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post #21 of 40

I have a bunch of maternity/nursing tops and a couple dresses. . .but IMO hardly any of them are truly both maternity and nursing. More like early pg and postpartum, but none of them will fit me from 7-9 months when I get that huge watermelon belly!   And with my first I had no idea what kind of nursing tops would work for me. . .there are lots of styles of openings for instance. Now I know so I will buy stuff if I find it, but last time I waited till after ds was born to worry about nursing wear.

 

I need to make a jaunt to H&M too. . .the nearest one for me is 30min which would be fine *without* a toddler!  He is not into shopping. May have to leave him with DH some weekend day.  

 

I actually found quite a lot of maternity at a rummage sale though for quite cheap. that's always a good option if you have the patience and willingness to do used. Maternity is usually gently used!

post #22 of 40

kismet (and others) were do you recommend finding nursing/maternity tops. I didn't invest in any before DS. Since I'm still nursing, I thought about getting a few... I just wore tops that I pulled up w/ a tank underneath, but that didn't work well for some situations! I would love a nice nursing dress, but I'm scared to buy online. I hate shopping/trying on things anyways, but I think I'd be too lazy to send something back in the mail. Our town isn't very nursing top friendly so online is probably my best bet.

 

There's a couple of new consignment shops that I'm hoping to go to soon. Hopefully they will have something. I had some luck trading some maternity clothes for a different size w/ a lady on craigslist. There will sometimes be listings for whole wardrobes of maternity stuff under the babies/kids section.

post #23 of 40

Old Navy has a couple of nursing tops I like, but their selection is very limited.  I actually like Motherhood for nursing tops, even though I don't love them much for maternity. For me, I just have to be aware of what style openings I'm getting, b/c if it's a double layer pull-up style then I can do that myself with a normal shirt and an undershirt as you said. But I really like the kind that have hidden openings. BOOB designs has my all time fav nursing shirts and they have some dresses, but they are way pricey. So sometimes I stalk them for sales, but only have a couple from them. As I said, I don't know which nursing shirts will really double as maternity. . .at least in the 3rd tri. Not sure what I'll do then except hope my ds isn't nursing in public much anymore!

 

Here I'll look for a few links to some tops I like. . .

 

this is my fav top from Old Navy, they are on clearance right now and have NO sizes left, but I can only imagine they will get more in (I hope!). Maybe in new colors or something. http://oldnavy.gap.com/browse/product.do?cid=41578&vid=1&pid=655390&scid=655390022

 

This maternity dress from Old Navy might work for BFing too since it has the wrap front:

http://oldnavy.gap.com/browse/product.do?cid=48687&vid=1&pid=855631&scid=855631032

 

Another shirt, this is the kind of opening I prefer:

http://oldnavy.gap.com/browse/product.do?cid=41578&vid=1&pid=655390&scid=655390022

 

I'd love to hear if anyone else has nursing top ideas hat might work for maternity as well. . hmmm maybe we need to start our own thread instead of taking over this one. Sorry OP! 

post #24 of 40

I have managed to get a few tank tops, a pair of cargo shorts and a few dresses from Motherhood.  Nowhere else carries much maternity clothes around here.  There is a small section at Target and maybe Kohl's but that's about it.  I have never had much luck shopping online, nothing ever fits right and then you have to factor in the price of return shipping so it doesn't really feel worth it.  Taking a trip up to Oregon next week, maybe I will look into some shopping on the trip, I know we will pass by an outlet mall...

post #25 of 40
I've never used a nursing top...and I've EBF both kids. What makes them so good? Just added modesty?
post #26 of 40

angela, i only own a few nursing shirts (2?).  they never really worked for me and my kids.  all of my nurslings much preferred skin-to-skin, from a very young age.  kinda rendered the nursing shirts useless, when the kiddos would pull the shirts up, anyway.  i don't think i ever used them except when i was traveling through airports and such.  that was the only time i remember them having any value for me.  i don't think i'll be getting any this time around, either.  guess we'll see how it goes- i've found that it's always really hard to predict what it's going to be like nursing each babe.

post #27 of 40

Sorry, OP, didn't mean to hijack the thread either!

 

Thanks, kismetbaby. I really like the top you have linked. I looked at gap.com today, but their nursing shirts seemed to be mainly just a plunging neckline... that's pretty easy to replicate in a non-nursing top!

 

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Originally Posted by AfricanQueen99 View Post

I've never used a nursing top...and I've EBF both kids. What makes them so good? Just added modesty?


Since I didn't have a lot of nursing tanks sometimes I would end up with a clean one that was pink and a clashing outer shirt. Not a big deal, just when nursing in public you could tell I have the outer shirt pulled up more than if they were the same color or not clashing colors. They are definitely not a necessity, and I never felt immodest w/ the nursing tank covering my belly and the outer shirt covering as much as possible. Just a little more self-conscious (spl?), I guess.

 

I've emailed someone that wants only $30 dollars for a whole bag of maternity clothes (several shirts, shorts, jeans, jacket)! Hopefully she will email me back. I figure if there are things I don't like I can cosign them or sell at a garage sale.

 

post #28 of 40

For me it's been two things (i.e. reason to wear actual nursing tops), 1) I have a very long torso and if I only wear one shirt and pull it up I wind up exposing a lot of belly, which for some reason bothers me more than showing boob! lol  And I don't love the double layer thing much, i.e. layering a nursing tank under a regular shirt. Works sometimes, but I often find it too bulky/bunchy.   2) I have just liked the ease of the hidden nursing openings. My ds is really impatient when it comes to BFing and I find I can get him the boob much quicker (and therefore with much less whining/fidgeting/etc) than if I was pulling up a double layer. But I'd say it's totally a personal preference. If you don't mind exposing the top part of your boob then any wrap style shirt or shirt with an elastic sort of neckline will work b/c then you just pull that down. I have also done this a lot, especially if I know we are just going to be around other mom's and I don't mind exposing a bit more.

 

There is always the nursing tank under a button-up shirt thing too. That works well if you have the patience for buttons. 

 

Okay, back to the regularly scheduled thread topic! :)  

post #29 of 40

My sister is actually getting married a month and a half before I am due and I am expected to walk downt he aisle at this very fancy, formal wedding. Anyone know where I can get a decent maternity evening gown for less than a fortune? The whole evening gown thing seems kind of ridiculous to me. I'm going to be in a giant fabric tent or something. yeeeesh.

post #30 of 40
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Originally Posted by Harleth View Post

My sister is actually getting married a month and a half before I am due and I am expected to walk downt he aisle at this very fancy, formal wedding. Anyone know where I can get a decent maternity evening gown for less than a fortune? The whole evening gown thing seems kind of ridiculous to me. I'm going to be in a giant fabric tent or something. yeeeesh.



My sister's getting married at the end of this month.  I feel your pain (though I just re-read your post...thought you said "in a month and a half", not that it's happening a month and a half before you're due...but I still kinda feel your pain).  Are you not restricted to a certain color or style?  That'd be awesome (I'm stuck with floor-length and bright turquoise, if it makes you feel any better).  I ended up getting mine at David's Bridal.  Just basically found a couple that are a size bigger, with empire waists and tried them on until one felt right.  David's Bridal also has "tummy pillows", if you need to get the gown now.  And mine ended up being under $100, because it was on sale.

 

NOTE:  I typically don't recommend David's for anything (bad, bad company), but they do manage to have a wide variety of dresses, so it's easier to find one that's preggo-friendly.

 

My last pregnancy, I had a formal ball that I went to, at 6 months pregnant.  It was TOUGH to find a formal dress.  I ended up finding a dress at one of those formal dress stores in the mall (the ones that have the "hot chica" clothes on one side of the store and the formal gowns on the other).  It was empire, with light, pleated fabric for the skirt, so lots of give...looked very nice and didn't look like a fabric tent.  I have pictures, if you want to see what worked for me.  Granted, I'm not the smallest preggo chick, so everything I'm suggesting could possibly not work for you...

post #31 of 40

If it's something I buy I am limited to either silver or deep purple. If I can find it froma  friend I am pretty sure she will forgive me any color.

post #32 of 40
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Originally Posted by Harleth View Post

My sister is actually getting married a month and a half before I am due and I am expected to walk downt he aisle at this very fancy, formal wedding. Anyone know where I can get a decent maternity evening gown for less than a fortune? The whole evening gown thing seems kind of ridiculous to me. I'm going to be in a giant fabric tent or something. yeeeesh.



Wow, I'm so sorry!  I tried to find a decent-looking maternity dress for my baby shower last pregnancy, and everything looked awful on me.  My friend E looked so cute in hers, but I had horrible luck.  Hopefully you're more like my friend than like me!!  I ended up in a top and skirt.

 

On the topic of maternity clothes that you like...  I just got a pile of maternity tanks/camis back from a friend who had borrowed them when she was pregnant.  I really need them, since my V-neck tops are all super-low, plus I hate wearing bras when it's hot out.  Every. Single. Top. is stained.  All of them.  I don't know what the hell she did to them, but the're all really gross-looking now!  I had a few that I had dyed myself, since the only colors available were brown, white, and gray...  And those are so bleached out that they look awful.  And on top of it everything, they've all been shrunk!  That's about $75 worth of camis ruined!    And, of course, Old Navy is totally out of them right now, so I can't even get new ones. Cuss.gif

post #33 of 40

I actually got some maternity that I like from old navy on their online sale last week. That was a relief because now at least I have SOMETHING to wear. But I a definitely going to check out hte H and M. Thanks to whoever mentioned they have maternity. I never knew!

post #34 of 40

I know this is and older thread....but, I've finally resigned myself that my jeans and pants are starting to get uncomfortable so I'll break out the maternity clothes.  I'm so stubborn!  Anyway, has anyone found any basic jersey/cotton skirts at any of the typical stores or online?  Even non-maternity ones with a fold-down waist would likely work but I haven't come across any (not that I actually shop all that much).  I've checked a couple consignment sales.  I just don't have the patience or time to search for hours, especially with a toddler in tow.  Thanks!!

post #35 of 40

I found a long knit skirt and a short knit skirt with a fold down waist at Old Navy. I've worn both frequently lately. They also had some good knit pants, yoga pant style.

 

Here's one - not sure it's the same as the one I got, but it looks similar to the long one: http://oldnavy.gap.com/browse/product.do?cid=72446&vid=1&pid=855627&scid=855627012

post #36 of 40

believe it or not forever 21 has a maternity line and some if it is pretty damn cute, not covered in sparkles lotsa neutral colours and leggings! pants that dont seem ilke they would fit unlesss you are twiggy though.  worth checking out for some cuttte shirts

post #37 of 40

This just made my day...looooooove Forever 21!!!! bouncy.gif
 

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Originally Posted by rustydaisies View Post

believe it or not forever 21 has a maternity line and some if it is pretty damn cute, not covered in sparkles lotsa neutral colours and leggings! pants that dont seem ilke they would fit unlesss you are twiggy though.  worth checking out for some cuttte shirts



 

post #38 of 40

I'll have to check out Forever 21!  I've been nearly living in my activewear, yoga-type maternity pants from Gap.  I've seen some fold down skirts there too.  I also have some great fold down pants and skirts, non maternity, from Nordstrom Rack and other clearance type stores. Definitely time to do some shopping, this bump has gotten big!

post #39 of 40

My problem is that they are soooo expensive and most only have one style! ugh...I told my husband Im going to live in tank tops and underwear. He didnt seem to have a problem with that. lol

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