I am so excited about today’s guest post! Style Coach, Patty Rankin, is showing us how to get our sexy back post pregnancy. Even if you are in a transitional stage in life – post baby or pre weight loss – this post and Patty’s golden nuggets of fashion wisdom is for you! Plus, Patty has one of the most awesome Facebook and Instagram feeds when it comes to style inspiration (ahem… go follow her!) because she styles for real life women with real life bodies!
You’ve had the baby, dressed that bundle of joy in a super well thought out cute outfit for their arrival home, scheduled your newborn pictures and put together lovely outfits for your little one … wait … Rewind, what about you?
When did you get lost in the mix of all of the hustle and bustle? You’re the Queen (you just gave birth for Pete’s sake), YOU had a baby, and YOU are still the fabulous woman internally, so why don’t you look the part?
Oh, ummm … is it because you all of sudden have this floppy saggy stomach thing going on, or boobs that women pay for but are filled with milk and up to your chin and usually suffocate you when you try to sleep, or a butt that has all of sudden become so wide it follows you in the mirror, or hips that definitely don’t lie according to Shakira, because everyone can see them coming a mile away? You get the idea, I am sure you can add more to this!
You have entered a new stage in life, you have opened a new chapter in your story, and you are now a Mom! Ladies, please listen to me, you can still look fabulous during the Post Pregnancy part of your journey. Here are 3 tips to inspire you, if your baby looks better than you because you’ve thought out their outfit and put more time into their “look” than yours, it’s time to step back a little bit and give yourself “Momma Style Time.” You are worth it, you really are!
Post Pregnancy Outfit Look #1 – Comfortable but Out in Public
When dressing your body to run errands, put gas in your car, or drop off something real quick to someone, it’s easy to just throw on your sweats and stained items with spit up on them. STOP, DON’T DO IT! You are better than that. I’m sure your little one looks pretty darn cute, and you should too. Here’s an outfit to inspire you to look great, but still be comfortable, especially when you are out in public. Your belly is feeling floppy, so wearing anything with elastic is best, but make sure the waistband isn’t a skinny elastic one, or else you will get that dreaded muffin top. Look for a medium or wide width waistband. Also, when wearing sweats, maternity comfy pants, etc. PLEASE do not let your butt have that “poop sack” look. You know the look; your baby’s diapers are a great example of what that looks like. I don’t want you to match your babies “look” to that extent. I am advising that during your post pregnancy time, you always wear tops/dresses that cover your bum, so you can pull up your sweats, leggings, jeans, etc. as high as you want, in order to avoid the saggy butt and camel toe. (Keeping it real!)
Post Pregnancy Outfit Look #2 – Out and About
The baby doll tunic/dress/tops and leggings look is going to be your best “uniform” during this time. You are a busy woman, are out and about with showing off the baby, going to baby play dates, visiting family to introduce the baby to everyone, etc. You will be moving around a lot with the baby (picking up, putting down, carrying, bending over, etc.) so what’s a mom to do with big boobs that get in the way of everything? One of the things I’ve heard from women during their post preg time is they don’t like having to “layer” all the time because of how big their boobs are. They feel it ruins their “style” and makes them feel “squished”. Look for items that have a higher scoop neck, and a low waist line with a baby doll look like the item pictured, and wear it with your leggings. Do not wear/buy the tops/dresses/tunics that have the line right under the boob area or are to low with the deeper scoop, it’ll drive you nuts. Add low bootie boots and bring the look completely together with a great shrug that hangs/drapes just right, or a blazer that comes in at your waist, or a cargo vest that has a drawstring at the waist. This look works really well, because your boobs will be completely covered, as well as your hips and stomach, but because you are bringing it all in at the waist area it makes you look smaller and proportioned. Add the fabulous accessory of ChewBeads. This is a great on point jewelry piece that is safe for your baby to grab and chew while you are carrying them. I highly advise for you to invest in a few of their pieces, since it’s not safe to wear your normal jewelry for a while.
Post Pregnancy Outfit Look #3 – Girls Night Out
Investing in a “skater” dress/tunic is a must during your post preg style. As you can see in the picture, the “line” goes lower than right under your boob area, which makes for a more proportioned and stomach hiding look. We all know you will need a break and will go out with the girls. It’s hard to “feel” cute when you aren’t back at your “normal” weight and your friends who have bodies that are rockin’ are hanging out next to you. I suggest that you buy one pair of really fun faux leather leggings, and pair it with heeled booties, and a vest that you probably already own. You can also add a scarf that is meant to go in a “V” shape. The scarf will completely cover your “pooch” that your stomach is carrying. You are all set and look amazing standing next to that one friend who has “time” to go work out, sleep, and eat like a normal human being. I also suggest this outfit look for family pictures. Do not wear flowy chiffon tops, they don’t picture well. I know they “hide” you, but they make people look big in pictures. Keep it pretty form fitting, because shadows will hide any “bumps” you may have, and your photographer will know how to pose you to get your best “side”.
I hope these style tips have inspired you, and just remember that you just had a baby, your body just produced a human being, your body just changed and has transformed. You are superwoman for the love all woman kind, do not get down on yourself for not immediately returning to the size you feel most comfortable with, and please quit comparing yourself to other moms, or your friends or celebrities who look “skinny”. In all honesty, they are dressing their bodies to “look” that way. You can do the same.
Use all your stretchy pants you have as your foundation, do not be a victim of “poop sack” butt. Keep your bum covered.
In order to not invest a lot in new clothes during this in between time, wear the vests/jackets/shrugs that you already own and make sure they go over your boobs.
Go buy a few tunics/dresses that work well for you; you can reuse them later even when you get back to your normal weight and size.
Buy a few pieces from ChewBeads.com – You’ll thank me later.
Wear scarves in the “V” or “Western Point” style in order to cover your pooch.
BONUS RESOURCE: Great write up on this exact topic from Redbook that I found super helpful out of everything that is currently online.
Patty is a Texas gal who relocated to Oklahoma in 2005 with her husband and two kids. She became an instant mom when she met her husband in Austin, TX. Her kids were 4 and 6 at the time, they are now 18 and 20, and she wouldn’t have it any other way! She loves her blended & diverse family dynamic and their sweet French Brittany bird dog named Harper. By day she’s the Event Concierge and Social Media Strategist for a technology firm, and a Style Coach by night. She enjoys fashion, a well made latte, a good sermon, living by the golden rule of “no talking before 10am”, fitness, the fall season, tattoos, taking Harley rides with her husband, her grandmothers homemade Mexican cooking, and saying “YES” to any adventures. Get tips and inspiration by following her style coaching on Instagram & Twitter @pattystylecoach, and Facebook – Patty Rankin Style Coach.