If there’s one thing that has surprised me throughout this pregnancy, (aside from this immense list of course) it's just how much I’ve enjoyed dressing my bump. Aside from the time when my knickers started causing all sorts of circulation problems and an array of other bizarre body changes that pregnancy brings, I don't think I've ever felt this comfortable in my own body. Particularly when it comes to dressing my bump. Don't get me wrong, there are still days when I could quite happily leave the house in my PJ's, but I've honestly loved the refreshing change of my maternity wardrobe thanks to my new shape.
Like most girlies, I’ve spent most of my adult life trying to figure out what styles, colours and patterns compliment the good parts and conceal the lumpy parts. But as soon as my bump began taking on a life of it’s own I started to embrace a whole new wardrobe. For the first time ever I was loving anything with a stripe and opting for more fitted dresses and figure hugging tops- all styles I probably hadn’t even gotten away with long before the puppy fat developed (and never buggered off) and body woes rolled in (literally!)
One particular brand that I’ve not only relied on, but have been honestly impressed with throughout my pregnancy is New Look. Their extensive range of maternity wear, (which can be mooched through here) is current, comfortable and affordable. Having spent a considerable amount of time perusing through online maternity ranges, it’s clear that there are only a few brands out there who understand that just because we're up the duff, us pregnant chicks haven’t aged a hundred years. Yes we might be walking slower, opting for early nights in with our hulk feet up, and indulging in jars of Nutella rather than hitting the town and bottles of prosecco (oh how I miss you), but we're still the same person we were before. Just less, happening shall we say. We're still young (ish) and want to keep in with the usual trends and styles hitting the high street...so long as they meet the needs of our ever growing bodies of course.
So when New Look asked if I'd like to take part in their Three Ways To Wear A Kimono campaign, featuring their maternity clothes styled with one of their summer kimonos, I jumped (well I can't exactly jump...more of a shuffle) with excitement at the opportunity. The kimono is probably one of the most reliable items a pregnant chick can have in her wardrobe- particularly through the summer. It allows you to jazz up even the most casual of outfits without leaving you feeling restricted or frumpy. Always a bonus.
I'm no fashion blogger...(pointing out the obvious I know) excuse the pensive glares and the attempts at looking cool in a field, but I had a lot of fun choosing a few outfits based around the kimono. All my picks are super comfortable and are perfect for an array of occasions this summer...
The Ways To Wear A Kimono
What's your favourite way to style a kimono? Let me know in the comments below...!
A huge thank you to The Chronicles Of... for taking the time to shoot these photographs for me...and for saving my clothes from being ruined but over-excited muddy dogs!
Until next time...
With Love & Dressing The Bump,
I was kindly gifted some of the items featured in this post by New Look for the purpose of the campaign. As always, all opinions are my own and have not been influenced in any way. Thank you for supporting the brands that make this blog possible.