Getting dressed those first few weeks after giving birth is…interesting. You don’t want to wear your maternity clothes any longer because let’s be honest you are DONE with them. (Or at least I was.) But your regular clothes don’t necessarily fit your newish body. (Or at least for me.) Plus you are still healing, your tummy is still swollen and if you are nursing, your tata’s are fuller than normal. All that to say, for me reaching into my closet of now tight tops just wasn’t a lot of fun to be reminded that something doesn’t fit like it used to. So I decided to find some tops that would fit right now and that would make it through a day of momming.

When I got over the first 2 week fog, I realized it helped my mood to get up and get dressed, even if I kept on my favorite pair of leggings, I could pair it with a tunic and a denim jacket around my waist and it felt like an outfit. (Still one of my favorite go-to’s when I’m running for a coffee or we are braving an outing!) I love these knit tunics from Nordstrom — I bought one in grey and the black striped. I don’t feel bad if something gets on them and they are easy to toss in the wash and come out perfectly. I also love these tunics from Amazon. I bought the three-pack of white, black, grey but you can find them individually. I found myself going to sleep in these during the multiple nightly feeding phase. I never felt bad about it. Sometimes day clothes end up being pajamas. It’s all good.

I also think that it’s good to have a top or two that you feel fancy (ish) in. It’s good to have a mix of things! I found this sweater + tank top — ya’ll it’s two different shirts! *mind blown* it’s a really cute peplum tank and then a cropped sweater over it. If that’s not a cool mom top, then I don’t know what is.

With the nursing tops, I found myself loving button downs but also the knit tops easily pulled up and stayed up while nursing. For the button down tops, I love this Madewell one (I wore it in yesterday’s nursing bra post) and this easy plaid one from Old Navy. Both work with denim or my Blanqi leggings. As for a few nice tops, I love this Trouve crossover blouse. (It fits true to size, but is a bit more fitted around the hips I found.) And this lace up top I bought before she was here because I was so ready for regular clothes, but it works perfectly for nursing! It doesn’t wrinkle and I can unlace it or pull it up to nurse. Other easy to nurse in tops are theseย $10 pullover tunics are amazingly soft! I wear them all the time, perfect for nursing and napping. ๐Ÿ˜‰

I wanted to included a few tanks as well! I found myself reaching for camisoles and tanks way more than usual! These cotton tanks are long enough and they fit well under nursing tops like this. I included this Cake camisole because I really like that brand for the soft nursing bras and this camisole is the same material. I haven’t tried these camisoles from Amazon but I love this brand, Free to Live, so I figure they are just as great as the tops and tunics I’ve found!

You’ll notice a range of price in this round up from $6 (seriously. Amazon FTW!) to $150 — mama needed a cute top to bring her spirits up, ok? So there is something for everyone! And you don’t have to be a nursing mom or even a new mom to love these tops. This knit top from Amazon has been a favorite lately! It’s so comfy — I ended up buying one in the cream and the grey!

(PS: this ^ is the $6 Amazon top. You can thank my late night shopping habits for this find. It’s true to size but I wanted it extra slouchy so I sized up one.)

All of my favorite mom-friendly tops below!

19 Responses

  1. Thank you so much for this! I have a 3 week old and am really in need of real clothing. You are the best!

  2. Again! Super helpful! I’ve been thinking how I don’t want to be shopping after baby girl is here- now I can do a lot of it now! Thanks for the great post ๐Ÿ˜‰

    1. Hi! I bought a size up in all the amazon tops because I wanted extra loose so I bought a large! I am typically a medium in most tops for reference!

  3. THANK YOU so much for the range of prices!!! This is so helpful. I’m almost six months pregnant and trying to balance buying maternity clothes with clothes that will work with nursing my baby. Those BP tunics are fabulous – I may order them now and see if they’ll work with my belly!

    1. they should work for the baby belly for a while! I found that I could get away with non-maternity tops until the last 3-4 weeks and by then you basically just want to lay around in a large tent feeling sorry for yourself…or maybe that was just me ๐Ÿ˜‰

      1. Oh no, I’m sure I will feel the same way! I am operating in a blissful ignorant state right now, trying not to think about what’s to come!

  4. OMG, thank you! I had a baby about a week after you and Iโ€™ve been struggling to find things to wear. Youโ€™re a lifesaver!

  5. This is great – I’m 31 weeks pregnant and trying to figure out what the hell I’ll wear after I give birth! I appreciate the range of prices. I’m trying not to spend too much on maternity & nursing clothes since I intend for this to be my last pregnancy!

  6. Thank you so much for sharing these, and your nursing bra post the other day! I’m due in February with my first so this is all new territory for me too. ๐Ÿ™‚

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