Christening Chic

Food blogger Lotte wrote “My nieces are being christening is next month. I’m breastfeeding, and don’t want to expose myself in church! I don’t have much money, and even less inclination to trawl round shops. Please help!”

Lotte, never fear. There is a way to do this while looking as stylish as the occasion demands. Apart from the need to stay decent, you’ll also want to cover up so you can keep warm, and will want shoes which are comfortable for carrying baby, but also chic (obviously). It’s time for some fashion maths. The formula to remember here is:

Nursing dress+stylish blazer+large scarf+minimalist jewellery which won’t hurt baby+gorgeous shoes=effortlessly gorgeous, warm, church-appropriate mummy.

So … how do we apply this abstract mathematical equation to a real world problem? Well, I’ve come up with two suggestions. All of these items can be ordered online if you’re not near the shops.

Look 1

Lotte has blue-grey eyes, and will look fantastic in this colour block dress. Honeycomb is going to be a huge motif this season, and these silver hexagonal hoop earrings will look great with Lotte’s cool colouring. I’ve paired these with a cream blazer which has a longer length, and is designed to be worn undone, so will give lots of use afterwards and as Lotte’s shape changes. An aqua scarf will give warmth and can be used to feed discreetly. Finally, I’ve chosen a fabulous pair of glitter ballet flats which will also give lots of wear after the christening.

Teal colour block nursing dress, £55, Seraphine

Cream unfastened smart blazer, £45, River Island

Silver glitter ballerinas, £52.51, Boden

Frayed endings foulard, £14.99, Mango

Bento hex hoops, £34, Anthropologie

Look 2

For look 2, I have followed the same formula, but have used a low wedge heel, which will be comfortable for carrying baby. As above, all of these pieces can be worn as part of your day to day wardrobe, so will provide great value after the big day.

Navy wrap effect long sleeve nursing dress, £29.99, New Look

White woven stripe boyfriend blazer, £40, River Island

Black almond toe wedges, £19.99, H&M

Turquoise felt dot scarf, £24.95, Gap

Double watch pendant necklace, £18, ASOS

A final note on lingerie. This silk seamless nursing bra by Bravado, £26.69, is THE most comfortable garment I think I’ve ever worn, and it magically seems to fit as your size fluctuates, due to being quite stretchy yet also amazingly supportive. Everyone should have one. You can thank me later!  x

Give Yourself a Valentine’s Hug

Brrr ..  is this this cold weather making you bored of even your favourite sweaters? If so, have a look at my selection of the best Valentine’s knits, all in luxe fabrics which will keep you snug.

 

Markus Lupfer is the king of the iconic sweater. Some of my favourites are below:

Grey Big Heart Intarsia Jumper

Markus Lupfer grey big heart intarsia crew neck jumper, £260, Liberty

 

Markus Lupfer ice blue straight hem crew neck sequinned Nat jumper, £294, Markus Lupfer

 KN561A Medium Grey Neon Lips Knit

Markus Lupfer medium grey dipped hem v neck neon sequinned lips knit, £305, Coggles

Big Smacker Lip Intarsia Jumper

Markus Lupfer grey big smacker crew neck jumper, £265, Donna Ida

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Markus Lupfer grey sequinned crew neck Kiss jumper, now £178.50, ASOS

 

 Markus Lupfer sequinned crew neck Lucky jumper, £274, Net-a-Porter

If you prefer to wear your love’s initial (or your own) on your sleeve, why not try these fun sequinned brooches:

 

Markus Lupfer sequinned initial brooch, £15 each, Net-a-Porter

Chinti and Parker also have a gorgeous selection. My picks are:

 Heart Elbow Patch Sweater - CP401GRP

Chinti and Parker cashmere heart elbow patch jumper, £295, Chinti and Parker

Heart Pocket Cardigan - CP312GR

Chinti and Parker heart pocket cardigan, £295, Chinti and Parker

Love Heart Sweater - CP404GR

Chinti and Parker love heart sweater, £350, Chinti and Parker

Letter Sweater - CP461SNC

Chinti and Parker Letter Sweater, £295, Chinti and Parker

 

And finally, a more sporty offering from 3.1 Phillip Lim:

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3.1 Phillip Lim lips embellished sweatshirt, £400, Matches

 Whatever you wear, make sure to have fun! x

Toptastic

 

A lovely client, Jen, of Genevieve blog, asked me to recommend smart tops that don’t need to be dry cleaned, but that keep their shape. Jen, I’ve gone one better and have found five fabulous tops that don’t even require hand washing! Here they are.

Day to Evening

Victoria Top

The silk-mix Victoria top by Boden is the ultimate day to evening to weekend workhorse! It hangs beautifully, feels luxurious   and looks great with a pencil skirt, cigarette pants or your favourite jeans for a Sunday pub lunch. £69.

Buy here http://bit.ly/120w1be

 

Workwear

The Cowl Neck Top | Top | Baukjen

Another brilliantly versatile top which will enhance your bust if you have one, while creating the illusion of bigger curves for those who don’t. And this one will also flatter your middle, so is handy if you have inadvertently swapped Pilates for mince pies… £59.

Buy here http://bit.ly/11KX1fN

Colour Pop

Textured sheen top

This is a gorgeous winter colour, and is crying out to be spiced up with a statement necklace. I would suggest this one for smaller busts as the fabric will add bulk. £55.

Buy here http://bit.ly/QKMpKx

OMG, bargain!

T-SHIRT WITH CONTRAST ON SLEEVES

I adore this! This would be fabulous with a pencil skirt, tailored trousers, jeans, leather trousers … with a necklace, a scarf, a belt… you get my gist I’m sure. The only caveat is, make sure you have a well fitting bra, as no one likes a uniboob. Oh and find some spiky jewellery to toughen this beauty up! £17.99.

Buy here http://bit.ly/TFvVjL

 

And finally

ANABELE - Contrast collar tee

This pretty top from Ted Baker is perfect for working the Alexa Chung look, and would look great with anything from a Chanel-style black jacket for work, to a leather or denim jacket for play. £59.

Buy here http://bit.ly/Xw9TpD

 

I’d love to know what you think of this selection, and whether you’re inspired to buy any! Please leave a comment.