I only wish Hire Expectations had existed last April, when I was attending my brother-in-law’s wedding and eight months pregnant with Kitty. It was a real struggle to find something glamorous and affordable so, in the end, I blew the budget and went with unaffordable, buying a Butter By Nadia maxi dress like the one pictured, figuring I could at least wear it again. Hire Expectations has a huge range of convertible Butter By Nadia dresses in a rainbow of colours, but, instead of blowing the budget like me, you can pay a fraction of the price to hire one for five or ten days.
You’ll find super-stylish maternity and breastfeeding frocks from designers Crave, Isabella Oliver, Eva Alexander, Ripe, Picchu, Keungzai, Peaks of London, Pas De Deux and Sweet Belly Couture. You just choose the dress you love, book a delivery date (a couple of days before your function) and pay (from £25 to £66 for five days, plus £9.95 delivery and return postage) then put your feet up. You can even request the dress to try on if your event is over three weeks away and add a larger back-up size in case you’ve under-estimated bump’s impact on your figure. A great service that I’m sure will continue to expand.