Striped maxi dress (nursing + bump friendly) by the sea

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Express maxi dress xxs petite c/o, Express boater hat c/o, Gucci belt sz 70 (my review), Quay sunglasses, Zara bag (old)

Thanks to everyone who helped me choose this look on Instagram! I had tried on a number of pieces from Express lately and narrowed my picks down to this tie waist utility romper and this striped maxi dress. Both are chic, available in petites, and nursing-friendly (the dress is also bump-friendly) so I had a tough time choosing! The maxi dress won the popular vote, but since the romper also got a lot of love, below is a fit photo again.

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Trying on Express romper xs petite, Express hat c/o, T+B wedges (reviewed here)

I tried on my usual size xxs petite in the romper and found the torso length and bottom length to be a little short (I’m a mom now … no more hot pants lol). One size up was a more comfortable fit. If you wear regular sizing, I don’t think you would need to size up, but petite ladies who are my height (5′) or taller might want to do so in petite sizing.

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This very lightweight maxi dress has a crossover ruffled front hem, and floats airily when you walk. I agree with the other reviews from shorter ladies that the stripes are elongating, and the ruffles drape and flow well so don’t add excess bulk. The elastic band across the top on this dress is wide and flat, so it actually stays in place whether you wear it on the shoulder (see photo below) or off the shoulder. There’s also a slip skirt underneath that ends above the knees. This would be a beautiful vacation or weekend event piece, and can also be dressed down for backyard barbecues with a denim jacket.

Length-wise, I’m about 5 feet tall and this dress in petites is a little long on me to wear with flats. Since the waistband is elasticized, one old trick I like to do is to pull the elastic higher up my waist and fold extra torso fabric over the waistband, as pictured below. This will raise the hem and shorten the dress a few inches, and you can add a skinny waist belt to keep it in place (the belt will be hidden by the fabric that’s folded over). For my expecting mamas, I also tried this dress on with a pillow stuffed underneath to see if it’d be bump friendly, and it’s actually quite cute with the elastic waistband worn above a “bump”!

Since I always get undergarment questions, I usually wear my adhesive nippies, but for easy nursing access I’d recommend a simple stretch bandeau style bra that you can just pull down to breastfeed in.

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Here’s how it looks worn on the shoulder:
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san diego travel outfits striped maxi dressThank you to Express for partnering on this post. You can use code 7416 for $25 off $100 either in-store or online (see coupon terms and conditions).


18 thoughts on “Striped maxi dress (nursing + bump friendly) by the sea

  • Reply Cara April 30, 2019 at 6:49 am

    Hi! Any recommendations for where to look for more maternity occasion dresses? I have a wedding coming up at 36 weeks and I’m not sure what to wear. Thanks!!!!

  • Reply Marta April 30, 2019 at 9:46 am

    That’s a gorgeous dress, I really wanted to get a maxi dress this spring and that one looks super pretty, I love the wrap detail and how it shows a bit of the leg.

  • Reply LC April 30, 2019 at 6:50 pm

    Oh my goodness, I love both of these pieces!! I’m going to order them both for an anniversary trip to wine country and Carmel By-the-Sea. I’m definitely not expecting or nursing. ha ha ha. However, the maxi dress will be perfect for dinner out, and the romper will be perfect for touring wineries! And the hat is a MUST! I’m 5’2″ and have a hard time with maxi dresses, especially, so thank you so much! You look adorable!

  • Reply Annika April 30, 2019 at 8:57 pm

    It would be nice if you made something like “Extra petite” style for beginners series! I adore your style and could definitely imagine myself copying many outfits in near future (I am 23 years old and about the same height- 153cm), but I think for that a beginner capsule wardrobe is much needed to give some guidance!
    Much love from a reader in Stockholm, Sweden 🙂

  • Reply Sharon Rausch April 30, 2019 at 10:12 pm

    I found your blog by chance. Thank you so much.

  • Reply Kristen April 30, 2019 at 11:11 pm

    I adore this look!

  • Reply Elizabeth T. May 1, 2019 at 1:17 am

    That striped dress is sooo beautiful <3 🙂 I love the spring vibes!

    XO, Elizabeth T.

  • Reply Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog May 1, 2019 at 2:01 am

    What a gorgeous dress, and such a convenient one for mothers too! I love it! Thanks for sharing, Jean! ❤️✨

    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

  • Reply Janine May 1, 2019 at 2:04 am

    This is such a pretty dress! I bought a striped maxi dress myself a few weeks ago and I absolutely adore it, I agree with you, it’s really flattering!
    Xx Janine

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  • Reply Michael @ Mile in My Glasses May 1, 2019 at 4:01 am

    Your romper is beautiful Jean, it looks so nice and perfect for the seaside!

    I hope you have a great Wednesday,

  • Reply Anonymous May 1, 2019 at 8:19 am

    You’re so beautiful. I love your style.

  • Reply Anika May 1, 2019 at 11:55 am

    Love the off the shoulder look, very pretty!

    Anika |

  • Reply Maureen May 1, 2019 at 4:18 pm

    Cute dress! It looks beautiful on you as always and I love that it can be worn on the shoulders as well!

    Maureen |

  • Reply margie sanders flower May 1, 2019 at 8:00 pm

    loved the black off the shoulder romper-had to get it thank you for shareing all your beautiful styles for us!

  • Reply Valeri Pighini May 2, 2019 at 10:46 am

    Yes, the romper looks great on you. I loved the comment by someone else who said they’re going to wear it to the wineries. absolutely perfect! Love, Val

  • Reply Jae May 3, 2019 at 4:14 pm

    Oh I absolutely love these beach looks! The maxi dress looks gorgeous on you and your straw bag is so cute!

  • Reply Anna Hassan May 6, 2019 at 9:17 pm

    Very vacationy!

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