My body has changed so much since giving birth to Riley. Since I bounced back so quickly after I had Molly, I just assumed the same thing would happen with Riley. Mostly because I attributed my weight loss with Molly to a few simple changes in my diet and basically breastfeeding. But there’s been nothing simple about losing the baby weight this time around. I’m not putting stress on myself to do it, it’s just not coming off easily. Which I’m OK with for right now. I have lost a lot of it, but I’m still hanging onto an extra 5 to 7 pounds that are making me not feel quite as comfortable in the clothes I used to wear. I used to feel very comfortable wearing more fitted outfits. And I’m not talking skin tight (I’ve never loved those), just a little more fitted to my body. For instance, I love wearing a turtleneck tucked into high-waisted pants. But right now that look just doesn’t feel quite right on me. I’m getting there, but I’m not 100% confident in a look like that yet. So lately I’ve been really trying to find clothes that are flattering but also hide my tummy area. And given that, I thought a great blog post would be my top three favorite post-baby looks. All 3 of these looks are great to wear after baby if you don’t quite feel comfortable in your old clothes.
I love this first look because it’s also breastfeeding friendly! So it’s the absolute perfect post-maternity dress. But it’s not maternity, so you can wear it forever (but you could also wear it in early pregnancy). Not that you couldn’t wear a maternity dress forever, you totally could! In fact, I wore this orange maternity dress the other day on the TV show I work on (you might have seen me wearing it in insta stories). It’s totally a maternity dress but I still think it looks cute on me post-baby so I still wear it.
Anyway, back to the navy dress in this picture. It’s flowy, covers your arms (which is important to me these days -not just because it’s fall but also because I’m not super comfortable with my arms right now), and it has buttons down the front so you can easily breastfeed if needed. I’ve just found this to be a go-to of mine if I have to look a little bit more put together/dressed up when I go somewhere.
I styled it in these pictures with a wide brim hat (I love wearing hats in the fall), a long pendant necklace, a cross body bag, a statement ring and a pair of booties. I like wearing booties with dresses because it’s so much more comfortable than wearing a dress shoe with a heel. You can see me wearing these exact same booties in the second look. So if you decide to get them, they’re actually very versatile because you can wear them with dresses and with pant looks. And with shorts once the spring rolls around. But we have a winter to get through so I won’t get you guys thinking about spring just yet. Ha!
This is a more everyday look. One you can wear in your house lounging around, but also out and about.
In the pics below I wore it to the pumpkin patch when I went with the fam the other day. I love so many things about the sweater first off! I love that it hides everything underneath. Which most oversized sweaters do, but this one is also pretty flattering. I like the cut of it and I specially love the bell sleeves. It’s also a great price at only $59! But I what I love most about the sweater is the length. It’s super long and therefore it covers my hips and booty. Both of which are much bigger since I gave birth to Riley. Ha! So all around this sweater just makes me feel confident.
Another essential part of this look are the leggings. They are only $29 and great quality! A bunch of you have already commented on my blog saying that you bought these and you absolutely love them! I’m so glad! I especially love the high-waist because it sucks in the extra jiggle I have around my belly.
Once again I’m wearing the booties that I wore in the first look. They’re super cute and comfortable so they were an easy choice to wear to the pumpkin patch. And then I added this leopard purse because I wanted to add a bit of detail to my otherwise very neutral look. I love this bag and I’ve been carrying it a ton lately. I just feel like it instantly makes my look feel more styled because of the leopard print and the gold details.
And it’s not super hard to breastfeed in. It’s oversized so there is so much room underneath that I’m easily able to tuck Riley up underneath it to breastfeed him. And I feel like it keeps him warm and cozy when it’s cooler outside. And honestly I’m not even breastfeeding Reilly that often anymore. I usually do in the morning and then I give him pumped breast milk for the rest of the day. I need to blog about this more soon and I promise I will! But because the sweater is so roomy, I’m able to use my pump underneath it when I’m out and about too.
And last but not least, look three! I’m so obsessed with this outfit that I’ve not only blogged about it before but I have also posted about it on my Insta story many times! It’s just one of my favorite layering looks. Once again I’m wearing the same black $29 high waist leggings that I talked about in the look above. But this time I’m wearing this perfect white top for layering as my base. I’ve already blogged about this top a ton but I’ll just say again that it’s super comfy, flattering and very long so it covers your booty in leggings. It’s honestly my second favorite basic I own! My standard white tee that I always blog about here is probably my favorite basic. But this one’s a close second!
I layered a chambray shirt over it and cuffed the sleeves so you can see the white poking through. I added a pendant necklace, a crossbody bag (the same one I’m wearing in look one above) and decided to go with my flat knee-high boots. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, these boots are absolutely perfect for walking around in the fall. They’re super comfortable!
Well, that’s it! I just wanted to share these looks with you guys because they’ve helped me feel confident since having Riley. Our bodies change a lot when we have children and I think it’s important that we still feel good about ourselves. Sometimes that means we embrace the changes and even flaunt them! But sometimes it also means camouflaging them so when you look in the mirror you feel your best. I hope this post helps anyone out there looking for a little pick me up in their style game after baby! Love you guys!