Regular readers will know how much I enjoyed reviewing a range of maternity clothes during my pregnancy with Elsie, so when the lovely people at Bibee Dresses asked me to review some items from their wonderful nursing range I jumped at the chance! Its not easy to find clothes that fit the criteria for breastfeeding mums; often comfort and easy access for feeding takes precedence over style and many of the tops out there are either very plain or very fussy. I actually have very few pieces that are specifically designed for breastfeeding, simply because there isn’t too much around, and what there is, isn’t always my style either. So I was interested to see how  Bibee Dresses would measure up. I was also keen to see how suitable Bibee dresses would be for the upcoming party season…

Bibee Dresses for the party season~ Ghostwritermummy.co.uk

The concept

The concept of Bibee Dresses is unique, and one that I’ve never seen elsewhere. Each dress or tunic has a specially designed neckline that sits a lot lower on the body than traditional dresses- it actually drops to below the bustline. The dress is finished with a separate ‘bib’ which attaches via buttons and provides a discreet feeding panel. The concept may or may not work, and I admit to being a little sceptical when the clothes arrived. I wasn’t sure whether I’d be able to pull this look off, and I wasn’t convinced it was entirely me either.

My review items

I was sent one dress, one tunic and three bibs to review. I decided to go for a black long sleeved dress and a black long sleeved tunic, opting for coloured bibs rather than coloured dresses. The reason I went for this was because I really wasn’t sure how the dresses would look, since my body is a little alien to me right now. Pre-pregnancy, I knew where I stood. During pregnancy, I knew where I stood. Post pregnancy? There are bits I don’t like but that I know won’t be there for long, and my whole shape is just a little ‘off’ right now. So I decided black would be the most forgiving!

The dress

Bibee Dresses for the party season_ honeycomb print~ Ghostwritermummy.co.uk

The dress is made from luxuriously thick fabric, perfect for winter, and the shape is actually very flattering. I love the empire bust, from which pleats fall to hide any lumps and bumps that seem to crop up after baby! It drops to just above the knee and is nice and roomy so perfect for your changing shape after baby is born. I ordered medium (UK 12) which I found to be a little bigger than I was expecting. I am usually a size 10 without the baby weight so had expected the 12 to fit well; I think it could be wise to order the next size down instead, as the fit of the dress allows for extra room. I also love the fact that the dress has pockets as it gives it a lovely casual, slouchy feel too.

Party friendly? Definitely.

The tunic

The tunic is similar in style to the dress, with the same heavy fabric and pleating. It’s shorter than the dress and fits a little closer to the body.

Party friendly? With the right bib and the right shoes, yes!

The bibs

The Bibee dress fronts~ Ghostwritermummy.co.uk

I love the bibs! I really wasn’t sure at first but once you have them buttoned on to the dresses they look great. I went for a plain black with cream trim, teal geometric print and red honeycomb print v-neck bib to help me create three different looks.

Party friendly? Yes!

For breastfeeding

At last a breastfeeding friendly dress that doesn’t wrap around and looks good too! I’ve nothing against wrap around dresses, but its nice to have something a little different. For discreet feeding, you simply lift the lower part of the bibee front to provide access to the breast, then lower down again as baby feeds. You can see from the photo below (shared on Instagram) how discreet it is.

A pregnant friend recently remarked that seeing me able to feed Elsie wherever and whenever I needed to had given her confidence to try breastfeeding herself, which is amazing. It really does make the whole public feeding a lot easier, and I think that being able to feed my baby at Manchester Town Hall (registering her birth!) without anyone batting an eyelid speaks for itself!

The verdict

I love love love Bibee Dresses!

I honestly wasn’t sure that I would, but when the fronts are attached, the dresses are transformed. The style is flattering and I love the splash of colour and pattern from the bibs. I’ve found that the dress can be worn either causally or as a more formal, dressy dress, just by swapping fronts and changing shoes.

Bibee Dresses dressed up with boots~ Ghostwritermummy.co.uk

I’ve worn the geometric print bib with trainers and a slouchy cardigan; I’ve worn the honeycomb print bib with heeled boots for a smarter look too.

I’ve found the tunic to be just as versatile as the dress when it comes to creating different looks. I’ve worn it with leggings, jeggings, and even leggings with a little black skirt underneath too- this look is great if you want the shorter style of the the tunic but are concious about having ‘too much leg’ on display! The tunic works best with trainers in my opinion but can be dressed up with heels too.

Bibee tunic with trainers~ Ghostwritermummy.co.uk

The bibs themselves are just as great quality as the dresses and are fully lined to match the thickness of fabric. Each dress and tunic has buttons on the sides and to the back to attach the fronts to  and these are easy to use and position yourself.

I love how veratile Bibee dresses are (they can be used as maternity dresses too) and the different looks that you can create- they make a wonderful addition to a capsule wardrobe and are PERFECT for the upcoming party season.

If you like the look of Bibee dresses, I have an exclusive discount code for you: simply enter ghostwriter at the checkout for 15% off all purchases! This discount can be used alongside Bibee’s Christmas discount ( code: bibeesale ) of 25% meaning you save a huge 40%!

For every purchase made using my discount code, I will receive a 15% commission.

 

The dresses retail from £60 and there is also a selection of breastfeeding t-shirts available which retail at £28. I was sent the review items free of charge and all opinions are my own.