I’ve spent years refining my style, learning what suits my body and what doesn’t, and developing an extensive wardrobe of clothes that feel like ‘me’, most of which end up being work clothes.
But now, the clothes I would typically gravitate towards as ‘my style’ while shopping are incredibly ill suited to my new life as a stay at home mum.
I’ve never been good at dressing casually and now casual is my everyday which is a hard adjustment to make. Being a stay at home mum for the next year as well as a body that has been changed by pregnancy and breastfeeding means I have to adjust my idea of what my style is and learn how to dress for my new lifestyle.
Dressing for breastfeeding has to be one of the most challenging things ever. Dressing for pregnancy seems like a breeze in comparison.
What looks good is no longer my main concern with clothes, especially with tops and dresses. I need to make sure my gigantic breastfeeding boobs actually fit and are easily accessible. I never thought the ease of whipping my boobs out would be a selling point for me when clothes shopping!!
I’m learning what looks good on my new (and still changing) body – complete with wider hips, softer tummy and huge milk-filled boobs (seriously, they’re out of control!).
I have to admit that I’ve been pretty lucky with my pregnancy weight, majority of it has come off now. I’m still about 4kg heavier than I was when I got pregnant, which isn’t too bad considering I gained at least 22kg during pregnancy (I stopped weighing myself when I got to about 38 weeks!). I can now get back into exercise so I’m sure some of that weight will come off and my body will keep changing over the next few months which makes it even harder to figure out how to pick clothes that suit my body!
I’m also trying to figure out what my ‘mum style’ is, what clothes I like that fit in with my lifestyle right now. I think it will be something I figure out gradually, as I adapt to my new life as a mum. Although I’m quickly learning that marks on your top from baby drool, spit ups and breastmilk are an almost ever-present accessory as a mum to a newborn! (Grace vomited all over me about 2 minutes after that photo of us was taken!)
So far I’ve been wearing lots of leggings, jeans, denim shorts and breastfeeding friendly tops (I stocked up on a few nursing tops from the ASOS maternity range, they’re pretty awesome), with a lot of the same kind of outfits on repeat. I’m looking forward to slowly getting a little more diversity into my ‘mum wardrobe’ and finding my new style.
What are your tips for finding your ‘mum style’?
Today I’m linking up with Essentially Jess for #IBOT (I blog on Tuesdays)