I think breastfeeding outfits for autumn and winter are harder to put together than at any other time of the year. In the spring or the summer you can just whack on a skirt and top, or shorts and top, or a floaty shirt dress. In the autumn and winter, though, you have to think about layers and warmth too. In fact, I’ve always found dressing in autumn and winter harder than in spring or summer, add the issue of boob access to the mix and you’ve got one tricky outfit conundrum.
The first autumn and winter after Baby Girl was born (we’ve been breastfeeding two years now – WILL IT NEVER END?! but that’s a post for another time) I basically lived in jeans and jumpers. Sometimes I’d get creative and put on a stretchy skirt and some tights, with those said jumpers. The thing is, it’s not just easy boob access you need to consider, it’s flattering shapes and non-tummy hugging sillouhettes too. Man, dressing after a baby is HARD.
The struggle is still real, but two years has taught me to think a little more creatively when it comes to breastfeeding outfits. I feel so much better when I’m wearing an outfit I love, and as easy as it would be to just plump for jeans and a slouchy jumper every day, I find it kind of boring.
I recently wrote about some of the pieces I’d seen around that I had my eye on for autumn and winter but I thought it might be useful to see some of these outfits in real life – i.e. not on a size 6 model in a perfectly lit studio.
By far my favourite new addition to the wardrobe is this pair of black denim dungarees I bought from Primark a few weeks ago. I’ve been looking for a pair of dungarees I can get away with wearing (that don’t make me look like an overgrown baby or a tubby farmer) for ages – like, literally, two years – so it was a big surprise to find my dungaree soul mates in the most unlikely of places. I discovered these in Primark for a bargainous £17 and nearly didn’t even pick them up – I just assumed they’d hug me in all the wrong places just like every other pair of dungarees I’ve ever tried on. But these are comfortable, flattering and OH SO EASY for breastfeeding in. Hurrah.
The leopard print bomber I’m wearing in the top photo is also from Primark – bought on the same day – and was around £8 I think. It’s not lined but is as warm as a cardigan and handy just as a throw over. The t’shirt is my old faithful M.O.M. tee from Mutha.Hood.
I’m also living in my cardigan / poncho from George at Asda – as featured in this post – along with skinny jeans and my Seven Boot Lane leopard print trainers featured here. Shirts are still a regular favourite, especially when the weather can’t make up its mind.
My black pinafore dress from New Look is also making a regular appearance, worn with thick black tights and boots or brogues. New Look is THE place for pinafores at the moment – there are loads of really lovely cord ones, especially this longer length one in dark grey which I’m planning to buy on pay day.
The weather down here in Devon has been really strange so far this autumn, with weirdly warm days and occasional torrential downpours. On the warmer days I’ve been wearing this midi length skirt I got in the sale from La Redoute recently. I’ve seen an identical one in black at H&M for £25 that I also plan to buy on pay day. I also really like this one, also at H&M.
I’ve made a little vlog showing some of my other favourites over on my YouTube channel (I’ve been making lots more videos lately so pop over to have a look at some of my new ones if you’re interested!).
Have you found any great breastfeeding-friendly pieces lately? Do share – I’m always on the lookout for new ones to add to my wishlist!
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