“You know who’s gonna give you everything? Yourself”
Diane Von Furstenberg
There is something beautifully nostalgic about shopping for Christmas day clothes. That childhood tradition that ensures you were dressed head to toe in your new wardrobes finest, all set and ready to silently compete against your cousins around the dinner table.
Even now at the young age of 36, I can’t possibly celebrate all that is Christmas unless I’m wearing something shopped for that occasion. But what to shop for? I’m currently obsessed with tailored trousers, high waisted or nipped in, but my jelly-like stomach doesn’t agree. She isn’t into anything that shows her off and for once I agree with her. This equally rules out jeans, especially if I plan to overindulge in luxury bites and Bucks Fiz delights. My post cesarean belly is wrinkly, squidgy and determined to take centre stage in my life.
Thankfully my new love of a knitted dress (of the oversized variety) opens up new opportunities in the style stakes. The beauty of this Turtleneck Dress by & Other Stories lies in the forgiving fabric that seems to skip past the bad bits and highlight the good. Plus the beautiful emerald tone I feel is complementary to my dark hair and eyes, which when you are not feeling body confident, is a mini bonus in my book.
I’m also currently having a love affair with hats. My head is one part of my body that hasn’t changed shape or size. This embroidered Pom Pom trilby from Zara is for sure a ‘look at me’ style statement. The type of piece that you can have fun with from your head, while you work out what now suits you from the neck down. Of course, my husband didn’t understand the hats, that’s when I know I’m getting a little bit of the old me back, haha.
Since the birth of Georgie, I have hidden behind a uniform of oversized knits, high waisted leggings or jeans and chunky socks tucked into my Chelsea boots. It’s a formula that works for my Mummy life of two, especially as there is something comforting in the knowledge that if my day is chaotic, my look is not.
However, this look is fashions equivalent to loungewear. Perfect for the home, but not quite fitting for special occasions. Do I want to look back at pictures of Christmas past, my boys looking super smart and I looking like I’m wearing my best PJs? Even if they have a cashmere mix.
So with that in mind, I spent many hours searching online through my favourite shops for a dress fitting for mistletoe and wine. For the past few months, I have continuously stumbled upon this folk embroidered dress by Zara, a style the ‘old me’ would have added to the basket in a heartbeat. It’s beautiful craft like embroidery looked expensive and it was the perfect “wear with my black tights” winter print. But would this dress work for me now?
When I broke down the dresses elements, I realised shape wise, it ticked all the right boxes. Long sleeves to hide my Mum arms, floaty fabric to hide my Mum tum and a tie front opening to show off a little skin. It was at least worth a try on and I’m so glad I did.
I remember after the birth of Henry when after 9 months, it was time to return back to work. My body wasn’t in a place I hoped for and I was returning to an office full of young fashionistas. I must have tried on the entire Zara store until I stumbled upon the humble check shirt. Teamed with a black leather mini skirt, I felt confident enough to go back. The skirt showed off my legs which still looked half decent and the oversized shirt hid everything else.
So when I popped this folk dress on, I felt that little touch of confidence return. & the beret? Well, that was just for fun of course.
The beauty of Mummy Style is, at this point, you can be anyone you want to be. If you can go from a single you, to Mummy you overnight, then you can sure reinvent your look too. For me, I need to stop comparing myself to my post-baby, pre-wedding self and start dreaming about the new-me possibilities.
These pictures were taken by my gorgeous friend Julie, a friend that has shared in my great times and personal struggles. At 38 weeks pregnant, she crouched down and took these beautiful pictures of me. For that, I will forever be grateful. Mummy Style should be a celebration of motherhood and us women should help build up each other’s confidence again.
The pictures were taken at Liberty Tavern, in my home village. A restaurant bar that my husband and I, along with family friends, have celebrated many special occasions. From anniversary’s, New Year’s Eve, Mother’s Day, family lunches and the sister restaurant the Elephant hosted Henry’s first birthday. It’s our go-to venue for capturing a moment or milestone in our lives and therefore felt like the most perfect setting for my festive wardrobe. Thank you to Katie from the Liberty Tavern team for letting us shoot at their truly scrumptious restaurant.
I would love to see your Christmas day outfits or if you need help deciding on what to wear, please head over to the Mummy Style Facebook page. Let’s get the celebration started x