Finding Your Style after Baby

A long time ago, I had a deep desire to be a fashion blogger. I kid you not. But as fate would have it, I got pregnant 2.5 seconds after wishing upon the fashion blogger star. Clearly, it wasn’t meant to be. Let me back up a little bit and say that I’ve always loved fashion. My style could be defined as classic, preppy, and comfortable {and sometimes chic…at least in my head it is}. Somewhere along the way in my metamorphosis of becoming a mommy, I lost my style. I lost my groove of knowing how to be able to dress myself and to be confident. Sleep deprivation can make you lose more than your marbles. For two solid solid months after I delivered my little princess, all I wore wore muumuus and nursing tanks. Spit-up was my only accessory. Then the time came for me to go back to work, which meant I had to re-enter my closet. Gasp. I prayed for anything to fit. I mean, I had gained 60 pounds during my pregnancy and had hardly lost it all. {But that is a different story for a different day. Can you relate?} However, I was bound and determined to get my groove back. If Stella could do it, so could I. Here are the tips that helped me transition my wardrobe into my new mama style.

style post-HMB1. Wear neutral tanks as undergarments. Wear them as camisoles under regular, loose fitting shirts, tunics, or even your maternity blouses that lack the ruching. I loved the Target brand nursing tanks, and I wore them under everything for a solid 15 months. It made nursing a breeze, and I didn’t have to rely on nursing tops. I found that those were not the cutest thing in the store. Tanks also pair well with button-up blouses and dresses. Easy breezy and not too sleazy.

2. Don’t worry about the number when it comes to the sizing of your clothes. Don’t even worry if you are still wearing your maternity clothing well after the baby comes home. Wear what fits and what you feel comfortable in. I have a wide range of numbers in my closet, and that’s okay. When it comes to fit, find clothing that grazes your curves yet leaves you with enough room to eat a hamburger.

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3. Don’t spend too much on transitional pieces. One day your old clothes in your closet will fit you again. Don’t let a fashion magazine tell you differently. Just wait it out. In the meantime, when you do need to find a few new things in larger sizes than you’re used to, shop thrifty. Target, Ross, TJ Maxx, and even Amazon, are some great options to find some pieces for your transitional wardrobe. Leggings are great transitional pieces when worn with tunics long enough to cover your behind. Thank the Lort for leggings! You can find some great leggings at the stores mentioned above.

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4. Cover up and dress for comfort. It’s amazing how modest you become {or at least I did} when you become a mom. Iv’e always been conservative when it comes to dressing, but I became even more conservative after having my little girl. Whenever I am finding something to wear for the day, I always focus on covering enough of myself that I’m not afraid of flashing anyone. Ain’t nobody want to see your tatas or hiney. Some of my rules of thumb are… If you’re wearing a skirt, cover your arms. If you’re wearing jeans or cropped pants, pair with a short-sleeved or sleeveless blouse.

5. Shop in your section. Just go ahead and skip the juniors’ department. The jig is up. If it’s a size that ends in an odd number, it’s probably best to just stay away. Those clothes were not tailored to fit mama hips and chests. This is not to contradict number 2 either. {So to clarify, don’t worry about the size so long as it ends in an even number or letter. You’ll thank me later for that tip.}

I’ve found through my own experience that I feel extra confident when I look pulled together. You don’t have to be a Stepford wife to feel that way either. Whatever makes you comfortable is what matters most. When you feel confident about your appearance, your inner beauty will shine. And that inner beauty will only make you feel like the best mom you can be.

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When do you feel most confident and stylish? Any go-to outfits that are functional and make you feel your best as a mom? Moms everywhere want to know. 

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Kristy was born and raised in the coastal town of Port Lavaca, Texas, but has called Houston home since 2006. She majored in English and Public Relations at Texas State University and later received her Masters in Education Administration. In 2008 at a Halloween party, Kristy met her match, Michael, a sweet “nerd” in the crowd, and they were married in October 2010. They welcomed their sweet baby girl Charlotte into the world in February 2013. After teaching high school English for nine years, Kristy left the world of education to stay at home with her daughter. Charlotte now teaches Kristy a thing or two about life. Kristy loves Chick-Fil-A, Target, Starbucks, and all things girly. She writes at Seven Graces, a place where she shares stories about her faith, family, and favorite things. Kristy would love to connect with you through her blog’s Facebook page or through Instagram, Twitter, or Pinterest as @kristy7graces.

3 COMMENTS

  1. I love this post, Kristy! I have to admit that I struggled a lot (and still do) finding my style post baby. I agree though, if I feel pulled together my confidence is much higher, a simple scarf and a cute bag with a tee and jeans will do it… and cute accessories of course 😉

    • Thanks, Tawnya! I think accessories are definitely my favorite thing to make me feel pulled together. I still struggle, but it’s nice to dress up and look presentable more than not. 😉

  2. Awesome tips! Not a mom yet, but by God’s grace I will be. I really look up to you and love your style (and Charlotte’s) so I def appreciate these tips. Lol @ Lort. Hehe.

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