Fash­ion to flat­ter your post-birth body

Sim­plify your style while car­ing for your new­born

Your Baby & Toddler - - Contents - By style con­sul­tant Pippa J

1 LEGGINGS

Leggings or jeg­gings, any­thing with an elas­ti­cated waist­band, ex­cept for three-quar­ter pants! They are frumpy, so avoid those.

2 BLOUSES

A cou­ple of but­ton down blouses in a soft fab­ric – i.e. not the ones you used to wear to the of­fice. Wear­ing a tra­di­tional “work” shirt out­side of the of­fice just looks nerdy and mumsy. Choose one in a linen or vis­cose mix. The but­ton-down style makes breast­feed­ing easy.

3 CAMIS

If you don’t like bar­ing your tummy when breast­feed­ing, buy 2 to 3 de­cent breast­feed­ing camis. Wear th­ese un­der all shirts or blouses and it makes feed­ing in pub­lic so much eas­ier. Al­ter­na­tively, you know those preg­gie bands that you use over your pants when you can’t close them when preg­nant? They work well as a tummy cover when breast­feed­ing too.

With a new­born on your hands, just get­ting your­self show­ered and out of your PJS in the morn­ing can be a chal­lenge in it­self. Choos­ing what to wear can be so over­whelm­ing that it’s some­times eas­ier to just throw on pi­lates pants and a T-shirt, which is fine oc­ca­sion­ally but not as a longer term so­lu­tion.

Sleep de­pri­va­tion, time de­pri­va­tion and a body that you don’t quite recog­nise right now – all of th­ese fac­tors make it hard for you to feel good about your­self. So when it comes to get­ting dressed each morn­ing, it’s nice to take the pres­sure off. You want to make your wardrobe func­tional and easy for the next few weeks so that de­cid­ing what to wear is not added to your list of daily stresses. Try tak­ing some time out for your­self and spend an hour or two edit­ing your wardrobe.

Take out all of the clothes in your wardrobe. Only put back those clothes that you ac­tu­ally fit into, and that you ac­tu­ally en­joy wear­ing. You’re prob­a­bly sick of wear­ing ma­ter­nity cloth­ing, but for the first few months it re­ally makes sense to hang onto some of th­ese items. In a cou­ple of months’ time, you’ll be able to fit into a lot more of your pre-preg­nancy clothes.

BA­SIC BREAST­FEED­ING CAMISOLE R325 www.annabel­la­ma­ter­nity. co.za

CHECK­ERED SHIRT

R139.99

www.mrp.com

R169.99

JEG­GINGS

www.mrp.com

SLEEVE­LESS BUT­TON DOWN BLOUSE

R239

www.spree.co.za

R159

LEGGINGS

www.spree.co.za

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