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Cool Tops for Hot Days

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Tetra Pak - Girl in sun hat with Tetra Classic package, 1960sIn the last unexpected sunshine, lovely Alpha Parent asked me to find her some cool clothes to stop her sweltering in the heat. “Of course!” I said. “At once!”, I promised… Apologies. This time, with a whole series of summery posts over the next week or so, I’m keeping my promise.

For my money, the best summer solution is the batwing. If you haven’t yet tried breastfeeding through the sleeve of a wide-sleeved top, you’re missing out. You don’t have to pull your top down or up, you don’t have to wear an extra layer underneath to cover your boobs, or your tummy, or any other wayward bit of skin you’d rather not share. You just pull the sleeve aside (which drags the extra sleevage at the back around to cover your side), and feed away – perfect! Check the breastfeeding in public page for a video of sleeve feeding.

Unfortunately, proper batwings aren’t always easy to find. Crazy designers add cuffs, or  modesty panels, or use fabric with no give. Worst of all, some even add inner sleeves with “batwing effect panels”… the cruel, deceptive, breastfeeding mum-baiting fools!

Here is a veritable feast of batwings for you to try. I’ve done my best to weed out all of the above issues, but if you spot one, please let me know. A lot of them are in the sale, so get them while you can!

Forever 21 dropped armhole knit top, pink So Fabulous Crochet Batwing Top, Green So Fabulous Batwing Embellished Top, Black
Forever 21 dropped armhole knit top, Pink So Fabulous Crochet Batwing Top, Green So Fabulous Batwing Embellished Top, Black
Diesel Spot Print Batwing Shirt Viridis Luxe Bamboo Cashmere Draped Top Heine Striped V-Neck Belted Tunic
Diesel Spot Print Batwing Shirt Viridis Luxe Bamboo Cashmere Draped Top Heine Striped V-Neck Belted Tunic
Firetrap Spirit Top Koko Tribal Print Top Velvet ARABEL Top
Firetrap Spirit Top Koko Tribal Print Top Velvet ARABEL Top
Oatmeal Floral Crane Batwing Top Hale Bob Top | Jersey Batwing Top So Fabulous Batwing Embellished Top, Blue
Oatmeal Floral Crane Batwing Top Hale Bob Top | Jersey Batwing Top So Fabulous Batwing Embellished Top, Blue

If you are doing a bit of batwing hunting on your own, look for:

  • Wide armholes and sleeves that stay the same width or get wider.
  • Stretch fabric (not entirely necessary but helpful)
  • No modesty panels (or ones you can cut)
  • No cuffs or narrowing at the wrist (again, you could cut these off, but that risks a messy finish if you’re not confident at sewing.
  • Hot Tip: Check out cheap clothing stores. They rarely waste money on deceptive styling. If it looks like a batwing, it probably is!

There are lots more clothes for sleeve feeding in my listings. Apologies that they are not completely up to date. I’m in the middle of a major site update (again!) and I’m trying not double up the work. Hopefully all working properly soon!

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Six Shirts for Saturday: It’s all about the hem!

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The dip hem (or tail back, depending on how you look at the world…) is an easy way to update your post-baby wardrobe and looks great with jeans.

It’s also a great shape for breastfeeding as you don’t have a mass of material at the front to get in the way of a lift up feed and it hides a mummy tummy beautifully. Button down shirt styles can also be used for pull down style feeding (wear with a nursing vest if you want a bit of extra coverage).

Dip Hem Shirts
Quiz, Rare, New Look, Love Label, Love Label

1. Love Label Oversized Dipped Hem Stripe Top £28 – Very

2. Dip Back Oversized Shirt Was £22.99Now £15 – New Look

3. Cut Hem Blouse by Rare £35 – Topshop

4. Cream Chiffon Tailed Shirt £22.99 – Quiz Clothing

5. Love Label Dipped Hem Boxy Blouse £25 – Very

6. Sleeveless Dip Hem Shirt £19.99 – New Look

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