The most glamorous thing I wear everyday is my baby. Obvi. I couldn’t survive motherhood without my Solly wrap!
This post by Sherry of Young House Love really struck a nerve with me earlier this year. I have pared down my closet so many times as I have gotten more and more into minimalism. Yet I still only wear about 30% of my wardrobe during regular weeks. This paragraph from Sherry’s post was what spoke to me the most:
That’s the core idea behind my “uniform” – just figuring out what you love and stopping the vicious cycle of buying other things to stay “on trend” or for the sake of “variety” or to “look different” and then realizing months later that you never wear them because they don’t make you feel as good or you don’t like the cut or the color nearly as much as your tried and true favorites.
The “for variety’s sake” part of her post spoke to me loud and clear. I tend to hang on to so many pieces “just in case” a certain occasion comes along, or worse, so I am not photographed on the blog wearing the same thing every day. But I still wear the same comfortable staples all the time. Comfort is the number one factor for me when I’m choosing an outfit. It’s hard to find clothes that are stylish, pretty, and comfortable. I wore the same pair of maternity shorts in four different colors all summer long because they were the only shorts that were comfortable.
Actually speaking of maternity clothes, that’s sort of where the uniform idea really gelled for me. My maternity wardrobe was much smaller than my usual one, and I did just fine. This concept is kind of like how my preferred way to decorate a house is neutral grays and whites on the walls, trim, and larger pieces dressed up with easy-to-change accent pieces. I still tend to choose a neutral palate even for the accents. So it makes sense that I’d keep my wardrobe staples to my favorite neutral colors and fabrics and change my look from day to day with accessories – scarves, outerwear, jewelry, hair, etc.
All this to say that when I unpacked the few nursing clothes I kept from when Mazen was little, I hated everything. The shirts were flowy and boxy and all short sleeves? I have no idea what I wore that first winter he was breastfeeding. But nursing clothes have come a long way! As soon as Birch was born I realized I needed some new nursing-friendly clothes. I went to Green Bean Baby Boutique and bought a few of the nicer Boob Designs pieces in person and ordered inexpensive staples on Amazon at 3 am. For a while all of my social feeds had ads for nursing clothes! Of course you could just lift up your shirt to nurse – but breastfeeding is so much easier when you have a hoodie that flips up or shirt that moves to the side, especially in the cold winter when you don’t want to take off your shirt. And who doesn’t want to make breastfeeding a little easier?
May I present to you my 2019 Mom Uniform and nursing-friendly favorites.
- Amazon Patchwork Pullover – my favorite “I’m not leaving the house today” top. The patchworks unzip diagonally!
- Amazon Lacy Shirt – this is great for warmer days and dressier occasions and the top panel flips up.
- Amazon Short Sleeve Shirts – these are good for layering under a wrap or warm days and the v-neck moves to the side.
- Athleta Lined Soho Joggers – I already owned these, but they are great stretchy waistband pants with pockets and I wear them all the time so I wanted to include them in the list.
- Amazon 90 Degree High Waist Leggings – these are my new favorites for working out (see below for fashion ones)
- Amazon Purple Activewear Hoodie – my favorite top for going on sweaty walks or treadmill workouts.
- Amazon Cozy Long Sleeve Shirt – go-to for days at home
- Boob Designs Jackie Neck Dress – party dress of the season!! It’s so comfortable, and the panel flips up for nursing.
- Brooks Juno Sports Bra – super supportive and velcro down straps. I need a second one.
- Hofish Bras – these are super affordable and very comfortable. They have padded cups and are fairly supportive.
- Lululemon Align 25″ Leggings – you’ve heard me praise these over and over. The BEST leggings for lounging and under dresses and tunics!
- Target Nursing Tanks – love these because they are stretchy cotton and very long
- Old Navy Zip Down Sweater Tunic – The top zips down on both sides and the sweater material can be dressed up a bit
- Boob Designs Haley Top – I love this top for dressier activities like a ladies lunch. The panel flips up.
- GAP Maternity Stripe Shirt – this fabric is super soft, stretchy, and lightweight. it’s also fairly long.
- Latched Mama Petal Front Hoodie – I love the length of this tunic and it’s almost like a dress. The panel pops up.
- Boob Designs B Warmer Hoodie – my GO TO staple for everyday!! So cozy and I love the pocket for my phone. It’s tunic length so can look a little dressy with boots. Like all of the Boob Designs tops, the panel flips up.
- Boob Designs Simone Dress – party dress #2 for more casual events. great thick-but-stretchy material.
- Boob Designs Simone Shirt – this shirt didn’t make the collage for some reason, but the fabric is really thick and I can dress it up a bit! It’s probably my favorite. Pictured below!
I have a great mix of really nice Boob Designs and Lulu/Athleta pieces and inexpensive loungewear from Amazon and Old Navy. Of course these aren’t the only clothes I wear, but they are the ones that are in high rotation. My old wardrobe is currently in storage with a label that reads “Do not open until 2019.” Honestly I can’t even remember what is in that box, but I don’t really need any of it for now because the tops are not easy to nurse in and the bottoms are probably too snug. I think the best thing about these nursing clothes is that there is no reason not to keep wearing them long after Birch is weaned because the secret panels are not obvious. Unlike maternity clothes, these I can wear forever!
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