For better or worse, pregnancy often means missing out on the season’s fashion trends and though you may not realize it yet, so does nursing. We’d all love to spend the warm summer months in our pre-pregnancy summer wardrobes, but if that wardrobe doesn’t give you access to your milk supply quickly and somewhat discreetly, it’s best not to even bother.
The pleated maxi skirt is an of-the-moment fashion trend in which all of us can fully partake and I’ve been busy ordering and returning, ordering and returning, in an effort to find the most maternity-friendly and postpartum-friendly option out there. To put it bluntly, I’ve been trying to find the skirt with the most forgiving elastic waistband. While there are an array of brightly colored accordion-pleated skirts to choose from this spring, you don’t want to be buying the Rachel Zoe version (not surprisingly, there is absolutely no elastic in the size zero reality star’s waistbands).
Not so with the red Enza Costa Pleated Maxi Skirt, which is designed with a strong, thick elastic waistband perfect for clinging tightly to the underside of a large pregnancy bump or for giving you a comfortable waistband into which you may tuck your favorite black nursing top. And, it’s a beautifully made skirt. It is not lined, but the material is sufficiently opaque that it does not require any type of slip underneath. For those women who have been asking how they are possibly going to make it through the summer months in compression tights, this skirt is a perfect option. Slip a pair of footless compression tights underneath this floor-length choice, add a pair of adorable sandals, and no one will know you are suffering froim varicose veins and sweating profusely underneath your gorgeous, trendy skirt.
Enza Costa’s skirt is available at shopbop.com for USD $198 and is available in additional sizes at Intermix. This is not a narrowly cut maxi skirt, so there is plenty of room through the skirt for your expanding hips. Stick to your pre-pregnancy size to make sure the elastic provides the under-the-bump grip you’ll need later on in your pregnancy.