Similar jeans – Gap and Kut from the Kloth (on sale!) || Top – Lush (my favorite and on sale!) || Similar Vest – Levi’s and Max Studio
|| Slip-ons – Caslon (so comfy!!) || Watch – Michael Kors || Sunglasses – Amazon || Similar Tote – Sole Society || Earrings – Nickel & Suede
Our little Miss Alice is 2.5 weeks old now, which means that while my body is still nowhere near normal-looking yet, I’ve had to start leaving the house and wearing something other than pajamas – boo!! I told Luke this last week that I’ve been feeling so great this recovery, every day I’m torn between getting up and scrubbing my dirty house or just taking one more day to lounge around in sweats and snuggle my babe. It’s a struggle!
It’s hard to be both patient and forgiving with your postpartum body, especially while trying to look decent. I’ve collected a few tricks over the years for embracing this fourth trimester, while still feeling confident enough to be seen in public. Here are a few of my favorite items for flattering those extra lumps and bumps; and remember, a lot of the clothes that worked during the first (and early second) trimester, will work again after baby!
- Mid-rise jeans and high-rise leggings: that soft and squishy post-baby belly is gonna feel much more comfortable tucked into some high-rise pants, rather than spilling over a waistband that stops at your hips. Leggings are stretchy and forgiving so I like to go with the highest waistband I can find, but with jeans I prefer mid-rise since your waist and hips are kind of disproprotionate right after having a baby. For example, right now I have about 5-6 inches to lose around my waist but only 2-3 around my hips. That makes it difficult to find super high rise jeans that fit right. The boyfriend-style I’m wearing in these pics have been a favorite of mine for after the past 2-3 pregnancies (they’re about 2 sizes bigger than what I usually wear).
- Long, flowy polyester-blend tops: luckily for us new mamas, loose tops are in right now! But beware of boxy and cropped varieties which don’t do round tummies and ample bosoms any favors. And 100% cotton tees, while comfy, tend to cling to belly squish which is less flattering. The top I’m wearing in these pics has been the BEST for most of pregnancy and now the post-partum period. I have it in 4 colors!
- Vests, cardigans and jackets: these types of outerwear are key for adding an extra element of style, while camoflauging weight around the middle. If I had more of them, I’d wear a vest every single day! It helps dress up even the most boring of jean/tee momiforms and helps break up the wide expanse that is a post-partum nursing chest. You all know what I’m talking about.
- Good-fitting bra & underwear: do yourself a huge favor and buy new lingerie for this period of life! There’s nothing quite so awful as trying to squeeze a newly post-partum booty into old bikini briefs that you wore 30 pounds ago. Don’t do that to yourself! Buy some nice, high-waisted granny panties in an ample size and enjoy life 🙂 Ditto for a good nursing bra. Nobody will know if you’re wearing panties 4 sizes bigger than you usually do…and the comfort factor is more than worth it!
In the end, just try to enjoy this newborn phase of life as much as possible! Sure, you’ve got lumps and stretch marks and rolls in places you never did before…but you also have a perfect new baby to feed and cuddle and love on. So put on your stretchy pants, eat a couple of cookies and relax. You’ve earned it!!