One of our readers, Sarah, reached out asking for outfits to go with these linen pants. The catch? The outfits have to be nursing-friendly.
So. Since I’ve never had a baby… I went to the experts. I took to some of Julieta’s past posts on cute nursing tops and got lots of in-depth nursing facts from S. I learned a lot, and I’m ready…(to do this post.)
10 Cute Postpartum Outfit Ideas: Linen Pants + Nursing-Friendly Tops
Because of our current circumstances, I did five outfits for staying at home and five going-out outfits…although I totally encourage you to flaunt all of them around the house. Purse included.
The number one tip S swore by when she was nursing: avoid nude-colored nursing bras. She tried them at first, but they quickly stained and made her feel sad. I did find a couple of pink ones just for fun, but black works with all of ’em. As for tops — wrap, button-up, one-shoulder, cropped, or a lower v-neck seem to work best for Julieta. (S is in agreement.)
Nursing-Friendly Outfit #1: The Wrap Sweater w/ A Hint of Animal Print
This is one of those outfits you can wear casually or for a chilly spring/summer night out. Honestly, I’d wear this in the house just to be all wrapped up and cozy. More importantly, it’s GREAT for nursing because of the wrap front with the tie that comes undone. Easy and chic. For a bonus: a nursing bra that’s kinda sexy? Here for it.
Nursing-Friendly Outfit #2: The Crop-Top & Comfy Cardi
I won’t lie…my favorite part about this outfit is that silly floral scrunchie. I just absolutely love it. As for the top, a cropped top can work well for breastfeeding, since well…it’s easy to lift up. There are a ton of different cuts if you want one a little longer. BUT if you wear high-waisted pants, it should work! I also lovee that cardigan-jacket thing… it’s comfy, but so cute and might make you feel just a little more put-together at home.
Nursing-Friendly Outfit #3: The Low-V Blouse In a Funky Print
I’m obsessed with this top… the cut, fabric and print. 10/10. And it’s perfect for nursing. I’d totally wear this top during the day with the casual pants, shoes and accessories. But it makes a great date-night outfit, too. (And how cute are those yellow flats and that basket bag? Suddenly, these are the things I’m dreaming of wearing when the world’s finally open again…staying indoors has completely changed me. )
Nursing-Friendly Outfit #4: The Low-V Tank & All-Black Everything
When in doubt, get yourself a flowy low-cut v-neck, pull your hair up in a scrunchie and pop on some birks for the easiest, totally attainable everyday outfit. Add a black (or dare I say brown) chunky cardi if ya need some warmth. Tanks like these are awesome not only because the fabric is super lightweight and the straps just easily fall down the shoulder…but for nursing, the v-neck makes for easy access… *typed so nonchalantly and innocently, realizing that only a nursing post can have phrases like this and it not make you gasp*
Nursing-Friendly Outfit #5: The One-Shoulder Top & Allll the Springtime Vibes
This outfit just makes my insides happy. It makes me want to lay in a field of flowers. Something I have literally never appreciated doing until I could no longer do it. Besides that, and much more importantly, the top is so foolproof for nursing without giving the “this is a nursing top” vibe at all. And S swears that she often used a molded cup strapless bra while nursing. She just…uh…flipped that cup down to nurse, then flipped it back up when she was done.
Nursing-Friendly Outfit #6: The Nerdy-Chic Sweater Tank
I freakin’ love this top, especially b/c it has a sustainable partner to go on the bottom. But here it is in all its glory being versatile and functional. How is it a nursing top? Button it down, baby. In case you haven’t yet noticed, hair scarves are my way of making at-home outfits feel like they’re more then just “comfort clothes.” Effort.
Nursing-Friendly Outfit #7: The Juliet Blouse w/ Fun Accessorizing
The good ol’ Juliet top. Ty, S for this reference b/c now I can’t unsee it and I have zero other ways to describe it. Again, the buttons make nursing easy-peasy. (And this top is such a good price…which is hard to find with these styles — currently up to 60% off at Nordstrom.) Now, that bag. I could make a whole post about it. I just love it. I’m wondering if it’s one of those funky pieces I’d wear once and get sick of, or one i’d want to wear with everything all. the. dang. time. I’m gonna go with the latter. I kinda like mixing the red and pink — something I was often suspicious about but suddenly am loving.
Nursing-Friendly Outfit #8: The Casual Tee & All Things Cozy
This is a classic J.Crew tee that comes in lots of fun, bright colors and of course, wearable neutrals. It’s linen, so it’s super lightweight and breathable. S is particularly loving this purple color. I wasn’t totally sure about mixing these cool-toned gray, black and purple shades with the beige pants, but I think it works! Sort of gives me prep-school vibes. Perfect for the moms who are currently doing their absolute best to be the teacher during these trying times.
Nursing-Friendly Outfit #9: The Ditsy Button-up & Summertime Accessories
Now, I’ve reached the point where I’m getting emotional looking at these spring and summer outfits. I miss fresh(ish) air…in the city… whatever you may take from that I’m not sure. But I do miss it. And this would definitely be my going-to-the-city-park outfit. For now, this top is totally Zoom-meeting appropriate. (And nursing appropriate — hello buttons.) I just love those yellow Birks with the big basket-bag, too. Imagine it with a floppy hat. Sigh. The dramatics are over. Moving on.
Nursing-Friendly Outfit #10: The Day to Night Wrap Top
Now this top: Foolproof, nursing-proof, day-to-night-proof. All around a great shirt. It’s like a casual tee’s older, wiser sister. Plus, the ruching in the belly makes for a great postpartum top and wrap tops are perfect for nursing. I decided to include a baby pink bra just for funsies (I’ve never used this word before, but here it is.) A black bra completely works, too (which this bra comes in.)
To our reader Sarah, I hope this gives you some outfit inspo and a bit of encouragement for those linen pants you’re eyeing. Cute nursing tops are totally possible. For the rest of our readers, I hope you guys got some outfit inspo too, even if it’s not for nursing! I know I’d totally wear them, and I’m far from having a little one.