since posting this review the lovely team at bravado have been in touch to help me find a better sizing top, it seems that the top may have had an Incorrect size labelled on it, hence the problems I have had. I will update further in due course.
I was really excited to receive the Bravado nursing vest some months back, you can read a previous review for Bravado here.
As I intended to breastfeed, a nursing top like this seemed perfect. The top that I recieved is the Bravado Essential Nursing Tank in Suede Blush, and it was too small for me to wear whilst pregnant – despite only having a bump and not having gained more than a stone by the end of the pregnancy, but not to worry, I had planned to wear it post pregnancy anyway. The model on the website is pregnant, but I wasn’t too concerned that I couldn’t wear it whilst pregnant – I preferred to wear looser clothes.
The tank is a really nice colour – Suede Blush is a really vibrant pinky/orange colour – I find that all too often nursing wear is black, white or grey, so it was lovely to have something in a nice summery colour. It’s quite a stretchy jersey type material that feels really soft, yet also tight enough to help tone those post baby tummies.
All that said, I have to say I was really disappointed with this top. I had Emma just under six weeks ago, yet this top is really uncomfortable to wear – it’s almost like it’s too small, despite me being back to less than my pre pregnancy weight and I find it really difficult to get on, as the elastic is really tight (see pics below right).
I have tried to wear it so many times, but it is just not working for me, and it’s really disappointing. It feels like a quality item, and would be great to wear under a cardigan, particularly as we approach the warmer spring weather
I also found the clip really tricky to undo – more often than not I’m doing things one handed, and that includes unclipping the top/bra to feed Emma quickly.
The clip here pushes in then you feed it through, I found it really fiddly and impossible to do one handed.
Once I have managed to get the top on (and I wouldn’t want to even attempt this is I was particularly well blessed or a larger lady!) it is OK to wear, it feels reasonably comfortable (if a little tight where the elastic sits) and the fabric is really really nice, and I love the colour. It just doesn’t work for me on a practical level. I’m sure for some women this will be a great investment, and I am sure it will stand the test of time. I have washed it a couple of times and it has washed well too which is of course a nice plus. The length of the vest if great too, and it would be very unlikely to ride up and expose any skin etc.
unfortunately, overall, its jsut not for me.
*** I was sent a Bravado Essential Nursing Tank is return for a fair and honest review. All words and opinions are my own***