Being a new mom is a wonderful thing but dressing up as a new and nursing mom can often be frustrating. The options for functional yet flattering clothes are typically few in shopping malls. Thankfully, over the last several years, there has been a boom in really stylish maternity brands online.

Now, nursing moms no longer have to settle for frumpy, shapeless nursing clothes.

However, even with the increasing selection of fashionable maternity and nursing wear, navigating the responsibility of feeding your little one while looking stylish can still be challenging.

Plus, you’re plagued by this sense of practicality which prevents you from doling out a good amount of money on clothing.

But what if you buy nursing clothes that you actually would want to wear often and even when you no longer have to breastfeed your baby? The cost of the clothes would be completely justified, right? You can do just that – all you need is a bit of planning. Here are some tips to help you shop for great nursing clothes to wear.

  1. Choose your basic colors.

Most people think these automatically are the neutrals such as black, white, cream, beige, and grey. For a lot of people, those are the basic colors but yours should be the hues that make you feel good and pretty.

The colors that work best for your skin tone or make you feel confident should be present in the breastfeeding tops and dresses you buy.

  1. Bring in basic yet versatile styles.

T-shirts, loose tunics, T-shirt dresses – these are basic styles that can be dressed up or down an abundant of ways.

A striped round-necked cotton breastfeeding shirt is always a smart pick. You can pair it with anything – leggings, jeans, leather skirts (when you feel like getting your “sexy” back), jean jackets, bright shorts, and so much more.

It’s a basic style that goes a long way – fashion- and function-wise because the loose fit makes nursing a snap.

  1. Don’t be afraid to splurge on clothes for layering.

Long and flowy Kimono dresses, oversized denim boyfriend shirts, blazers, cardigans, and trench coats are must-haves for nursing mothers. These can help your basic nursing wear to easily transition through the different seasons.

Moreover, because of their loose fit, they make for a great additional cover-up and you can keep wearing them long after you’ve weaned your child.

  1. Pay attention to the material.

The fabric material is super-important for nursing clothes, whether it’s a vava voom dress or high-waisted pants. Comfort is always a top consideration when choosing nursing clothes that you really would want to wear because when you’re a new mom, you may find that you will easily feel hot, especially when feeding the baby.

Therefore, go for stretchy, smooth, and breathable fabrics. They feel cooler to the skin and it’s not just you who will feel comfortable with the material; your little one will, too.

  1. Find a cut that accentuates the parts of your body that you like.

Don’t you always gravitate toward the clothing items that highlight what you like about your body and draw away attention from the “sins”?

A perfect example would be those wrap around nursing dresses. The V-neckline elongates the neck and creates the illusion of a slimmer upper body. Also, the placement of the “tie” can cinch the waist as well as hide a less than taut belly.

It’s worth noting too that this type of dress’ flattering cut is also functional. It makes breastfeeding easy and discreet especially when you have a scarf on.

Quite popular these days as well are loose off-shoulder tops. They’re sexy because of the shoulder and clavicle exposure yet these tops still look decent and modest.

When it comes to functionality, they score high as well because they’re quick to fix for breastfeeding due to the loose fit around the torso.

Shopping for the nursing clothes that you’d be excited wearing is a lot like building a capsule wardrobe. Choose highly functional pieces that you can easily mix and match, bring you great joy, and make you look good. With these pieces, you can get dressed quickly for any occasion and still look quite put together even when you frequently need to breastfeed.

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