One thing I’m really excited about it when it comes to post-baby is getting back into my regular clothes! Once you hit 7, 8, 9 months of being pregnant, you start to get really sick of your outfit options and wearing the same thing almost everyday. This pregnancy has kicked my butt, so I’m excited for the day when I can pack everything maternity back up, and say see ya later, and HELLO to my old closet! (Or new closet, depending how you look at it!)
Of course, nothing ever fits the same after you give birth, and this holds especially true if you’re breastfeeding. Now that I’ve done the whole breastfeeding-bod thing once though, I have a really good idea of what type of postpartum style I’m aiming for. I remember what worked best for me, including the types of tops I found easiest to nurse in. And, since that was nearly 3 years ago, I figured it’s going to be time for a bit of a wardrobe update anyways. I’ve been doing a lot of clean outs lately (thank you nesting) and am really feeling strongly that I only need to keep things I can wear time and time again. So, tees are basically going to be my go-to.
I got a few messages asking what I ordered last week when I posted about my mini-shopping spree on Instagram, so I thought I’d share more thoughts on the topic! I promise it’s nothing groundbreaking – I’m really not a fashionista!
Styles of Tops
Before Adeline was born, everyone said to invest in button up tops, because that would be the easiest thing to nurse in. LIES. ALL LIES. It didn’t take long to realize that holding a screaming baby in one hand, and fiddling with tiny buttons in the other was a huge pain in the rear and left me more frustrated than anything. So many times I’d just rip my shirt off because it was such an annoyance. I quickly learned that loose fitting, flowy tops were the way to go. Tops like simple v-necks, boyfriend style t-shirts, and longer tees are my favorite. You can shove a baby up that thing and onto the boob in no time! I almost always size up one size, and find that I’m extra appreciative of the extra wiggle room, and don’t worry about it clinging to my postpartum belly.
For my recent mini-shopping spree, I ordered exactly that. A handful of comfortable, loose fitting simple tees that can be worn alone or paired with a second layer, and easily accommodate a baby. Bonus – they always look cute with jeans and an old pair of booties. Or, jean shorts and a pair of Birks. I’m as basic as they come when it comes to fashion, so stocking up on quality tees kind of makes my heart go pitter patter.
Quality of Tops
Which brings me to – quality over quantity! To some extent. Obviously when you’re buying tops you know you’ll be nursing in, you have to accept the fact that you will most likely be covered in breastmilk at one point in time. So, you don’t exactly want to buy the most expensive tees, but you also don’t want to buy the cheapest because then you’re going to be really sad the first time you wash it and it falls apart. Let’s go ahead and kick the pink elephant out of the room – places like Forever 21 are crap and you need to stop shopping there you stylish mama you! You’re (probably) around 30 years old and deserve something a little better!
The places I look to buy most of my tees from are Old Navy, Nordstrom, Madewell, Loft, Target if it’s one of their nicer lines, and H&M MAYBE. The reason I am cautious with H&M is because while their quality is probably the lowest, but they have a huge section literally devoted to basics which is a good place to get started. Old Navy has really upped their quality over the years, so it can be hit or miss, but for the most part I have been pleased.
Features of Tops
Now that I feel like I’m at the point in life where my wardrobe needs to actually reflect my age (almost 30 mom of two, no longer a 25 year old newlywed!) I’ve gotten really picky about what tees I buy. If you’re not careful, you’ll end up with a closet full of basic tees that all look exactly the same! I’ve labeled this section ‘features of tops’ because there are certain stipulations that come with shopping for tees. Here are the ‘features’ I look for that help me decide!
- Fabric – something comfortable!
- Neckline – preferably v-neck but a good scoop neck is great too
- Hemline – a hemline that is either curved or falls longer in the back is a plus!
- Accents – a pocket tee is my jam!
- Pattern – it has to be something simple, classic, and timeless. Think stripes or solids!
- Fit – loose fitting, not clingy, baggy enough to easily nurse but still be flattering.
- Color – neutrals, neutrals, neutrals. They can be worn literally year ’round and never go out of style.
- Transparency – if it’s see-thru, it’s a huge no. No one wants to see my ugly nursing bra and I don’t have the energy to put on a hot cami that’s only going to be one more layer to dig through when it comes time to feed the baby.
- Uniqueness – you might think one could have too many basic tees, but not when they’re all a little bit different! Look for unique hemlines, side slits, color heathering, or sleeve styles to mix it up!
Here are a few quick links to some tops I love, and/or personally own!
Hope this helps! Happy Friday!