As much as I am dying to wear clothing without panels, I’m dreading the days (more likely months) that my “real” clothes won’t fit after our baby finally arrives.
You may or may not have been through the postpartum dressing dilemma, but I wouldn’t take your fashion cues from Kim Kardashian on this one.
Since I have a little experience with postpartum dressing – and actually thought maternity clothes were appropriate during pregnancy – here are a few ideas for dressing comfortably while you are trying to get some version of your pre-baby body back.
While the maternity trend these days is to show that bump off loud and proud with curve-hugging knits, most women aren’t super comfortable doing so with their post-baby rolls. As always, proportion is the key to dressing for your changing figure. Slim pants with stretch will cinch where you need it and will still fit as you “deflate,” so to speak
Pair them with flowy tops that won’t hug in all the wrong places. In the summer, flip flops or flat sandals are ideal for comfort. And of course, a super cute diaper bag is always a plus. With all the adorable designer options out there – Skip Hop is still my favorite baby bag line for cute and convenient.
Dresses are quite possibly my all-time favorite option whether your still pregnant or pospartum. Nothing tight around the waist is key for me, and this non-maternity option still has crossover styling, which gives nursing moms convenient access every 2-3 hours. Colors that pop, a wide belt worn high and accessories with a little bling can really take a simple knit dress up a notch when you’re out and about showing off your new bundle. While this tote is not specifically a baby bag, you can find inexpensive inserts that make toting baby must-haves a cinch.
Are you at the end of your paid maternity leave already? When it’s time to head back to work, you may still be trying to keep up a nursing and pumping schedule. A button-down blouse is most convenient for quick access. Pair a tailored blouse with an A-line skirt which is always forgiving, postpartum or not. Add a knit cardigan instead of a blazer for air-conditioned offices. It may be hard to fit your pre-baby blazers around your newly expanded chest. A cardigan will make your ensemble look professional while providing a little extra space for your assets. Kitten heels will show everyone you know you’re back in the office without killing your “barefoot and pregnant” pieds.
As much as I love to get all dolled up, doing so a short time after the birth of a baby is not the best time. Chances are you’re sleep deprived and putting imagination or effort into getting dressed up for an occasion is last on your list of priorities. My advice: Keep it simple. Black is slimming. Black goes with black. Blingy earrings and cute clutch can make anything black go from ordinary to extraordinary.
This asymmetrical dress has random ruching and a drapey shape that will easily camouflage any unsightly bulges and rolls. The clutch and earrings add drama. And if all else fails, wear the most fabulous shoes you own. They’ll draw all the attention down – just make sure you’ve had the perfect pedicure!