With all the changes that your body and your lifestyle are put through when you become a parent, it can be all too easy to lose sense of your personal style, and even former fashionable babes can find themselves living in yoga pants and their appearance sliding down their list of priorities. If you’re not interested in fashion, this doesn’t matter, but if you find that losing your sense of style affects your confidence, then it’s time to have some fun with it. Here’s how you can get started to rediscover your sense of style.
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Embrace Your New Body
There’s no point hiding under baggy jumpers, waiting for your body to magically spring back to what it was before you had a baby.
If it makes you feel good, take the time to keep yourself in shape, but remember that your body will probably be different now that you’ve carried a baby, and you should dress to suit your new shape. Once you can accept your body as it is now, rather than see it as a temporary thing, you should feel more like yourself.
Don’t try and squeeze into your old size, or buy things that are too big. You’ll look your best if you understand your shape and colouring, and dress in clothes that make you feel good. Show off the bits you love, and skim the bits you don’t. Stay away from old maternity wear! This will make shopping trips faster too, as you’ll have an idea of what you want before you go.
Sort Out Your Underwear Drawer
Now you have embraced your new shape, you want to give it the best starting point. Have a proper clear out of your underwear.
Throw away all your old socks, laddered tights, greying pants with dodgy elastic, and stretched out bras. Your size has probably changed, so go and get properly fitted, even if you’re still breastfeeding. Invest in comfortable, well-fitting, and easy to wear underwear. Your clothes will look better with a good foundation.
If you can, buy at least one pretty bra that makes you feel sexy for when you need a boost (or for date night). Stock up on seamless underwear in limited colours so you can put on whatever is on top of your underwear drawer and feel good.
Clear Your Wardrobe
With limited time in the morning, you don’t want to waste time searching for something to wear. Throw out stretched-out maternity wear, things you haven’t worn for years that don’t suit your new lifestyle, anything that doesn’t fit, and things you were given but don’t like. Only keep clothes that fit and make you feel good, whether that’s your old leather jacket or accessories like gothic jewellery.
It’s fine to save items for date nights or child-free days out and you don’t have to wear your regular clothes during pregnancy. It’s also fun to have some comfortable pieces for days at home. Being selective will make your favourite items last longer.