When you stop and think about it pregnancy can play havoc with your wardrobe and personal sense of style.
Before I had my most recent baby I’d got to a position where I felt really comfortable in the clothes that I chose to wear. I felt that I had a good range of things in my wardrobe that fit my body shape and size well, whilst also suiting me and giving me an individual sense of style. They were items that I’d picked up in all sorts of places over the years – both new and secondhand.
Then I got pregnant and suddenly everything ended up going into storage and I instead invested in what I always thought of a a temporary pregnancy wardrobe. Pieces that I probably chose more for comfort than anything else. Things that worked with my changing body shape and all the other changes that carrying a baby brings about.
With my daughter now two months old I’m in a strange sort of limbo though. Maternity clothes no longer fit as they’re generally all too baggy, or just have been stretched out of shape by my previously 9 month pregnant body wearing them. But, then my pre-pregnancy clothes also don’t work with a body that isn’t quite yet back to pre-pregnancy size and shape. I also have to be realistic about whether my body will ever be quite the size and shape it was before this last baby.
This all means that I’m currently in the market for some new clothes. In particular some classic pieces that I can team with bits from my existing wardrobe that still fit. I’m also conscious that life as a mum (especially of a little baby) means that time is spent rushing around and also down on the floor quite a bit – whether it be playing with my daughter whilst she’s down on her play mat or the carpet, or possibly sat at a mum and baby group somewhere. This means that practical clothes are a must.
I was thinking that a pair of two of jeans would be a good place to start. Looking round the Fashion World site I’m thinking that a pair of bootcut jeans would work with some of the shorter tops I have, especially a pair of their Shape and Sculpt ones to hold in the mummy tummy that I’m still carrying around.
Pre-pregnancy I was also enjoying wearing slightly longer cut, tunic-like tops and these look fab with either skinny jeans, or jeggings.
I’m also thinking that it’s time to pick up a couple of new dresses. A year or two ago I discovered skater dresses and since then I’ve added a few different ones to my wardrobe. They work perfectly throughout the year. Leggings, boots and a chunky cardigan they are great in the colder months, and then in summer you can’t away with bare legs with them. Very much a wardrobe staple.
I realise that once I’me signed off to start running again (which I’m so much looking forward to!) my body shape is likely to change once more. That’s why I’m keen to find items which will work with the shape I am now, and also with how it might change over the following months, whilst also remaining practical. At the same time I also want something that looks stylish – rather than the just rolled out of bed reality of life! Fingers crossed I’ve got the balance right.