Who owns a little black dress that you can’t live without?!! I have several in the closet that I have owned for years. Most of them are cocktail dresses that I cannot wear every day…..and if I am being honest I haven’t worn them in years, but I still hold on to them. I’ll give it to you real – with two small children we don’t go anywhere too fancy these days!!
My wishlist for a new little black dress is one that I could wear more often than just to cocktail events or special occasions. I have learned over my 41 years (yes, I am 41 years old) that I need practicality and versatility in clothing. I need clothing pieces that I can dress up and dress down….and that I can get down on the floor with my kids when needed……because we all know that happens!
Maxi dresses are usually my go-to, but they aren’t super practical with small children because they impede me from getting down and crawling on the ground with my 1-year-old. Shorter skirts and dresses lack practicality for the same reason. What I desire are dresses that hit at or slightly below my knees. They also need to have enough give/stretch to them to allow me to get on the floor with kids.
This Sunday I put our youngest in the toddler classroom at church for the first time. I knew that I would likely have to stay in there with him until he was adjusted. I was running through my clothing options in my head trying to figure out what I could wear that would be appropriate for church, would make nursing easy, and would also allow me to get on the floor with him in his classroom if needed. Enter Nursing Queen’s Formal Nursing Dress with Side Ruffles. This dress was exactly what I was looking for!
The dress is the perfect marriage of classy with a touch of comfort and practicality. It has just the perfect details from lovely gold zipper pull in the back to the ruffles down the sides. An added bonus is the completely hidden zipper under the side ruffles, which gives access to your bra clip and breast for nursing in public. Most nursing dresses scream “HELLO I AM A NURSING DRESS”, but not this one! Since the access zippers are hidden this dress can be worn long after your nursing journey is complete and no one would ever know that it is a nursing dress. Talk about practicality! Can I get an amen?
Although the dress appears more formal, it is actually the perfect style to dress down with cute flats and a long necklace. Since we were headed to church, I chose to wear this dress with my mother’s vintage watch necklace from the 1960’s and a pair of cute wedges. The dress is made of 95% polyester and 5% spandex, which allows it to give making it perfect for chasing my toddler around. Additionally, the dress is lined, which is an added bonus!
The only caveat to Nursing Queen’s Formal Nursing Dress with Side Ruffles is that it runs small. Thankfully, the company does warn the buyer their website. I normally wear a size 14 and according to Nursing Queen’s website I was told to order an XL in this particular dress, which is what I would normally wear. It is definitely snug-fitting (more equivalent to a size large than an XL), but I am okay with that right now considering that I am still dropping baby weight. But if your situation is different than mine I would urge buyers to size up on this piece.
Overall this dress gets a 4 on our Boobable Scale and that is only due to the sizing. If the sizing was normal and it wasn’t as snug fitting it would have a perfect score because the quality and attention to detail on this dress cannot be beaten. You can watch my review video to see the dress in-person here.
"Dressing room diary" blog posts are the BEST! They give you an even better idea of how the clothes will look and fit, which is super helpful. So, we thought it would be fun to style our Nursing Queen nursing clothes with different leggings, jeans and shoes!
All of our designs fit true-to-size with an over-sized/relaxed fit (which compensates for extra weight and a larger chest). So, don't size up. If you're between sizes, size down. If your bust is one size, waist is another, and hips are another, then choose the middle size. Usually your dress/pant size (4/6, 8/10, etc) is the best measurement to follow.
Tanks: Our clip-down tanks are form fitting but not skin tight. If you are a size DD or smaller, order your regular size (S, M, L, etc). If you're larger than a DD, then you would wear our "full bust" size. Consider both your band size and your current size top. If you have a bra band of 40 (which is a size large), but you typically wear a size XL, size down to a large. We give extra room in the bust for the "full bust" sizes.
Plus Sizes: We follow a standard U.S. plus chart. Our plus sizes range from 1X-3X. NOTE: Someone who considers themselves an XXL (in misses) is not a 2X (in plus). An XXL in misses is a size 1X in plus sizing. The best way for you to determine your size is to measure your band size (right under your chest), the smallest part of your waist, hips, and follow the chart.
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The model below is a true XS (size 2 and 32C). Notice how much room she has in the hips. You can also see the difference between the two sizes. The small is much baggier.