Zara button down white linen midi dress

3 breastfeeding friendly summer dresses you’ll love

This glorious summer weather simply calls for flowy summer dresses. However, when you’re breastfeeding you might think that they’re not really an option for you. It would be ok if you had a ‘proper’ breastfeeding dress – but they’re pricey. These were the thoughts going through my mind. I’ve put together a list of 3 inexpensive breastfeeding friendly dresses I got either from high street shops or online retailers. You’ll also find some pointers on how you can ‘convert’ the dresses you already own into breastfeeding friendly outfits. I do realise I’m quite late in the season for this post, and I was debating whether to write it, but then I thought that even if it helps just one mum, it was totally worth it!

I breastfed my son for 14 months and just recently stopped. Last summer was not as nice as this one, but we still had several amazing hot days, ideal for wearing summer dresses. Nevertheless, I kept limiting myself to tops and shorts/trousers. I didn’t want to pay loads of money for a special breastfeeding dress (I was convinced I need one if I want to breastfeed and wear a dress at the same time 😊), plus there weren’t that many options that I liked. I really limited myself and, I realise now, it was a mistake. I could have worn my regular dresses and made them breastfeeding friendly. Or take a trip down the ‘sales lane’ and buy dresses that would be suitable for breastfeeding without having that special ‘breastfeeding dress’ label.

So, breastfeeding mummas, please don’t make the same mistake!

Here are some pointers for you:

  • look for something with v-neck, preferably with adjustable straps or something you can unbutton (like the white Zara dress below)
  • Dresses with wrap front are ideal for breastfeeding (check out the wrap front maxi dress)
  • Got any shirt dresses kicking about in your wardrobe? Dig them out, they would be perfect!
  • Forget special nursing bras, get a stretchy sports bra (I found nursing bras really uncomfortable, especially during the summer, anyone with me? )
  • Wear a vest underneath
  • Something with a bit of a stretch is always a good idea 😊
  • If you don’t feel comfortable whipping the boobs out in front of everyone, pack a nice light shawl or just a muslin cloth

My picks for you are…..

  1. Button down white dress – Zara

Zara button down white linen midi dress

Zara button down white linen dress

Zara button down white linen midi dress

mum and son laughing

I just love how comfortable this dress is! Buttons make it super breastfeeding friendly.

2.  Floral maxi dress with wrap top – ASOS

Cold Shoulder Floral Maxi Dress - breastfeeding friendly

Cold Shoulder Floral Maxi Dress - breastfeeding friendly

Cold Shoulder Floral Maxi Dress - breastfeeding friendly

Another fab option for breastfeeding mums – here instead of a vest I’m wearing a sports bra! Dress still available on ASOS website. 

3. Super v-neck mix spotted midi dress – Topshop

I’ve done a mini blog post on this dress, take a look here.

Almost as if it was designed for breastfeeding! The straps come off really easily, meaning you can breastfeed without too much fuss and very discreetly too!

Mix spotted midi dress Topshop Black and white mix spotted midi dress Topshop

Most sizes are back in stock online – take a look here. 

Topshop’s Mix Spotted Midi Dress – this summer’s hottest pick

You know the type of dress that makes you want to swirl, that makes you want to dance, that makes you feel like a million bucks, that turns heads (of women and man), that makes you feel beautiful beyond imagination? Well, dear ladies, this is THE DRESS!

I first spotted it on Instagram and then the next day on Topshop’s display in their high street shop. I knew I had to have it. Once I tried it on, there just wasn’t going back.

This mixed spotted midi dress is everything – extremely flattering, comfortable, flowy (great for this hot summer weather we’ve been experiencing – and long may it last), and it’s so much fun! Because it’s classy yet casual, it’s perfect for any occasion. For those of you who are breastfeeding, you don’t need to worry – the design of the dress is perfect for that.

Mix spotted midi dress Topshop

In its original form, this beauty of a dress is a rather brave option, however, you can just put a black or white top underneath. I had to do exactly that – after I stopped breastfeeding my son Adam, my boobs are literally gone… It’s all about good push up bras now!

I rarely buy things that are full price, this dress being one of them. However, at £55 it’s a bargain in my opinion, as it certainly looks and feels high end without breaking the bank.

xxx
Damzelle

Black and white mix spotted midi dress Topshop

Dress: Topshop

White and black option – view here 

5 stylish and affordable summer weekend outfits - Red pleated midi skirt and white top

5 stylish and affordable summer weekend outfits

Summer is finally here!!! Although saying that, the weather has been pretty great since the beginning of May. This year, it’s a summer-in-the-city for us, as I started a full-time job, Adam is in the nursery, and my hubby is away for work all the time. So….we’re trying to make the most of our summer weekends in Bristol and taking lots of day trips around Somerset and Devon area.

I’ve put together my top 5 summer weekend looks – they’re stylish, very affordable, but most important comfortable – which is an absolute must for me as a mum! Whether you’re going for a nice brunch, cuppa with friends, a bbq in the park or a trip to the beach, you’ll find something to suit any occasion.
Outfit details and some styling tips below. Enjoy!

1. Red pleated midi skirt and white top

5 stylish and affordable summer weekend outfits - Red pleated midi skirt and white top

Pleated skirts have made a massive come-back recently and I couldn’t be happier! When I saw this red beauty in TK Maxx I couldn’t help myself. There is such a wide variety of colours this season, you’ll be spoilt for choice. Any basic white top will look fab. Super-trendy straw bag and sliders will complete the look.

Top: Zara | Skirt: TkMaxx | Straw bag: Amazon | Sliders: Asos

2. Classic blue jeans and white blouse combo

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My all-time favourite combo – you really can’t go wrong with nicely fitted dark jeans (I’ve been recently faithful to GAP as they’ve got a lot of high waist options that fit my changed body much better) and a semi-smart white blouse. Brown accessories go really well with this outfit, I went for leather wedges and a practical shoulder bag. Throw in a long beaded necklace, some earrings and you’ve got one stylish momma!

Jeans: Gap | Blouse TkMaxx

3. Tropical print top and white jeans

5 stylish and affordable summer weekend outfits - tropical print top and white jeans 5 stylish and affordable summer weekend outfits - tropical print top and white jeans
Another classic combo and a firm favourite – although sometimes a risky option if you’re going somewhere with your little one, I was pretty lucky my lovely white jeans weren’t stained with Adam’s spaghetti Bolognese! Tropical prints are the bomb this season – all you need is some cool shades and perhaps a necklace.

Top: Primark | Jeans: C&A

4. White shorts and red striped top

5 stylish and affordable summer weekend outfits - white shorts and red striped top

5 stylish and affordable summer weekend outfits - white shorts and red striped top 2This summer is all about stripes – I managed to buy this off the shoulder sailor stripes top from Primark for 4! Shorts are ‘recycled’ from last year. That hat though!!! Again – you gotta love Primark!

Top: Primark | Shorts: H&M | Hat: Primark

5. Sailor striped dress

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Sailor stripes, here we go again! As you can tell, I’m a bit obsessed. This dress is so versatile – I wore it during pregnancy, straight after and recently on numerous occasions. This one is from H&M, not from this season, but you’ll find many similar options. I normally wear it with sneakers – a perfect outfit if you’re on the go, but still, want to look stylish.

Dress: H&M | Sneakers: Office | Denim Jacket: Primark

Welcome to Damzelle

The last few months have been very exciting and intense. I finally made a decision I should have made years ago, yet I kept making excuses – it’s not the right time, I’m too busy, I’m pregnant, I’m a new mum, I need to do something else first, etc.

The truth is, there is never the right time, so…… I got my laptop out and set up my beauty and fashion blog!

Damzelle’s mission is to empower all mums out there to feel fabulous and confident in the way they look, without breaking the bank. I can’t wait to share with you what I love and what I’m passionate about!

Hope you’ll enjoy my blog! If there’s anything specific you’d like to read about, get in touch 🙂

xxx

Damzelle aka Aggie

 

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