When you’re the mom of a new baby, you have little time to put effort into your look on a daily basis. But putting on normal clothes goes a long way to helping you feel like an actual human. Plus, real clothes make that “messy bun and no-makeup behind sunglasses” look seem way more put together. Finding outfits that look somewhat chic and stylish, while fitting a postpartum body and accommodating frequent nursing and baby wearing can be a bit of a challenge though. This third time around I feel like I’ve got the wardrobe for this phase down and I’ve got some favorite wardrobe essentials to get you through this season of motherhood, and beyond.
Button Down Shirts, Tunics & Dresses
A button down shirt is a daily staple in my momiform, and there’s not much that is more nursing friendly. I love to layer a long button down over a nursing tank and leggings (leaving it open or buttoning a couple of buttons) for maximum comfort that still looks put together. I wear this one almost every day right now (it’s so soft and looks expensive but so isn’t!). A button down shirt dress is another great option, and this one is a favorite because it is also long enough to accommodate baby wearing since that can shorten a dress by cinching it (tip: I bought this in the tall version so it would be even longer and I often wear my baby in my Solly wrap while I wear this dress.) Button down shirts are also great for layering over a wrap when baby wearing. I also love button down tunics (like this one or this one) — same idea as the shirt but longer and often thinner for warmer temps. They are also great for layering. Bonus points for chambray. Chambray makes everything more stylish in my book. Add a hat for those many no shower / no makeup days 🙂
Nursing Tanks and Bras
When I’m layering a button down or cardigan over, I’ll often wear a nursing tank underneath with no additional bra. For me, a good nursing tank provides as much support and coverage as a nursing bra, and who needs the extra layer when you are nursing? I live in nursing bras for a while and after three kids my favorite ones (for comfort, support, and quality) are this one by Cake Lingerie, this one by Bravado (which is my go-to), and this one from Target. I also love these nursing tanks.
It might sound funny to choose a clothing item for the bottom half of your body when we’re talking nursing-friendly pieces, but you’ll spend so much time sitting while nursing for those first few weeks/months that comfy pants are a must. And what is more comfortable than leggings? A good pair of black leggings can make a wardrobe. Once you find a pair you love, buy several. I’m a big fan of these — they aren’t too thin or see-through and are comfortable. They don’t hold up for a long time, but they are so affordable that you can buy several pairs and rotate them as needed.
V-Neck tees and tanks allow for easy access to the boobs without sacrificing style or forcing you to buy special pieces. I like to buy a size up to accommodate my postpartum body and for a looser fit for nursing access. Buy several v-necks in your favorite basic colors (a white and a grey are a must in my book) to pair with leggings or jeans for your favorite casual go-to look. These tees are great and affordable and these tanks are also great.
Hidden Access Pieces
Clothing that has hidden nursing access is a great investment because you can wear it for your nursing season, but also long after as well. My favorite discovery in nursing-friendly clothing is the Loyal Hana line. They make beautiful capsule pieces that have hidden zippers for easy nursing access. But the pieces are so stylish you’ll wear them long after you’re done nursing as well. My personal favorites are this top (seen twice above), this jumpsuit (I have it in both blue and black and it is pictured above), and this dress. I also love this top for spring/summer as an alternative to the buffalo plaid top pictured above.
And I have a treat for you — Loyal Hana has generously offered my readers a 30% discount off of your order placed on their website with code ohlovelyday30. And I’ve teamed up to give a lucky instagram follower a $200 credit to Loyal Hana over in my instagram feed.
Your baby is your best accessory and when put in a wrap hides a postpartum body and flatters your curves, while bonding and cuddling at the same time. My favorite wrap is the Solly Baby and my favorite sling is the Wildbird sling. Once baby is big enough you may find you are able to nurse while baby wearing — it takes practice and there are tutorials available online for how to do this. I had some success nursing my second son once he was 4 months when using our Ergobaby carrier but now I nurse my third son in my Wildbird sling anytime we are away from home. And a good nursing cover can double as an infinity scarf, or use your favorite swaddle scarf as a nursing cover.
What are your favorite nursing-friendly wardrobe staples? You can shop more of my picks below — just click on the photo to shop it directly.
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