It is possible to create an awesome wardrobe that will hide the mummy tummy! Check out these 5 creative ways to look your best!
I’ll never forget the feeling of looking at my postpartum belly soon after delivering my first baby back in 2008: I held my sweet daughter in my arms, but my belly still looked pregnant!
Not knowing that it’s normal to still look pregnant for weeks (or months!) after giving birth, I rushed to the store to purchase some tops to help hide my mummy tummy. I knew we would have lots of visitors coming to meet the baby, and I was embarrassed to still look like I was expecting.
Fast forward 9 years, and I delivered my fourth baby eight weeks ago. This time around, I knew to expect it to take time to lose the baby weight, and I knew I would be sporting the postpartum pooch for a little while.
Thankfully, I’ve learned a few tips over the years when it comes to building a postpartum wardrobe.
1. Size up.
Unless you’ve lost all your baby weight, you will most likely have to size up from your pre-pregnancy wardrobe. Even if you have lost all the weight, you might find your body different from before you had children. Your hips have expanded to make room for a baby. All of your internal organs have shifted. Your breasts have grown.
Thankfully, you might not have to wear these clothes forever, and many women do eventually make it back to their pre-pregnancy weight and size. In the meantime, I suggest purchasing a size up from secondhand stores in order to save money.
Pics of me sporting my new clothes are sprinkled throughout this post. Since I had saved some jeans from before I lost weight last year, I really only needed some capris to wear this spring and summer. As you can see in the pics, I was able to pair these same capris with several tops! Opting for them in a size up from my pre-pregnancy size and getting them in a versatile color means that I will get my money’s worth out of them!
2. Choose loose and flowy.
Especially if you have a mummy tummy to hide, loose and flowy tops are the way to go. Thankfully, these types of blouses are in style now! Long, loose tunics that you can pair with skinny jeans or leggings will make you look stylish and flatter your postpartum figure.
Try to stay away from empire waistes, though. While these are cute during pregnancy, they can accentuate the belly, making you still appear pregnant.
3. Opt for dark colors or patterned pieces.
Dark colors are slimming, and patterns draw attention away from areas you might want to conceal (whereas solids can be clingy and accentuate the features you might want to hide). When my fashionista friend Candace helped me “shop from my own closet” a few years ago, she taught me that I needed to stick with patterned shirts most of the time–to help hide my diastasis recti.
I’ve used her tips ever since, which helps me get more bang for my buck, even when shopping secondhand via places. In fact, when I ordered this time’s postpartum wardrobe, I searched for patterns and dark colors. This helped me to shop faster because I didn’t have to wade through pages of colors that wouldn’t flatter my figure. (And I’m ALL about shopping faster–even if it’s just from my couch!)
My friend Candace also introduced me to the world of angled cardigans, and I’m so happy they are still in style! Especially on chilly spring mornings or evenings, angled cardigans layered over a loose, flowy top can flatter your figure.
Because I’m breastfeeding, I also layer these above a nursing tank. The royal blue cardigan I’m wearing in the above picture is one of my favorite pieces from my new postpartum wardrobe. Even though I was shopping for it secondhand, it was still new with tags! This is one piece I hope to continue wearing even after I lose the baby weight.
5. Button up!
If you’re breastfeeding your baby, button-up shirts will be your new best friend! This tip goes along with tip #4. I layer a nursing cami under button-up shirts as much as possible, and it makes it super easy to discretely nurse in public. This isn’t a must, but it’s definitely helpful!
I have a diastasic recti (a separating of the abdominal wall) that makes my stomach still look like I’m pregnant (according to the people who have asked me if I were). I have used the at-home fitness program from Fit2B Studio help heal this. Check out Fit2B studio to help lose the mummy tummy.