Like most mums I find it quite easy to find flattering clothes in winter, a good pair of jeans does wonders for a post-baby body and keeps everything nicely together. But now that summer has arrived I am becoming painfully aware of the fact that after four babies I need to work a bit harder to get back into shape. As I am still breastfeeding it is a slow process so I need to pick my wardrobe accordingly.
Those who know me will know that I love wearing dresses all year around and this summer I have two fabulous dresses on rotation. Last year when I was pregnant with baby no.4 I purchased a classic navy shirt dress by Australian fashion label Eve of Eden, designed for both pregnant and nursing mothers I wore it all the time and I still wear it a lot. When I spotted the same dress in black I immediately knew it would be a winner for my wardrobe so I didn’t think twice about ordering it again.
The Black Shirt Dress ($75, size 8-16) is extremely versatile, on cooler days I wear it with leggings and boots and on warmer days all it needs it is a nice pair of sandals. The clever belt design allows you to accentuate your baby bump by wearing it under your bust but you can also wear it around your waist, there are no belt loops so you can change your look whenever you want. These dresses wash really well and the dark colour has a slimming effect (at least, that is what I tell myself!).
This season also saw the arrival of a little summer sibling for the shirt dress: the light and classy, short sleeved Chambray Shirt Dress ($71, size 8-16). Like the black shirt dress this style has buttons down the front for easy nursing access and a belt that can be worn above or under your belly. I may not have a baby bump anymore but the extra space has been perfect for covering up those extra lumps and bumps after pregnancy.
Sizing info: I purchased all three dresses in size 10, which was also my pre-pregnancy size, and the fit has been spot on (same goes for other Eve of Eden garments I have bought before). However as I have lost quite a bit of weight since then and am getting closer to my goal weight I could possibly go down one size. In these photos I weigh 62kg.
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To find out more about Eve of Eden, to take a closer look at the range and to order online visit www.maternitysale.com.au. Delivery is free Australia wide.