Up until recently, I don’t think I’d worn *anything* from Next for about 20 years. It wasn’t that I had something particularly against Next, it just really wasn’t on my radar. I’d see bloggers wear Next on Instagram and I’d sometimes pop in for baby clothes/great big reed diffusers for gifts, but I wasn’t shopping there for myself. Ever.
THEN CAME THE BUMP…
Now I feel like I live in Next and spend half my waking hours saying “oh this old thing? IT’S FROM NEXT! Feel how soft it is! Wait, if you give me a minute you can try it on if you like? Oh you were just trying to get me to to press the bell for the next stop don’t worry then”.
I’ve written about first trimester dressing and how I generally embraced looking like I was on day 4 of a horrendous Vegas comedown for the best part of three months, but for the second trimester I really did want to get some “nice bits” in. Well guess what? Next Maternity is FULL of nice bits. In fact everything I have from them has been nothing short of a triumph – including their nursing bras which I have now fully converted to. (Soz, M&S).
If you are also with child and looking for some shopping inspo then here are some of my fave things which I’ve been wearing as well as some of my top picks from the general range…
Check Flute Sleeve Dress – £40
Snazzy sleeves, flattering, can be dressed up for smart, plenty of room for bump.
Tie Shoulder Maxi – £36
My most worn item of all the pieces included here. It’s SO ruddy soft and it washes well and the shoulder ties are cool and it makes me feel like THE REAL ME and not THE TWIN CARRYING ME. Will be wearing this for every summer henceforth until it’s a disintegrated old rag. Can’t see your bra in it either, which is good when your boobs/bra are huge. Did I mention how soft it is?
Knot Dress – £32
Cropped Jeans – £32
I probably could have gone down a size in these as they sit quite low on me, but I love the shape (and that hem!) and I keep them up with a ribbon. I’m sure in time my bump will take over the ribbon’s duties! Maybe consider sizing down though or trying on a few pairs. I’ve actually lost weight on my legs by some sort of miracle and perhaps I’m so used to Zara/Topshop telling me that I can’t POSSIBLY be a size 14 that I was surprised to see that, actually, a size 14 can actually be loose on me. I KNOW!
Navy Shirt dress – £38
I love this dress. It’s smart but comfy and is gorgeously billowy in a breeze. Like with seemingly all of the above, you’ll be able to wear this even when the bump gets huuuuuge. I love the neckline too.
Nude Bra – £18
Best bra ever. 100%. I am wearing it now. I am generally wearing it or washing it. NEVER IN MY LIFE HAVE I FELT SOMETHING SO SOFT. Would gladly graft to my body on a permanent basis.
Lace Bra – £20
A sexy version of the above, which is necessary sometimes when you’re fed up of every new blue vein sprouting on your ever swelling balloons.
Other bits I have my eye on but can’t testify to the brilliance of as I haven’t actually worn them…
Cotton Dress – £40
Pleat Hem Top – £22
Blouse – £30
Stripe Dress – £28
Frill Top – £24
Batwing Dress – £28