5 Ethical Maternity Lingerie Brands For New Mums

Whether you’re planning on breastfeeding or not there comes a time during your pregnancy when maternity lingerie will be a necessity. This can be yet another daunting task on your road to motherhood as it, once again, involves areas of your body that have changed and grown! To take the stress out of your lingerie shopping, whether you’re investing in nursing bras or simply need maternity pyjamas for your impending hospital stay, check out these awesome sustainable options that will have you covered no matter what your needs:

Belabumbum

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This brand, hailing from Brazil and pronounced bela-boom-boom which means ‘beautiful bum’ in Portuguese, focuses exclusively on maternity and nursing wear and believes mums and mums-to-be need to take a moment to care for themselves. I’m sure we can all agree that’s something we can get on board with! In addition to this mission Belabumbum was founded as a social enterprise, with care, ethics and dignity in all of their work interactions built into the brands approach from the very beginning. Working with 9 factories across South America they nurture entrepreneurs and boost job security through microlending, lower profit margins and smart supply chain management.   

This ethically sourced range includes nursing bras, maternity sleepwear and also a selection of activewear styles, plus you can even get coordinating sleepwear for Mum and baby, too cute!

www.belabumbum.com

Sorella Organics

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Independent Australian label, Sorella Organics, builds their range of sleepwear and loungewear for men, women and expecting mums exclusively using certified organic and fair trade cotton fabrications. But their commitment to ethics and sustainability doesn’t stop there; collections are made both locally and in Fiji, where founder Anna McGregor spent 3 years upskilling workers in cutting, sewing and finishing to help build capacity and create opportunities for workers to partner with other Australian brands, contributing to sustainable employment. Because of her efforts Anna has become an honorary member of Ethical Fashion Forums Fellowship 500, an industry body for sustainable fashion.

With beautifully soft, all organic sleep and lounge collections you’ll find everything you need for relaxing at home in those last months of pregnancy and first few months with baby when your comfort will be key!

www.sorellaorganics.com.au

Boob Design 

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Boob’s patented nursing collection began when founder, Mia Seipel, realised that mothers, just like super heroes, deserve the right gear. Almost 20 years later and the brand now makes clothes for all stages of motherhood with a focus on double function pieces suitable for pregnancy and nursing. All of this combined with their dedication to use 100% sustainable materials, responsible production through building long lasting relationships with factories that share their human rights and environmental values, and having all products certified according to Standard 100 by Oeko-Tex to ensure no harmful chemicals are present, makes Boob Design a leader in sustainable maternity wear. 

For all of your maternity and nursing wardrobe needs from bras to dresses, swimwear to leggings, look no further. These pieces will live in your wardrobe for a long time and Boob Design will even take back what you’re done with to ensure they keep their clothes in the loop.  

www.boobdesign.com

Top Secret

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With a range catering to all of your nursing needs, Top Secret Maternity was founded with a desire to help expecting mums nurse discreetly in public. Creating collections that are fashionable, functional and versatile enough to take you from pregnancy to nursing and beyond remains the brands main focus. Top Secret Maternity achieves all of this while also producing all of their garments locally in Australia from all Australian made fabrics; and with their fabric supplier, garment maker and warehouse all based in Melbourne they’re also reducing their carbon footprint. If all this wasn’t enough the brand is also accredited by Ethical Clothing Australia. 

This carefully curated collection of thoughtful designs, which includes a selection of plus size garments, will help simplify your nursing journey.

www.topsecretmaternity.com

Majamas

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Committed to making beautiful clothes that don’t destroy the planet, Majamas produces all of it’s garments locally in the USA with fabrics that are also locally made. The brands women’s, maternity, baby and soon to be mens ranges all focus on the use of organic cotton or other more environmentally conscious fabrics like Tencel, Modal or recycled polyester. Local production is what helps Majamas ensure no chemicals are present in their garments, waste water isn’t dumped into the oceans and their garment workers are fairly paid, meeting founder Germaine Capiro’s mission to build a brand centred around responsibility to the environment regardless of the cost.

Discover responsibly made maternity and nursing friendly bras, sleepwear and more plus check out their cute pieces for baby while you’re at it.  

www.majamas.com

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Wardrobe Lessons I've Learnt During Pregnancy That Apply To Everyone

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During different stages of our lives we learn lots of new things, and while my wardrobe is a big part of my life I didn't expect that pregnancy would teach me valuable lessons about it! Navigating a changing body of course presents it's challenges when it comes to what to wear but it's also been about thinking to the future and what this new season of life will mean for my wardrobe and how it works for me and my lifestyle. So here are my top 3 lessons learnt, all of which can be easily applied to any wardrobe out there:

Wash, Wear, Repeat 

It really is ok to wear the same pieces over and over again! And if you love them you'll actually enjoy it. Having my go to outfits has been so much less time consuming and easier to manage, and knowing I'll look and feel good in whichever one I choose to put on is so helpful especially in this time of change. But I do also have to admit my realisation that I'm definitely not a complete minimalist, and probably never will be! I like choice, and that too is ok. Only fitting into one Winter coat has felt a little limiting, although it hasn't really affected my ability to change up my outfits. Layering is so key, wearing different jacket/top combinations under my coat and different scarves/beanies on top of my coat has helped so much. Jeans have been a little harder as they've always been my vice and favourite item of clothing, so getting by with only 4 pairs has been challenging. I definitely appreciate my denim collection more and can't wait to fit back into my beloved jeans again!

Letting Go

I love the idea of a good wardrobe clean out, staying on top of what you love most, what you might be neglecting, what needs mending and focussing on only filling the gaps you might have is so important. But in saying that I've realised the importance of holding on to things as well...because they could be exactly what you need in a new season of your life, you just don't know it yet! Holding on to those items you feel your love affair has ended with can be difficult if you have space constraints, and of course I'm not suggesting a hoarding situation here, but certain timeless, good quality, easy to wear pieces are worth the trouble of keeping as they could be easily reintroduced into your wardrobe down the track. I've had an almost exclusive relationship with clothing that covers my chest over the last few years, meaning crew necks make up most of my wardrobe, which is going to prove problematic should I be lucky enough to breastfeed! The struggle is also real with getting shoes on these days and I dream of a couple of pairs of boots I should've kept that would've been both comfortable and easy to get on right now. You never know when or how your style may change out of necessity!

Life and Style

Practicality, although a rather unsexy word to use when it comes to your wardrobe is actually the key to your clothes working for you and never having one of those I have nothing to wear moments again. The fusing of your personal style with your lifestyle is an art form that will ensure you have the perfect wardrobe...so as you can imagine it's not always that easy to perfect, especially when both are moving targets. Really thinking about exactly how an item will work for different scenarios that play out in your lifestyle will help you determine how much wear you can actually get out of a garment. Working with a slightly more limited wardrobe these last few months has meant everything that fits me has had to be practical and cover all of my lifestyle scenarios with ease. Always consider things like how easy a garment is to care for, how well it goes with other pieces in your wardrobe, can it cross over and work for multiple lifestyle needs, does the colour work with your palette and compliment you with and without make up on (yes I'm assuming the make up brushes won't be coming out as often in the coming months!). Don't sacrifice your style but always ensure your clothes suit your lifestyle.

5 Sustainable Brands For Your Baby's Wardrobe

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When it comes to dressing your little one there are so many adorable options to choose from, I mean what isn't cute when it's in a miniature size?! But, as we know, not all clothes are created equal. When you consider how delicate newborn skin is, what you choose to wrap your baby in becomes all that much more important.

Naturally my first stop when I found out I was pregnant was to check out the huge variety of baby clothes out there, and of course make a few purchases. Over the last few months I've discovered some amazing brands that are not only ridiculously cute but also offer ethical and sustainable baby clothes that are reasonably priced. So here are my top 5 brands to get your little eco baby on his or her way to a sustainable wardrobe:


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Nature Baby

Focussing their range on organic cotton and merino wool fabrications Nature Baby ensures it's garments meet babies needs for softness, breathability, warmth and durability while taking care of the world in which they will grow. The brands GOTS certified organic cotton is sourced in India and produced on farms that have become self sustaining while also offering factory workers fair conditions. This is achieved by paying above the minimum wage, providing equality between male and female workers and having zero tolerance for child labour. Merino wool is locally sourced in New Zealand, where Nature Baby was founded, and is ZQ accredited to ensure it comes from happy, healthy sheep.

Feel confident with Nature Baby for your sustainable little ones wardrobe from newborn to 4 years old, plus you'll find a selection of bedding, toys and necessities for Mum. 

www.naturebaby.com


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Purebaby

With a vision dedicated to creating beautiful baby clothing while never compromising on social responsibility, Purebaby's range is created predominantly with GOTS certified organic cotton fabrics that have been dyed with GOTS certified natural dyes. The brand substitutes only natural fibres where organic cotton fabrications are not suitable, ensuring their garments are soft, durable and strong while also allowing young, delicate skin to breathe. Purebaby partners with social organisations, St Kilda Mums and Global Sisters, to give back to the community and also offer Nesting Workshops in their stores to pass on practical tips to soon to be parents. 

Clothe your babes responsibly from newborn to 4 years old, plus Purebaby have you covered with beautiful nursery and gifting options.

www.purebaby.com.au


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Huxbaby  

A minimalist approach is what sets this brand apart. Focusing their range on gender neutral designs in a minimal colour palette, think black, white and grey, combined with graphics that pop, Huxbaby wants parents to buy once and buy well. As well as offering thoughtful designs, Huxbaby primarily uses GOTS certified organic cotton and AZO free dyes to ensure their clothing is of the highest quality, constructed to last and most importantly delicate on your baby's skin. This range of basics that are anything but basic will work hard for you well beyond baby number one and ensure your entire brood is clothed in timeless and sustainable style.

Dress your little minimalists in Huxbaby from 0-3 months through to 5 years old...and all over again as your family continues to grow. 

www.huxbaby.com


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Milk and Masuki

As well as their namesake brand, Milk and Masuki offer a curated selection of the best organic kids products from Australia, New Zealand and around the world, all of which align with the brands ethics and aesthetics. With a commitment to organic cotton from the outset this brand offers creativity and unique designs through their hand painted prints and are proud to be part of an ethical and environmentally friendly supply chain. Designs featuring koalas and kiwis mean you can represent your baby's homeland in a completely adorable way, plus you'll find a beautiful selection of responsible accessories for Mum so you can treat yourself too.

Clothe your kids in creativity from newborn right through to 8 years old with Milk and Masuki's unique range and more from their handpicked selection of local, ethical and sustainable brands.

www.milkandmasuki.com


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aden + anais

Standing firmly behind their preferred fabric choice, this brand has become known for it's signature muslin products which provide softness, breathability and comfort for your little one as well as durability. Beginning with the multi functional swaddle, aden + anais now offer a full range of clothing, sleepwear, blankets, bibs and bedding made out of this natural fibre they believe so much in to keep your baby safe and comfortable. Because of its aforementioned durability muslin is easy to wash and will last for years, plus aden + anais now offer ranges made from 100% GOTS certified organic cotton and a silky soft muslin which is combined with rayon made from bamboo.  

Wrap your babies in natural comfort with these infamous multi purpose swaddles from aden + anais that will last for years, plus clothing from newborn to 18 months and sleepwear up to age 4.

www.adenandanais.com


This article was originally published on The Green Hub

The 3 Silhouettes You Need To Master Maternity Style

While the thought of dressing an entirely new body shape might seem daunting it really can be quite simple when you realise there are only three silhouettes you need to rely on to see you through your entire pregnancy. And the best part is, you'll likely find a number of pieces in these silhouettes already in your wardrobe. So when it comes to accommodating your pregnant belly, stick to these key shapes to master easy and flattering pregnancy and post pregnancy style:

 

Fitted

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Perfect to stretch with your growing belly, fitted styles will ensure it's obvious that you're pregnant in the early days and avoid making you look bigger than you actually are towards the end!  

Styles with ruched waists or side seam gathering fit nicely over a pregnant belly and will also be more flattering postpartum, so keep longevity in mind if you're investing in this style during your pregnancy.

Any fitted tops you currently have in your wardrobe will nicely stretch over your belly during pregnancy and if they become too short it's easy to layer a fitted tank underneath for extra length. And you can rely on fitted dresses which are perfect for showing off that growing bump and staying comfortable!

 

Empire Line

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Probably the most flattering shape to see you through your entire pregnancy, empire line styles show off your bump while also skimming over any areas that may have also grown but you'd prefer not to highlight.

Make the most of accentuating your bust and showing off your bump with empire line tops and dresses in soft and draping fabrications. This shape will also be complimentary postpartum to skim over your belly so keep in mind the wearability of pieces once baby arrives. 

You may not have an abundance of empire line styles already in your wardrobe and if you do they may not accommodate your mid section through your entire pregnancy! You can however use belts to create this silhouette with any loose fit and flowing pieces you already have or with a top worn over a dress and tied above your belly.  

 

Oversized

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Easy and comfortable, and the most likely to already exist in your wardrobe, oversized styles will last you through your entire pregnancy and beyond. 

Best in the early days when you might still be trying to hide that you're pregnant and then once again when you're struggling to find clothes that fit! You'll likely have a stage in the middle of your pregnancy when you avoid oversized pieces and instead enjoy showing your bump off!

Use necklaces, earrings and bold lip colours to draw attention up and away from your expanding belly which will create a more balanced look. And once again layering is key with oversized pieces, either to create interest or to help extend the wearability of a top with a long fitted singlet underneath. 

 

Dressing your bump should be an enjoyable experience and a fun reason to create new looks by styling your clothes differently. Remember to embrace your changing body, even though it may not always be easy, and use your clothes to help you feel like the strong, powerful Mama-to-be that you are!

How To Build Your Maternity Wardrobe Sustainably

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When you're dealing with a constantly expanding waistline there's no choice but to adjust your wardrobe to accommodate your new shape! This is such an exciting time but can also be overwhelming for so many reasons...so scratch one worry off your list because we've got you covered when it comes to your maternity wardrobe. Before you get carried away and unnecessarily shop up a storm for your new 40 week role, consider these alternatives and build your maternity wardrobe more sustainably:

Shop Your Wardrobe

Start with what you have...always the best place to start! There will for sure be certain pieces in your current wardrobe that have stretch, from jersey dresses to oversized sweaters, and elastic, like those faithful track pants or comfy leggings. These pieces will easily grow with your belly for at least part, if not all, of your pregnancy. And don't forget to pop on over to the other side of the wardrobe and check out what your partner might have that works for your new shape! I've discovered the most comfortable hoodie and some outerwear pieces that will fit me a little longer than my own. Make sure you separate out what still fits in your wardrobe as you grow and put the rest out of sight to avoid being disheartened about the clothes you can't wear, for now!!  

Borrow From Friends

If you have any friends that have recently been pregnant then hit them up for any pieces they might be looking to get rid of or are happy to loan you for the next few months. The Mum community is a very inclusive and all embracing one so make the most of being part of the club! Being able to borrow a few items from friends can significantly reduce the number of items you need to purchase or at the very least delay the need for a new purchase which buys you extra time to research. I found this super helpful at the beginning of my pregnancy when my jeans were just that little bit too tight but I hadn't got my head around maternity shopping yet! Just be sure to take good care of any borrowed items, I’m sure your friends will appreciate getting more wear out of their maternity clothes during any future pregnancies.

Buy Second Hand

While there may not be an abundance of second hand stores that specialise in maternity wear you will easily find a huge selection online at sites like Ebay. Anyone who's been pregnant, as we know, only had a need for maternity specific pieces for a short amount of time so you can imagine how many women are keen to make a bit of extra cash getting rid of clothes they're likely glad to be done with...and you get clothing that has only been used for a matter of months for a bargain price! I was trying on a pair of maternity jeans in store and checked Ebay before making a purchase only to find them for half the price and they'd never even been worn. Plus if you've borrowed from a friend you've got that extra time up your sleeve to create alerts and wait for your perfect maternity piece to present itself before you’re in desperate need of pants that fit!

Buy Beyond Pregnancy Pieces

If you do invest in a few maternity styles, because let's face it we all need to make new purchases sometimes and it's exciting as a Mum-to-be to shop for your bump, then think to the future and focus on beyond maternity pieces. So many maternity friendly styles are just as wearable post pregnancy, think side gathering details or loose and oversized fits. Plus consider your needs post babies arrival, like if you’ll be breastfeeding, if you’ll want to flaunt or disguise your post baby bod, and whether you have enough easy wash items for the spit up that’s headed your way, and make purchases that accommodate these needs as well. If you buy pieces you absolutely love then you'll be so happy to have them last you more than a few months and you’ll give yourself much more of a chance of reaching 30 wears!

Embrace your new curves and remember that although this is a temporary state you can plan your wardrobe to accommodate your short term and long term clothing requirements. Stay comfy and maternally chic my friends!  


You might also like to check out Maternity Wardrobe Essentials Worth Investing In to discover my 4 essential items to make your maternity wardrobe work for you.

This post was originally written for The Green Hub