Aaaaah. The glorious postpartum body. As if it isn't enough growing and birthing a human, but we then have to figure out how to dress the awkward postpartum body in a flattering way without breaking the bank. But how?? When your size changes almost weekly, and you're not big enough for maternity clothes, but not small enough for your own clothes. #FirstWorldProblems, but problems nonetheless!
I recently went on a bit of a shopping haul and found a whole stack of (cheap!) clothes that fit and flatter my body (aka hides all my lumps and bumps), and since many of you have been asking about my clothes lately, I decided to do a video on it!
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How to Dress a Postpartum Body: My Affordable Shopping Haul!
I know Ross can be hit or miss, so hopefully these tips show you a few things to look for wherever YOU like to shop! Some of my main tips are:
What not to do:
- Don't walk around with gunk on your shirt 😉
- Don't try to squeeze into your old clothes. You birthed a human, for heaven's sake! It will take some time to get back down “to size”. But in all reality, the truth is that your body will most likely never be the same again. So don't try to dress for your OLD body, dress your NEW body and embrace your new size and numbers. Don't try to squeeze into to stuff that's too small thinking “well as soon as I lose that final 15, I'll fit better into this.” Don't do that to yourself! Embrace the size you are NOW, dress accordingly, and if you lose 15 pounds then there's a bonus surprise!
- Don't emphasize your problem areas, HIDE THEM!
Tips for flattering your postpartum body:
- Look for clothes that billow in a flattering way in the front AND back
- High-waisted jeans with flattering stretch are the way to go.
- Leggings are FABULOUS! Just be sure to cover your booty with a long tunic, tank, or shirt.
- Wearing a stretchy shirts under everything helps smooth you out.
- Layers, layers, layers! Throwing a lightweight vest, sweater, or poncho/kimono over a simple t-shirt makes you look more put together.
Hope those tips help! Does anyone else struggle with dressing their postpartum body too? What have you found helps? Let me know in the comments below.