You may recall last year Evans showcased their 'Design Collective' with the first plus size catwalk at London Fashion Week. Items from the collection featuring designers such as Giles Deacon, Lulu Lui and regular Evans contributors, Clements Ribeiro have been dropping online in dribs and drabs with the latest being added this month. Unfortunately none of them will work for my giant womb dweller and I at the minute but I'm hoping I might be able to catch some newer items (and older ones in the sale!) in a couple of months. Meanwhile though, I thought I'd share with you my favourites so far.
Up until a few years ago the options for wide fit sandals were limited to frumpy looking granny numbers or £2 flip flops that fell apart within minutes. Fortunately though New Look have stepped up and saved our poor little tootsies with a huge range of wide fit summer shoes including gem adorned beauties, beaded pretties and the popular chunky style.
I'm desperately hoping my feet don't swell too much when it gets warmer so I can still look fabulous when I'm sweating buckets and waddling around in search of my next ice lolly.
The very first pair are definitely my favourite. As with most of these sandals, they come in various colours so if they don't take your fancy, the other colourway might! To have a closer look, just click the images.
Sleep: Lovely, lovely sleep! I'm getting a good 8/9 hours at night (with a few wee related interruptions) and usually have an hour or two nap in the afternoon. This is probably the best quality and amount of sleep I've ever had! Eating: The amount I'm eating has definitely diminished in the last few weeks which would make sense because as my uterus grows, my organs are getting a bit squished. I'm still needing to eat every couple of hours and my snacks of choice lately have been rice cakes with a slice of cheddar, mini scotch eggs and Pink Lady apples.
Clothes: I've been living in the New Look Inspire maxi dress I featured in this post, it's so comfortable and easy to wear. I finally found a pair of maternity jeans that fit and are comfy too which is brilliant! They're cute little crop ones from Bon Prix; I'll be reviewing them here next week. Mood: Mostly really good! Although now that university is over I'm spending the majority of my time at home which is getting a bit frustrating. My husband and I share a car and he leaves for work at 7am so unless I fancy getting up and driving him I'm stuck in the house. My blogging work has been a bit slow since being pregnant so I'm trying to increase that and give myself some structure in that. I am rubbish with routine, my mood starts to flail so I definitely need to sort something out. Worries: I'm starting to worry about the things we need to do in the house ready for the baby's arrival because it's adding up to a lot. We're going to have to prioritise and hold back on some things just to ensure we have enough money leftover for the essential baby things. I know there's no point in worrying about it though, the house isn't falling apart and if push comes to shove we'll be just fine making the smallest of changes.
Appointments: My second consultant appointment which was frankly an enormous waste of time. I drove 40 minutes to a different hospital, waited an hour and a half to be seen and was in there for all of 3 minutes! All she did was ask how I was and if I had any problems, to which the answers were 'fine' and 'no' so it was over pretty quick!
I also had a check up with my psychiatrist which I'll be making a separate post about it because it was pretty interesting.
Bump: It's a proper baby bump now! Due to already having a belly long before Pea came along it wasn't hugely obvious that I was pregnant for a while. I've read lots of accounts of plus size pregnant women feeling a bit down about the fact that their tummies don't look any different for a long time and if you're feeling like that, don't worry because it will happen! Mine has really popped the last few weeks and there's no mistaking it for a big lunch now.
Best bit: Our 20 week scan where we found out I was right all along and we're having a little boy! Everything was perfectly normal and healthy which was a bit relief as I'm still waiting for something to go wrong.
Worst bit: Probably the sickness over the last week, it's made me feel pretty grim. Symptoms: I definitely have more energy in general but if I overdo it even slightly then I feel like I'm broken! I've been getting a little bit of lower backache if I walk for too long but I'm just using it as a warning sign to have a sit down. My sickness has been back with a vengeance this week which is not welcome at all. I'm hoping it's just a surge of hormones or a blip because I've spent more time with my face in the toilet than with my bum on it this week and that's just not fun.
Movement: I'm getting a LOT of movement now! He's very active and spends a lot of time flip-flopping and wriggling around in my belly. It was just flutters and little pops initially but over the last couple of days they've turned into proper thuds and thumps! It's incredible and makes it all seem very real but it doesn't help in the slightest when I'm feeling queasy! Looking forward to: I can't wait until we can feel some kicks on the outside but due to my tummy podge and having an anterior placenta I think it'll be a while yet.
Plus size maternity wear is very limited, especially over a size 20, which means improvisation and a lot of patience is required when looking for clothing to accommodate a growing bump!
Dresses are by far the easiest items to make work for plus size baby bumps because the handful of plus size maternity trousers that do exist do not fit well, plus dresses will skim the top of your bump nicely without clinging to the lower half which so many of us are not overly keen on.
My two pieces of advice if you're struggling to find dresses is to size up and go jersey! 99% of the dresses I've been wearing since my belly turned into a proper bump are a size 26 (I was a 24 pre-pregnancy) and stretchy. However, if you spot something that isn't jersey, still try it on. There are two items in the last group of dresses below that aren't jersey but are a lovely swing style with a lot of swoosh (technical term) in them which will work for bumps up to a certain point. If in doubt, try it on!
I really love the tropical maxi dress in the last set, I can imagine myself lazing in the garden in it and a big floppy hat! (In reality I'll be sweating into the sofa, limbs akimbo with 10 fans pointed at me whilst I sob about being too hot.)
Do you have tips for dressing a plus size baby bump in non-maternity clothes?