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These tops were such a godsend when I was pregnant and I practically lived in them. I don't believe in paying too much for clothes when you are pregnant as you really only wear them for nine months or less and they're never that exciting or fashionable anyway so the less you can spend but still get good quality and fit the better I find.
That's why these wrap tops from New Look are so great. New Look has a really nice maternity range of clothes that actually fit well and look flattering even though you are the size of a whale.
The great thing about these tops is that they are a classic look and really look good with anything when you are pregnant, from jeans to nice trousers if you have to go to work. They work really well as layering tops too and were great during the winter months as they have long sleeves.
They are made of a lovely soft jersey material so felt really comfortable against my skin. This was really important to me because I had quite sensitive itchy skin when I was pregnant so to have a nice soft fabric was lovely.
I think the wrap style was really flattering on me and the top looked really nice. The wrap was across the chest so the top came to a wrap at the empire line which is a great place for a pregnant lady as this is where the bump starts so to have the fabric fall freely from this point is great. I think what's most important though is that they have a piece of material across the bust so that the wrap portion is not too low exposing your boobies which really should not be exposed during pregnancy.
There is no gathering around the side like some pregnancy tops have but this was nice because I could actually wear these to breastfeed too without them looking too pregnancy wear. They are obviously not really meant for breastfeeding but I found I could move them down easily to get my boobs out to feed and my stomach was still covered which was important.
The tops come in black and white and are a great addition to your pregnancy wardrobe.
I work in an office where I have to buy my own works clothes, we do not have a particular uniform, basically as long as we look smart they are happy, I needed some new things so I had a look on the New Look website as I had purchased a couple of things from their maternity section before and I came across the Maternity Jersey Wrap Top, it looked ideal for what I wanted, smart enough for work with a pair of trousers but also causal enough to wear with my jeans.
The Jersey Wrap Top is basically a charcoal grey top, it says on the New Look website that it is long sleeved but personally I would say that the sleeves are three quarter length, the top has a V neck with a wrap over front, this is secured both sides so you do not have to tie the top up at all, the wrap over part at the front is just for effect, it is also slightly ruched at the side. The sleeves despite not being down to your wrists have a cuff effect which gives it quite a smart look, the bottom is also slightly elasticised so that you can wear the top longer or slightly shorted should you wish. The wrap over front is designed to fit all sizes, this can be worn from the early stages of pregnancy right the way through, the soft Jersey material is stretchy so that it expands and moves with you whilst being extremely comfortable. Personally I found that with the Maternity Jersey Wrap Top I did need to wear a vest top underneath it, the V neck sits a bit too low to be worn on its own and I also found the neck area to be a bit on the loose side so again needed a top underneath.
The top is made from 50% Polyester and 50% acrylic which gives it its slightly stretchy feel, the jersey style material is very soft as I have mentioned and is also of a decent thickness, for work this is ideal as the material is not so thick that it is too warm to wear inside, yet it is thick enough to keep you warm on a slightly colder day, I comfortably wore mine during the cold weather we have recently had and found it the ideal thickness to keep me warm without being too hot. The care instructions suggest that the top is washed at 30 degrees which I do generally do, as I have worn this top both for work and for casual wear as well it has been washed quite a lot in the last few months, so far I have been very impressed with how well it has washed, it has not lost its colour at all and where it is supposed to be slightly elasticised it has remained this way. I did wonder if the Jersey material would bobble slightly through continues washing, however this is not the case it has shown no signs of bobbling at all, the top looks as good as new and no different to when I originally purchased it.
As I have mentioned this is a New Look top, and I purchased mine in store, I did have to travel to a larger store as the smaller ones including my local New Look tend not to have maternity sections, however this top is also available online, the top cost me £16.99. Had I been just buying the top for work then I wouldn't really have wanted to spend quite a much money on it as I prefer to buy slightly cheaper clothes for work and save my money for every day clothes, anyway I knew that this top was going to be for both work and causal wear so I didn't really mind paying a bit extra for it as I was hoping to get a lot of wear out of it. Personally I would say that the Maternity Jersey Wrap Top has been worth the money, I have had a lot of wear out of it and have been able to wear it with both smart works trousers and also my jeans at the weekend.
In my opinion the fact that the top is finished to such a high standard and is also of an excellent quality, in other words has not fallen apart after a couple of washes, also makes it good value for money, I think if they had this top in another colour other than Charcoal I would certainly consider purchasing it.
The New Look Maternity Jersey Top comes in a variety of sizes including 8, 10, 12, 14, 16 and 18 so there is something to cater for most people, obviously the availability of the sizes depends on where you are buying the top from. I purchased mine in my regular size 12 and found that it fitted perfectly, the only thing for me was that it felt a little loose around the V neck area, however this could just be my preference in that I would rather it a bit tighter fitting here and it could be how the top is supposed to be but generally the sizes are pretty accurate.
Overall I would certainly recommend the New Look Maternity Jersey Wrap Top, it is ideal for both smart and casual wear and can be worn right through you pregnancy. The material is soft against your skin and slightly stretchy without being over tight. I'm my opinion you do need to wear a vest top under this top but again this is just my preference. The top I would say is reasonably priced as it is the sort of top you could get a lot of wear out of and it is versatile, it comes in a range of sizes suitable for most people and washes extremely well. I would say that this is a hardwearing durable top suitable for most occasions, it is certainly one I would recommend.