I have long been a fan of Katie Piper since I first watched the documentary following her recovery from her acid attack. I think she is an amazing and brave woman. Katie is a model, presenter and does an incredible amount of work for charity. She was also a speaker at BritMums live a few years ago, so has a special place in the hearts of the BritMums team too.
Katie has teamed up with Wantthattrend.com founder Victoria Molyneux to create a collection of maternity dresses for expectant mothers to feel modern and stylish in. I’m currently 33 weeks pregnant with my third child and I have to say this time around I have really felt like there is a lack of stylish and colourful maternity clothes out there, so I was really excited to be given the chance to review three dresses from the collection.
For the purposes of these reviews, I am wearing a size 18 and I am just under 5’7″ tall.
Katie Piper Maternity Nadine 3/4 Sleeve Wrap Skater Dress
The first thing that attracted me to this address was the really pretty floral print. I love floral prints and most of my normal wardrobe is made up of them and there is definitely a lack of florals in most brands maternity ranges. They tend to be plainer colours or stripes.
The dress has a wrap front and I’m coming close to the end of my pregnancy now I also thought it would be good for breastfeeding after baby arrives. The fabric was really soft and comfortable. I liked the slightly longer sleeves too.
In general with all of the dresses I wished that they were all a bit longer, they look fine modelled on Katie but she is a lot shorter than me a 5’2″. It could be that I am a bigger dress size, but as I have two small children already there is a practicality to it too and being able to look after them without bending over and frightening everyone with my scary maternity knickers is actually quite a big consideration! This dress was particularly short on me, so much so that I felt uncomfortable wearing it. Which is a real shame as it’s gorgeous. If it sat just below the knee it would be perfect, but as it is I would only wear it with leggings. As I mentioned I think it might also work as a breastfeeding dress, so when bump is out hopefully it will be that be longer and more wearable in that respect.
What I loved: The floral print and the really soft fabric
What I didn’t love: The length, it was just too short for me to feel comfortable and would definitely have to wear leggings underneath it.
Katie Piper Maternity Navy Bardot Twist Front Detailed Dress
This dress is a lovely classic style and looks completely fabulous on Katie on the website. I’ll be honest the straps on it totally baffled me, and it took me about 5 or 6 attempts to get it on and work out how to wear them. Looking back at my photos now I’m not quite sure I even got them right!
I loved the flattering fit, the way it nips in at the waist and out again, as well as the fullness of the skirt. I wished I could wear a bra with it, I could never not wear a bra and I’m not sure you can even buy strapless maternity bras, so I just ended up just tucking my straps in to wear it. But other than that I thought it was a beautiful dress. It would be great dressed up or down.
What I loved: Classic style and flattering fit.
What I didn’t love: The straps and not being able to wear a bra with it.
Katie Piper Maternity Breastfeeding Black Wrap Over Jersey Dress
I think this dress is probably my favourite dress of the three and is definitely really good value. It has a double layered front to enable you to breastfeed after the baby has come and it’s a great classic little black dress. Even pregnant and breastfeeding ladies need a classic LBD in their wardrobe! It was also the dress I felt the most confident in. As with the others really, I would love it just to be a little bit longer, but for breastfeeding I don’t think this will be so much of a problem and styled with black tights and heeled boots on cooler days I think it would look great.
What I loved: Felt really confident in it, loved the double layered front.
What I didn’t love: Would love it to be an inch longer.
Thank you to Want That Trend.com for the dresses they sent for the purpose of this review.