Aug 30, 2011 9:10 AM
Alissa wrote: "I'm going to be attending my brother's wedding in Barcelona in a few weeks with my husband, our toddler and baby, whom I'm breastfeeding. Of course I'd like to turn up in a fabulous frock, but I can't find anything that is 'breastfeeding-friendly'. There are maternity/breastfeeding dresses that are sure to make me look like I'm still pregnant (and besides a tiny bit of 'mum-tum', I'm back to my regular shape). Otherwise, all I can come up with are very casual (and frankly, boring) wrap type dresses in cotton or viscose jersey that I could pull aside. Though it is going to be a fairly casual affair, my brother & fiance's set are all uber-hip New Yorkers and I'm afraid that I'll look not only a complete hayseed by comparison, but an UNDERDRESSED-hayseed. eek! I'm not shy and it wouldn't have to be breastfeeding-specific, I just don't want to get half-undressed or spend the day tucked away somewhere else. I'm an hourglass shape, 5'6", 38-31-38. The wedding is late afternoon-evening, outdoors, at a villa outside Barcelona. I know it may be an unusual request for your magazine, but I think decent clothes for mums is a more frequent dilemma than the fashion world supposes. Thanks so much for your help! - Mum needing fashion fun"
Hello Alissa! I'm Found of You and I breastfed my son for a year. I went to two weddings, including one in which I was Matron of Honor, and some other dressy events during that time, so I know how hard it can be to look chic when you need to pop out a boob at a moment's notice. You seem fixated on the dress, but IMHO, the best option is to wear a "boring" dress you can easily BF in, and just accessorize fabulously. The dress doesn't have to be the interesting part of your outfit! I've put together some outfits that definitely don't say "UNDERDRESSED HAYSEED" and that include jewelry that can stand up to some gentle baby tugs. If you still want a more interesting dress, let me know and I'll do a new Personal Shopper ASAP. (P.S. When you are at a wedding that is not yours, no one is looking at you, and when you have a cute little baby, no one is looking at you. Those are two good reasons not to stress out about what you're wearing and just relax!)
Look #1: Red Hot Mammaries
Komarov Jersey Wrap Dress ($158, in three colors)
Yabusame Necklace ($598)
Betsey Johnson Women's Mixxy Wedge Pump ($150)
RAIN Black with Crystal Colored Detail Adjustable Ring ($30)
Look #2: Best Dressed Breast (try saying that three times fast)
mama·licious Reagan Nursing Dress ($35)
Sparkling Sage "Crushed Stone" Yellow Jasper Petal Bib Necklace ($122)
House of Harlow 1960 Sunburst Cocktail Ring ($50)
J. Crew Martina Tortoise Wedges ($238)
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