New hair and maternity wear

A photo of plus size fashion blogger Ragini of A Curious Fancy under a flowering rhododendron at Belsay Hall gardens. She has short hair in a pixie cut. She’s wearing a pale pink maternity smock dress with long sleeves, a wide brimmed straw hat with black ribbon ties and red Menorcan sandals. She’s carrying a round wicker bag.

Wearing ✶ Zanzea shirt dressASOS wide brim boater hatRed Menorcan sandalsRattan circle bag

With the weather feeling more and more like summer with every passing week, I finally took the plunge and went back to the short short crop! I’d been meaning to get my hair cut since last year, but I wasn’t keen on losing the insulation it provided through the winter. I couldn’t be happier with this though – a part of me always wanted to recreate my pixie from 2016, and here I am now! I absolutely don’t believe that having super short hair means having to adopt a particularly unfemme/unfeminine style, in fact I love the contrast it creates with this pretty pink dress here, for instance!

A photo of plus size fashion blogger Ragini of A Curious Fancy in front of a floral hedge at Belsay Hall gardens. She has short hair in a pixie cut. She’s wearing a pale pink maternity smock dress with long sleeves, a wide brimmed straw hat with black ribbon ties and red Menorcan sandals.

This dress is one of the few new things I’ve bought during my pregnancy – sometimes I can’t believe that it’s been 7 months already and that babby is almost here! I’ve been quite lucky with maternity wear as most of my pre-pregnancy clothes still fit me with ease. One of the benefits to having a wardrobe consisting mostly of oversized, billowy pieces! I’ve honestly been quite underwhelmed by the maternity clothing I’ve seen so far – it seems to be focused quite heavily on leggings and tunic tops, neither of which speak to me at all. I’ve always been comfiest in oversized smock dresses, and that hasn’t changed in pregnancy. Plus, they go over my belly with the greatest of ease!

I’ve also been sizing up in more fitted styles for ease of movement, it works pretty well most of the time! I am quite broad around the shoulders, so they’re generally able to accommodate the extra fabric that comes with sizing up. I even went up a size in this dress as I wasn’t sure how Asian sizing would translate on my body, but I needn’t have worried as it’s super oversized with loads of room to spare! For reference, I’m wearing a 22 in this but I could easily have worn my usual 20 instead. It was actually freezing the day we went to Belsay hall gardens for a bit of a wander and some photos, so my spring themed look wasn’t exactly weather appropriate! I was itching to wear my giant new hat though, and my Menorcan sandals, and now that it’s legitimately gorgeous and warm, you’ll be seeing a lot more of them on the blog!

A photo of plus size fashion blogger Ragini of A Curious Fancy at Belsay Hall gardens. She has short hair in a pixie cut. She’s wearing a pale pink maternity smock dress with long sleeves, a wide brimmed straw hat with black ribbon ties and red Menorcan sandals. She’s carrying a round wicker bag.
A photo of plus size fashion blogger Ragini of A Curious Fancy at Belsay Hall gardens. She has short hair in a pixie cut. She’s wearing a pale pink maternity smock dress with long sleeves, and a wide brimmed straw hat with black ribbon ties. She’s admiring the blooms on a rhododendron tree.
Red rhododendrons at Belsay hall gardens photographed by Ragini of a Curious Fancy.
A photo of plus size fashion blogger Ragini of A Curious Fancy under a flowering rhododendron at Belsay Hall gardens. She has short hair in a pixie cut. She’s wearing a pale pink maternity smock dress with long sleeves, a wide brimmed straw hat with black ribbon ties and red Menorcan sandals. She’s carrying a round wicker bag.
A photo of plus size fashion blogger Ragini of A Curious Fancy in the daffodil fields at Belsay Hall gardens. She has short hair in a pixie cut. She’s wearing a pale pink maternity smock dress with long sleeves, and a wide brimmed straw hat with black ribbon ties. She’s carrying a round wicker bag.
A photo of plus size fashion blogger Ragini of A Curious Fancy sitting in the daffodil fields at Belsay Hall gardens. She’s wearing a pale pink maternity smock dress with long sleeves, and a wide brimmed straw hat with black ribbon ties.
A photo of plus size fashion blogger Ragini of A Curious Fancy at the quarry gardens at Belsay Hall. She has short hair in a pixie cut. She’s wearing a pale pink maternity smock dress with long sleeves, a wide brimmed straw hat with black ribbon ties and red Menorcan sandals. She’s carrying a round wicker bag.

6 thoughts on “New hair and maternity wear

  1. This dress is SO darling! I’m looking at the Zanzea shop on ebay…would you say their sizing is accurate? I’m looking at dresses with a similar smock shape to yours (I love that one but it’s only on their UK site and they don’t ship to the US), did you select your usual size? I always feel with these Chinese companies you need to size up, but some of the size charts look like the dresses would be way too large if I did that! Thoughts??

    Bettye
    https://fashionschlub.com

    1. I have a couple of things from the Zanzea brand, both of them are labelled 4X and were sold as UK size 22. I’d say they’re both a fairly standard UK 22! I’m not exactly sure how that would convert to US sizing though… maybe like a US 18? When it comes to Asian fashion brands, I always look at the measurements when I’m in doubt. They tend to measure the actual garment, so you can compare the measurements to that of a similarly fitting garment that you have, in case you’re really confused about sizing!

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