Oh my gosh, how cold was it today! Being in the east of England we only got the lightest flurry of snow this morning, but it was absolutely freezing. To the point that my hands went completely numb on the two minute walk back to my car after dropping Little N at school and I had to just sit with the engine running while I tried to defrost them, as I couldn't feel them enough to do up J's car seat straps. J tried his best to make me look like a terrible mother by refusing to wear his hat, or his mittens, or even have the footmuff on the pram. I'm sure a few people were tutting at me, but what can you do, you have to pick your battles when it comes to negotiating with two year olds! We soon warmed ourselves up with some hot chocolate and a cheeky bag of chips for lunch.
One thing I have really struggled with this pregnancy is finding something to keep me warm on the colder days. I have never been pregnant during winter before, as both of my boys were born in autumn, so winter maternity wear is all new to me. I had ordered a maternity coat which looked great on the model online but looked like a rug on me, so it had to go back. I must remember that I am not a 5'8 size 8 model! I've now got another one, which isn't the most stylish, but it fits and it's warm so it's staying.
Something that is really stylish and versatile is this navy maternity cape from Jojo Maman Bebe, which was sent to me a while back. Now it's getting chillier, it has been getting a lot of wear. It's made from a really soft cotton knit and makes a refreshing change from a cardigan or jacket. It's great for layering up under a coat on walks, or for putting on to nip in and out of the car, or simply for casual weekend wear instead of a cardi or a sweater. In these photos, I'm wearing it over this breton jumper.
Like all of Jojo Maman Bebe's maternity wear the cape has been designed to accomodate a growing bump and fits beautifully. I'm usually a size 8-10 so I have the cape in size S. I can see it lasting right through until the baby comes, and perhaps even beyond as the half open sides look like they will be really convenient for breastfeeding. And I love the pockets at the front, perfect for hiding my frozen little fingers!
With maternity wear I don't like to go too crazy with how much I get, because let's face it, we don't wear them for long. So versatile pieces like this cape are great; the neck has a button detail which you can wear done up like I have here, or undone for a draped neckline, giving you two looks in one. I love that it can be worn as an alternative to a cardigan or a jumper, or as an alternative to a jacket on milder days. It's definitely an item I think you and your growing bump need! You can find it here for £35.00.
What's your go-to maternity look?
With thanks to Jojo Maman Bebe for sending this gorgeous cape to feature.