Give yourself time to lose your pregnancy weight gradually and meanwhile follow our top 10 tips on how to feel comfortable and look stylish while you enjoy your new baby.
A week after giving birth to my first daughter, I optimistically bagged up all my maternity clothes and got my husband to put them away in the loft. But when I went to my wardrobe and tried on my pre-pregnancy clothes, the only trousers that fit were leggings and none of my skirts would do up at the waist. I refused to put my maternity jeans back on, but didn’t want to spend the next few months in one pair of leggings, so I had to be inventive with what I already owned and buy a few well-chosen pieces.
“Don’t put pressure on yourself to get back into your pre-pregnancy clothes in a few weeks. Embrace your new shape and wear clothes that flatter you now. Avoid anything that clings round your middle as it’ll accentuate it, but don’t wear big and baggy clothes either – they’ll make you look larger,” advises fashion stylist Lisa Talbot (www.lisatalbot.co.uk)
Invest in new underwear
Whether you’re breast or bottle feeding, your bra size will have changed since pregnancy, so it’s a good idea to get measured and invest in a couple of new bras. If you’ve got a special occasion coming up, try some tummy-control knickers, which hold you in but are comfy too.
Try a shirt dress
A shirt dress is a great investment if you don’t already own one, as it’ll fit you now and for years to come – just add a belt when you’ve lost the extra kilos. It’s perfect for breast feeding too.
A loose fitting, patterned shirt over leggings or jeans is an easy, stylish look. “I had a couple of floral print shirts I used to wear all the time over jeans or leggings. They were great for disguising baby sick or milk stains,” remembers Lisa, 29.
New look trousers
Bored of leggings and stretchy jeans? Invest in a pair of loose-fitting patterned trousers, which look super stylish with ballet flats.
“A blouson-fit top, which folds back on itself over your tummy area, is really flattering and feminine,” advises Lisa Talbot.
Pick high-waisted trousers and avoid low-slung cuts, which will accentuate a wobbly tummy. Wear with blouson-style tops and flats.
“A tunic-style dress in a jersey fabric will hide your tummy but look stylish and elegant,” says Lisa Talbot.
Go for a flat-fronted skirt that fastens at the side as this will skim over and flatten your tummy. Fastening at the side removes any extra bulk over your tummy.
The right jeans
Yes, you can still wear jeans, but pick a higher-waisted cut to flatten over your tummy and either skinny or straight legged style – a boot cut will make your hips look wider.
Get clever with accessories
Instantly glam up an outfit with a colourful scarf, a gorgeous handbag or some statement jewellery.
Your feet may have enlarged since pre-pregnancy, so get shoes fitted carefully. Flats are going to be much more practical (and comfy) when you’re out and about with your baby – save your heels for evenings out. A gorgeous pair of ballet flats that you can slip on quickly will look great with jeans and trousers; a pair of low-heeled ankle boots will go with skirts and dresses.
I couldn’t justify spending money on new clothes I’d only wear for a few months, so I bought myself a fabulous pair of ankle boots that made me feel glamorous and added instant style to all my outfits.
Five minute make-up routine
You won’t have loads of time to perfect your make-up in the morning, but with a few clever tricks you can still look gorgeous in just five minutes flat.
- “Choose an illuminating foundation to give your skin an instant healthy glow,” says international make-up artist Ariane Poole
- Use a cream blusher on apples of cheeks to add a warm glow, blending with fingers.
- Take a soft charcoal toned kohl pencil and line your eyes, keeping as close to top lash line as possible. On lower lash line, smudge for a softer effect.
- Choose a super-volumising mascara to add drama to eyes.
- A slick of rosy-pink lipstick makes lips appear fuller and suits all skin tones.