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

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Skinies — breastfeeding at the fair — nursing cami giveaway

Skinies 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.

From our reviewer, Lauren at Hobo Mama:

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 to the left 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 — logoBUY IT!

You can purchase Skinies Nursing Camis online at Skinies.com. 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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Lauren of Hobo Mama & FamilyLauren works and writes at home with her husband and their preschool son, Mikko, and newborn son, Alrik. At Hobo Mama, Lauren blogs about natural and attachment parenting, breastfeeding, babywearing, cloth diapering, green living, and more. Lauren offers reviews and giveaways of natural parenting products at Hobo Mama Reviews and gives a behind-the scenes look at blogging and writing at LaurenWayne.com. Lauren co-hosts the monthly Carnival of Natural Parenting and is the cofounder of Natural Parents Network.

35 Responses to Giveaway: Skinies Nursing Cami $33 ARV {11.8; US/Can} CLOSED

  1. Leslie T  

    The owner has nursed 6 babies and developed this cami while nursing her last baby

  2. andalene

    I learned that the creator has 6 children herself.

  3. andalene

    I personally don’t need it now – wish I had had one then) but my sis in law & brother will need this very soon so I’d love to give this to her for a gift.

  4. Holly Wilson  

    I learned that these will work with ANY cup size and go up to a 2X! So much more convenient!

  5. Holly Wilson  

    I want to win this because I am large breasted woman, and most nursing tanks and camis will not accommodate me (especially not without the uni-boob look). I am excited to try a product that says it will work for any cup size.

  6. Mrs. Smitty

    When I watched the movie “Mean Girls”, I thought of this cami, glad to think someone else thought of it and decided to make it for other moms!
    I learned that the founder of skinies thought of the idea while nursing her 6th child. She’s a mom who would know what works and what doesn’t lol.

  7. Amy McCarty

    I learnt that it goes to a size 2X! This is great for me :)
    amymccarty@hotmail.com

  8. Amy McCarty

    I want to win theSkinies nursing cami because it would make it much easier to nurse my daughter when we are out and about. :)
    amymccarty@hotmail.com

  9. corey

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

  10. corey

    I think we’d give it to our sister-in-law.

  11. Lara J  

    I learned that this is Extra Long – which is great for coverage!
    larajarrette at gmail dot com

  12. Lara J  

    I would LOVE this because my first is on the way and I will be breastfeeding!
    larajarrette at gmail dot com

  13. Angela P  

    I learned they have a money back guarantee but they never have to use it…nice!

  14. Kim Carlile

    Jodie developed it because of her own frustration with nursing in public.

  15. Melody

    I learned that some people wear them even after they are done breastfeeding bc its like a body shaper!

  16. Hannah  

    I learned that you can get them with or without the petal design.

  17. Tanya Hebert  

    I learned the owner nursed 6 babies!

  18. Tanya Hebert  

    I want the nursing cami because nursing shirts are expensive! I can use this under any of my clothes

  19. Amanda Hoffman

    i learned that she thought”if someone could cut the feet out of pantyhose, why can’t I cut nursing openings in a shirt?” So I did. And Skinies was born!

  20. The Happy Wife/Danielle  

    I learned that this can be worn with ANY shirt/tank/cami.

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