswear, footwear, accessories, jewellery, beauty products and a huge range of well-known brands. They continue to grow every year and since then there has been a surge in other online fashion sites such as Pretty Little Thing, Boohoo, Missguided, and Misspap which are also following the same pattern of success.  

The appeal of these sites is mainly for the price which tends to be a lot cheaper than the high street stores such as Topshop and they are also very trend led, leading the way with the latest fast fashion styles and marketed in a way that make you want to spend your money with them. They often send out discount codes, newsletters and emails on a daily basis to get you back on their site looking at what’s new. It certainly works for me so they are doing something right in keeping hold of our attention!

These online fashion companies have grown with the help of celebrity collaborations such as Paris Hilton, Kourtney Kardashian and Pia Mia, as well as social media platforms such as Instagram. The rise of the influencer on social media has also really boosted the popularity of these online retailers. Pretty Little thing have even started selling clothing covered with their own brand name which has been selling really well for them.

Image: Pretty Little Thing

However, with the plus points there are also the negatives. Personally, I have been really disappointed with shopping online lately and I have sent back 90% of what I have ordered. This is what inspired me to write this blog post as it makes me wonder if everyone else is experiencing the same as me? Is everyone else spending hours queuing in the post office returning their online purchases or are the clothes working for everyone else and it’s just me finding it a palaver? Here are a few of my biggest nightmares with online shopping:

The quality

A lot of the items ordered online seem to be of a lower standard in terms of quality. You can tell as soon as you touch it that the fabric is not going to last long and doesn’t always look or feel the nicest to wear in real life. I find a lot of the white clothing, particularly trousers tend to be transparent and no one wants to walk around with their pants on show – that’s an outfit killer right there!

The item doesn’t match the image online

OK, so I know that the models are there to make the clothes look the best that they possibly can, but so often I see an outfit online that looks incredible and as soon as I try it on it looks nothing like how I imagined which is so disappointing. This can be anything from the colour not matching how you hoped or the fabric being too thick/thin/stiff etc. When you shop in a high street store, though you have the chance to try the clothes on and test them before you buy to see if you look good in them which saves you so much time and money, which leads me onto point 3.

The fit

I have literally given up ordering trousers online now as I am not blessed with the longest of legs, but the length of some of these trousers makes me wonder who all these tall people are as I never seem to see them walking around!  Also, I find that I can be a size 8 with some items right up to a 12. This is because the clothes are cheaply made and from a variety of factories so the standard of sizing is usually all over the place and often hard to judge.

Waiting 

If you are impatient like I am, when I buy something new I like to take it home with me straight away. Deliveries have improved for a lot with the bigger named online retailers, and they often offer free next day delivery deals, but even still, you need to wait and if you are not home when the delivery man arrives, this could also mean an extra trip to the post office. I think I am on first name terms with my postman and local post office now!

Returns and refunds

This is one of my biggest hater points of online shopping. You might get a good deal with free postage when you place that order, but you will have to pay to return items the majority of the time – apart from ASOS who have a fabulous 28 day return policy for absolutely free.

I also find the length of time you have to wait to get your money back can be frustrating and you could easily forget if you are due a refund if you have had to send a few things back in the month. This makes me wonder how high the return rate is for some of these online retailers. I know that a lot of YouTubers that film fashion hauls do not keep all of the items they order online, and a lot of people are starting to do these type of videos.  I personally love watching them and often get really good inspiration for outfit styling watching these.

Talking of YouTube, a lot of the well-known influencers are gifted the items that they show and haven’t had to pay for them. This could also be the reason why they speak so highly of everything they show usually and I would love to know if they really love the items they have received as much as they say that they have.

The high street stores have really been suffering in the UK over the last few years and many have been going out of business which is a real shame. I really enjoy shopping in stores and would hate for that to disappear completely and everything to become purely focused on online shopping.

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What are your thoughts about shopping online? Do you prefer it to shopping on the high street now? What do you think about the quality and service you are getting from online retailers?  I would love to know your thoughts on this!

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