I try really hard not to make cheesy connections but I can't help come back to the analogy that breastfeeding clothes are magic because - well - they are (have you tried them?) and when you have the very best nursing clothes, it tends to elicit the same responses: "Wait. Did she just do that?" and "Now you see it, now you don't!" and "What? You can breastfeed in that?"
When I look at breastfeeding clothes, it's easy enough to wear them as is, but as a stylist, the other part of what I do is tell people, "Nothing is exactly as it seems - at least it doesn't have to be!" You see, I'm really into value and increasing a garment's value by increasing the "looks" that you can get from the 1 item. How can you stretch your wardrobe and your style? By playing around with it and wearing it in ways that you wouldn't normally think (or maybe you would if you weren't already too busy being Mom or your brain hasn't recovered from the sleep-deprivation; don't worry, Mama. That's what I'm here for!)
So today I want to show you how to style a very basic maxi. I'm working with a piece that was custom-ordered for my tall Moms but you can apply it to ANY nursing maxi.
Here's the breastfeeding maxi for my extra tall Moms (or Moms who don't mind getting things hemmed):
It's got some basic ties at the side (which is great for making adjustments as your body changes) - but if you don't want to have it tied at the side? Just pull the strings and tie is in the back! Now that was simple enough to get 2 looks, right? But what if you want to dress the maxi up a little more? Add a belt!
I got this beautiful bling from Anthropologie [note, as of this writing, there is a sale on sale items of an additional 20% off and most of the fabulous belts on the Anthro site are only $29.95 - add in the 20% and you can get a small accessory that will help you have "2 outfits" for only $24]:
I tied the dress in the back (as pictured), added the belt and voila:
And you know other people are looking at it thinking, "That's a breastfeeding dress?" And with a big wide smile I reply, "Yes. Yes it is."
If you really wanted to keep glamming it up (for a breastfeeding photoshoot or special event), you can also play around with your jewelry and add a sparkly headband.
Now it's easy enough to stand here and model - but the dress is for breastfeeding! Right?
So here it is in action:
How stunning and discreet is that? This dress is a personal favorite because I don't think many breastfeeding maxis compare. I mean, it's really stunning on (look at the sleeves!) and you can't tell from the picture, but the fabric is so soft. The dress in and of itself is beautiful but my focus is always on breastfeeding and I think this dress also makes it super easy for Mom and baby and the true discreetness of it also makes it easy for Mom to nurse in public without stress or anxiety (kudos if you already NIP without stress - even when I nursed in public, I tried to make sure everything was covered because while most people look away and I've never had a negative experience, there are still some creepers):
There's nothing more to say really. I just want to keep staring at this gorgeous photos. I mean - look at that baby. Look at his hand on Mama's chest! And Mom! I'm speechless. Okay - maybe not completely - add a belt to your dress! Okay, now back to the picture staring ...
Nurse on, look fabulous, be fabulous (you already are!) and have a lovely weekend,
My name is Elena aka The Breastfeeding Stylist and the creator of Mama's MilkBox and Carmen.
We have one mission here at Mama's MilkBox: help Moms find their "old" fabulous selves in their new normal.