Frilling Finds: Nursing-Friendly Dresses


Did you know that nursing requires a special wardrobe?  Well it does, unless you don’t mind showing off your post-baby pooch every time you have to feed your kid.  Personally, I mind that part more than the occasional nip-slip.  (hunh. I don’t wanna know what that says about me.) So, in order to keep things-you-wish-weren’t-there under close surveillance, you have to get creative.  Button-up tops become your golden go-to’s.  Scarves become strategic hooter-hiders. Nursing camis become workhorse peices: they can make any top more nursing-friendly, and take the place of a nursing bra, and can also be worn solo under a cardigan.  If you’re lucky enough to find a truly cute nursing top, as in, a top made especially for nursing moms, that doesn’t LOOK like a nursing top, then you’ve really scored. 

Over the three months since my little one was born I have assembled a serviceable nursing wardrobe: a few nice nursing tops, a couple of neutral button-downs, and an arsenal of nursing camis and bras.  But I love wearing dresses, and have missed them. Do you know how hard it is to find a nursing-friendly dress that doesn’t look like a frump-fest?  Difficult, my friends. 

However, in the last couple of weeks I managed to find TWO.  And, drum roll please, here they are:

The Nectar dress from Athleta

I’ve been loving Athleta for swimsuits and workout clothes for years, and was excited to find that they’ve opened their San Francisco store just a few blocks from my house.  When I poked my head in, my eye immediately landed on this dress, due to its wrap styling and stretchy fabric which make for excellent nursing access.  A bit of rouching on the side helps camouflage the post-baby poochiness.  So far I’ve styled it with richly-colored cardigans and tall boots, but once the weather is warmer it will be cute with sandals as well.  It comes in a variety of colors, although I came home with this neutral print.  Super comfy, easy-to-wear, put it on and you’re done.

The Anna Dressy Denim Dress from J Crew

This one I scored on sale! It unsnaps halfway down the front for just the right amount of boob-access.  What I especially like about it is its versatility: it is, at least for San Francisco climate, multi-seasonal, so I can wear it now with tights and a cardigan or jacket, and later in the year with bare legs; and it can be dressed up or down.  A perfect transition piece.  Incidentally, it’s also good at hiding my friend The Pooch because of the slight gather in the front.  Unfortunately I couldn’t find a link for this one online, so I guess I’ll be the only one who gets to have it…

I’m so Frilled about these finds.  I feel like a real girl again.


February 21, 2011 8:53 PM | Comments | Categories: Baby, Fashion | Tags: , , ,

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fran & aurelia

Fran likes knitting, cooking, reading design blogs, curating her home, and wearing chunky jewelry.

Aurelia likes baking, fashion, hosting lovely dinner parties, and laughing at clever and witty things.