Let’s talk about fashion tips for moms and looking good after the baby is born. I’ve read a lot of these “how to look great after the birth” articles. They all seem to stress ways to – camouflage your problem areas – or “hide the mummy tummy”. I’m not going to go there. I’m also not going to tell you things you already know about how tired you are and how much better you’ll feel when you freshen up your look. Instead, I’m just going to remind you that you are beautiful, and help you find ways to accentuate the beauty that comes with being a new mom.
First, take care of yourself.
I know it’s hard to remember you need care when your entire being is focused on taking care of that new little wonder in your life, but taking care of yourself is important, too. This is not the time to diet. If you’re breastfeeding, your body will need up to 500 more calories a day than you usually eat in order to keep up a healthy milk supply. Even if you’re not breastfeeding, dieting can take a toll on your body just when you need extra nutrients the most. Instead of skimping on calories, think more about the calories that you do eat. Stock up on fresh fruits and fruit juices, snack on almonds and other nuts and make sure to drink plenty of water.
The result will be clear skin, shiny hair and a healthy glow that will accent anything you choose to wear.
Pick comfortable clothes.
Comfortable and baggy are not equivalent. Pick natural materials like cotton, which lets your body breathe and move comfortably. Cotton jersey with a little bit of spandex helps keep your clothing wrinkle free and in shape, while still giving your body all the comfort of your favorite t-shirt. Avoid tight waistbands – no one looks good when they’re wincing at the pinch of too-tight clothing. You’ll find lots of comfortable casual clothes that skim your body, clinging in the right places without binding in the wrong ones.
Choose colors that make you feel spectacular.
Forget about “slimming” dark colors and vertical lines to minimize your new curves. Go for pizzazz with the colors that you love to wear. Rich, clear colors will show off that glow on your face and perk up your spirits.
Slip into some sexy new panties.
Is there anything that makes a woman feel sexier than wearing something devastatingly sexy next to the skin? Doing things that make you feel sexy and spectacular is the quickest shortcut to actually looking sexy and spectacular. It’s a simple thing – when you feel good, you look good. Remember, fashion is more than what everyone sees you wearing on your body.
Invest in a great haircut.
For many women, pregnancy means changes to your hair – more often than not, for the better. Thicker, fuller hair is one of the nicer side effects of all those hormones doing somersaults in your bloodstream. Take full advantage by getting a new cut to show it off. Opt for a style that’s easy care so that you can look good without spending hours doing it. This is one place to splurge – get the best haircut you can afford, and then invest in hair care products to keep it looking its best.
Accessories can play a huge part in your wardrobe, and they’re a great resource for those times when your look needs a little pick-me-up. Pull attention to your face by focusing color there. Necklaces, dangling earrings and scarves are all great attention grabbers. Low-slung belts are a good way to make your body look longer, and loosely clasped belt at your natural waist can emphasize those luscious curves that are the mark of a mature woman’s body. Don’t forget a stylish diaper bag or handbag to go with your outfit.
Buy a few nice pieces from a specialty designer.
There are some great designers creating pieces specifically for “transition” – post-partum and pre-I’ve-got-my-body-back. The styles are created especially to flatter and make you feel spectacular. Those designer looks are the ideal solution for special nights out or other fancy occasions such as weddings. You’ll find dresses with clean lines that show off your curves, or bare your shoulders or your back, making a smashing statement.
It all comes down to this. No one feels sexy and stylish when they’re hiding supposedly unattractive body areas. Instead of focusing your attention on the negatives, find the positives and accentuate them.
Do you agree or disagree? Perhaps, I missed something? Either way, I would just love to hear what your thoughts are on this topic… just let me know your alive!