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?
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!