Calling All Nursing Fashion Aficionados!

Yes, I still adore my Target nursing tanks, BUT I would love to find some nursing tops that have more coverage than a spaghetti strap on top. A tank with more shoulder coverage? A short sleeve top? A crossover top that doesn’t stretch out? ANYTHING?

I don’t mind wearing a regular shirt and hoisting it up around the house, but pulling up my shirt in public places (even with my nursing cover) leaves my back exposed and it drives me crazy. (Layering isn’t an option right now because it’s too hot.)

I like this for Fall, but we still have a couple months of heat around here.

$34.50, Gap

Any suggestions? I got excited about this simple, inexpensive top from Old Navy until I realized that the straps were spaghetti-width in the back. How does that work with a bra exactly? (Uh, it doesn’t.)

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

(UPDATE: I’m checking out all of your suggestions, but just found these cute henleys on final sale for $12.99 from J. Crew. They look a little low in the front, so pairing them with a nursing tank might be key. Bought three colors! Get ’em while you can!)

(YET ANOTHER UPDATE: If you are looking for some tanks, Zulily has up to 70% off nursing wear from GLAMOURMOM!)

  • Calee

    September 1, 2010 at 2:19 pm

    I have a handful of cute v-necks that are made out of stretchy material. Loehmnans rocks, seriously. Also, H & M this summer had some cute shirts that buttoned down about half way- easy access and the back stays covered!

    Maybe I’ll stop by Loehmanns. Thanks!

    .-= Calee´s last blog ..CaleeL- @MelissaSummers My sister brought our goat to school once when we were in high school One boy thought it was a weird dogWay to expose kids =-.

  • Danielle

    September 1, 2010 at 2:20 pm

    I used to get things from motherwear.com


    Unfortunately, I ordered 2 tops from Motherwear and was so disappointed! The underneath layer wasn’t attached to the rest of the shirt. So even though my midriff was covered, that panel of fabric would totally have blown up in the breeze. It was the weirdest thing. :(

    .-= Danielle´s last blog ..Are You Ready to Declare Your Independence =-.

  • Helen

    September 1, 2010 at 2:21 pm

    I love love love the target tanks, i wear them under everything to protect the mid section from exposure during the whole shirt hike thing. Wear what you like, just with a tank underneath. Your options are endless. My winter fav is a v-neck sweater with a coordinating tank underneath. Might as well show off the cleavage while you have it, and if you’re anything like me, your body temperature runs somewhere between sauna and OhMyGodI’mGonnaDie while you’re nursing so you certainly don’t need to bother with turtlenecks

    My options are definitely limitless for Fall, but like I mentioned, our summer is just starting. Wearing two layers of anything at the park during playdates would dissolve me into a puddle! ;)

  • Heather

    September 1, 2010 at 2:22 pm

    The Swedish line boob is great. I’d send you a link, but I’m positive googling Swedish boob at work could get me fired. :)

    Checking it out right now…

  • Suniverse

    September 1, 2010 at 2:25 pm

    This is completely not helpful, but when I read the title of your post, all I could think of was “Really? That’s a specific fetish to be catering to for a woman who just had a baby.” Because, you know, NURSING OUTFITS, like for slutty nurses.


    HAHAAAAAAAAAAA, Suniverse!

    .-= Suniverse´s last blog ..Really A National Merit Scholar =-.

  • Bethany

    September 1, 2010 at 2:31 pm
  • Vicky

    September 1, 2010 at 2:48 pm

    I’ve also heard great things about http://www.boobdesign.com – I’ve just ordered two tops. I also found a recommendation for http://www.momzelle.com (a few tops in the mail). I live in perpetual summer in Singapore – so I feel your predicament, sorry that I can’t give first hand reports. I’ll be checking back to see what other people say!

    I’m afraid shipping costs to the US might cost more than the tops themselves! ;)

  • Mama Bub

    September 1, 2010 at 2:52 pm


    Kind of pricey for basics, but they’re on Baby Steals today, so that might be helpful if you can get past the ridiculous faces the model is making in the pictures.

    Total ridiculous face!

    .-= Mama Bub´s last blog ..To sleep =-.

  • Clarabella

    September 1, 2010 at 3:25 pm

    Did you see these on Totsy right now? I always check out the maternity clothes for my BFF who’s preggers, and these nursing tops were hiding in there.

    I’ll check them out right now…I have tons of credit at Totsy! Thanks…

  • jora

    September 1, 2010 at 3:54 pm

    Check out Milkstars stuff!

  • erin rae

    September 1, 2010 at 4:24 pm

    I was totally gung-ho about finding some cute nursing clothes because the back exposure is totally NOT cool.

    I actually own that Gap top in two different colors. I liked it for a little while, and then all of the nursing tops (apart from the awesome-ness that is Target nursing tanks), just became annoying.

    I would stick with the tanks and just layer another cute tank/sleeveless or short sleeve top over it. If they are both lightweight, hopefully the heat won’t be too crazy.

    I also found cross-top dresses and such to work well, since I was using a nursing cover (so didn’t care about the top/side boob exposure). It took way too long for me to realize that since I didn’t have ginormous ta-tas, I could actually wear dresses with a good strapless bra and just pull it down over my boob (again with the cover :-)

  • Mama in the City

    September 1, 2010 at 4:41 pm

    When I was breastfeeding I didn’t buy anything specifically for nursing. I found the tops just didn’t fit me well and so I went and bought a few great ‘regular’ tops that worked and I wore them to death. I found if they were stretchy but loose they worked well for me. I had to stop putting them in the dryer to save them from pilling and getting overused.

    I breastfed all around the city, out and about, in hotel lobbies, at the cafe, on the park bench. I often found wearing a tank top with a light sweater overtop was a good bet for nursing. I could undo my Anita nursing bra, get things read, cross my legs, life my baby close to me and nurse away.

    Good luck finding something that looks great and works well for you!
    .-= Mama in the City´s last blog ..Rolling Out Of Bed Mid Afternoon =-.

  • newmom

    September 1, 2010 at 7:11 pm

    Not sure if they ship to the US (not an issue i’ve ever heard of!), but this Toronto shop has many choices:
    You might be able to google the brands and find distributors closer to home.
    Good luck!

  • Jennifer

    September 1, 2010 at 8:02 pm

    motherhood maternity has a nursing line. some of it’s hideous but i got a few cute non-strappy tanks & shirts there… not too pricey. but mostly i just wore the strappy nursing tanks under any other shirt i could pull up!

  • Heather

    September 1, 2010 at 8:59 pm

    Me again. I googled the boob site when I got home and found a link on another page to THESE! How awesome are these?


  • Heather

    September 1, 2010 at 8:59 pm

    HOLY MOTHER OF GOD. They’re $60 each. Sorry dude.

    I know! I checked them out after a couple people recommended them, but WHOAH. 60 bones for a tee?

  • am'ti b

    September 1, 2010 at 9:03 pm

    i love tunics that button down the front then you can either pull up if at home or where your nursing cover and everything is dandy. i always wore them on the plane and no one ever gave me weird looks.

  • verdemama

    September 1, 2010 at 9:22 pm

    I feel your pain. I’ve searched high and low for nursing apparel that isn’t totally fugly and/or uncomfortable… sadly I don’t think such thing exists. I just layer an ultra-lightweight cardigan over my tank and call it good. I live in coastal SoCal as well and this combo isn’t too unbearable.
    .-= verdemama´s last blog ..Under the Weather =-.

  • Joanna

    September 1, 2010 at 10:34 pm

    No suggestions, but thanks for the post! As a first time mama who is buying new clothes to fit her post baby bod (and boobs) I was eager to read the suggestions!

  • angie

    September 1, 2010 at 10:35 pm

    i’m 10 months into nursing my second and i’ve come to the conclusion that all nursing clothes suck …big time. i actually have that shirt from the gap in black and no…not good! the combo that i have found to be the best is to wear my bella band from my early pregnancy days around my midriff, then just a ribbed tank (i have a ton of them from old navy) and a zipped lightweight hoody. unzip hood, pull tank up, bella band covers back and midriff. OR just pull your tank down and your boob out the top of the tank! if you do find the perfect nursing clothes let us know…not that i’ll need it – two babies is enough for me and at this point…no more nursing top or bra trials for me!

  • MO

    September 2, 2010 at 6:40 am

    .-= MO´s last blog ..Sweet summertime =-.

  • Kim

    September 2, 2010 at 6:50 am

    pricy but comfortable and i get compliments on the shirt (neutral motif) all the time. i’m not a nursing mom but i think it would work.


  • Lori

    September 2, 2010 at 7:15 am

    I had something similar to this tank from Motherhood a few years ago and I LOVED it. It had enough support to go without a bra and it was cheap!


  • Tara

    September 2, 2010 at 7:39 am

    Nursing tanks and cardigans are my go-to. Anything with a deep v-neck or stretchy neckline works too.

  • Wendi Mccombs

    September 2, 2010 at 11:53 am


    I love their pajamas and i think that they have some cute tops, too.

  • whoorl

    September 2, 2010 at 3:26 pm

    UPDATE: I’m checking out all of your suggestions, but just found these cute henleys on final sale for $12.99 from J. Crew. They look a little low in the front, so pairing them with a nursing tank might be key. Bought three colors! Get ’em while you can!

  • whoorl

    September 3, 2010 at 7:01 am

    YET ANOTHER UPDATE: If you are looking for some tanks, Zulily has up to 70% off nursing wear from GLAMOURMOM!

  • Kathryn

    September 3, 2010 at 10:08 am


    Jo off of A Cup of Jo linked to this brand of nursing tees, tanks and tops! I can’t vouch for them myself, but there is at least one new mom who is happy with them in bloggo land! :)

  • Loa

    September 3, 2010 at 9:22 pm

    I tryed on the Target tank, but alas, you are wrong-they are not the best-sorry. La Leche makes nursing tanks that are way more supportive for a little bit more-25-30$. plain, come in black, grey and white-I found them at lactation services in the hospital-you can also find them online at La Leche. I always put a cardigan over my tanks to make them look less nursingish-short sleeved or sleevless cardigans-that way no belly exposure in public when you use a cover.

  • Kristen

    September 5, 2010 at 12:34 pm

    I saw your tweet about Milkstars and then my pregnant brain forgot to respond.

    For nursing tops, I LOVE Isabella Oliver. They don’t actually look like nursing tops, which I love (link below).

    Most of the ones out there, Boob, Momzelle, are great, but definitely look like nursing tops with the top “shelf.” I use them for at home and/or travel when I need easy access.

    I tend to just live in Glamourmom Bra Tanks that are LONG (love that) and have thicker straps. When I go out, I layer them and they work well.

    The best shirts I have found are lower cut and/or criss/cross regular shirts – I have a few from JCrew and others from the Gap. Those over a tank and that’s my wardrobe.

  • Kate

    September 6, 2010 at 6:14 pm

    the boob tops are wonderful. i bought 6-8 of them. yeah, i know. expensive! but i lived in them for 2 years.
    anyways… i got the most use out of the tanks. i wore them alone but also with a variety of cardigans or other types of shirts that can be opened in the front or easily pulled up. lots of looks, less money.
    go boobs!

  • mommymae

    September 7, 2010 at 9:40 am

    i wore a lot of deep-v neck t-shirts over tank tops. it was great since i didn’t have to buy nursing gear & covered better than a lot of nursing gear. just pull up the tank. voila! coverage & not-so-horribly-fashioned.

  • Grete

    September 13, 2010 at 4:25 pm

    This isn’t entirely related, but I didn’t know if you’d heard that J.Crew is launching their Outlet store online soon. I knew you were a fan of both the store and online shopping, so I thought that’d be up your alley. :)