Tuesday, July 29th, 2008
The X-Y Collection: Mix-and-Match Attire for Pregnancy and Nursing
Fashion is the next to last thing this dad knows about. The last thing is nursing attire. But after three years blogging, I hope the following is worthy of mention.
The X-Y Collection by Derech is an array of stretchy cotton garment layers. It’s a mix-and-match deal where one piece covers half your chest and one boob, and the next piece is placed on top (or underneath) to wrap the rest of your chest.
See, that’s how mommy and daddy bloggers differ. My wife says "breast" and I say "boob." Hey, at least I didn’t say fun bag.
(Well, writing that last part at least made my wife laugh. It should; she said it.)
There are several Big Ideas here.
First, you buy a bunch of different colored pieces, then wear a new color combination each day.
Second, these are nursing garments because the stretchy fabric makes it easy to whip out your boob for a demanding baby.
Third, while the colors provide many variations, you can also get sleeved and sleeveless and can build a shirt, tunic or dress. The unifying factor is that they all appear to fit snugly on curvaceous bodies.
Oh, I knew there was a reason I don’t write fashion articles.
What really attracted me to the X-Y Collection was its passing similarity to the android Andrea in the Star Trek episode where her love for Captain Kirk breaks her little metal heart.
My wife’s take: The X-Y Collection looks comfortable and flexible with many styles, but tank tops don’t work for large breasts or colder weather. Don’t work for large breasts? Just look at Andrea!
The bad news is that the clothes are apparently only sold in shops in Israel. I e-mailed the company a few questions, but after plugging an automated response into an English-Hebrew translator one word at a time, it seems they are on vacation until August 1. If anyone reads Hebrew, maybe you can share additional details from the website.
- English product pages (some images, limited explanation)
- Photo gallery, extensive
- Second photo gallery (more of a slideshow)
- Jerusalem Post article about the inventor, Merav
- The company’s front page (scroll down for some interesting rotating imagery, then wander cluelessly through the website for additional images)