Fashion to flatter your post-birth body
Simplify your style while caring for your newborn
Leggings or jeggings, anything with an elasticated waistband, except for three-quarter pants! They are frumpy, so avoid those.
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.
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