Friday, March 15, 2013

Postpartum Fashion

Before I begin this post I am using the word "fashion" in the title very loosely.
The word fashion should really be replaced with
 "figuring out how to dress your awkwardly shaped body".

Postpartum dressing is hard.
For most of us we don't fit back into our old clothes.
And if they do fit they don't fit like they used to.
Your hips are wider and your belly still looks like it's four months pregnant.
And if you're breastfeeding you can kiss most of your previous tops goodbye because they are either too tight up top or are not practical as far as feedings go.

This being my fourth time to be postpartum I feel like I have a good idea of what works for me.
I'll never forget the trauma of trying to fit into my old clothes after having baby number one.
For some reason I thought within a month my body would be back to normal.
Not so much.
And when I went clothes shopping I was devastated 
because I didn't know what I should be shopping for.

With all that said.
Here are some of my tips for you postpartum moms!

1. Buy yourself a pair of jeans that fits your postpartum body.
And you don't need to spend a lot!
You can find $10 jeans at H&M and also at Forever 21.
My new favorite is a $10 pair of dark skinny jeans from H&M.
I bought a pair in the size I am now and also a pair that is a size below.
They're a great way to slowly transition into your previous jeans.
I also highly suggest wearing dark washes rather than a lighter wash.

2. Purchase yourself a few looser tops.
Make sure they're not too big though.
If they're too large they'll make you appear bigger.
You want the shirt to fit your shoulders and to be looser around your mid section.
If you're breastfeeding look for button up shirts that you can pair with your dark skinny jeans.
Having a tighter fitting shirt always makes me uncomfortable postpartum.
The looser shirt will help to disguise some of your belly.
Some of my favorite button up shirts are from Target, H&M and Forever 21.
My go to shirts are a gingham print and chambray.

My biggest suggestion is that you take the time
and spend a little bit of money on dressing your postpartum body.
Your hormones are already going crazy.
Not feeling good about how you look only fuels the crazy hormonal fire.
And remember it takes time to get back to where you were.
It took your body ten months to grow a sweet little human...
give it at least ten to get back to where it was.

I would love to hear your tips on dressing postpartum!
What worked for you?
What didn't?


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  1. I was just complaining to my husband about this yesterday!! My issue is mostly my knockers. I feel like I'll never be able to wear any of my good button up shirts again (which isn't true because eventually I will), but it feels like it! And on top of none of my old clothes fitting, all my maternity stuff is too big. I mostly stick to leggings with tunics and long shirts (especially zip up ones that make nursing very easy) or maxi skirts. I do have one pair of skinny maternity jeans that still sort-of fit. But that won't last much longer.

  2. Good advice! I am on baby 2 and am not looking forward to this "fashion stage" again!

  3. this is so great to read considering i will learning to dress my postpartum bod in about two weeks time. i have been asking family members what i should expect in terms of getting my into my old clothes. my sister in laws say it will never happen. my aunt said it took her a week. i guess we will have to see what happens for me!
    thanks for sharing!

  4. I agree with everything, especially the good fitting jeans & dark denim. I also liked wearing fitted tanks with a denim or other type of button-down shirt over them. Cute shoes still fit no matter what, so get yourself some nice wedges, heels or'll instantly feel more fashionable and pulled together. Same goes for accessories....a few of them can make something simple like a white tank and a chambray shirt look like a million bucks without breaking the bank!

  5. I really needed to hear that last part. Im 2.5 months post partum and my body isn't bouncing back as quickly as it did the 1st time. Thank you!

  6. Just had a baby 3 weeks ago, and I'm so glad I came across your post. Thanks for the encouragement! :)

  7. There are so many strange in-between stages that are tricky with having a baby. I really like using two belly bands to help everything feel more supported and pulled in. No shame here, I am totally eye-balling shapewear for this time. The knit pencil skirts that are popular right now too seem like an awesome option.

  8. I love wearing my Target stretchy maternity tanks under everything still. It seems to smooth everything out. Undercover mama tanks that attach to your nursing bra were awesome and let me get away with wearing cute but forgiving tshirts because I could pull them up all the way to nurse without exposing my midsection 24-7. I found that by buying clothes early in my pregnancy that were regular clothes and in fashion but worked around the belly, I was able to wear them afterwards without feeling like I was in "maternity" clothes.

  9. I just wanted to say great post!!! Such good tips. It's so important to remain patient with yourself and remember it is only temporary:) xoxo

  10. my baby is 4 months and i can't get back into my old jeans. it's so discouraging. with my first i was back in my regular jeans within a month and a size smaller a few months later. right now i'm living in my yoga pants and i feel so frumpy. i just bought a chambray shirt though and it's lifting my spirits a bit. :)

  11. maxi skirts are a must. I've done the post-partum thing 4 times now, too....and the thing that bugs me the most is that it seems like my shoulders have gotten broader each time! This really makes no sense, as shoulders have nothing to do with the expanding lower part of a pregnant body, but for me, that was tricky fitting into shirts I already had that were too tight up top. Good luck!!!!