My Favourite Nursing Friendly Tops & Dresses

Before giving birth I never thought I would spend so much time thinking about which clothes I would be able to nurse in. It wasn’t until after I brought Everleigh home that I realized how essential it is to have a good stock of nursing friendly pieces in your wardrobe.

This is hands down my most worn top the past few months. It’s so comfortable, it’s cozy enough for the cool weather without being too heavy for the warm spring afternoons and it’s so easy to nurse in. I love that it can be worn knotted or undone, which makes it a great length for a growing bump, so you can wear it through pregnancy and after. I have this in two colours and will likely buy a couple more the next time they go on sale. I wear a medium in this one (TTS)

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Amazon and target also has a versions of this top that I have heard good things about, you can find those here:

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I also have this version of the button front top that I am in love with! The material on this one is super soft and a bit more stretchy than the waffle knit top above. This company sells out of products quickly but they do re-stocks quite often which you can sign up for when you find a product that is sold out in your size. I wear a medium in this one (TTS)

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This snap front bodysuit has been another staple since giving birth (I want to cry looking at this photo because she was SO little and this wasn’t all that long ago, time is a thief y’all!). I love the fit of this, it’s got a good stretch to it and is so easy to nurse in thanks to the snaps. I also just love a good basic white tee so I know this will get some miles even once I’m done nursing. Size up one for this one, I am wearing a large.

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I bought the navy version of this top last year and it was the first thing I wore when I got home from the hospital (then again and again) so when I saw that they brought it back in more colour ways I grabbed another. The material on this one feels a little more like linen so I know it will take me through the hot summer months. It’s currently on sale for 60% off! making it only $26.50, it comes in white, navy gingham, and this cornflower blue. I wear a small in this one, which is usually what I wear at J.Crew.

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While we’re still on tops, and seemingly I am organizing this by sleeve length, this top from Abercrombie has been another favourite. I think the last time I shopped at Abercrombie was in high school, but this year they are doing all the right things! My sister-in-law, who is not nursing, and I bought got this top (it comes in a handful of colours) and we both love it! I wear a medium in this one (TTS)

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There are quite a few other tops that I wear to nurse and love but haven’t grabbed a photo of. I think the three types of tops that work best are either button front, wrap or oversized. Below are all of my favourite tops:

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Onto dresses!

Again, wrap front or buttons are key for making dresses nursing friendly. I have some friends who would also say an oversized dress is an option with shorts under it but I don’t feel like I am coordinated enough to get Everleigh under my dress to nurse her without some kind of mishap.

This flows maxi dress has a wrap and hook and eye to close the top which makes it perfect for nursing. I just unhook the clasp and loosen the top string a bit and we’re good to go! Size up one for this dress, I am wearing a large and it is the perfect fit.

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This is another wrap front option that comes in a four colours and is under $50! I feel like this photo just doesn’t do it justice, it’s SO good. I wear a medium in this one (TTS)

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This has to be one of my favourite dresses I have ever owned! The fit is so flattering, the floral print is darling and it buttons all the way making it very nursing friendly. It comes in this print or a red option that is equally as beautiful. I wear a medium in this one (TTS)

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Another button front dress, except this one has pockets! I wore this for Mother’s Day (my first!) and nursed Everleigh three times while we were visiting my sister-in-law. I had to lose the belt but the cardigan and dress were perfect. I am wearing a size 6, my true size, in this one. This is currently on sale for $61! – If you live near an outlet you can get it in store for an extra 50% off the sale price (I hate that they don’t do the same sale online!)

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The last one I have a photo of is this button front beauty, also from J.Crew Factory. This comes in three colours and has the cutest little cap sleeves and eyelet detailing. It runs big so size down, I am wearing an extra small in this one. This is currently on sale for $61! I didn’t see it in the sale section when I was in store last week but it would be worth checking since they usually do an extra 40-60% off clearance.

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I have more nursing friendly items to shoot soon, but you can shop them now with the links below. I will save all my nursing friendly favourites and keep them updated under the shop tab on my home page.

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Overall Obsessed

Madewell Denim Overalls | Splendid White Striped Turtleneck | Rebecca Minkoff LOVE Crossbody Bag | 424 Fifth Bow Flats | Ray-ban Aviators

When I noticed overalls were on trend, I wasn’t so sure how I felt about them. As a child I had a few pairs and, though I wore them all the time, looking back I didn’t think they were all that flattering on me. After seeing so many photos on Instagram of ladies rocking their overalls, I decided to pull the trigger on a pair of my own. It took a little convincing from my bestie before I decided to give them a try with a few different outfits, and now I am hooked! I’m pretty sure I am going to be rocking these many more times.

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Classics With A Twist

Zara Pearl Detail Turtleneck | Zara Blush Faux Leather Skirt | Madewell Black Booties | SheIn Black Quilted Purse | Missguided Blush Fedora | Le Specs Caliente Sunglasses

While I love a good floral print, or vibrant outfit, the classics will always hold strong in my wardrobe. So when I find classic pieces with a fun twist I’m sold! I recently took a trip to Zara and fell in love with this skirt and turtleneck. I love the pearl detailing on the turtleneck and the blush tone of the skirt! They’re such perfect pieces that take me from the office to date night and into the weekend.

Tips for Refreshing Your Wardrobe

Shop my closet

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Closet clean-out

  • As each season comes around I like to go through and clear out pieces I haven’t worn in the last year. This year I took it one step further and cleared out anything that I didn’t love or feel excited about keeping. Clearing out those pieces that just take up space is always so freeing and helps you take stock of what you have, and what you need.

Sell Your Unwanted Pieces

  • Stores like Platos Closet and Style Encore are great options for selling your unwanted pieces. You won’t get a ton of money for your used items, but they will give you cash on the spot and it’s an easy way to get rid of those pieces that were taking up unwanted space. If you have more work-wear pieces, Style Encore is your best bet. Platos Closet is best for pieces from Forever 21, Abercrombie, H&M etc.
  • If you have higher end pieces, consignment shops are likely your best bet. My favourite shop is The Way We Were in Georgetown.
  • If you’re not into selling in person, there are many great online options. DePop, Instagram pages, or Facebook Buy and Sell Groups are some great options, aside from the classics like Kijiji and Ebay.

Use what you already have

  • Once you have cleaned out your closet, go back through and pull out some of your staple pieces, as well as a few favourites from last year. Use those pieces as the base to build your wardrobe.

Stick with a colour palette

  • To get more wear out of your wardrobe, or be able to pack for a week or more in a carry on, stick with a colour palette. Keeping with a consistent colour scheme will allow you to easily mix and match pieces, make more outfits, and stretch your wardrobe further. Mixing and matching pieces will give you the option to take a dozen pieces into a few dozen outfits.

Accessorize

  • A few simple accessories will easily spice up a simple outfit and can take any look from day to night with a quick change.

Shop my closet:

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The Perfect Pink Party Dress

H&M Pink Bell Sleeve Dress |BP. Leopard Print Clutch | Penny Loves Kenny Pom Pom Pump | Bauble Bar Bell Drop Earrings | Quay Australia Cat Eye Sunglasses

Got a party to go to? I’ve got the perfect little pink dress! This pink number is oh so darling and very affordable at only $35! The pop of pink and bell sleeve detail make it an easy standout.

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Transitioning My Wardrobe

Gap Pink Trench Coat | Tommy Hilfiger Chambray Blouse | Madewell Skinny White Jeans | H&M Airy Scarf | Chloe Beige Cross-body Bag | Sam Edelman Nude Pumps

As spring approaches I have been anxiously awaiting the time I can put away my boots, scarves, hats, and heavy layers. In the meantime, I am transitioning my wardrobe slowly with pieces like this great pink trench and light floral scarf. I love finding pieces like these lighter layers to help take my wardrobe into the next season.

My Favourite Combo

Boohoo Grey Cropped Moto Jacket | Shein Blush Lace Top | American Eagle Dream Jean | Lord & Taylor Pink Flats | Jewelled Pink Crossbody Purse

If you follow me on Instagram you would know that I am totally hooked on pastel combos right now. My absolute favourite combo lately is this blush pink with a soft grey, especially the combo of  a feminine lace blouse with a moto jacket to add a little edge to the outfit. What is your favourite style right now?

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Spring Dresses for Less(es)

SHEIN Frill Detail Bishop Dress | Grey Sam Edelman Booties | Navy Blue Fedora | Chloe Dupe Beige Cross-body Bag

See what I did there? dresses for less(es)… I’m at least trying to be clever haha!

If you’ve been following along here you would know that I have been obsessing over spring lately, particularly when it comes to fashion and florals. With some fun travel and event plans on the horizon, I have been on the hunt for the perfect dresses to take me through this transitional period and into spring and summer.

Since many of you, like me, are on a budget I decided to round up a bunch of my favourite dresses under $100 (most under $50) to take you through this last bit of winter and into spring:

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