Outfit: lovely lilies

Ok, I’m now getting to the point where my clothes are not doing up as well as they used to… I don’t think there’s a pair of jeans in my cupboard that buttons and any skirts without elastic waistbands are probably out by this point. For some reason, most of my growth seems to be on my waist rather than my belly, which just looks a bit more rounded than before. This is VERY inconvenient for my wardrobe, which is almost entirely fitted to the waist and isn’t really coping with the fact most of my internal organs seem to be residing there now thanks to the baby. It’s also making me look more tubby than pregnant – the waist and belly are expanding outwards at pretty much the same rate. I’ve been taking weekly bump shots and if you hadn’t seen the first one in the series, you wouldn’t clock I was pregnant and not just eating a lot more than usual because the shape of a baby just isn’t there yet. I’m sure it will be before too long, though… It’s that or I’m growing this baby roughly where my stomach is (which given how hungry I am… maybe I’m just growing a new stomach??).

So, thus begins the hunt for the ‘in-between’ clothes because I’m finding that maternity range stuff often has these big baggy pouches of material where a big bump will one day be, which is all well and good but I don’t have one of those yet. Mostly, I’m just watching size guides and sizing up where I’ve outgrown my usual size and it seems to be working – as long as I avoid things that are too fitted to the waist.

This dress was one such find from a non-maternity range (from Joanie Clothing) that has a fit that really works with my new protruding waistline. In fact, it worked SO well that in these photos I don’t look pregnant at all. This was baffling to me because when I looked at myself in the mirror I definitely, even from the front view, looked like I had something stuffed up my dress (genuinely I thought it looked like I’d put a jumper up there kind of how kids do when they pretend). It was the first time I felt I looked visibly pregnant in an outfit and I was ok with that – it was a cute little almost-bump, protruding waist an’ all. So, this dress is clearly a magic dress, at least in photos!

Honestly, I really love it. I picked it because the fitted part of the bodice is at the empire line and the rest of it didn’t look skin-tight. The measurements on the size guide confirmed my suspicions (as they are, helpfully, by garment rather than generic) and I actually ordered my usual size as a result because there was so much room in the waist. And there was – just enough to skim my much larger waist (I’ve probably got 1-2 more months in it!) and tummy and be altogether a gorgeous, spring-time dress. Check out those adorable sleeve ties, seriously! I then went and snapped it in 2 degrees because – lolz – British winter. Thankfully, I remembered my faux fur coat I’ve had for years and it was the perfect match for this dress – although usually I’d never have thought of putting fur with a floral tea dress like this. Initially, I was just going to wear it on the way to the shoot, but I liked how it looked so much I realised I’d managed to create a whole look here that kind of made me think of borrowing from 40s style, even though it’s clearly a modern spin. Fashion blogger win.

Liv Lily Print tea dress from Joanie Clothing - 40s style spring look Liv Lily Print tea dress from Joanie Clothing - 40s style spring look Liv Lily Print tea dress from Joanie Clothing - 40s style spring look Liv Lily Print tea dress from Joanie Clothing - 40s style spring look Liv Lily Print tea dress from Joanie Clothing - 40s style spring look Liv Lily Print tea dress from Joanie Clothing - 40s style spring look Liv Lily Print tea dress from Joanie Clothing - 40s style spring look Liv Lily Print tea dress from Joanie Clothing - 40s style spring look Liv Lily Print tea dress from Joanie Clothing - 40s style spring lookBeret: ASOS (old)
Faux fur jacket: Warehouse (old)
Dress: Liv Lily Print c/o Joanie Clothing
Bag: Ollie & Nic (old)
Shoes: Miss L Fire


With the puppy I don’t get out to fancy meals much these days (and McDonald’s Drive-Thru probably isn’t ready for all this jelly), but I have a Mother’s Day lunch on the horizon so fingers crossed there’ll be no more waistline growth-spurts as I think I’ve found my outfit! And the baby just gave me a little poke, so I think it agrees.

Oh, and any other mums-to-be need to check out Joanie’s range – they have lots of looser fitting but still impeccably cute dresses and tops, not least in their clearance section, and I’m basically buying the whole lot up at the moment. So don’t be surprised when they pop up on here again soon! One dress is even named after me (my real name anyway), so that’s a must.


  1. February 27, 2018 / 6:44 pm

    Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous!! I really love this. Pink and green is one of my favourite colour combinations (why don’t I wear it more?!), and this just looks so lovely and Spring-like. I really still can’t see *any* bump or waistline expansion whatsoever, it must be weird having your body change shape in a way you weren’t quite expecting? Sounds like you have a good strategy with this style of dress. I bet maternity clothes can be pricey too?? So all the better if you’re picking up sale items from ‘normal’ ranges. You know I love a sale/bargain!! xx

  2. Anna
    February 27, 2018 / 7:58 pm

    Such a pretty dress and you look fabulous in it. I will have to investigate Joanie as I need stomach flattering clothes. I’m not pregnant I just like food a bit too much!

  3. February 27, 2018 / 11:52 pm

    Very cute! I really like the way you’ve winterized the floral print with the beret and boots, and I’m also getting a bit of a 40s feel off the dress and coat combination.
    Maybe the disappearing bump (in photos, anyway) has something to do with the print?

  4. February 28, 2018 / 8:55 am

    You look absolutely lovely, darling! You indeed wouldn’t say you’re pregnant in this dress. The waistline sits just perfectly and the skirt hides it well. I can’t wait to see your outfits when you do have a baby bump! Very curious ~

  5. February 28, 2018 / 10:52 am

    Empire waistlines where my saviour all through out my pregnancies ~ it was the easiest and most comfortable way to dress the bump! I do love this dress on you, it’s super pretty and perfect with the jacket and bag you picked. Totally got that contemporary 40s vibe!

    bonita of Lavender & Twill

  6. February 28, 2018 / 1:48 pm

    I just adore this! The dress is perfection on you and I love that you chose the green hat to go with it. It totally brings out the green in the dress! Lilies are my favorite!!!

    I think the widening of the waist and hips is to be expected. While you feel like nothing much is happening bc you’re bump is tiny, there’s A LOT of preparation going on. Your body is getting ready to support that bump! I often hear women mention their waist/hips widening first so I’d say you’re good. And looking beautiful all the while! 😉

  7. March 1, 2018 / 3:56 am

    I’m constantly searching for things that work with a bump! I can still get away with stuff that has a waistline, if it’s got a little stretch in it. Because most LindyBop dresses have a higher waistline, they work pretty well for me right now! This looks so cute on you!


  8. March 3, 2018 / 3:45 pm

    Oh so very cute! I’m loving the beret…I only have one but between you and Porcelina I’m getting inspired to own ALL of the berets! I also love that you get to celebrate your first Mother’s Day!! That just is the greatest thing ever – I hope you spoil yourself a bit. Maybe with another gorgeous dress from Joanie’s?? xx

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