Thursday, April 24, 2014

Building A Postpartum Wardrobe

 
Another baby, another go at this same dilemma. What to wear? It's hard enough not being able to lose the baby weight while breastfeeding and struggling with feeling comfortable in my own skin. But looking into a closet full of clothes I can't even think of wearing any time soon, it stinks. After having my first son I went through the exact same thing. Except that it ate at me so much, I was disgusted with my appearance. This time, I'm determined to make the best of it. I know that for me, holding onto the baby weight and being able to nurse my son (without fainting) go hand in hand.
 
As a way to feel as much like myself as possible I decided to just go ahead and build a small wardrobe to wear while I'm in between sizes. I obviously don't want to go crazy purchasing an entire closet worth of clothes but just enough items to mix and match during this time.
 
I've made a few shopping trips with this agenda and am happy to say that I now have something to wear - besides pj's. It's a good feeling :) Below are some items that are similar or exacts of what I've purchased.

Postpartum Wardrobe

 

<< The pieces that were on my must have list are >>


long cardigan | I find that cardigans that are around fingertip length are slimming. I bought a few neutral options along with fun colors for a little pop


jeans | I didn't want to spend a lot but jeans are such an essential item that I went with ones that were a bit pricier (for my budget at least). Good quality items really do make such a difference! Try to find at least one good fitting pair in a light wash and a dark wash.


button downs | this is a pretty obvious choice for breastfeeding moms. I went with options that weren't too snug because of that whole... postpartum thing. I also chose prints along with simpler options like chambray


shift dresses and pencil skirts | I've always been a fan of shift dresses because it doesn't cling to the belly area. HUGE plus for me these days. And since I'm in dressy attire often, I bought some pencil skirts that go well with the next item on my list...


flowy blouses | again, button ups are pretty necessary here if you have a nursing babe. I also find that wearing a looser top with a fitted (not tight) bottom is slimming. There were so many great flowy blouses in just about every store I went into. My favorites came from Banana republic, Gap, Ann Taylor
 
 
shoes | I'm not a flats person by choice but sometimes it's the only thing that makes sense. I have a pair of oxfords that I love. And when I need something dressier, wedges are a great option.


I'm no fashion expert but my best advice would be | ONLY buy items that you feel great in and will look forward to pulling out of your closet. Just because something is on sale, doesn't mean it's worth buying. It could just turn into a big waste of money. You also don't need to sacrifice style for practicality. Search until you find something that fits both categories. And lastly, take a few chances. I have a little problem with always buying things in black. I guess my mind just thinks "slimming" when I see black but that's not always the case. Pushing myself to add color has been one of the best things I've done. Makes me feel happy :)

 

I hope this was helpful for some of you. Even if you're currently comfortable with your size or shape, these pieces are pretty timeless and great for every wardrobe.

 

 

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