Dream denim

Top: DIY York top from Nerida Hansen fabric
Jeans: Good American
Shoes: Fitflop

Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year and all of that! It’s been literal months since my last post, and I’m back with a less-than-inspiring outfit, but I just wanted to have a little rave about Good American jeans since they’re now being stocked in Australia (via The Iconic).

Last week, when I was pregnant (OK, it was a year ago, but honestly it feels like last week) I was on the hunt for maternity jeans that didn’t look like the maternity jeans you see in all the shops – the ones with those whopping great beige panels instead of a waist band. My search led me to Good American Maternity, and after a couple of days of waffling over whether or not I could support a Kardashian brand I bought a pair of the Honeymoon Mid-rise.

I was pleasantly surprised by how comfortable they were: a soft stretchy denim that didn’t sag or bag around the knees and ankles, a zip that didn’t unzip, and stretchy panels at the hips that encompassed the 34 week bump without cutting in.

It was actually slightly disconcerting how not-pregnant I looked wearing them, but that ended up being a blessing post E’s birth where I could still wear them without feeling like I was waiting for the belated arrival of a twin.

Eventually without the bump to keep them up they started to fall down, and I discovered that my strict gestational diabetes diet meant that I wasn’t fitting into any of my old jeans either. Too bad, so sad, I was going to have to buy myself some new jeans.

I wanted a pair with a high waist which was proving to be a difficult ask in local plus-sizes, and I’d been so happy with my maternity pair from Good American that I decided to give their regular line a try as well.

Good American have a terrific denim guide on their website that details that different cuts, inseams, and rises of each of their fits: Good Legs, Good Waist, Good Boy, Good Flare, and Good Curve. Reading that list you’d assume that Good Curve is the plus line, right? Wrong! Every single item on Good American is available in sizes 00 to 24. I haven’t even got to the good part yet though… Every single style of jean is pictured in the different sizes available, so you’re not left looking at the item in a size 6 and trying to imagine how it’s going to look on your own size 18 butt.

I can’t even begin to tell you how revolutionary, and how incredibly bloody helpful this is. I makes me want to buy every single pair of jeans on their website, but the Kardashian name doesn’t come without a price tag, so I limited myself to two pairs, a pair of Good Curve Skinnies in a lighter blue wash, and these: Good Waist in the darker wash

So, to the nitty gritty. The size chart is absolutely spot on for both styles, which is a refreshing change. Buying jeans online can be nerve-wracking (especially when they’re a premium brand with a premium price tag) and knowing you can trust the size guide is half the battle already won. Theoretically Good American has three different kinds of denim: Super Stretch (“High stretch, sculpting, with amazing recovery”), Comfort Stretch (“A small amount of stretch provides the right amount of comfort while holding and molding”) and Rigid (“Structured denim that provides lift in all the right places”), but while I’m pretty sure both of my pairs were Super Stretch fabric, my Good Waist jeans are much lighter denim than the Good Curve (The difference in weight might have been down to the different colours rather than the different cuts). The Curve style were a little less skinny around the ankles and slightly lower in the rise. I haven’t taken a proper blog photo of them, but here’s a dodgy mirror selfie for comparison:

I’ve been wearing both pairs for months now, and I’m pleased to report that the denim doesn’t lose shape, even after repeated wears. Despite the relatively thin denim they show no signs of rubbing threadbare between the thighs. They don’t bag at the knees, sag at the butt or gap at the waist. The dye doesn’t paint your fingers blue, the zip doesn’t unzip by itself, and the waistband doesn’t fold over itself. They wash in the machine without running, survive the tumble-dryer unscathed, and as far as I’m concerned are worth every cent of their not-insubstantial price tag.

If you’re nervous about buying internationally, a small selection of Good American jeans are now available to buy locally at The Iconic, but once you’re confident about your size I’d recommend going straight to the source: They have regular sitewide sales that bring the price down from eye-watering to merely expensive, and the shipping is reasonable and quick.

Rock Out With Your Knockers Out

I’m sorry. I’d never refer to them as knockers normally, but I was struggling with the post title and I’m oh so very tired (the four month sleep regression is as terrible as everyone says it is, and at this point it looks like it’s going to run into the eight month sleep regression so hooray?). Rocking out with your knockers out though, such an integral part of the breastfeeding journey, no?

I’m very lucky that breastfeeding has been easy for me, since I know that’s not the case for everyone. I’ve got plenty of milk, and after a bit of a rocky start E’s been feeding like a champ. I got over the whole Everyone-I-Know-And-Quite-A-Few-People-I-Don’t-Have-Seen-My-Tits pretty quickly. It’s easy enough to pull up the bottom of your t-shirt, or unbutton your blouse, or pull down a low neckline, but god I miss my dresses. I have a whole wardrobe full of frocks that I can’t wear while I’m nursing, and a precious one or two that I can.

I was so delighted when I saw that Sydney label Made590 were doing a range with Nerida Hansen‘s Lisa Congdon line, and especially delighted when I realised the Every Body Laura Dress had both pockets AND functional shoulder buttons, making it (drumroll) breastfeeding friendly. I bought it immediately.

It’s made from a buttery cotton linen, which I personally vastly prefer to the cotton sateen that most Made590 dresses are made from. It’s unlined and has no stretch, but fits beautifully according to the size chart, and the wide straps are perfectly placed to hide my bra straps.

It’s a fabulous, bright, bold frock that I’m loving wearing in Melbourne’s current bizzare hot-cold weather (as-is on hot days, and layered over a long-sleeved top, or with tights and a cardi on the cold ones). I think E likes it as well – the shapes and colours look like they belong in one of his picture books.

I was moaning about the scarcity of plus-sized nursing-not-pregnant dresses in my last post, and reader Kris pointed me towards US brand Roolee. This Anthropologie-esque label has an entire section of nursing-friendly options on offer, with some available up to a size XXXL. A small XXXL (the dress I bought had a 44″ bust) but all items have different measurements, and – praise be! – all of them items have their own measurements listed for all sizes (why don’t more brands do this???). I had a really good peruse, and eventually decided to give the Van Buren MOM dress a whirl.

There’s no stretch in the fabric, and the dress is definitely tight across my bust, but it’s a pretty, flattering little frock that isn’t obviously designed for breastfeeding. It’s a simple little cotton midi dress in a minty green, fully lined, with pockets and (my favourite!) cleverly concealed zips at the bust to allow for nursing access.

Shipping from the US was quick and unexpectedly affordable. The dress was also on sale, so all up it just came to just under $60AUD, which is a steal for an easy-to-wear 100% cotton frock that lets me feel like I’m still dressing for myself, and not just for the boob access.

For others who might be looking for bump-free-nursing-clothes here’s a few of the places I’ve been browsing:

  • Little Party Dress (who recently expanded their size options up to a 22, finally and also hooray) have a section of nursing friendly dresses. Mostly button-down or wrap-style
  • Birdsnest also has a nursing section. I’ve got my eye on this and this in particular
  • Milkbar have some cute dresses up to about a size 18/20. I bought this one at the start of winter and I’ve been wearing the crap out of it. I’m looking forward to seeing what they have on offer for summer
  • Close To The Heart goes up to a size 18. I’m loving this spotty tank
  • Mama Clothing have some gorgeous options. I’m a whisper away from buying this stripey frock, and if I’d known about them before my brother’s recent wedding I would have 100% bought this (I still might)