Disclosure: I received this product free for review. All opinions remain my own.
I don’t own any nursing tops. My neighbour lent me a stack of her nursing shirts from Thyme Maternity, the style where there is some extra, draping fabric over the breasts that hides slits for you to expose your nipple through so baby can nurse. I hated them. Milk inevitably got all over the sides of the slits so I would have to change my shirt, and I’m also not a fan of the “my t-shirt looks like it has a built-in scarf” look.
When I received my Au Fait Mama Nature Tank, my first reaction was: “This looks nothing like a nursing top.” I posted a picture of me modelling it, and had the same reaction from Facebook commenters.
Isn’t it just totally gorgeous, stylish, timeless and flattering? Made of rayon from bamboo and a touch of spandex, this tank top is now my favourite thing to wear. It’s nice and long, and the band at the bottom means it doesn’t ride up: I have a disproportionately long torso, so I really, really notice the generous length.
So it’s a great tank top, but is it a great nursing top? If you’re a “pull down nurser,” it is ideal! I nurse by yanking whatever shirt I’m wearing down over my breast, so I’m always trying to find tops that are loose enough at the neck to do this. The problem is, yanking on my shirts means that by the end of the day the neckline is all stretched out. Not with my Nature Tank! It pulls down easily for nursing, but then snaps right back into shape when we’re done.
Even though it’s a size small and I’m quite tall, the tank is long enough to go over my bum, so I can wear it with my “Mom uniform” (yoga pants). It is also stretchy enough to be a maternity shirt even over a big belly (can’t wait to try it for that!). It’s loose enough around the tummy, too, for that post-baby pouch… which, I must confess… I need to start working on. I’m taking one for the team and showing off said pouch in the side view.
So what about price tag? The Nature Tank retails for $68. Before you get your panties in a bunch and say “That’s way too pricey for a tank top,” let me just make a couple of observations. Firstly, I’m a total cheapskate, and I struggle to treat myself. However, one thing I’ve learned writing my blog and taking a careful look at my consumer habits is that you need to look beyond a price tag when choosing what you buy. Consider that a similar tank top from Banana Republic retails for $55. But, it’s not bamboo (it’s all synthetic), it’s not going to work well either as a maternity nor a nursing top and it’s made overseas. Au Fait Mama is not only Canadian-designed by Joshana McMahon, but also Canadian-made (North Vancouver). So for just over $10 more, you get a tank top that is triple-function and 100% Canadian designed and manufactured. I guarantee you that Banana Republic is making a lot more profit on its tanks than Joshana is!
If you’d like to check out Au Fait Mama’s full line, you can shop online, and if you’re in the Lower Mainland, let me give a shout out to Au Fait Mama retailer Laura from Not So Long in White Rock, a new acquaintance of mine and fellow Au Fait Mama tank lover!
Au Fait Mama is also a sponsor in this year’s Made in Canada Baby Giveaway hosted by me and Celeste at Thinking About Cloth Diapers, so stay tuned for this massive giveaway!
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