How to Find Affordable Postpartum Fashion

Today I wanted to talk about something that I know a lot of women struggle with postpartum. Finding fashion that fits you at different stages of your post-pregnancy body is not only expensive, it’s exhausting! It took 9 months to create this body, which is something I have to remind myself often. It definitely won’t magically reverse overnight! Whether or not you’re trying to slim down or just regain strength, you’ll need to find clothes that fit this transition. Ready for my tips?

How to find affordable postpartum fashion - Tamera Mowry 

black chiffon dress / embroidered midi skirt / marble print leggings / choker v-neck sweater / open knit sweater / pleated wrap dress / black fit ‘n flare dress / ripped boyfriend jeans / kimono jacket / chiffon boho dress

Try a new style. Fashion wise, this is a fab time to have just had baby: the loose, flowy boho style is in and it’s flattering on all shapes. If you haven’t considered this style, now is time to try it out. What’s more, in the summer you can find beachy mini dresses, lightweight materials like chiffon, and gorgeous maxis. These don’t have to scream weekend either – with a bold makeup look, sleek bun and cute wedges, this style transcends occasions and stages of post-pregnancy – you’ll be able to rock these light and airy pieces even after you’ve lost weight or toned up, making the investment well worth it.

Find cozy extras. First and foremost, you should wear what makes YOU feel comfortable, both physically and emotionally. The cozy sweater and jeans combo is an obvious fit as far as comfort goes, but that doesn’t mean you can’t be strategic. The right top, such as this v-neck jumper or open knit sweater will give off a relaxed vibe without looking frumpy, and if your chest or tummy size changes over time, it won’t look baggy but instead slouchy. Pair with boyfriend jeans that give you flexibility too.

Branch out with bottoms. What post-pregnancy momma wants to hear that all she can rock are sweatpants? Like I said, boyfriend jeans have that looser fit so they can often continue to be a staple at many stages of weight loss. Denim gets spendy so online retailers like 6pm.com and Zappos.com are places to find deals. But you know what? Athleisure is huge right now, so you can actually find cozy, stretchy pants that won’t stretch your budget (lol) in some pretty chic styles: marble print, high waisted, Harem capris and more.

Don’t be afraid to dress up. When you’re undergoing a mommy makeover AND trying to stick to a strict budget, it’s tough to justify any splurge, let alone a fashion one. Luckily shops like H&M, Old Navy, and Dorothy Perkins have options on the cheap. You can even dress up low-key summery dresses with heels and jewelry you already have.

As far as picking a splurge item or two, I love this girly midi skirt (a great style for accentuating curves) and pleated wrap dress, which is sexy yet flattering in all the right places, especially if worn with the right jacket.

Do what’s right for you. It’s likely that many of your maternity clothes are perfectly fine for postpartum wear. Why not extend their lifetime by re-envisioning them for as long as you need? When it comes time to shop for more permanent pieces, you’ll be glad you didn’t spend so much on things that would only last for two months anyway. 

Have you gone through the post-pregnancy fashion transition before? Share your story and fave places to shop below!

Xx,
Tamera

Real Talk: The Reality of Life Postpartum

I hope you guys have been enjoying my Real Talk series here on TameraMowry.com. I personally love getting a chance to talk directly about real life struggles and triumphs, inspiration and truths, and hearing your stories in return. Today’s topic is postpartum life, something that I’ve touched on before. The thing is, life after pregnancy is different in so many ways, and we all have unique experiences. But the digital world often makes it seem like what we go through is all the same, and honestly, that it’s a lot more glamorous than it sometimes is! I think we can all relate.

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Throwback! My first time around…

As much as I hope to be an inspiration for all mommies on their journeys to getting that pre-pregnancy body back and knowing that you can achieve all your health and fitness goals, I also want to set a realistic example. The truth is that the length and pace of the journey is different for everyone. Nothing happens overnight. For some women, a major struggle post-pregnancy is dropping the weight. For others, there are mental struggles like depression (there are 3 million US cases of postpartum depression each year – and even more undiagnosed) and feelings of isolation or stress. Usually, there are both the mental and physical ups and downs to navigate.

And while it’s important to focus on keeping physically fit and healthy so that we can better meet the needs of our little ones, let’s face it – there are always going to be a million other things to focus on at the same time. Life can throw things at you that deserve more focus than arbitrary weight goals (don’t get me wrong – health is important, but a number on a scale? Not so much). Don’t be afraid to turn your focus on to something else, and even inward at times.

It took time to learn and accept that my journey is and will always be different from the next woman’s. Reading blogs, following those you don’t personally know on social media- these can all be points of inspiration, but they can also be points of comparison. It’s so important to know that what you see is only a carefully thought out version of the story. That’s why it’s become more and more important to me to be authentic – so that people get a genuine look at how I experience motherhood, my work, my home and LIFE! Life is beautiful as is, and if we’re too caught up in the physical parts of it, we can lose sight of the real focus – our loving relationships, our mental health and our happiness and fulfillment as mothers.

No matter what stage of pregnancy or motherhood you are at, I challenge you to give yourself a few words of encouragement each and every day!

What are your feelings on this postpartum journey? Do you have any words of encouragement for other readers?

Xx,
Tamera