Dressing my postpartum, breastfeeding body is tricky, at times. But I'd be lying if I said I didn't care about what I wear. I do care - greatly. I enjoy leaving the house and feeling good about the clothes I wear but as a mother those clothes need to be practical - easy to wear and easy to wash.
Many of my favourite clothes can't be worn at the moment - they aren't breastfeeding-friendly and well, they don't fit quite right (the baby weight is well and truly stuck). So over these past few weeks I've sought out a summer wardrobe that won't require any forethought. I want to be able to throw on a dress and walk out the door without thinking about matching this or that. I want to be able to breastfeed Percy without pulling and tugging or ruining a neckline. And I want to be cool; natural breathable fabrics are a necessity.
Over the next three weeks I'll be featuring five outfits that, along with a few skirts and cotton tops, will see me through summer.
Thankfully, there are an increasing number of Australian designers who are creating clothes with breastfeeding women in mind. Not surprisingly, they are mothers themselves, hence they wholeheartedly understand the importance of dressing and flattering the postpartum body.
The Diamond Dress : made from handprinted cotton (also available in a skirt), this dress is a sheath style with flattering sleeves and a button down top. It's incredibly soft and sheer - nude underwear or a slip is required. However, it's one of those dresses that you can easily throw over swimmers at the beach or dress up for a Christmas party or dinner date. Personally, I never restrict clothes to "special occasions" - if I love something I'll wear it regardless. I'm wearing a size 2.
The Goa Dress : from French label, Blue, this dress is a smock-style with long sleeves that I tend to roll up. While not ideal for scorching hot days, this is my choice when I'm feeling a little on the hippy side. The jewel tones are very flattering and the patterns will disguise all manner of avocado smooshed stains. I'll wear it with tan sandals and, on occasion, beaded earrings. The only qualm I have about this dress is the beads on the end of the neckties...not great for little ones who like to chew but a beautiful detail that I love (and can easily tuck away when Percy is in the sling). I'm wearing a S/M and there's plenty of room to move.
If you fancy treating yourself to something summery, Fabrik is offering 20% off till Friday midday (AEST) with the code 20PS. If you have any questions about fit, fabric or cut, feel free to ask me in the comments section.
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