You had a baby! All is beautiful, shiny and wonderful in the world all the time!
Ya if this is you I seriously question if you had a baby.
Not only did you just grow a human, gain weight and then birthed the thing, you are now dealing with postpartum hormones, hair loss, and boobs that change sizes (unevenly I might add) almost hourly.
And the ever so lovely baby weight.
Now unless you are so incredibly genetically blessed, or Kim Kardashian and have trainers, nutritionists and stylists on hand…
You probably are having a SUPER fun time trying to get dressed for everyday, let alone special occasions and outings.
With a new season upon us I figured there is no better time then to embrace the new bodies that come with motherhood and offer a few tips for dressing that mummy tummy 😉
Favourite pants – Now confidence is key! and honestly I don’t know about you, but there is nothing that can take down my confidence like trying to squeeze into pants that don’t fit. My first tip is not really a brain teaser. Like your tribe, find your pants. Wear them often. Tights, Jeans – doesn’t matter! Screw trying to find a different pair and the shame of re-wearing the same pants you wore yesterday! If they work, make your butt look and make you feel like a super model who just had a baby when you look in the mirror? Wear em. That is if they don’t have baby puke on em from the day before 😉
Dressin’ Shady – I know we are entering into spring now and eventually summer but dark colours are SO flattering and slimming and can hide that little bit of love that baby left behind. If your not into wearing black then there are lots of great alternatives, my favourites being Navy and Dark Grey. To help make it more seasonally appropriate try focusing on the department you most want to slim or conceal, like butt and thighs or tummy and arms and wear the dark article that corresponds. Then wear something fun and springy on the latter! So if you’re wearing dark pants, say tights, try a bright or springy top with it, or if you wear a darker top try something lighter, like a pair of light jeans or a fun print cropped pant! For embracing the sunny seasons with dark colours I would suggest #5 as a reference 😉
A Go-To Bra – A good bra will get you far! You need comfortable, you need functional (a nursing bra for the breast feeding mamas, hello!) and you need something that can somehow work with the twins changing sizes constantly! I found something with a cottony fabric is comfortable and functional. Cotton lets it have some stretch for the ebbs and leaks 😉 Now if you’re anything like me you probably will find one you love and wear it a lot! So make sure you find one that works under everything, and is pretty! A little touch of lace can make all the difference! From feeling like a cow being milked to still being the beautiful strong woman that you are! Remember confidence is key – wear what makes you feel good NOT JUST for the functionality! Here are a few good online finds:
- Befamous Women’s Wirefree Cotton Nursing Bra
- Heidi Klum Mia Maternity Nursing Bra
- Motherhood Wireless Full Coverage Nursing Bra
- MAMA Microfibre nursing bra
Breastfeeding and Tops (not Breastfeeding tops) – When it comes to tops this can be the most annoying part of postpartum dressing, or at least has been for me. There are so many tops I see and that I love or a shirt from before kids that I want to wear and then when I try them on it’s either super unflattering with the new bust size, is incapable of nursing and or just does not fit at all. Neckline is important when choosing a top that works, any high neck lines are going to be difficult to Breast feed in unless they have buttons or a trapeze-y bottom (like the Pink Blush top above +bleow) to slide baby under. Scoop neck lines are your best bet especially in stretchier fabrics. I am NOT a fan of the nursing tanks but if that is what works for you and makes you comfortable – then go for it! There are quite a bit of options (cute ones too!) out there. Most of my clothes I wore for pregnancy the second time around or at least bought, I bought with post pregnancy in mind (hardly any actual maternity clothes), so for you first time mamas think about what your buying and if it will function for belly and post belly! Saves you money and time trying to figure out what to wear!
Layer – This is both necessary seasonally and also a great way to conceal without feeling like you have to wear bagged out clothing, or your maternity clothes! In the winter obviously it is cold so wearing a great scarf, jacket, or sweater can help to spruce up any outfit and keep you cozy (also! wrap scarves also are great for doubling as a nursing blanket!) In the spring and summer adding a light or sheer kimono, vest, or cardigan just adds to an outfit and with more movement and more texture to an outfit the less the eye is drawn to those problem areas you want to most conceal! That being said don’t over accessorize! Less is definitely best so just choose one statement piece. You want to distract not send the mind reeling with an eyesight overload!
Mamas Night Out! – Quite soon after having both my kids I had weddings and events to attend, and man is it stressful trying to find something! I found a dress with my son for a friends wedding that made me feel comfortable and beautiful but what I forgot about was functionality, and it had a high neckline and a back zipper – not great for nursing. So with that lesson inevitably learned I then was on the hunt for the best go to dress for PP and I took note from the incomparable DVF herself. Diane Von Furstenberg is known for the wrap dress and lady knows whats up. After trying to figure out the right shape and function in a dress, the wrap is the answer. Easy access to the boobs, sits in the more flattering place on the waste and you can find them in a pattern/style that suits every season! My personal fave being this great navy floral ensemble from Pink Blush!
Our bodies are amazing things. We grew babies. Little humans. How crazy is that?? So love that body, embrace your new curves, wrinkles and dimples. They are a blue print of the journey to your babies. Celebrated!
and hopefully a little easier to dress now 😉
Pink Blush was my Maternity destination but did you know they sell non-maternity clothing too? With so many styles and colours to choose from you can find clothes to dress your beautiful body, no matter where you are in life!
Dress and Top – Pink Blush
Bracelet – Dear Loves Co.
Jacket – Vintage Find
Scarf – GAP
Purse – Winners