Maternity Workwear – Boohoo
I have a distinct disliking for most maternity wear. I find it can be boring, expensive and full of stripes! Then we move onto maternity workwear, which can be even trickier to find things I’m comfortable wearing. I work full time in an office based role, whilst I don’t need to wear anything as formal as a suit, I still need to be smart and professional looking.
Boohoo recently got in touch with me to ask if I would like to review some items from their maternity range. I decided it would be a good idea to try to find some pieces suitable for the office.
I’ve had a few dresses from Boohoo in the past and have found them great value for money, so was interested to see what they could offer me for maternity workwear. After browsing their selection, I decided upon a black and white spotty dress, as well as a floral kimono style dress. Whilst I was looking specifically for maternity workwear, I also wanted to find items that could be used out of work too.
My dresses arrived really quickly and I was excited to try them on. The spotty dress comes in a soft stretchy fabric that fits over your head. I like that the tie bow feature adds a bit of shape to my bump. The dress is definitely smart enough for work and I’ve had lovely comments when I’ve worn it to the office. For maternity workwear the dress does come up a bit short for me, so I wear it with thick black tights or leggings and boots.
I found the floral kimono dress, again a lovely soft stretchy fabric. The dress is a lot more tight fitting than I would normally wear to work however, that’s just my personal style. I love the colours on the top half of the dress. Also the dress could be worn after baby for breastfeeding due to the wrap over top feature. I definitely think that I will be able to get use out of this dress for going out too as well as for maternity workwear.
I did find that both of the Boohoo items came up a bit on the small side and I did swap them for the next size up, which fit much more comfortably. I’ve definitely been impressed with the price of the boohoo items and will be browsing their range for more maternity workwear and non workwear options too for my pregnancy.
Maternity Workwear – Other Tips
Whilst I love to shop, I’m also quite savvy with my money. Since becoming pregnant I’ve enjoyed buying maternity wear however, I’ve been on the lookout for non maternity items that can last a bit longer too.
I’ve bought quite a few vest tops in a few sizes up, from places like Primark. I’ve been able to put them under other tops to cover my bump and have been perfect for the summer without breaking the bank.
I had kept some maternity wear from my pregnancy with Mini and have been able to add some new items too to make it feel like I’ve got more options to wear. When shopping I’ve looked out for particular shaped clothing items that may work well with a bump. I love this wrapover all in one top that I bought from Next. It’s not a specific maternity top but the shape works really well with my bump. I love the pink colour and it works really well with my maternity skirt for work.
When I first found out that I was pregnant this time, I invested in some staple maternity workwear items from Asda. I bought a black skirt, trousers, leggings and work dress. All of the items were very good value for money and have lasted really well. I was then able to add other colours to mix and match my outfits. I found that coloured cardigans worked really well. I’d normally have then open anyway so didn’t need to worry about them fitting over my bump.
I have also tried to think ahead when shopping for maternity workwear to items that I may be able to use when breastfeeding too. This purple shirt was from Primark, not from a maternity range, I again just bought a few sizes up. It’s quite versatile as I’ve been able to wear it to work, or more casually with leggings, the buttons mean it will be a great option for feeding baby too.
I hope that my tips have been useful for you for some ideas on how to dress bump and not break the bank. I’d love to hear from you with any top tips for maternity workwear too.
I also asked some of my lovely blogger friends to share some of their tips for maternity workwear, here’s what they said.
Eileen from 2Nerdsandababy– New Look and Asos are great, for the first trimester when you can still get away with your own clothes, use a bobbin when you can’t close your trousers button.
Becky from Mommy and Rory – I bought some really lovely maternity clothing from H&M. I usually find their sizing a little small but the maternity wear felt quite generous.
Sarah from Arthur Wears – ASOS was a godsend for me, start and mid pregnancy I wore bump bands under my tops to elongate them over my bump. I then bought maternity vests an tops which I wore under a blazer with trousers.
Katy from www.hotpinkwellingtons.co.uk– I worked in quite a smart office during my first pregnancy so bought a few wrap dresses from Seraphine – the Duchess of Cambridge’s fave. They were pretty pricey for maternity wear, but looked great and lasted so well that I wore them through pregnancy number 2 as well.
Abi from Something About a Baby – I got some Isabella Oliver wrap ops which were brilliant as they lasted the whole pregnancy, plus were great for breastfeeding afterwards. They are expensive but such good quality, I wore them through two pregnancies, two breastfeeding babies and they are sill in great shape.
Sophie from Soph Obsessed– New Look have a lovely range of maternity wear that is well fitting and perfect for work wear. I invested in a few staple pieces then would mix and match them for variety.
Maria from happymummy.co.uk – I have been wearing non maternity swing dresses and have only just at 21 weeks invested in some proper maternity clothes. I got a few bits from Boohoo and they were really cheap and great quality/design – I didn’t want to spend a fortune on things I won’t wear for a long time.
Disclaimer: I was gifted the two dresses from Boohoo for the purpose of this review. All views and opinions are entirely my own.