Outfit: the for-now capsule dress

Ok, confession, I bought my first item of maternity wear before I even got pregnant. I tried to talk myself out of it (as did others – it felt like tempting fate somehow), but I couldn’t help feeling I’d be annoyed at missing out on such a bargain that I could actually wear while not pregnant too. And, I did! You see, there’s this whole style of floaty dress where the waist seam is just that big higher and as long as you cover it with a belt no one need know…

This dress was purchase number 2 and it had that higher waist-seam and room for a bump but this time it was standard range, not maternity. So yay, no guilt! But it’s such a perfect dress for a pregnant lady! Stretchy and comfortable and flattering. At least, it’s flattering now while I’m not big… But I think this one really could have gone to the end, other than the fact I’m due in the height of summer and it’s a bit too warm for that!

So, I’m sort of thinking of this style of dress as a pregnancy staple and will keep my eye out for more. I’m sad it sold out so quickly – I only bought it before Christmas so I was hoping by the time I wore it for this purpose it might still be around, but alas. I’m annoyed I didn’t buy it in the green colourway too as I really am wearing this one to death right now! It was most excellent for disguising the little bump at work.

Vintage pin-up maternity style - grey dress with mustard Vintage pin-up maternity style - grey dress with mustard Vintage pin-up maternity style - grey dress with mustard Vintage pin-up maternity style - grey dress with mustard Vintage pin-up maternity style - grey dress with mustard Vintage bun with large bow Lulu Hun 40s style crocodile print slingbacks Vintage pin-up maternity style - grey dress with mustard Vintage pin-up maternity style - grey dress with mustard Vintage pin-up maternity style - grey dress with mustard Vintage pin-up maternity style - grey dress with mustardHair bow: old (removed from a hairband)
Dress: Zara (last season’s – but this one from eShakti could be customised to be similar)
Belt: vintage (gift from an amazing reader!)
Tights: Primark (old)
Bag: eBay (old)
Shoes: Lulu Hun (now out of stock)

I don’t know if it’s a coincidence that this is the first set of photos taken in my second trimester, but even though the weather was again pretty grey I feel like I’m less so, for once. Could it be that pregnancy glow?? I have to say, I’m not sure I buy into that as all the second trimester has brought me so far is zits and gas, but if it were to happen I’d really not complain…

I think I’m looking pregnant in these photos, but the bump is still merrily appearing and disappearing at whim, so I think it’s still 90% my lunch here. I’m told by many to expect from next week – week 17 – it’s probably here to stay…

Oh and a final shout-out for the amazing reader who gifted me this gorgeous vintage belt just because. I still can’t believe how kind that was! It makes blogging feel all that more worthwhile when lovely things like that happen.


  1. February 11, 2018 / 1:05 am

    Why miss – I do think you are glowing! That dress is really lovely on you. It’s always great to find a piece that’s both comfortable and stylish, and I’m sure that goes double when you’re expecting. Love the way the yellow brightens everything up.

  2. Sascha
    February 11, 2018 / 5:21 pm

    This dress is soooo cute on you. When I was pregnant and found my ideal dress, I actually forked out and had it copied by a Tayloress in other stretchy fabrics.

  3. February 11, 2018 / 6:53 pm

    The little neck-tie detail on that dress is what makes it special, it’s really mid-century isn’t it? I love it when you can pick up these vintage inspired bargains on the high street. The pops of yellow look great! xx

  4. Karen
    February 12, 2018 / 9:58 am

    Grey is so underrated in my view and you make it work perfectly with the mustard-yellow notes. Just lovely! Kx

  5. February 12, 2018 / 2:06 pm

    Ohhhh this dress will be fun to style! You can match any color with it, really! And then you’ve got a brand new outfit! GOOD FIND! Oh and I don’t blame you for snagging a maternity outfit before being pregnant. I snagged a few things in the past few years with my wedding in mind before we were even engaged. Sometimes you gotta take advantage of opportunities! I just call it efficient planning! 😉

  6. February 13, 2018 / 8:46 am

    You always look fab 😀 I wouldn’t have guessed you were pregnant, but then I’m not and have a ginormous belly regardless.

  7. February 17, 2018 / 3:39 pm

    Awww I love to see the bump start to emerge! And this dress looks so incredibly comfy – like wearing a hug! It’s so hard when you buy a favorite item that you wear to death only to realize it’s sold out. That happens to me all the time with tights. I buy a pair, and then realize I should have bought 5 because after the inevitable run in them. I cry when I can’t find them anymore…. 😉

  8. February 17, 2018 / 6:25 pm

    I love your combination of brown, grey and yellow here; It works really well. Also- that’s great you were able to find a dress that will work for both maternity or not.

  9. Lucy J
    March 9, 2018 / 6:26 am

    You look gorgeous!!! that colour suits you so much!!!
    xx Lucy

Leave a Reply to Karen Cancel reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *