First of all, let me start with this: I've been there, and I wasn't warned. So I’m warning you. If you’re preggo with your first baby, just know, the minute that little bundle of joy pops out, your belly - who am I kidding - your whole body, takes a bit of a hit. Please note, I am not addressing all of your super-human moms who immediately bounce back after a week. For the rest of us, today we’re sharing tips and tricks of the trade for dressing that postpartum bump and coming out the other side a cool and stylish mom.
#1: High Waist Everything
Leggings, denim, pants - all of it. The higher waist works to keep things that are a whole lot of droopy a little less droopy. I lived in high waisted leggings that created (somewhat) of an illusion of a slimmer midsection. And to be clear, I wasn’t trying to look skinny days after giving birth, what I was trying to do was figure out what to do with the new found pooch I had hanging in front of me. High waisted leggings during the day and denim (on the rare chance I needed to look a bit more presentable) kept things in place when I needed to leave the house.
Pro-Tip: Significant other want to take you on a date and you’re all like “I had a baby 30 seconds ago, I’ve got nothing to wear!” - opt for faux leather leggings. They’ve got stretch and are forgiving and will give you that “I’m not as tired as I feel” look just when you need it.
#2: Button Down Shirts
Opt for a boyfriend style here, you don’t want super fitted because a.) as we all know your boobs can get a little out of control during this time and b.) that whole post-partum baby bump thing is still in effect. The beauty of this type of top is that it’s got structure, but is still loose enough that you don’t feel like you’re squeezing into a pre-pregnancy top. It gives you a polished look, without the uncomfortable feel. Throw on a blazer and great flats and you might just start to feel like an actual human again.
#3: Structured Blazer
Speaking of blazers - look to add layers, not bulk. Adding bulk and fabric here is not going to help the cause. Look at streamlined layers like fitted blazers and stylish jackets to top off shirts and tees. Longline vests also make a great layering option.
#4: Cool Sneakers
This one’s a no-brainer but we have to mention it. Get yourself some cool kicks. Kicks that even if you leave the house in all black leggings and a hoodie, your outfit will still be cool simply because you’ve got on great Mom sneakers. Yes, Mom sneakers. That’s a thing. And they’re really cool :)
#5: Shift Dress
Headed back to work and starting to stress? Don’t. Add a few great shift dresses to your rotation - they’re again, structured where they need to be while creating length where you need it too. If you feel like you need a little more coverage, adding a layer like a blazer or vest does exactly that, without sacrificing style.
#6: Trapeze, Not Empire
Few things are worse than someone asking if you’re pregnant when in fact, been there done that. Skip the empire waist once baby arrives, it can actually draw attention to your problem area, Instead, opt for trapeze tops, they offer a different shape and silhouette that looks cool and stylish. Not all, “baby on board”. The swing starts at the top of the bust, just under the armpits creating a better shape for your postpartum body.
And when in doubt, talk to your stylist about adding a few great post-partum Ready Pretty picks to your closet. Don’t dwell on the whole post-baby body thing. A great outfit or two can make a difference in making you feel great in your clothing again.
Do you have any other favorite postpartum style tips you want to share?