Putting together a wardrobe you feel proud of while pregnant is beyond challenging. Your body is going through so many changes as it houses this incredible being growing inside of you. There is a reason why I didn’t share my process of dressing while pregnant. My maternity wardrobe was all over the place. I am not a style guru in the least, and I never considered myself one either before or after I had my son. I just do my best to look and feel amazing while sharing what I’ve learned in the process.
Finding clothing that I feel feminine and beautiful in that is also nursing friendly has also been a challenge. Now that my son is a bit older and showers are no longer a luxury, I like to put myself together every day even though I work from home. I want to feel great every day no matter what the day’s agenda includes.
I did my best to cultivate a feminine capsule wardrobe that considers working from home, taking care of my baby, running errands, and meeting up with friends.
When I created My Spring/Summer 2017 Capsule Wardrobe, every item was nursing friendly or at least somewhat functional with a bit of a stretch except this thrifted black and white cotton dress. Although I am not sharing a before and after/side by side picture of this dress, let me tell you what I did to make it nursing friendly.
Originally I was thinking to add two hidden zippers on the sides of the dress so that I could gain access to the goods easily. Who was I kidding?! That would be a long project that may never happen, plus I didn’t want to pay more for a tailor to do so than I paid for the dress. It was thrifted, remember!
If I didn’t have time to do a before and after photo to add to this article, forget about having the time to carefully remove the seams to then add zippers on the sewing machine.
So instead I took another look at the dress and noticed that the straps where one circular piece of folded fabric that created a gather for the front and back of the dress. To make things easy, I looked into my sewing box and utilized some fold over elastic to lengthen the strap by ten+ inches in the back. The fold over elastic looked more discrete than using regular elastic, and I decided to sew it by hand.
This dress originally had a seriously high neckline which I am so glad I was able to see past. By lengthening the strap while also giving the straps a bit of stretch, I can easily slip down the strap for nursing. Because the straps are thin, I paired it with an old t-back bikini top instead of my nursing bra which wouldn’t be discrete either. Lastly adding length to the straps also gave the hemline of the dress a more sophisticated length, so it has been a win win from all angles.
Once again I watch myself avoid purchasing nursing apparel aside from one nursing bra and camisole the same way I avoided maternity clothing. I’m not sure if it’s the smartest move, but it’s obviously how I roll. My two cents to any expecting mothers who are creating a capsule wardrobe would be to buy a few maternity dresses that you LOVE and keep it simple.
What style tips do you have for dressing while pregnant or nursing? I’d love to hear about it and could use some extra insight before the fall/winter season.
(Images by Dawn Michelle)