breastfeeding styling tips

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Breastfeeding has been one of the most beautiful experiences of my life. A hearty commitment reaping much return that will last forever. With that said, personal style through this season of life has been nothing short of challenging. Even me, a stylist, can totally relate to how complicated it is. By now, I’ve found a rhythm, living through 14 months and four weather transitions of getting dressed while considering necessary boob access. But it wasn’t always second-nature, and while I haven’t covered this topic here at length, now is as good a time as any. Because some of you are either planning to nurse OR are still in throes of it like me. So I say better late than never. These style tips are positioned to support your journey stylistically, and as always keep you feeling absolutely beautiful from the inside out. PS: Head on over to Loyal Hana (a gorgeous maternity/nursing-friendly brand) to check out their new site and new fall collection: styled by yours truly.

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BREASTFEEDING STYLE TIPS: 

NURSING BRANDS: Regardless of how long you plan on nursing, having a few pieces specifically designed for it (think strategically placed hidden zippers) in your closet is game changing – and totally worth the investment. Most nursing brands (like Loyal Hana) are good for both pregnancy AND beyond so you’ll get more bang for your buck. Favorites from LH are: celia jumpsuit (styled here on me), frankie top, layla dress and wiley sweater. Other brands to check out: Mitera, Au Lait, Kinwolfe, and Fillyboo.

OFF-THE-SHOULDER: The off-the-shoulder trend did wonders for me this past Summer. Since many of these silhouettes are designed with elastic, the stretch allows for easy boob access. Pair it with the La Leche strapless nursing bra (which has been life-changing for me) and you’re good to go. For the more modest woman, throw a nursing scarf over you when out and about. I love this set from Vetta, and this Ulla Johnson (shown in above and below images).

DROPPED ARMHOLE: In warm weather, pair a cute bandeau bra with dropped armhole tank like this one from Free People. Move the tank aside when nursing. Apply this strategy in colder months and wear as a layering piece under cozy sweaters or under second layers such as a blazers, cardigans or light jackets.

WRAP TOPS: If you can wrap it, you can release it. The boob, that is. Stock up on a few of these for the season. I’m loving this one from Malene Birger, this one from MLM, and this one from Alexander Wang.

BUTTON-DOWNS: Back before breastfeeding specific clothing was available, women wore buttons downs. Because they are a no-brainer for nursing. So add a few new ones to the rotation like this wear-with-everything chambray from J.Crew, this super cute style from Hatch Collection (in a dress version too), and this classic wear-to-work style from Equipment that you can utilize before, during, and after.

OVERALLS: If you follow along here, read this post or join me over on instagram, you’ll have noticed that overalls have been a go-to style for me during pregnancy and beyond. Pair any of the above tops with them, and you have a super cute, functional outfit that is stylistically interesting and mom-friendly. These from Old Navy are cute and price sensitive, this style from Hatch Collection and I’m really digging these from Current/Elliot .

SECOND LAYERS: Now that the weather is shifting to cooler temperatures, second layers are key when nursing. They provide coverage no matter what you’re wearing underneath. Stock up on a few cozy sweaters like this one and this one from Hatch Collection, and oversized blazers like this one from Smythe or this one from H&M which I’d pair with anything from boyfriend jeans, overalls or over a dress.

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spring sale

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The spring-like weather teaser has propelled me down the internet rabbit hole, in search of warm-weather items. That said, Shopbop is having a mega sale which goes through Friday, March 5th. Definitely a good opportunity to stock up on some goodies for the season ahead, or on pieces you missed out on from fall/winter. On my list I’ve got some “of-the-moment” off the shoulder styles from MLM LABEL, Flynn Skye and PAMPELONE and these tops from Mara Hoffman, TIBI and MISA. For footwear, I had my eyes on this Dolce Vita lace up sandal, this block heel from Stuart Weitzman and an easy slide from Diane Von Furstenberg. Also on my wishlist are a few pairs of wide leg pants like these from from Alice + Olivia, Cupcakes and Cashmere and St. Roche. Lastly, these jumpsuits from Etienne Marcel, Bobi and Rag & Bone. Head over to Shopbop, and be sure to use the BIGEVENT16 code at checkout.

weekly finds: what to pack?

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Heading somewhere warm this holiday season? I am! This postpartum body is traveling to Turks and Caicos on Saturday, and while I’m super duper excited (and grateful) to hit the sea, sand and sun, I also need to figure out how to pack stylish and functional pieces that hit my current mom objectives: new shape, breastfeeding-friendly and comfortable. That said, I’ve perused my closet and the interweb and have come up with a few selections that work for me. And maybe you too!

SHOP IT: 1. sensi studio // 2. mara hoffman sarong // 3. loup charmont dress // 4. sensi studio beach bag // 5. birkenstocks // 6. hm jumpsuit  // 7. melissa obadash kaftan // 8. mara hoffman dress

style the bump: 23 weeks

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Believe it or not, nothing I’m wearing in this outfit post is maternity! And I’m one week shy of 6 months! That’s the thing about optimizing your wardrobe when pregnant – there are techniques on how you can flex it to work to your advantage. The sweater in this photo is extra long so as my bump continues to grow, it provides the right amount of coverage. And my pants have an elastic waist and while they fit more snug now, they still work pre and postnatal. Like I said in last weeks, Style the Bump: 22 Weeks, it is possible to make wise wardrobe investments when pregnant. It’s just about making the right choices. Pregnancy is not a time to neglect your shopping itch, nor your style. It’s just about getting strategic!

In case you missed it, last week I announced a new pre/post natal styling package service so be sure to check it out, and please feel free to contact me at jenny@yoursoulstyle.com with any questions.

SHOP THIS POST: sweater: H&M (similar) // pants: WON HUNDRED // coat: ACNE // sneakers: CONVERSE (similar) // clutch: CLARE VIVIER // hat: H&M

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trend: denim

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Inspirational dressing is no easy accomplishment when you’re pregnant. Shapes are limited, and while I do like creatively interpreting trends and silhouettes, the assortment is much, much smaller. With that said, the ever-so-popular denim on denim look (see above) is one that can easily be enjoyed by all body types, whether expecting or not. I love the oversized button-down, paired with detailed denim, and chunky brown braided sandals combo which update this classic head-to-toe ensemble into an on-trend 70’s inspired one.

Get the above look with an oversized button-down from Sundry, a pair of straight leg denim from Baldwin Denim (slim maternity boyfriends from H&M for the mamas-to-be) and these two-tone sandals from See by Chloe.

And a few other ideas to inspire you…

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