Nursing in Style
I'm extremely excited to share about this wonderful dress today, by MammaBelle Maternity. The owner Alex, contacted me a while back and asked if I would be interested in doing a retro styled shoot of her maternity/nursing dress. It came as a wonderful surprise to get an email from a company I just recently discovered and admired. Her dresses looked so flattering on the countless women I saw model and share on Instagram. I immediately said yes, loving the idea of styling this dress with a retro flair. Most of the ladies who shared this dress wore it in a bohemian style, so the excitement to share this in an entirely different way was a challenge I looked forward to trying.
I would like to mention that despite this dress being a courtesy of MammaBelle Maternity, my thoughts and opinion are strictly my own and I will always give an honest and fair review to my readers. With that said upon arrival I was thrilled to open my package of dresses to discover she had given me each of the ones I had favored most. I was also given a scrap of extra fabric to make Isla some matching accessories (which I totally went to town on). Isla now has an adorable turban like headband, bow head band, and a mini bow to attach to her dresses. There is something so fun and special about matching with your mini.
My first thoughts about the dress out of the package was how comfortable this would be to wear all day long. It has a lot of stretch and a lot of ruching from just below the bust. This is a fairly basic dress that you could easily dress up or down adding your own personal style to.
I'm going to be honest ladies, when I was first asked to model these beautiful dresses a part of me was apprehensive about how I'd look in them. Like I mentioned, I've seen some lovely mamas wearing them, all rocking their gorgeous looks but for me, I don't usually wear fitted clothing. Having had three children hasn't made me the most confident showing off my midsection & thighs. To give this a retro flair I did opt to wear this with a corset however even without the corset I did find the ruching hid a lot of those areas I get insecure about.
Well I've gone on and on about how wonderfully stylish and flattering this dress is but did I mention it's also a maternity and nursing dress?! I can honestly say I greatly wish I had owned this dress with my other girls.
The functionality of this dress for breastfeeding is perhaps the easiest I've yet to use. Some of my other nursing dresses and tops require me to pull back a piece of fabric, stuff it behind my boob, and pray my daughter's messy nursing doesn't cause a wet spot on the folded back piece of fabric. With this dress it has convenient button snaps on each of the shoulders, making it a quick and easy grab. Once the strap has been removed there is still a cover of fabric that you just lift up, even without a nursing cover I can nurse with this dress in public, without feeling really exposed.
I think this is a fantastic dress that would wear beautifully on any woman of any size or style. Aside from the shoulder snaps it's almost impossible to tell that this was for maternity or nursing, making it an option for ladies who just love a cute wiggle dress. It would be pretty neat to see this dress made without the snaps for non nursing ladies. I honestly can't say anything negative about this dress except maybe if you are smaller chested (like me) you might have a bit of extra room just below the bust which could be easily remedied by sizing down.
This was supposed to be posted yesterday (so sorry Alex!) but I had a last minute opportunity to get out for a mom's night out. I truly couldn't pass up the chance to visit with the ladies for some much needed adult conservation... FYI it was such a blast!
Cardigan: ModCloth (this or this)
Dress: c/o MammaBelle Maternity
Shoes: ModCloth (similar, or this)
Isla's Dress: Carters
Isla's Headband: Handmade
Take Care & Enjoy!