The 4 Fabrics Every New Mum Should Stock Up On

Jennifer Camp Forbes

It seems obvious, but as a new mum, I’ve found daily laundry become a very real thing, and not just for baby clothes and linens like you might think. Your own clothes will bear the brunt of many baby mishaps as well. Yes, I’m talking pee, poop, throw-up, runny nose, sticky fingers, so on, and so forth. With that in mind, it’s crucial to create a capsule wardrobe of sorts with easy-care fabrics that you can throw in the washer while you move on to more important things.

Unfortunately, not all fabrics are created equal. That said, it’s more important than ever to start checking the tags of all that you’re planning on buying (plus what’s already in your closet), especially in the first years of motherhood. It’s vital that you always read the care instructions of the pieces you’re considering purchasing so that you can make sure that they are made of a fabric that can be easily washed when the need arises. “Dry clean only” just means one more errand to run, and “hand wash only” means one more chore to add to the list. Your time is limited, so being mindful of the care instructions is one great way to make the most of it.

To help guide you with this new chapter of your life, we broke down some of the key fabrics you should incorporate into your closet. Think cottons, linens, and more. Make sure to also shop our top picks for each type below.

1. Cotton

Madewell White Cotton Courier Shirt ($65)

This classic white button-down makes for a super-easy look that's breastfeeding-friendly.

AG Darena Pants ($298)

Step up your pants game with this cool tie-waist pair.

Madewell Whisper Cotton Crew Tee ($20)

There is nothing like a black tee. Wear this with everything from jeans to your favourite skirt.

Free People Patti Crop Cotton Pants ($78)

Elevate your casual look with these high-waisted pants. Pair with a tee or button-down shirt.

LG 5.5 Total Capacity LG TWINWash™ Bundle With LG SideKick™ and Electric Dryer ($4009)

Got milk on your top? Clean it up quickly with our pick: LG's large-capacity washer/dryer TurboWash. Give big loads the same great clean while cutting your wash time by up to 30 minutes so you can get back to mum duties.

2. Denim

Madewell Denim Oversized Ex-Boyfriend Shirt in Cameron Wash ($72)

Every closet needs a great denim shirt. We love the effortless feel of this pick.

Blank Denim Kingpin Straight Jeans ($98)

These vintage-inspired jeans are a no-brainer for any closet, new mum or not.

Topshop Fitted Denim Western Shirt ($58)

Switch up your usual blue denim top with this dark option. Wear with white denim for a contrasting look or pair with a floral skirt.

Rollas Sailor Jeans ($99)

Coming in under $100, these jeans are a major must-have. They're guaranteed to bring your denim collection to the next level.

3. Linen

Reformation Naomi Linen Shirt ( $98 ) ($59)

This linen shirt can be worn year-round. They look great with jeans, a denim skirt, or cool denim cutoffs.

Lee Mathews Carrie Wide Leg Linen Trousers ( $369 ) ($221)

We are obsessed with this trendy pair of pants, especially the striped belt and slouchy fit.

Farrow Mangue Linen Blouse ( $60 ) ($34)

Have a little fun with this flirty polka-dot top, which can always be thrown in the wash after any unexpected spills. Done and done.

Pour Les Femmes Linen Pajama Set ($325)

Cosy up in bed with these luxe pajamas, which make night feedings just a little easier.

4. Polyester/Polyester Blends 

Topshop Ruched Sleeve Polka Dot Dress by Boutique ( $110 ) ($55)

How cool is this polka-dot dress with tie details? Perfect for feeling a bit more dressed up.

Paige Alia Linen Blend Top ($189)

The shoulder details are great for subtly incorporating the current '80s-inspired trend.

Topshop Spot Animal Satin Bias Midi Skirt ($68)

Animal-print midi skirts are a major obsession of ours lately.

Zella Moon Dust High Waist Crop Leggings ( $55 ) ($33)

Whether for lounging or working out, why not try these stylish leggings?

For more on the magic of fabric selection, check out these fabric options that make any outfit look more expensive.

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