As a lingerie addict, I feel like my pregnancy was a missed opportunity to delve into the world of maternity underwear. At the time, I wasn’t impressed by what any of the major brands in this niche had to offer. I ended up just wearing my regular bras for my pregnancy. Then rotating between two nursing ones I was never really fond of for the period I was breastfeeding. If only I’d done my research better!
It turns out; there are stylish nursing bras out there. And, as usual, some of the most unusual and fashion-forward designs can be found from independent brands. Are you a nursing (or soon-to-be-nursing) mother who doesn’t want to sacrifice style for practicality? Someone who needs a functional bra, but still craves color, fun prints, and on-trend strapping details? Then today’s article is for you.
In celebration of Mother’s Day 2018, I’ve rounded up some lesser-known brands below selling chic and stylish nursing bras. They’re labels you may not have heard of before or didn’t realize sold nursing lingerie. Ready to discover some post-partum pretties? Then read on!
6 Stylish Nursing BrasLuna Lace Nursing Bra by Lucky Sew and Sew Available to fit 26-50” underbust & 28-60” overbust measurements via Etsy
Lucky Sew and Sew is a handmade lingerie brand run by a mother and daughter duo. With an impressive size range, they offer two styles of soft nursing bralettes---simple, or strappy. Plain black or blush fabrics are available or get creative with their variety of stylish prints. There’s leopard print, an inky artistic pattern, and a range of florals. Matching briefs are available to make it a set.
Married and Bright is another handmade brand that focusses on soft bralettes. From glittery, heart-printed mesh to marbled jersey to alligator-inspired lace, there’s an aesthetic for everyone. You can turn any of the brand’s triangle bralettes into a nursing bra by purchasing this add-on for a $10 fee. Matching bottoms are available too.
Behr Bras ran a successfully funded Kickstarter campaign last year. Tired of the ubiquitous beige nursing bra, they wanted to inject some vibrancy and fun into the lingerie drawers of new mothers. Behr Bras makes a single style of soft bra, available with or without nursing clips. It comes in a range of bright colors or fun prints such as camouflage.
Guys, it’s a nursing bodysuit. How cool is that? I told you there were some real gems if you look further afield than the big, well-known maternity brands. Solstice Intimates is a handmade brand with a maternity selection that also includes nursing bralettes and a nursing camisole. All of the pieces come in a wide range of colors or prints. I think this velvet bodysuit would look fabulous in bold red, how about you?The Bitsy Anywhere Bra Available in sizes XS-2XL via Ollie Gray
Another Kickstarter success story, Ollie Gray sells one product that they call the ‘Anywhere Bra.’ Similar in style to a low-impact sports bra, it is designed for both nursing and expressing milk. Or for doing yoga! Clasps allow you to open the cups from the top, or you can lift the outer cup layer to attach a breast pump. It comes in black, white and beige, plus three chic prints.
Silent Arrow is a cult Australian lingerie label founded and designed by Kelly Barrett. The brand offers two nursing bras, one wired and one unwired. The favorite Warrior Mama design provides support and comfort without being boring. Wide strapping details create a fresh and modern vibe. Best of all, the magnetic clasps on both bras make opening and fastening the cups with one hand a breeze.
Do you know of anywhere else selling stylish nursing bras? Let our readers know in the comments section below---especially if it’s an independent or handmade brand!