Saturday, October 8, 2011

Giveaway: Skinies Nursing Cami $33 ARV {11.8; US/Can}

This is a joint giveaway with Hobo Mama and Natural Parents Network. You may enter at one site only. Please find the section marked "Win it!" for the mandatory main entry and optional bonus entries.

Skinies — breastfeeding at the fair — nursing cami giveawaySkinies is offering our readers a giveaway of a Skinies Slimming Open Cup Breastfeeding Cami, a value of $33.

This unique open-cup design is a discreet underlayer for comfortable nursing in public at any bra size.

The nursing cami dilemma — solved

When I first started breastfeeding, I really wanted a nursing cami — but my large cup size made it impractical. For one thing, it was pretty impossible to find one that fit. For another, I needed a lot more support than a simple shelf bra could give. I needed, in short, my own nursing bra on.

When I discovered Skinies, through a giveaway win initially, I was so excited. It's like a supportive cami but with two holes cut out over your breasts: simple but ingenious.

It gives the main advantages of a nursing cami — simple, streamlined coverage — but allows you to wear your own bra. This means it works for pretty much any cup size!

Skinies — directions — nursing cami giveaway

Skinies — directions — nursing cami giveaway

How it works

Skinies — over bra — nursing cami giveaway Skinies — under bra — nursing cami giveaway

You can put the Skinies on over your bra (left), or under your bra (right).

Having your bra on the bottom is what you'd intuitively think to do first, because that's the usual way you'd get dressed! In that case, you just slip your hand into the easily accessed hole in the front of the Skinies to reach the clasp of your nursing bra, pull the cup down, and latch on.

However, Skinies mentions in the packaging and on the website that it's actually just as valid to wear your bra over the Skinies cami. I was skeptical at first — wouldn't that be like wearing my underwear on the outside? Would it feel weird to have something on under my bra?

But, you know what, I actually prefer it that way! To the right I've shown what it looks like under my shirt when I wear the black Skinies with a nude bra on top. Obviously, as in the site's photos above, it's much more streamlined if you wear the same color bra as Skinies, but I purposely wore contrasting colors so you can see what's what. (The bumpy line inside my bra is just the edge of my nursing pad, by the by.)

The reason I like wearing my bra on top of the Skinies is that it's much easier to reach my nursing bra clasp. I don't have to reach up through the hole but just inside my shirt, as normal. Once I pull down the cup front, the Skinies hole is around my breast to provide an extra cleavage shield.

Skinies recommends wearing your bra on top especially if you're wearing contrasting colors or have a lighter colored shirt on top, so that the holes in the Skinies don't peek through. I can see how that would look odd! With my bra on top, I've never noticed any strange lines through my clothes.

It's also the way they recommend crafting your own dual-layer nursing cami:

Here's Jodie, the inventor of Skinies and a breastfeeding mama of six (6) little ones, demonstrating how it all works in a short video (less than a minute long):

My take

I really love the Skinies, and here's why:

  • I really appreciate that I can wear my own supportive nursing bra. This way, the Skinies accommodates a wide range of cup sizes. (I wear a 36H, in case anyone is wondering.)

  • It's easy to use. As I said, I love putting my bra over the top — then I have just one clasp to undo that's easy to reach, and the Skinies is the foundation under it all keeping me covered.

  • Speaking of which, it helps me feel comfortable about nursing in public. I don't preach discretion to anyone — I just personally prefer to have the top of my breasts covered as I breastfeed in public. The picture there is of me breastfeeding at a fair around 80,000 of my closest friends, but you can see I didn't have to worry that anyone could see anything interesting. As the site mentions, you could also wear this for pumping at work so you feel like you're covering up what you want to.

  • It's the perfect layering piece for outfits that are otherwise hard to nurse in discreetly — like dresses or while using a baby carrier like a mei tai. As long as the neckline of your shirt or dress pulls down from the top, the Skinies will help fill in the gaps for you. Often, I'll pull my top shirt up from the bottom, so the Skinies is a nice change when it's easier to pull my shirt (or dress) down from the top.

  • The Skinies gives a nice, slimming silhouette. It's got a little Spandex to it so that it hugs your length, but it doesn't bind like shapewear. It's just a nice extra touch of mental comfort if you have a postpartum tummy. (Raises hand.)

  • On that note, the Skinies keeps my tummy, sides, and back covered. If I choose to pull my shirt up, the Skinies is a protective layer over parts I'd rather not show. You can see how my torso is covered in the picture to the right.

  • The fabric is soft and comfortable, and I felt fine having the holes around my breasts under my bra — no pressure or marks.

Are there any improvements to make?

I'm happy that the sizes run from Small through 2X, and I think that will fit a variety of shapes. However, obviously there will be some people this will not accommodate. I did find that with an XL on me that I spent more time tugging down the cami than I'd wanted to — perhaps I should have ordered up a size or tucked the cami into my pants. (I had already ordered a size larger than my pre-pregnancy size due to the fact that I haven't lost my pregnancy weight.) I think garments with Spandex tend to ride up more than all-natural fabrics, so it might be just a factor of the materials.

One problem I had was that my breasts are just so dang large that I had to tug the Skinies fabric forward a bit when I was nursing to cover up more of the breast skin I wanted to. Otherwise, the hole tended to snug back against the base of my breast, exposing more skin than I felt comfortable with. Once I did tug it into place, though, it stayed pretty well for the feeding, so it wasn't really a problem. I think people with more small to average size breasts won't have this issue, but at least it's easily fixed.

I preferred not to wear the Skinies on top of my bra, because I found it fiddly to reach inside the hole to find my bra clasp. I'm sure I could get used to it if I needed to, but fortunately I can just wear my bra on top, so we're good!

I chose the new style without the decorative petals around the opening. I have a Skinies from before with the petals and like the decoration all right, but I found that sometimes the neckline of my shirts slipped low enough to show them. I think having no petals plus a matching color bra helps make the look underneath much more discreet in case of shirt slippage. (I can't be the only one whose necklines stretch out from breastfeeding, right?) However, I did still have a few occasions where I had to realign my bra and Skinies openings to make sure there was no sliver of skin between the two.

The price of $33 might be steep for some, though I think it's a worthy price, particularly since it supports a mom-run, breastfeeding-friendly business. It helps if you think of all the money you're saving by not needing to buy any other nursing-specific clothing beyond your nursing bras!

Nursing cami success!

Here we go, final recommendations: If you're going to buy just one nursing cami, I would go with a Skinies!

It will fit you no matter what your wildly fluctuating cup size ends up doing. You can get the support you need with your own well-fitting bra instead of having to rely on some stretchy fabric to hold you and your nursing pads in place. And it will keep you covered, comfortably, from cleavage to tummy, letting you breastfeed in style and in confidence.

You can't beat that!


Skinies giveaway on Hobo Mama — logoYou can purchase Skinies Nursing Camis online at The Skinies cami costs $33. If you buy 3, you get 1 free. It would also make a great gift for a new mama!

Skinies comes in three colors: black, nude, and white.

Skinies ships internationally. Shipping is FREE in the US and starts at $5 internationally.

Skinies is also offering our readers a special discount!

Enter the code "npnetwork"
to take 20% off your first Skinies!


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jami said...

i learned that i really want to try out this product, it looks awesome!

jami said...

anything to make nursing in public is welcome in this mamas world!!!

Andrea said...

Love that they can be used to turn any Shirt into a nursing one.

miss fish said...

I learned that she went with the second manufacturer so she could maintain rights to Skinies.
Helena (at) studio32 (dot) com

simplymerry said...

I like that they are made with some spandex!
(mary michaud)
simplymerry at gmail dot com

simplymerry said...

and i would love one because i haven't been satisfied with my nursing camis and this seems like a viable alternative
(mary michaud)
simplymerry at gmail dot com

Happy Camper said...

I learned that they use special stitching to keep the daisies from losing shape while stretching.
Dana Beeman: danabeeman(at)gmail(dot)com

Happy Camper said...

I want to win it so I can give to my best friend who's having her first child.
Dana Beeman: danabeeman(at)gmail(dot)com

Natalie said...

I learned that its the only patented cami with open cups

Regi:Create said...

I learned that the idea came from a cut pair of pantyhose. If you can cut them, you can cut a cami!
So want one (or 2 or 3) of these.

Casey said...

this would come in handy... we're at 14 weeks and just found out TWINS!

Mama said...

I just Love that they can be used to turn any Shirt into a nursing one! Could defiantly use that!

Mama said...

And I want one because I would love to be able to turn any shirt into a nursing shirt! :-)

verystylishgirl said...

I learned that the idea came from a pair of cut pantyhose - brilliant!

verystylishgirl said...

I really want to try this product because of the discreteness it allows.

FreeIndeed said...

comes in 3 colors,

FreeIndeed said...

i want it to cover better in public,

Amy V said...

i learned this was created by a mom w/ 6 kids!

Amy V said...

i'd love this because i have a larger chest and always think i'm going to expose myself!

Jess said...

They have pattented cups

elita said...

her sister-in-law loved hers so much she encouraged her to make them for other moms!


elita said...

I need this cami because I nurse in public a lot,

Star said...

Any shirt is a nursing shirt w/skinnies!

Anonymous said...

I learned that skinies work like a body shaper (:

Moniquebbon at yahoo dot com

Anonymous said...

I want the skinies nursing cami for my older sister. She is pregnant & this would be great for her

Moniquebbon at yahoo dot com

Lori Carlisle said...

i never knew that they made nursing cammys

Ash said...

I learned that they are a faith-based company, I love that :)


Ash said...

We're trying for baby #2 and I plan to nurse for as long as I can :)


Jenny said...

i learned that there is no 1 way to wear it! can be over or under! so ingenious!
fabnaima (at) gmail (dot) com

Kasey G said...

I learned that Skinies is the only PATENTED cami with open cups!

Kasey G said...

I want to win because I want to have the confidence to nurse in public for my next child. We are TTC.

Unknown said...

I love the cups!
janetmulford at gmail

Susan said...

From the website, I learned that the camis have some spandex--love that idea! And I would really like to try this with my bra over the cami. I need the support of a bra, but I hate having to undo two clasps (cami & bra) every time I nurse. Very clever!

Ashley said...

I learned that it was invented by a mom (with 6 babies) so it's mother-approved :)

Ashley said...

I want a Skinies cami because with this second baby, I have decided no more covers! And with a toddler to fiddle with, too, the easier to breastfeed the newbie, the better :)

Unknown said...

I learned that it works like a body shaper.

Unknown said...

I want to try this product because i can wear it under or over my top and it simplifies breastfeeding my baby for me.

Danielle K said...

I learned that she got the idea with cut panty hose...very cool product!

danielleaknapp at gmail dot com

Jenni @ Monday Morning Coffee said...

I learned that I would really like to try this cami, I'm never had a nursing tank before and I think this would be a great one to have!!!

jennis81 {at} msn {dot} com

Ashley said...

I've been looking for good items as my little one is due in 10 days for nursing but that allows coverage as well as support. Thanks for the chance to win this!

Heather Swartz said...

I liked that it allows you to wear your own bras with it.

hswartz9800 (at) gmail (dot) com

Heather Swartz said...

I like that you can wear your own bra with it, and I want one because my biggest problem with bfing in public personally was that my stomach always showed if I wasn't covered. I think the cami would be a great solution to this problem.

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