Whether you’re nursing or not, postpartum dressing can be tricky. For tops that fill all of a new mom’s dressing criteria — comfort, accessibility, and style — heed these figure-flattering ideas from Rock Star Momma: The Hip Guide to Looking Gorgeous Through All Nine Months and Beyond by Skye Hoppus.
THE ROCK STAR MOMMA’S GUIDE TO NURSING TOPS THAT ROCK
- Easy Access: Need I say more?
- Shapely Shirts: As your breasts fill up with milk, they’re obviously going to get bigger, so you want a shirt with stretch to accommodate your swelling bosom. And, once they’re emptied, your top should have memory — that is, it should readily move with you as your breasts expand and contract. There’s nothing worse than a top that looks stretched out and saggy.
- Bra-rific: Make sure your nursing tops afford you the ability to wear a nursing bra. You’ll not only want the support of a great nursing or sports bra to help keep you from sagging (with all of that swelling and contracting going on, now it’s more important than ever to give those breasts tons-o-support), but you’ll also want a good bra to help prevent leakage, as well. Line your bra with disposable breast pads and change them often.
- All Buttoned Up: Button-up blouses are a great way to go for nursing. They can be a little oversize to compensate for those pounds that still need to come off, while still looking cool, as long as the rest of your outfit is tailored and sleek.
- It’s a Wrap: Wrap tops and dresses are fabulous for nursing! They offer great access and are truly flattering on any build. Stick to prints to help you look slimmer — and camouflage any milk stains. (Yep, I said milk stains!)
It’s that easy to find nursing tops that rock. Just a little creativity and an unwillingness to compromise on convenience is all you really need. Keep the same qualifications in mind for nighty-night time, as well. When it’s 3:00 a.m. and you’re in a sleep-slash-breast-feeding haze, you’ll want to have a nightgown or cami that provides comfortable accessibility for your little guy or gal, as well.
DON’T FORGET: CONVENIENCE
Remember, you are now operating heavy pieces of machinery (those would be your boobs!), which might feel somewhat foreign at first, but trust me, you WILL get used to them and the best piece of advice I can offer is to make it as easy as possible to be able to feed your baby when he or she is hungry. And you don’t have to sacrifice your sense of style…stretchy tanks, classy striped buttondowns, and a quality nursing bra is a mustdo combo for any nursing momma.
If breast-feeding isn’t your bag, no worries — that’s a personal choice and who can’t respect that? You’ve still got to get dressed and you’ve actually got one advantage over your nursing friends: after you get past the rather uncomfortable process of having your milk dry up, you don’t have to give a second thought to those boobs. So you’ve got a lot more options when it comes to transition tops. Check out these handy-dandy tips below for finding great tops for this transitional time that will help hide and flatter those trouble spots:
- Lovin’ Loose: Up until now, I’ve pretty much shunned the idea of you ever wearing a looser top. The thing is, up until now you were pregnant and had a beautiful belly to show off. Now, rock star momma, you’ve got a belly that you want to get rid of. That’ll happen soon enough. But in the meantime, a little bit of loose is just what the doctor ordered to cover it up. Just pair with fitted pants to help even out the look, okay?
- Just Jackets: A jacket over a tank top, a T-shirt, or a tube top is a great way to help conceal that curvaceous midsection. Just button one or two buttons right across the middle of your tummy to help cover up that bulge.
- Tracksuit Couture: Tracksuit jackets are still your friend — and they always will be! Zip up with a bold-colored tracksuit jacket over jeans, a loose and long skirt, cargos, trackpants…just about anything to create a comfortably cool look that’ll help hide your newfound trouble spots.
- Smock Tops: Tops with smocking can be very flattering and helpful in covering up that belly. Plus, in a bright, fun terry it can kick up any outfit from boring to brilliant!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Skye Hoppus, author of Rock Star Momma: The Hip Guide to Looking Gorgeous Through All Nine Months and Beyond (Copyright © 2007 by Rock Star Momma, LLC), is the founder and owner of Childish Clothing, the ultra-hip maternity and children’s clothing line. She is an accomplished designer whose clothes have dressed celebrity mommas and babes and graced the pages of major magazines. Wife to Mark Hoppus of blink-182 and +44 fame, Skye knows what it means to be a rock star momma. Prior to launching Childish, Skye graduated from Pepperdine University and headed the MTV West Coast Music Office for nearly a decade. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and their four-year-old son.
- Read Chapter 1 of Rock Star Momma: The Hip Guide to Looking Gorgeous Through All Nine Months and Beyond
- See the book’s Table of Contents