Dear Sweetmama sisters,
I’ve finally fulfilled one of my lifelong dreams: I’m a lingerie model.
Just kidding! I’ve been selected to be a blogger for the maternity and nursing line called You! Lingerie. Same thing, right?
Not exactly, but still pretty cool. You! Lingerie sends me a product (full disclosure: yes, free of charge) and, in exchange, I wear it and share my honest and accurate experience of the garment. The runway is in my living room, and I have only two guests, one to whom I am married and one who depends on me for nourishment to survive. I’m excited.
The first product I’m reviewing is the Double You! Maternity and Nursing Tank. I got the black and hot pink one, the “Ashe,” like in the picture above.
Packaging: The first thing I noticed and liked when I received the tank top is it was sent in a reusable shipping pouch. If for any reason I wanted to return the item, I wouldn’t have to buy a new bag for shipping. That’s always such a bother to me. I know, #firstworldproblems. But still, it’s one more thing I have to do if I want to return something. This sometimes keeps me from shopping online at new places where I’m not sure how their sizing runs.
Feel: The material is soft. The top has a nice weight to it.
Comfort + Fit: When I put the tank on, the straps felt uncomfortable. But then I remembered I’ve been wearing only sports bras for five months, so of course the straps felt like they were digging a bit. Any bra strap would. Within an hour I felt no digging. Just a soft and supportive top, not too tight anywhere but snug where it counts.
With breastfeeding, I feel like my breasts really need support now except for when I’m lying down. So when I’m up and about, even just around the house, I need to have something on. I feel better wearing this nursing tank than I feel not wearing it–and that’s saying a lot for a bra top of any kind if you ask me!
I was a 34D pre-pregnancy, and I figure this is about my size right after my baby has breastfed. When my breasts are full of milk though, I’m about a 34DD or DDD. I decided that being 5’10”, and just never a size “small” in anything, to purchase the top in a medium. I feel I made the right choice. It stretches like the description says it does and fits well both pre- and post-nursing.
Ease of Use: The clasp is easy to unlatch and relatch with one hand. This is key. Nary a free hand is found in motherhood; in fact, I think when a woman becomes pregnant, she should also start growing a third arm because, darn, it would certainly come in handy!
Dislikes: My main dislike is the top only comes in bold color combinations. I appreciate that the designers stick to their own aesthetic with their color offerings, but I would love if they offered just one (one!) neutral option, like a white on white or white and grey stripes with pale pink, not hot pink, bows so the top coils fly under the radar as a true undergarment if need be. I think the hot pink bows are loverly on the bras, but on the nursing tank tops they are a little too girly-girl for me.
I would recommend this to a friend. (That’s you, my sweetmama sister!)