Fast-forward three and a half years, to another country, another climate and a whole new world of maternity fashion. And I've finally found my perfect maternity wardrobe staple, mark two. It only took me 31 weeks. Better late than never! Where did I find this gem? Right here in Malaysia at the online store Mum2BeMaternity.
After months of scouring what seems to be a fairly limited (and often overpriced) selection here in Malaysian shops, I stumbled across the brand during an internet search. They had me at their strap line: 'Australian designed maternity clothing at Malaysian prices'. I brashly went ahead and ordered two items: the aforementioned 'perfect dress' for the grand sum of RM49.99 (see left) and also a pretty nursing/maternity top for RM29.99. Delivery to Kuala Lumpur set me back just RM10. I ordered the items on a Thursday morning and they arrived at my door the very next day. A good start! (Note to non Malaysian mamas - international shipping is also available at a flat rate of $US20.)
I don't know about you but I always feel a tinge of trepidation when I try on internet buys. There's always that lingering doubt that the actual item will resemble the one you saw online. So when I tried on my two items and discovered that they looked as good on as I'd hoped I found myself mentally composing this blog post right away.
Here's why they're keepers:
The black dress works overtime. It looks equally good thrown together with thongs (that's flip flops to you non-Aussies, not the other type of 'thong') for a casual daytime look or with a pair of heels for evenings. I think I could just about make it work on the diplomatic reception circuit. It fits snuggly without being clingy and has a flattering neckline. If you hate floral maternity 'tents', you'll love that this looks like a dress you would have worn before you fell pregnant.
The maternity/nursing top I bought (see left) is well-made, comfortable and flattering. It's one of the few v-necked nursing tanks I've found. It's also not encumbered by that odd-looking 'lift-up' panel that some feeding tops have. At RM29.99 it's no more expensive than a normal tank top.
All in all, I'm delighted that I found this brand. I'll be back scouring their website soon for more nursing gear. For now, I'm stepping into my polka-dot Mothercare pyjamas, but I have no doubt the dress will be back on duty tomorrow.
(Please note that all of my endorsements are based on my own experiences and preferences. I do not endorse products for money or upon request).