Tuesday, 5 January 2016

Maternity Pinup Style - Heart of Haute Donna Dress

About a month ago, I had a look at my blog posts and realised just how many sundresses I had reviewed of late. It makes perfect sense, it being summer here in Australia and all, but it's mostly halter dresses that I'm fitting into at the moment and those wouldn't work for a mama celebrating a winter pregnancy! The goal here is to be helpful to current and future mamas, after all.

Thus, the search began for some cooler weather appropriate styles that would work for a pinup with a baby bump. It took all of two minutes to find several styles by Heart of Haute that suited my fancy. Then, just a day later, I was contacted by Alisa of Heart of Haute, who wanted to know if I would like to review any of their dresses. Um, yes please! I sent her my wishlist, and she responded with what they could send, and bada-boom, the Donna Dress, amongst others, was on it's way. What perfect timing!

There are a lot of things about this dress that excite me, so let's get straight down to business.

First off, let's start off with fit and comfort. I ordered a size small, as it was clear by the Poly Rayon Spandex fabric description that there was lots of stretch in this dress. Size small is perfect, with a good amount of room in the arms and plenty in the waist for my ever expanding waistline.

It is super comfortable, which is something I think can be hard to find in retro dresses with longer length sleeves. Often times they are made from a stiff material that makes arm movement a hindrance. Not so with the Donna.


The bust is actually more open than I thought it would be. It took some adjusting to get it to sit right on my chest, and I ended up popping a little stitch where the two sides of the faux wrap top meet to help it stay where I wanted. It took about a minute, so it's not something to worry about. I think this had more to do with my baby bump pushing the waistline higher than it would normally be, as you can see on the website that it fits the model in the chest just fine, and she looks smaller than I normally am. Other options include popping a pretty cami underneathe, which would also add instant work appropriate-ness to an otherwise cleavage-y dress!

The color is somewhere between a true red and a burgundy. The lipcolor I am wearing was a perfect match, and it was a mix between Mac's Ruby Woo and a burgundy lipstick I had sitting in my vanity drawer, so safe to say this dress is a mix between the two as well.

It is definitely breast-feeding friendly, which excited me. Paired with the extreme comfort and the longer length sleeves, and it's the perfect dress for post-baby in winter, where your tummy is in a sad state and trying to remember what to do with itself, and your baby is asking for a feed every hour. This dress will have you feeling beautiful even with your body rebelling against you after you welcome a new little human into the world. I will be giving birth in March this year, so not long after baby comes it will be getting chilly. I can see this dress getting me through the autumn and winter months with ease, and definitely want it in the teal and black that it also comes in.

It currently comes in XS to XL in all three colorways, and also in plus size in black!

This dress falls within the affordable pinup category, to, being a steal for only $78 USD. Given the quality Heart of Haute always produces, this is such a bargain. It is also fantastic for baby pinups, who are new to the pinup scene and nervous about big, puffy, floral dresses. The sleek silhouette and ease-of-wear is not the least bit intimidating.

In conclusion, it's comfortable, you can order your normal size, it can be made work appropriate, it will work for breastfeeding, it has sleeves and it happens to bear the same name as my Grandma Donna, who was my original 1950's inspiration. Need I say more? Get this dress.

Now for a bump update! I am now 30 weeks pregnant and feeling it. I spend half my time feeling good, and the other half the time wishing I had a crane to carry my belly around for me. Little Miss Number Two basically has no room to be doing flips in there anymore, and yet somehow she is doing them anyway.

I can feel her working her way up to my ribs. Selene spend the last couple of months in there with her tiny foot stuck in the right side of my ribcage, and it looks like this one will be doing the same.

My uterus is actually tilted more inward, which means I get a nice small bump because everything's a little more internal than normal. This is good and bad. It means clothes fit me longer and my centre of gravity is not so thrown off... but it also means that I am sporting a good sized baby in there and spend lots of time waddling around the house, but no one thinks to ask how I'm doing because I don't look all that pregnant half the time. Ya win some, ya lose some :).

My in laws are all currently overseas for my brother-in-law's wedding, and soon they will be returning with a new sister-in-law for me! This is very exciting, but also means we are spending lots of time running between houses to care for my husband's grandmother and that there is no one to watch Selene for me when needed. We are very much looking forward to their return.

So far I've gained 10 kilos. I gained 12 with Selene and hope to do the same this time. But chocolate is delicious, so... we'll see.

Until next time <3

Do you own the Donna Dress by Heart of Haute? What is your favourite go-to cool weather dress? xo, Miss Betty Doll


  1. Yay! How exciting that you'll soon have a new sister-in-law. I can just imagine how exciting that must be for you. My sister and her honey are getting more and more serious, so hopefully a little down the line I'll get to have my first brother-in-law. :)

    Big hugs,
    ♥ Jessica

  2. Expanding families is the most exciting thing, I think! It's all about relationships and memories, after all :)


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