March 7, 2014

Six Free People Beach Tops, Perfect For Mamas (Pooch Hiding and/or Nursing, Too)

As promised, here are my favs….



1. Breezy Tunic, $68

The whole over-sized shapeless dress thing is so hard to get right.  Despite the obviously fabulous pooch-hiding abilities, these dress/top hybrids are often unflattering everywhere else.  The one?  NAILS IT.  The fabric is gauzy and sheer (so it's a little sexy – especially in the nude color), and it has a tie-back waist so you can reign in the volume.  

2. Lakeside Cami, $68

This is Free People's current version of my hardest working post-partum top.  Would be perfect over a nursing cami (or shaper cami) for new mamas.  It's a surprisingly silhouette:  I love mine over flare denim, cut-offs, maxi skirts, and long slim shorts.

3. LA Livin Shine On Tank, $58

This is the least embellished one of the bunch, but the gorgeous colors (sea green or peach) and stunning swing back make it seriously special.  (The model in the peach one makes me want to wear this cage-back bra instead of a black bikini top.)


4. Outskirts Lace Cami, $48

A perfect little wisp of a thing for distracting from a slight tummy.  

5. Pintuck Crochet Button-Down, $118

I don't typically do sleeves on the beach, but I'd make an exception for this one.  Love how this looks like pretty little vintage blouse.  Equally good with destroyed denim for everyday or menswear trousers for an unexpected work look.  

6.  Work Wearin It Tank, $98

Love the combo of stripes, crochet and….rope?  I'd pair this top with light pink lipstick and a baseball hat. Crazy good for hiding a stomach pooch, and the back is stunning.  (Smaller busted nursing mamas would probably be able to pull down this top if you really, really wanted to.)


Happy Weekend!




  • Meridith
    March 7, 2014

    Do you think flowy tops like this would work for pregnant mamas? With my first baby, I pretty much stuck with fitted tees and skinny jeans, but this time around (not showing yet) I’m feeling like being more adventurous. Harem pants? Boxy tops? Am I just going to look like a house? S, I think you need to get a prosthetic belly, or maybe get your sis to model some updated looks for us clueless mamas-to-be!

  • Shana
    March 7, 2014

    Meredith – I'm on it.  But YES.  I think all of those looks could be cute!
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  • Rebecca
    March 7, 2014

    I’m in the midwest. I can’t even imagine the beach right now, you lucky girls!

  • Sarah
    March 7, 2014

    I was just looking at this bra ( ) and thinking how pretty the back is, but where would you wear it? Now I know 🙂

  • Beth
    March 8, 2014

    Shana- LOVE the pics- especially numbers 2 and 6. How do I transition to wearing these if I am not at the beach? My boys are older, but I still have a slight pooch (maybe it is the fact that I don’t exercise- like ever?) and love flowy tops in the summer (nothing sticking to my skin!). Thanks!!! xoxo

  • Karen
    March 8, 2014

    What about us mamas with large breasts? Will these just look tenty and make us look pregnant? I live the look, though!

  • Patricia S.
    March 9, 2014

    I’m a busty mama, too (F cup) and I feel like these types of flowy tops are probably like soft drapey tees- you have to try them on to tell. If there is enough “room” in the chest and you don’t have to go ridiculously oversize, and the fabric is thin and drapes well, I think it could work. Top 4 looks like it doesn’t have the fabric to do the job. But maybe #6? If you can get your hands on it and try it on, I’d love to see a pic!
    (I think the ones with little fabric/too much sheer would look pornographic, at least on me…)

  • Shana
    March 10, 2014

    Patricia – Nicely said!! Thank you!

  • Shana
    March 10, 2014

    Beth, either layer these tops over some kind of slimming cami, or go for a darker color. Dark colors, even if sheer, can sometimes hide the pooch.
    Otherwise, try to find a flowy top that isn’t sheer (like #3 above) and do a half-tuck. Half-tucks are my fav way to hide a pooch. 🙂

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