In fact, by this point of summer, I would have normally exhausted every single dress in my closet and would be returning for seconds, but this summer I have had to say "so long and see you later" to the vast majority of my dresses because they are not nursing friendly, and while I am fine with that, I do have to admit to missing a bit of the fun I have summer sun-dressing.
All of the below dresses are nursing friendly*, which means I have given them a go multiple times because I am so happy that I can wear something less constricting than shorts and a tee (I far prefer the airiness of a dress to shorts and tee in the humidity we have here, in CA the shorts/tees were absolutely fine).
*Well, I did manage to get away for a couple of hours to dinner with my bro, so I was able to wear a nursing (un)friendly dress.
If you have been over at my facebook page in the last few weeks, you have already seen all of these outfits, but stick around, I added some additional detail shots, etc., so you haven't seen it all *quite* yet.
This dress reminds me so much of this skirt by Boden. (I realize the colors are different, but the basic look is very similar.) In fact, Target has a skirt just like that one, and yeah, I picked that one up, too. I loved the Boden skirt but never bought and then it was gone. Poof!
UPDATE: The eagle-eyed lolcatgirl let me know in the comments (below) that the dress and skirt are dead ringers for this skirt and dress from J. Crew. Thank you...I knew that the Boden skirt was more of a distant cousin, but really couldn't figure out which skirt and dress I had seen that were the parents. Here is what the skirt looks like on Tabitha. :)
I will probably keep the skirt the longest, for as much as I love the dress, it more serves a purpose for me than is a "home run" the way I feel about so many of the other frocks in my wardrobe.
Brick Fair, a big huge meeting of the minds of men, women, and children who really get into building Lego models. I was not one of the minds, although mine did marvel at the creations.
I have now worn this dress and its sister (the purple/green one) and its cousin (this summer's multi-hued one, also at the bottom of this post) multiple times already.
These dresses do hit a homerun for me, which is surprising to me because I lived through the 90s and wore maxi dresses and skirts all the time. As I aged I associated the longer hemlines with my less satisfactory sartorial past and gave them up completely until I tried the Boden jersey maxi dresses last summer for the first time. You all, I will never let these go.
Headed to sushi buffet with my brother, CW, and Angus with a side trip to the uniform store for Rex's school uniform for next year.
Palazzo Dress from J. Crew got almost no love in the blog world, but from what I could tell, somebody out there liked it as it sold quickly and in all the colors. This is the bohemian red color and it is unbelted here. I kind of dig it unbelted, but I didn't actually wear it out this way, I just wanted you all to see you could unbelt it and it wouldn't look terrible.
I lied up above when I said there was only one nursing unfriendly outfit. Oops. This one is as well. I was headed out with CW for a girls night out, so I knew that I wouldn't have to worry about it as Mr. Dina had Angus during that time.
I had to size down to an extra-small. The small was HUGE on me, even through the hips.
We took Rex with us and Mr. Tiny (yes, Angus) and CW stayed with Mr. Dina.
I was super excited to not have a diaper and wipes in that clutch, btw.
Remember the derecho? Who could forget it? Anyhow, to escape the heat the day after the derecho occurred we went to Kingstowne (shopping center) to grab lunch and get into some air conditioning. This dress made my mood significantly happier, although it should be clear that I am definitely not cool as a cucumber, even if it doesn't appear that I am sweating in the above photo.
Those Cole Haan Air Catalina sandals are amazing. Not only are they glittery and girly, they are insanely comfortable. If you can grab one on ebay, I highly recommend them.
If it seems my brother and I have been hanging out a lot, we have...and I couldn't be more stoked. For a while there his work schedule was crazy and we only saw each other randomly and not all that often.
literal nursing dress from Target here (under a Target cardi from years ago). I have to give Target major thumbs up for making dresses that make it easy to nurse and still be somewhat private about it (it has a panel and a built in shelf bra). I still wear a cover, but my sides aren't exposed, which happens when I wear tees (I lift the tees up for nursing access).
I also own this in a blue shade. I only like these dresses for their function, and will be very quick to sell them when Angus is nursing less (likely at one year of age--I am an extended breast-feeder, but I don't exclusively nurse past one year).
Okay, that's it. :)
Any of you who nursed have other types of dresses you remember wearing that made it easy for you and your child?