style the bump: postpartum series

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It’s all about dressing for your lifestyle and right now mine is new-mom mode. While I covered my pregnancy style through a weekly Style The Bump series, I want to share my exploration through post-bump, postpartum life. There’s a lot of pregnancy style out there for inspiration, but what about after you have the babe? It can be another challenging time to look and feel your best, but worth paying attention to. Many of my clients struggle with what to wear. Remaining put together is a key objective, but functionality which includes comfort, being practical, and in my case nursing-friendly is a must. Most women also need to accommodate a changed shape. I still have about 7 pounds to go, and much of my wardrobe doesn’t fit which leaves me with fewer options. I don’t want an overflowing closet full of items that don’t work, and want to feel good without compromising my current needs. I also don’t want to spend tons of money on a size that won’t fit in 6 months from now. While going through the highs and lows of postpartum dressing, I’ve finally found my groove. So here’s a few tips I’ve picked up along the way to help you find yours. As usual, if you’re looking for hands-on-help from me, head to my services page for details!

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POSTPARTUM STYLING TIPS

1. RE-WORK YOUR CLOSET! Before baby arrives, I recommend re-working your closet to prepare. This includes moving aside items that won’t fit for a few months, and pulling front and center the ones that do. It also includes pulling together nursing, spit-up, and overall newborn friendly clothing. A Closet Cleanse would be a good investment during this time. Head to my services page for details.

2. SHOP SMART: Since it takes most women up to a year to reach pre-pregnancy weight, I recommend shopping wisely in the interim. While I don’t think you should make hefty investments when your body is in flux, I do think you should sprinkle in newness. Joggers, dresses with stretch, and jumpsuits with undefined waists are a few examples of items that will work for now and later. Skip buying expensive jeans until you reach your goal weight. I also recommend shopping in stores like H&M, Zara and Mango where clothing is price sensitive.

3. A LIGHT HANDBAG: I bought my MZ Wallace handbag because it was lightweight, functional, and had a cool aesthetic. While I don’t carry around a handbag often since Vida was born, when I do it needs to hit all of those objectives. A heavy handbag is not going to fly right now. I also bought this style to use as a diaper bag.

4. STYLISH NURSING BRANDS: Brands like Loyal Hana make nursing friendly clothing that is super stylish and functional. Each Loyal Hana item is constructed with a hidden zipper that gives easy access to the boob. When you’re out and need to feed the babe, coverage is key. I lived in my marni jumpsuit this summer, and have been wearing my christy tee under everything this fall.

5. BUTTON-DOWNS: Since breastfeeding, I can’t wear items that pull over my head which makes button-downs a closet staple. They keep me feeling polished while giving Vida easy access to feed.

6. ACCESSORIES: Now is a time to consider adding a few more to the closet. Scarves, hats and statement jewelry can elevate and personalize a look. Plus, accessories are unaffected by your changing body shape. The faux fur one I wear here is from Zara.

7. OVERALLS & JUMPSUITS: Because most overalls and jumpsuits don’t have defined waists, they won’t hug your mid-section – the part of your body recovering most post birth. The extra room also gives this silhouette longevity with your fluctuating weight. I scooped up these overalls from Old Navy, and bought the black version as well (biggest steal ever btw). Vida hasn’t been the only one wearing a onesie on repeat. Add a sleek blazer or moto jacket to give the overall look a bit more edge.

8. SNEAKERS: Sneakers will be my best friend this season like the Vans I’m wearing here. And with so many cool styles available, I never feel like I’m compromising style. I need to be nimble and heels will be reserved for moments without Vida.

9. GET DRESSED! I know getting dressed becomes trickier with a newborn. You’re tired, you have no time, you’re in recovery mode and the focus is on the baby, not you. But it’s important to get dressed, feel good and empower yourself! Give it a few weeks and lay low in sweatpant-mode while at home, but once out and about, don’t let personal style fall to the wayside. Even if you’re still in sweats during re-entry, switch them out for joggers and pair them with a cute t-shirt and blazer like this look. Or trade out your workout leggings for a pair of leather ones like these this fall.

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style the bump: 37 weeks

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When I first became pregnant, I had no intentions of publishing weekly Style The Bump posts, but about 6 months into the journey I realized while facing my own prenatal style challenges that others were likely going through a similar struggle. As I started to consider my changing shape, comfort, and not wanting to break the bank, I discovered styling strategies and techniques that I knew other women could benefit from. So alas, Style The Bump series for Your Soul Style was born. Which then lead to the launch of my *NEW* Prenatal/Postnatal Styling Package, which you can read details about here!

While I still have 3 more weeks to go (I’m 37 weeks today!), this babe could potentially be here at any given moment, and I wanted to share this recap with you before she arrives! So here are 6 key tips to apply while rocking your new bump…

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FAVORITE MATERNITY ITEM

Hands down, my two favorite silhouettes were a jumpsuit/overalls & dresses. You can get a complete outfit in one, and make sure to look for styles without a defined waistline to ensure room for your growing belly. 

WHERE TO INVEST

A good pair of designer denim that you will wear until the end of your pregnancy is worth the investment. Especially if you’re a jeans gal and can wear to work. Keep in mind that if you want to buy maternity jeans, wait until your second trimester when the rest of your body (aside from your belly) starts to fill out a bit. This will ensure that you’re buying a size that will last. Other items to invest in are styles you will get a lot of use out of. Even if you don’t wear in postnatal life, if you are going to live in a piece over the course of 10 months, it’s worth it! For me, it was my Hatch Cashmere Onesie. I wore it endlessly. 

MATERNITY BRANDS I ♥ 

Hatch, Mitera, Isabella Oliver, Loyal Hana, ASOS, H&M, TopShop, Destination Maternity, Zara

BE CREATIVE

There are likely many items in your closet that will work during a pregnancy, but you need to get creative! Set aside some time early on in your pregnancy to go through your closet and pull out what will work and what will not. Store the items that won’t in a separate area so you have a clear point of view about the items that will. Create a new baseline for the next 10+ months. Items in your existing wardrobe that tend to work are dresses/jumpsuits without seams, dresses with stretch,  joggers (think elastic waist), extra-long tanks and tees, oversize sweaters, oversize button-downs, skirts with an elastic waist, blazers and cardigans. 

ACCESSORIES ARE YOUR FRIEND

When pregnant, you wear a lot of the same thing over and over since your wardrobe is limited. That said, items like scarves, bags, statement jewelry, and shoes can give a blank canvas such as a solid black dress many different iterations. 

DON’T NEGLECT SEXY

YES! You’re body is changing. YES! Your belly is getting bigger, along with your boobs, butt and likely legs too. But the new curvier version of yourself is just as beautiful and sexy. It’s just about shifting your perspective on what sexy actually is. Becoming a mother is one of the most empowering journeys that life has to offer so embrace it and own it. Wear clothing that highlights your assets and your womanhood! 

style the bump: 35 weeks

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I’ve been fortunate to collaborate with some epic maternity brands throughout my pregnancy, and in this week’s Style The Bump: 35 Week post, I bring you one of my newest faves: Mitera, “a fashion brand with a core mission to make mothers feel beautiful, confident and empowered. [The company] Mitera creates contemporary, smart and versatile clothing that provides style and comfort for nursing and pumping mothers and pregnant mothers-to-be.” I was super excited when Yoko Shimada, the companies founder reached out to connect because I’m eager to learn about brands targeted towards mamas looking to maintain their stylish lifestyle! And I love being able to bring that awareness to all of you! Yoko invited me to come and join the Mitera team at the Biggest Baby Shower event, acting as their on site Stylist for the evening, and I couldn’t wait to wear the Grace Dress shown in these photos since the second I tried it on, I felt beautiful, sexy (a sometimes hard to achieve feeling when 35 weeks pregnant!) and of course – stylish.

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I’ve written about the challenge of styling maternity-wear in previous Style The Bump posts, but with companies like Mitera, women are able to invest into pieces that work for pre, during and postpartum life, while remaining fashionable and functional at the same time. This dress has so many aspects that I love. Between the gorgeous Japanese crepe fabric, to the meticulously placed knife pleats that run along the entire length of the dress and secret breast-feeding zippers, it’s nothing short of perfection. The dress is also machine washable, retaining its shape (and pleats), and constructed with “a patent-pending thin built-in front liner (kind of like a loose sports bra) so that your chest area is not immediately exposed when the zippers are open offering moms the ultimate functionality and peace of mind to help them enjoy life too as nursing moms.” It comes with a belt made of the same fabric which can be added during your postpartum days.

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Mitera is a company that believes in style from the inside out. More than just creating beautiful pieces that empower new mamas and help them feel beautiful, the company has created the Mother to Mother program. “For every dress you purchase, Mitera makes a meaningful contribution to innovative organizations working to improve maternal and newborn health in tangible, measurable and impactful ways.” Yoko is extremely passionate about this mission and believes as women we should all be supporting each other! A woman after my heart, I can’t wait to continue our partnership together.

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A special thanks to Mitera for having me come on board during the Biggest Baby Shower event, and be sure to pop on over to the site to check out the entire collection!

style the bump: 34 weeks

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Today begins my 34th week of pregnancy, and while slowing down is inevitable as my body continues to feel the affects (including swollen ankles, achy feet, an extra 30 lbs. and counting, constant trips to the bathroom and compromised sleep), I stay committed to keeping personal style on point. Like I tell my clients, there are strategies for maintaining fashion and function simultaneously, but it definitely takes some extra thought. I understand the need to be comfortable, but we mustn’t throw in the towel when it comes to our efforts towards getting dressed. Pregnancy is a vulnerable time, and self-care is essential. It’s easy to give-up on our changing body, get lazy and focus on the new baby. But I can’t stress enough how critical it is for women to take care of themselves. Get a prenatal massage, facial, a blowout, meditate, practice yoga, go shopping and take pride in your self-expression and presentation! If it means putting aside an extra 10 minutes before bed to pick out your clothes, make sure it happens. Don’t compromise your style from the inside out. How you feel in your skin and body matters. When we feel strong and beautiful we become empowered, and all of that goodness gets infused into the babe on the way! If you need help getting there, check out my pre/postnatal styling package service for some support!

Style The Bump Tip(s): The dress I wear in this post was another great non-maternity find from Zara, and while I sized up to ensure it provided enough coverage, it’ll still fit post babe – perhaps just slightly a little big. It’ll be perfect for those days right after giving birth too, especially since a button down provides ease when nursing. Yes – I get that my shoes are high, but I threw a pair of flats in my bag for an easy swap out if they became too uncomfortable. For going to dinner (by car) and getting in and out with minimal walking, they were fine. The platform worked as opposed to a stiletto because it’s less of an incline.

SHOP IT: dress, Zara // sandals, Banana Republic (old, similar) // bag, Cole Haan (old, similar)

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