Regular readers and followers on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram will know that I have been uploading weekly bump shots (and some in between) featuring different dresses throughout this pregnancy. I’ve been so lucky to be able to wear a combination of dresses that I already owned (both maternity and pre-pregnancy stretchy affairs) and dresses that have been gifted to me to review here. I’ve loved showing how you can dress a bump according to your own style, and with confidence during pregnancy. It doesn’t have to be all joggers and jeans- although there really is a LOT to be said for wearing joggers and jeans in pregnancy. But I am a dress girl at heart- I love wearing a nice dress, either causally or formally and I don’t see why pregnancy should be any different. So when The Essential One asked me to review some of their stunning maternity wear, I jumped at the chance, having already spotted my dress of choice! And without further ado, here are my thoughts on maternity wear from The Essential One.

maternity wear from The Essential One~ Ghostwritermummy.co.uk

The dress

I LOVE the dress! Here is the snap I uploaded to Instagram:

Dress from The Essential One~ Ghostwritermummy.co.uk

I love this dress for many reasons. The pattern is lovely- such a nice change from plain fabric, which is also good, but now and then I like a print! I also love the style of this dress. It’s a maxi dress but it doesn’t drag on the floor- it’s the perfect length and looks fab with flip-flops or flats. It is also empire line which I love as it emphasises the bump really well. There are two strips of fabric that you cross over the bust (which incidentally has soft jersey panelling underneath for nursing once baby is here) and these can be either tied at the back, or crossed over and brought round to the front and tied. You can tie them as loosely or as tightly as you like. The dress is very flattering and I always get compliments on it when I wear it. And yes, the fabric is SO soft and very comfortable to wear.

The pyjamas

Another fabulous find from The Essential One. Here is the photo I uploaded onto Instagram:

maternity pyjamas from The Essential One ~ Ghostwritermummy.co.uk

I love the colour of these pyjamas and while horizontal stripes aren’t normally my ideal choice for clothing in pregnancy, the bottoms really are flattering and such a wonderful fit! They are super soft, with an expandable elasticated waist that sits under the bump (so perhaps not ideal immediately after a c-section) and they’re loose on the leg but not really baggy. The top is wonderful- super soft again with a discreet nursing panel for breastfeeding access once baby arrives. It’s also a really long vest which I’ve worn underneath other tops during the day too. The pyjamas as SO comfortable you will often find me wearing them during the day too at the weekends!

The tankini

Regular readers will know that I have been swimming around three times a week during this pregnancy, so you can imagine how essential this tankini has been. Here is the photo I shared on Instagram:

maternity tankini from The Essential One~ Ghostwritermummy.co.uk

And what I love about this tankini, aside from the bold print and bright red bow that seems to wrap my bump up like a little gift, is how super comfortable it is! I love the over the bump bottoms so much because they are so easy to wear and on the days where my c-section scar is either itchy or annoying, they don’t irritate it at all. And I love the halter neck style of the top; that style always seems to suit me a lot better than others. The tankini has had a lot of wear over recent months and has even survived salty water in Sicily without the slightest murmer of stretch or wear. Highy recommended if you intend to stay active in the pool during pregnancy!

The vest top

You can never have too many vest tops, and this one is just like the pyjama top, only without the little bow. It has the same discreet nursing panel with adjustable straps, and the same length that more than covers your bump. It can be worn under tops or on it’s own and yes- it’s super soft and very comfortable!

maternity vest from The Essential One~ Ghostwritermummy.co.uk

The verdict

I love love love The Essential One.

Maternity wear from The Essential One_ The verdict~ Ghostwritermummy.co.uk

We were introduced to this fabulous local brand when The Toddler was just a baby, and she was selected to model for their A/W catalogue. Since then I’ve kept in touch with the lovely Karen and had the pleasure of one or two super hugs from her at Blog On too. That aside, I genuinely love the clothes too. Baby clothes are exquisite, and when they launched their maternity range I was so excited to be able to try them out! Since the clothes I received are ultimately summer wear (although the pyjamas and vests will never go out of season and the dress can be worn with a cuddly cardigan and flats quite easily), I thought I’d share with you some of my picks from this season’s range too. So this is what I would go for if I were you…

The Essential One new season maternity wear

Of course, not forgetting the hospital bag essentials too!

* I was sent these clothes free of charge for review purposes. No other payment was received and all thoughts are my own.