Ask the Stylist: How to Dress Post Pregnancy

June 27, 2012

Daily Digest

Ask the Stylist: How to Dress Post Pregnancy

Pictured left to right: Print Shirt Massimo Duitti (€49.95) and Boobdesign Mother and Baby set, from €69.

If you’ve been following our stylist Ann-Marie Proudfoot’s Bumpwatch series of articles, we are delighted to share with you that she gave birth to a beautiful baby girl, India, on Valentines Day. Today, she’s back with more sound advice on what to wear once D day has come and gone.

A lot people tend to focus on the maternity element of the wardrobe during pregnancy but many forget to think about post pregnancy clothing. Due to your changing body, you can’t accurately predict what you’ll need to buy but at least you can keep some budget for it.

After nine months of pregnancy (really it’s can be 10 months or more!) I thought the day would never come for the arrival of my baby. The day came and went and I still waited! After being 10 days overdue my little girl India arrived into this world on the most memorable Valentine’s day I‘ve ever had. The joy of finally meeting this little person was shortly followed by the relief of not having to carry the big weight around anymore.

For the first few weeks, ‘dressing up’ is having a shower, getting into a tracksuit and brushing your hair (if even!).  After that, you will need to venture out and for me it soon became obvious I had ‘nothing to wear’. I felt like the boy who cried wolf when I echoed this back to my husband.  His response was “you always say that”, but I truly meant it this time!

Although I had obviously slimmed down, I still couldn’t fit into any of my pre-pregnancy clothes and hadn’t taken into account that I’d need to replace the full range (bottoms, tops, underwear and nightwear). Understandably we can’t all go out and buy a new wardrobe so it’s about being clever when choosing items so you can mix and match.

Here are some tips on helping you look and feel good after the birth of your baby:
1.    Layering is a great way to cover up that midriff area. Team a long-line vest with a loose top and a pair of fitted jeans for an overall slender look.

2.    Clothing with ruching detail and empire lines help to hide your jelly belly.

3.    Longline blouses also help disguise the belly and bum area and can be worn loose or a bit more fitted depending on the shape of your body at the time.

4.    Maxi dresses are comfortable, flow over the body and provide an all-in-one outfit.

5.    Don’t pack away your flats and trainers just yet, as they are still the most practical option.

6.    Add some colour . It’s time to inject some colour back into your wardrobe. You can keep the bottom half neutral and go for some vibrant colours for your top half.

7.    Patterns – Patterned fabric is a great way of disguising lumps and bumps. It also hides possible breast leakages. Yes it can happen!

8.    If you are planning on breastfeeding, wait until after the birth to buy your nursing bras as it’s difficult to tell beforehand what size you will need. I would recommend buying a minimum of four bras as you will wear them day and night. I found the range from Mothercare comfortable and a good fit.

9.    You will also need to ensure your tops are ‘feeding friendly’. I purchased a couple of nursing tops from the range ‘Boob Design’ (available online or at Umamma ) but they are a little expensive if buying more than one or two so look out for tops that button down and stretchy v-neck vest tops. Both of these will stretch to sit under your breasts during feeding. Choose cardigans instead of jumpers for easier access.

10.    Keep accessories simple. Even young babies can grab long earrings!

So remember, getting the right clothes to make you feel better after giving birth is not as difficult as you might think. Just remember to save a bit of your ‘maternity budget’ and you’ll be back in action in no time!

By Ann-Marie Proudfoot

For busy new Mums, I offer a house service where I will go through your body shape and plan out a practical and stylish wardrobe. On the second visit I will bring the stores to your living room! You can choose items or outfits from the range I have picked, in the comfort of your own home. You can visit my website or contact me at for more info.

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2 Responses to “Ask the Stylist: How to Dress Post Pregnancy”

  1. Susan Says:

    Great article, i felt totally lost in my style after I had babies. Fashion world seems to focus on maternity wear only. I was classic pear shape before first baby and used to disguising hips but after baby 1, 2 and three I now have a tummy to deal with. Never quite sure how to conceal a tummy effectively, Empire lines for me can make me feel like I’m about 5 months gone. For me suck me in pants from penneys have been daily staple in my wardrobe.

  2. AnnMarie Proudfoot Says:

    Thanks Susan. Yes I think after the first few weeks the empire tops work but after that you want to ditch them for less of a cover up! Good to know with the suck in pants from Penneys – which one’s are they?

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