9 Comfortable Holiday Dresses For Postpartum Women

by Olivia Youngs

Holiday parties aren't quite the same right after you've had a baby. Although you've got more responsibility, you're exhausted, and your body probably doesn't feel the same as it used to, the postpartum period shouldn't stop you from feeling your best and looking like the hot mama you are. Believe it or not, it may be as simple as buying a new well-made and well-fitting holiday dress for postpartum women to make you feel confident and ready to conquer whatever the holiday parties throw your way — be it a hungry baby, or an extra glass or two of mulled wine.

Shopping for your postpartum body can feel awkward, uncomfortable, and like you're learning how to dress your body all over again. But the secret lies in finding clothes that you feel comfortable and confident in, while adding just a touch of formality to give it that 'dressed up' feel, not trying to change your body to fit in a certain holiday dress.

All of these dresses are also breastfeeding friendly if you've decided to nurse, and designed to fit a wide variety of body types. Whether fitting into your old holiday dresses is an option or not, a new dress designed specifically with your life phase and changing body in mind might be just what you need to celebrate the holidays comfortably and confidently.


Flirty And Floral

Floral MAMA Nursing Dress, $25, H&M

Relaxed but feminine, this nursing-friendly dress will help you stay comfortable, fashionable, and ready to nurse or pump on a whim at all of your holiday gatherings. The coloring works year round too, so you won't have to buy a new dress with each season.


Plum Coverage

Wine Cocktail Nursing Dress, $56, Milk Nursewear

Slightly form-fitting, but perfect for all body types, this wine colored cocktail dress allows for easy access for nursing, with a forgiving shape that will work with your postpartum body instead of against it. Simply slide the fabric aside at the bust when you're ready to nurse.


Maxi Magic

Bamboo Maxi Maternity & Nursing Dress, $85, Figure 8 Maternity

A classic silhouette, this wrap maxi dress can easily be dressed up or down, making it more than a "one and done" occasion dress. The wine colorway is perfect for holidays. Pair it with a leather jacket and heels or a jean jacket and a statement necklace.


Wrapped Up

Teal Floral Sash Tie Plus Maxi Dress, $59, Pink Blush Maternity

The tied wrap front on this floral maxi dress allows for easy, discreet nursing. It feels festive for the holidays, but the floral pattern also makes it fitting for the spring, so anticipate wearing this number year round.


Lace Perfection

Double Layer Nursing Skater Dress, $60, ASOS

Most people gravitate towards pastels, like this pretty blush, during for warmer months, but there's no shame in wearing a bright, airy dress to your holiday party this season, especially when it makes breastfeeding a cinch with a double layer top. Add a pair of high heeled booties and a sweater, and you're set.


Basic Black

Layered Nursing Dress, $50, Gap

Sometimes a basic LBD is all a mama needs to have her feel her best. This simple, layered nursing dress is easily dressed up or down with a few added layers and accessories. Plus, it's simple enough to wear even after the postpartum phase has ended.


Seeing Spots

Maternity Nursing Mini Wrap Dress In Star Print, $57, ASOS

Add an unexpected and non-traditional twist to your holiday look with this fun, star-patterned dress from ASOS. It's classy, flirty, and fun and you can dress it up with accessories for a holiday shindig or keep it casual while running errands.


A-Line Swing

Melissa Wrap Dress In Navy, $59, Maternity Mix NYC

All of the comfort and security of a wrap dress with the fun and flirty attitude of an A-line swing dress. You'll be twirling the night away in this number, with easy nursing breaks in between, of course.


Color Blocked

Maternity Striped V-Neck Nursing Dress, $60, Target

Of course, the wrap silhouette works very well for nursing moms, but this dress from Target takes it to new heights with a color block and sassy sash. It feels like two pieces, but is actually one seamless and comfortable number.

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