Monday, 6 June 2016

Maxi Dresses and Denim Jackets: Easy Breastfeeding Outfits

When I want to look a little more pulled-together I tend to reach for a dress. Not all of my (many!) dresses are suitable for breastfeeding though. While pretty much any top can be breastfeeding friendly by pulling it up (with a nursing tank layered underneath for coverage if needed), you can't do that with a dress. It's nice to wear dresses still though.

Below are two maxi dress options that work perfectly for breastfeeding. One expensive, one opshop bargain. I didn't buy a lot of maternity clothes for any of my pregnancies and I'm happy I didn't have to spend a lot on dedicated nursing pieces for afterwards either.

What I wore:

AwayFromBlue | Mothers En Vogue nursing dress denim jacket easy breastfeeding outfit

AwayFromTheBlue | Purple Rebecca Minkoff mini MAB tote bag pink dress
SunniesRay-Ban new Wayfarers (30% off at Nordstrom!)
Jacket: Bubblegum denim jacket
NecklaceTai gold alphabet necklaces
DressMEV Havana maxi dress C/O Zibibo
Belt: Jeanswest black braided belt
ShoesMarc by Marc Jacobs metallic mouse flats (on sale in navy!)
BagRebecca Minkoff mini MAB tote in plum (on sale in pink!)

Why I wore it:

Wore this for an afternoon out with baby boy, toddler T and his grandmothers. I wanted to dress up a little bit, so this nursing friendly dress was a good choice. I know I say this almost every time I wear it, but this dress is amazing and has seen me through two pregnancies and afterwards. It is a pretty, easy piece to wear and I love the bright colour. It always makes me feel good when I wear it. I've worn it with a denim jacket before, I think it's a nice combination.

While it can be expensive buying a dress specifically for nursing, I'm glad I have this in my wardrobe and although it was C/O, if I'd paid full price for it I'd still be feeling like I was getting my money's worth.


Last worn: Ray-Ban Wayfarer, denim jacket, braided belt, pink nursing dress, gold mouse flats, purple Rebecca Minkoff mini MAB.

Other ways to weardenim jacket and a maxi dress in winter, braided belt and a summer dress, pink nursing dress at 39 weeks pregnant, gold mouse flats and jeans, Rebecca Minkoff mini MAB and denim shorts.



More Maxi Dresses You Can Breastfeed In:








What I wore: 

AwayFromBlue | Autumn outfit black halterneck maxi dress denim jacket purple RM bag

Away From The Blue | Rebecca Minkoff mini MAB tote in plum
Jacket: Bubblegum denim jacket
Dress: black Jeanswest maxi dress
NecklaceTai gold alphabet necklaces layered with Tiffany diamonds by the yard necklace
ShoesMarc by Marc Jacobs metallic mouse flats (on sale in navy!)
BagRebecca Minkoff mini MAB tote in plum (on sale in pink!)

Why I wore it:

Unlike the dress above, this is a regular non-maternity dress that I picked up at the op-shop as part of the 'fill a bag for $2' sale. It's a halterneck style with adjustable ties so it's easy to loosen for breastfeeding. Although you do need two hands to properly tie it back up again...I floundered a little bit with baby boy until I realised I wasn't going to achieve it one handed!

I'm glad I kept this in my wardrobe, after being unsure about needing multiple black maxi dresses before. Although not a dedicated nursing dress, and much cheaper, it was perfect for a busy day travelling and visiting some family. With the same jacket, shoes and purple bag as the outfit above, because I really wanted something simple and liked the combination.



Last worndenim jacket (above), black halterneck maxi dress, gold mouse flats (above), purple Rebecca Minkoff mini MAB (above).

Other ways to weardenim jacket and a skirtblack maxi dress and a chevron cardi, gold mouse flats in the office, purple Rebecca Minkoff mini MAB and a blue printed dress.





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66 comments:

  1. Beautiful dresses!! Looks so comfy!!
    Xoxo,
    Love from www.trangscorner.com {a lifestyle, fashion, beauty, and food blog}

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  2. Dresses can be tricky to wear when breastfeeding, but I have a maxi one that works as well. Not that we have dress weather over here, but I hope we will soon enough.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

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    1. I need to try my other maxi dresses too, see how they go! Hope you have some warm weather soon :)

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  3. Ths purple dress looks fabulous on you, love the bag too, very pretty. Have a lovely day.
    Nina
    http://www.ninasstyleblog.com

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  4. I love those dresses. They look so great on you!

    Becky
    www.bybmgblog.co

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  5. Isn't it funny how you can love one piece just as much as another when one was FAR less expensive than the other. I have a few things like that too. Super similar pieces but one was a bargain, haha
    http://www.closet-fashionista.com/

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    1. haha yes just goes to show it pays to shop around for bargains! :)

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  6. Mica, that jean jacket looks great with both maxi dresses! Very cute!
    http://www.averysweetblog.com/

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  7. I love it when pieces not meant to be maternity or nursing work well for them! I didn't nurse much with my daughter (just pumped for a year) but if I ever have another I'd like to so knowing about dresses like these are great!

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    1. Oh wow you did well doing pumping for a year, it requires a lot of effort! Every baby is different so maybe you'll be able to breastfeed next time :)

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  8. All these maxi's are adorable on you! Love!

    Xox Dana Ivy // www.iadorewhatilove.com

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  9. finding nursing-friendly outfits is so tricky but i'm glad these dresses work well! the first one is such a pretty color!

    cute & little
    kileen

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    1. Yes it's rare to find dresses that work I think!

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  10. Love both of these dresses on you. You look great, and I love that the dresses are great for breast-feeding. Will have to remember for when it's my time hehe

    -Lily from With Love Lily Rose

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    1. Hope it happens soon for you <3

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  11. These breastfeeding friendly dresses look good on you :) Black maxi dress looks chic and I like the way it looks when paired with jeans jacket.

    Ela BellaWorld

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  12. What a great way to incorporate motherhood with fashion! I remember I had the hardest time trying to find good pieces when I was breastfeeding!!

    xo Sheree
    http://poshclassymom.com
    IG: @poshclassymom

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    1. It is tricky finding good breastfeeding pieces - I'm resorting to just pulling up a corner of my tops most of the time, haha.

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  13. Such cute looks. I love how easy maxi dresses are!

    Annessa
    www.seekingsunshine.com

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  14. Love both these dresses and how you styled them with that denim jacket!
    Great looks (and cute dog!)
    Julia xx
    http://www.thevelvetrunway.com

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  15. This outfit is so amazing and it is perfect for breast feeding mothers. I love it!
    www.fashionstylemogul.com

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  16. I wear my denim jacket over so many of my summer outfits. Love it paired over the purple maxi dress

    http://www.michellespaige.com/

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    1. Denim jackets work so well in summer!

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  17. Love the ruffles on the first dress! You can never go wrong with a simple black maxi. :)

    Sarah
    http://mybowsandclothes.blogspot.com/

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    1. True, a little black dress is a classic!

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  18. Both you and your bag match perfectly - pink perfection!

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  19. That is definitely a dress you can wear outside of nursing since it's so stylish. I love that color on you!

    http://www.thebeautybeau.com/binge-on-fringe/

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  20. I love the pink maxi dress, it looks gorgeous on you.
    Gemma x
    www.jacquardflower.uk

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  21. Both of these maxi dresses look great! That's awesome that they work as maternity dresses too!
    ~Jessica
    Jeans and a Teacup

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    1. Yes it's great to have pieces that work for everything!

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  22. Ooh, I love the second outfit! I really need to get myself a denim jacket; I feel like they're so versatile, especially when you want to dress down something.

    Sam | http://mybeautycloud.com

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    1. They are great for casual outfits!

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  23. So pretty, I just adore that bag so much!

    Raindrops of Sapphire

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  24. Ah I love these dresses and the magenta colour looks amazing on you! I love how far one simple maxi dress can do so much to your look <3

    Stacey + thebambieyes.com

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  25. Stunning looks! I love the black dress!!

    Adi xx
    www.fancycorrectitude.com

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  26. You are so cute! I love the nursing friendly dresses!!! <3

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  27. OMG I love the black maxi with the jean jacket! You look great momma!!

    Erica
    www.pumpsandpushups.com

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  28. I absolutely love black on you!! I tend to wear dresses too if I want to look more polished!
    Dora www.BangsBang.com

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  29. I actually LOVE that you didn't buy a ton of maternity wear. I think it's a total misconception that people get pregnant and assume they need to go buy a bunch of maternity clothes. I actually wore 80% of my existing wardrobe while pregnant. The only new purchases I made, were a belly band, some long maternity tanks and v necks, and one pair of maternity jeans that I ended up hating. The belly band kept me in my jeans the entire time. (; I LOVE that you work with functionality and fashion. It makes the entire basis of your blog soooo relateable and so real life!

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    1. Yes with a couple of smart maternity purchases and a stretchy wardrobe you really don't need much!

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  30. Such lovely dresses, Mica! I didn't know there are nursing tanks, very helpful and what I'll be keeping in the back of my mind when the time comes :) Thanks so much for sharing, beauty, and I hope you're having a great start to your week so far!

    XO,

    Jalisa
    www.thestylecontour.com

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    1. Oh yes I love my nursing tanks! Super helpful in the early breastfeeding days especially, quick access! haha.

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  31. Loving the color of that pink maxi! :)

    -Ashley
    Le Stylo Rouge

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  32. It's so nice to find dresses that are nursing-friendly, and I love both of these! I hope I have better luck with breastfeeding this time around--I'll be on the hunt for dresses like this if I do!

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    1. Will have my fingers crossed for you! Every baby is different!

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  33. Love your cute little "bear" wanted in on the pics or hanging with mom! The two purple shades of your beautiful bag and the dress look great together.
    Thanks for linking up with turning heads tuesday!
    jess xx
    www.elegantlydressedandstylish.com

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    1. Hehe, he does like to watch what's going on when I'm taking photos!

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  34. That black dress look really good on you Mica, even better that it qualifies as bfeeding appropriate.

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  35. You are so pretty as always! The bright maxi dress is my favorite.
    xox
    Lenya
    FashionDreams&Lifestyle

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  36. love the both dresses on you!

    http://chicglamstyle.com

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  37. You seemed to have chose wisely with these for breastfeeding. I just adore that RM bag,a nd the jacket as well. :) /Madison
    I'm Back with Delicious Details!

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  38. I love the maxi dresses!! You look lovely!

    Florals&Smiles

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  39. Dresses really do make a look more pulled together, even though we usually wear them for comfort. Ha ha!!

    Loving the black maxi dress with the denim jacket!!


    Amber
    All the Cute 🎀
    Today's Post: Abstract Print Dress

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    1. Yes, they are a wardrobe's secret weapon!

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  40. Such a pretty maxi dress!
    Xo, Christianne
    Http://simplychristianne.com

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  41. I haven't even considered wearing a dress (I'm breastfeeding no2) it's been shorts and t shirts for me, you have given me inspiration x

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    1. Hopefully you can find the right dress - doesn't have to be an exclusive breastfeeding one either to still work!

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  42. The denim jacket was the perfect thing to add on!

    xo, Lauryn
    www.lauryncakes.com

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  43. I love both options - for any occasion! Beautiful looks!!

    Mary
    www.marymurnane.com

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  44. I love that black maxi dress with the purple RM bag!!

    Abby | Life in the Fash Lane

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  45. I love pairing dresses with denim jackets. It is my go-to look except during the winter!

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  46. this is a miracle dress :)) it's good that a dress as stylish as this can also be convenient for breastfeeding :) thanks for sharing :)

    The Girl with the Muji Hat

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  47. Thank you all for your comments - glad I could give some of you some ideas and inspiration!

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  48. I love those dresses on you, I love that fact that they are easy for breastfeeding and looks super chic :) x
    www.ambiinwonderland.com

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  49. I agree with you for both of these dresses. I have to say that my favorite is the first one, like you. It has such a great shape, and the color is amazing. Love it!
    www.flipflopshanna.com

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