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Audrey Hepburn inspired maternity outfit


uys! Guys! I found a jacket that still fits me! I can’t even tell you how exciting this was for me… or how retrospectively embarrassing it is to realise that my day can now be made by a jacket, FFS.

(Oh, who am I kidding: I’ve ALWAYS been able to get ridiculously excited by outerwear, haven’t I?)

This little 60s-inspired jacket was originally from New Look, but it must be at least six years old by now. It was one of the pieces that survived the Great Coat Cull Of 2017, because, while it’s not exactly the most practical item of outerwear to ever grace my coat closet (There’s approximately 2 weeks in every year when it’s cold enough for a wool jacket, but warm enough for such a cropped one), I always think it has a bit of an Audrey Hepburn-inspired feel to it, and I’m all about that, obviously. I mean, if I’m ever stuck for something to wear, I like to ask myself the question, “What would Audrey do?” I can guarantee that, if you do that, you’ll pretty much always get the right answer, seriously.

So, what would Audrey do if she were 31 weeks pregnant, and her self-confidence had hit an all-time low? Well, I’m guessing she’d probably go for the tried-and-tested old failsafe of black ankle pants (ASOS maternity) and boat-neck top (GAP Maternity). Oh, and she would probably have been a bit smarter than me, and not let anyone see her from the side, because, while this outfit looked fine from the front, when I turned sideways, I looked a bit like a penguin, really, and, funnily enough, that WASN’T the look I was going for – no offence to any penguins reading this.

Anyway, as I said, my self-confidence has hit a bit of a low point lately, courtesy of the 3rd trimester, and all of the fun things it brings. Insomnia is still the biggest issue: not only is sleeping getting pretty uncomfortable now, no matter how many cushions I pile around me, I just can’t seem to switch my brain off at night (Yes, I tried one of those mindfulness apps, but it didn’t work for me because my brain decided it would be rude to full asleep before the end: British people, and our weird sense of politeness, huh?*), which means I wake up looking like I’ve been beaten up in the night or something. Thank God for dark glasses, huh?

Maternity outfit inspired by Audrey Hepburn(*When I told my mum this, she reminded me of the time my gran babysat for me as a little girl, and told my parents she’d had to read me numerous stories to get me to go to sleep. The next morning, I told my mum I was SOOOO tired because gran just WOULD NOT stop reading me stories the night before, and I’d felt I had to politely listen to all of them. I’m apparently still the same to this day…)

Also, I can handle the bump, but it seems I’ve also gotten pregnant in my FACE. My FACE, people. I’m just not down with that, at all: in fact, if I’m honest, it’s the main reason I was upset when Terry kept trying to film me last week – I was just all, “Dude, my face won’t even fit on the screen right now – back the hell off!”

So, yeah, I know this isn’t supposed to bother me AT ALL, because, miracle of pregnancy and all that, but I have to admit, I’m a bit thrown by it. Where did my face go? When will I get it back? Will I EVER get it back, or is it one of those things that will be forever altered, like my feet (Which haven’t actually changed at all so far, but there’s still plenty of time for that, obviously…) apparently will be? What if I have to choose between them, in some terrible kind of “feet or face” deal? WHAT THEN?

Yeah. I REALLY think I need a nap now…



ASOS Maternity pants

GAP Maternity top

New Look jacket

Boden slingbacks

Michael Kors handbag*


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  • Myra
    November 6, 2017

    You look FABULOUS, as ever. This jacket is a perfect Audrey solution to pregnancy in autumn/winter. Low self confidence, when you look so great, how can that happen? There is a poem about a pregnant looking as beautiful as a sailing ship in full sail, but I can’t remember it’s title or the poet, but trust me, it’s beautiful, like you.

    • Myra
      November 6, 2017

      Pregnant woman

  • Jennifer
    November 6, 2017

    My face changed when I was pregnant with my son but went right back to normal after delivery. You look beautiful. We are all our own harshest critics aren’t we.

  • Erin
    November 6, 2017

    It bums me out that you feel this way (but I completely understand, we are after all our own worst critics) because I think you look beautiful <3 Cute jacket too!

  • CiCi Marie
    November 6, 2017

    If it helps at all, I was thinking you look like one classy and beautiful lady and I didn’t notice any face pregnancy! Audrey would definitely have approved of this look. As the above comment says, we are all our own worst critics/enemies…

  • Brenda
    November 6, 2017

    I think you look amazing and the outfit is really great! As soon as I saw the photos, I thought, I wish I had thought to do that with a cropped jacket when I was pregnant!!! Your face will definitely return to it’s original self (I don’t see any swelling there at all, anyway!)… mine got pretty puffy as well and it is back to normal now.

  • Emerald
    November 6, 2017

    You are certainly one stylish mum-to-be! I remember my mum and her denim tents in the ’70S – which was actually quite hip then. She was pregnant during the summer of ’76 which was a scorcher too.

    I love your story about you and your gran both being so polite when you were wanting to sleep. Did she tell you any good stories though?

  • Luc
    November 7, 2017

    Honestly, you look gorgeous, and I can’t see any facial issues at all. And the good news is things DO mostly get back to normal, and I am sure any puffy face business will be the first to go. Love that jacket!

  • dubliner in deutschland
    November 7, 2017

    Looking stylish!! Hope the sleeping gets better.

  • Elaine Lawton
    November 7, 2017

    I think you look beautiful and elegant and incredibly stylish. I’m also wishing you positive sleep vibes too because a decent sleep certainly helps the world seem like a better place.

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