As a personal shopper, I know that new mum’s need clothes that can be low-maintenance-camouflaging-multi-taskers.
Nifty little clothes styles that gives your wardrobe an instant and effortless mummy makeover!
So mums, we’ve all been there, day after day of TRYING to find decent tops you can breast feed in, or alternatively, feeling like you live your life hiding under a oversized table cloth every time you need to feed your child in public.
Searching for a stylish piece of clothing that makes you feel like you’re in control of your life, when often the arrival of this new little person can make you feel like it’s spinning out of control.
When the thought of a soak in the tub is about as realistic as you managing to put mascara on BOTH of your eyes before leaving the house (we’ve all done it).
WHAT MY PERSONAL STYLING CLIENTS LOOK FOR
My breast feeding personal styling clients want a piece of clothing that makes them feel just that little bit more ‘put together’ that’s not from an overpriced DAGGY OVERPRICED MATERNITY STORE, a garment they might even want to wear afterwards?
So what if I told you you don’t have to *think* about another breast feeding top at all until the summer because, as your fashion stylist, I’ve found you the perfect one right here that you need in your wardrobes Sydney….and the best best news?
It comes in 2 colours!!!
THERE’S A VERSION TO MATCH YOUR FASHION STYLE
So you can alternate between the 2 different colour ways, when 1 is in the wash basket, you can throw on the other (and let’s face it, things tend to stay in the laundry for a loonnnggg time at the mo, don’t they?)
This style isn’t about a ‘fashion trend’ but more like a rescue remedy for breast feeding mums that takes you anywhere, allows you to simply ‘lift and feed’, whilst looking stylish. Genius.
OK, SO LET’S TALK DETAILS
So you can watch my 90 second personal shopper video I recorded for you below, but if your baby is a light sleeper, I’ve written it’s features and benefits as also, you might not be able to hear me over the loud music!! – and yes I did tell the store manager they need to turn the music down to allow us personal shoppers some uninterrupted recording time !!
~ It’s the perfect weight, particularly for this time of year
~ It’s knitted which means it’s stretchy and moves WITH your body for when you feel like you need a combo of yoga poses to clip in baby (and maybe another little sibling) to the car seat
~ It’s a stripe and everyone loves stripes, they’re non-offensive and easy wear
~ The 3 colour stripe creates camouflage for your tummy ‘cause let’s face it, all of us feel wayyyyy more conscious of our tummies in the months postpartum. If you’re struggling to identify your new body type after giving birth then book in for an analysis
~ The stripe also helps to hide stains, a style trick I continue to use throughout my 6 years as a parent
~ It’s their signature fabric so it’s tried and tested, wash and wears well
~ Comfortable enough to take a quick nap in 😉
~ This Bardot style offers instant glamour (and let’s face it, we all need a bit of that, regardless of whether we’re breastfeeding)
~ The V neckline is super flattering on almost every single body type out there as it shows off our décolletage which generally one of the slimmest and most attractive areas on a women
~ Lifting up the top panel allows you access to either breast by pulling down the under panel, whilst the top panel retains some coverage of your chest. How bloody LIBERATING!
~ No need for sheets, cover-ups etc, it’s discreet, unfussy, elegant and contemporary
~ You don’t need an under layer like a lot of non-maternity breast feeding styles
~ The cross over panels actually SUPPORTS your bust for when they’re shouting “empty me!!!!”
~ It’s fitted to the body without being a light weight clingy t-shirt that would show every lump and bump
~ It’s close fit means you can easily layer jackets and blazers over the top
~ The armhole sits on true shoulder to allow maximum comfort and arm movement
~ It’s pull-on, no zips or buttons to fuss over
~ It’s not a sloppy oversized top (‘cause we all have enough of them already)
~ It has sleeves so if you forget your coat, you’re covered! Do you do that, concentrate SO hard on packing the 3,451 items your baby needs when you leave the house that you completely forget anything YOU might need?
And wait until you reach the end of this article when you find out the VERY, VERY BEST BENEFIT…
Myself and the model both wore a size ‘S’ which is around a 8-10.
Heads up – Karen Miller cuts small so don’t be surprised if you need to go up 1 size
OK, SO THAT’S THE PRACTICAL STUFF, BUT LET’S GET DOWN TO WHAT IT REALLY GIVES YOU
> this style will liberate you to breast feed in public
> allows you flexible access to both boobs
> it’s dependable, stretchy and comfortable
> eliminates decisions about what to wear
> you get time and head space back
> you remain a calm mama xxx
WHAT TO WEAR THEM WITH
I wouldn’t be a personal stylist if I didn’t tell you how to style it now, would I?
Wear the camel one with your comfy black pants + denim jacket, then throw on the navy version the next day for a date with the super market + blue jean or denim skirt + white sneaker
In fact, there’s no occasion between now and summer you CAN’T wear one of these tops to;
~ Have a work function coming up you need to pump during? Add your fav black blazer & smart pant over the tan one
~ Got the in laws wedding anniversary event pending? Add a soft lightweight skirt & kitten heel
~ Or maybe your regular mother’s group you attend and you’re sick of feeling like you resemble a homeless person week after week (or was that just me..?)
~ Hell, you could even wear the tan version with black to a funeral if you had to?
AND THERE’S EVEN BETTER NEWS..
They make a dress version too!! $225, check it out here
I know that a lot of my personal styling clients don’t even want to think about what to wear on the bottom, so they love a dress! You’re ready to leave the house in 20 seconds!!
IF YOU FEEL LIKE YOU NEED HELP GETTING OUT THE DOOR QUICKER THEN CONTACT ME TO BOOK IN!!
The length is perfect, not too short which means it’s more practical for getting your kids in and out the car, picking up those toys they throw so frequently from the pram and allows you to wear it to work, as well as play.
> TALL friendly
> PETITE – works for you too because the hem would finish just below the knee which is also flattering
HERE’S HOW TO STYLE THE DRESS
— DAY —
A sneaker in navy or metallic
— NIGHT —
Red heel, or navy or white
Or with a simple black bootie!
NOW THE BEST BEST BIT
There’s currently 20% off EVERYTHING, yes EVERYTHING at Karen Millen which reduces;
The top from $195 to $156 &
The dress from $225 to $180
Plus there’s free standard delivery and free returns if you buy online
LET’S DO THE MATH
So this isn’t a cheap piece, but a quality investment you’ll be wearing wayyy after you’ve finished breast feeding your child.
If you consider you’ll be wearing the top 3 x a week (at least) for approx 1 year = 156 wears = $1 per wear
For those of you who will have a second child, that reduces to $0.50 per wear …and that’s WITHOUT calculating the times you’ll be wearing it beyond breast feeding!!
PAY IT FORWARD
And if you’re bored of seeing it after so much wear, pass it to a similar sized non-mum friend who will love it because it’s stylish and flattering, or to a new mum who looks likes she’s struggling with how to juggle breast feeding whilst on-the-go, just like we did when we first started.
It could become a kinda pay-it-forward essential that only us insiders know about?
So you can enjoy this time with your baby, knowing that as your wardrobe planner, I’ve kitted you out until the hotter months, and when autumn kicks back in you’re ready to dust them off and slot them back in to your weekly rotation …
… because the VERY, VERY BEST BIT?
These styles flatter POST-breastfeeding boobs by adding support, enhancing our (somewhat deflated) breasts and making our waists look slimmer.
You’re welcome x
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*all images from Karen Millen website