I've spent the last 3 years either pregnant or cuddling a newborn so I know what you're going through and hope I can be of some assistance. Post-pregnancy style can be super tough. You're exhausted and not quite yourself in more ways than just physically. But I'm a firm believer that being a mom makes you a better version of your former self and no matter how many middle of the night feedings you endure, liking what you see in the mirror helps you project that inner happiness a little further.
So let's get down to the nitty gritty.
Sarah sent pictures of everything she fits into right now. I went and found versions I could use in Polyvore as similar to her clothes as possible. Click any of the polyvore's for larger pictures and details.
1. You don't need a lot of clothes to look and feel good. It doesn't matter if you wear the same outfit over and over. Who cares? As long as you look and feel good. So while you're getting back to a weight you're comfortable with, make the clothes that fit you work overtime.
2. Keep it sleek and simple! With a new baby, the last thing you need is fussy style. In the collages below I went for outfits, shoes and accessories that were easy to get around in, and work multiple ways. In fact, I lost count of how many different ways you could pair everything!
3. Accessories make any wardrobe feel fresh. They're inexpensive ways to get a completely new look. Slip on a bold necklace or cuff bracelet and earrings and you'll be simply stylish in a jiffy.
4. Shoes make the look! You're hauling a diaper bag with you, so rotating a bunch of purses into your outfits is impractical. But shoes? SHOES make all the difference. They take a simple tank and shorts to a whole new level. Your existing wardrobe is quite simple (mostly knit tees, tanks and dresses) so add some oomph with your footwear and jewelry instead of going out and getting a bunch of button down blouses.
- I suggest the metallic wedge sandals first because they'll give you nice long legs and are neutral - they'll go with everything you have and might purchase in the future. The not-too-high/not-too-low wedge makes it easy to get around with a baby and the metallic adds polish to upgrade you to that put-together casual you're planning on.
- Another heeled sandal or two in a bright color will also elevate any of the outfits you put together. I chose red, orange and yellow because they complement all the colors of clothes you already own.
- Simple, oversize crystal earrings go with everything but also look snazzy.
- The bold necklaces and bracelets pack a lot of punch without having to pile on the accessories.
- The pops of color or sparkle in the shoes and accessories pull the attention to where you want it - those nice arms, shoulders, small waist and legs! We'll take the focus off your hips. They've done good work and deserve a break.
You could also put the crystal necklace and earrings with the all-white outfit and pop it with some colorful shoes! Or do the same with one of your black tanks, black capris and head out for the evening. Monochrome with pops of color looks very put-together, even if the clothes themselves are casual.
Gray and white together are surprisingly chic. With the silver/crystal accessories and a bold shoe - fantastic! A contrasting shoe with any of your sundresses is something you'd look great in every time you step out the door. And bright blue and orange are a very happy combo! The wooden bracelet echos the earthy tones of the olive cargo capris.
- I'm assuming you have a pair of black heels. Hopefully something above a flip-flop/below a stiletto that you can wear during the day. Pair any of your black and white items together for a simple and chic combo. Make it dressier with the crystal/silver accessories, slightly more casual with the colored accessories.
- Your maxi dresses and sundresses are great for showing off all the parts of yourself you're happy with. And don't be afraid to bust out that black Grecian dress. It doesn't have to be reserved for date night. Colorful accessories, not too-fancy shoes, a slightly un-done ponytail and you're good to go anywhere. (Never be afraid to look better than everyone else!)
- Your pink tops are inherently feminine - pair them with your tougher cargo capri's and a yellow, black or metallic shoe. I love the juxtaposition of masculine and feminine. If you have a studded sandal or belt - throw that in the mix!
- Nautical color pairings are always a nice look - your blue shirts and white shorts work well, but pick any of the other shoes besides red or you'll cross over into Independence Day territory.
- I don't know how cold it'll get in Hawaii this fall and winter, but a bright cardigan (maybe violet? yellow? or light blue?) would look great with your coloring and work with all the neutral items you already own.
- You mentioned you planned on doing some shopping after a few more pounds were lost, so I'd suggest looking for a structured skirt to throw into the mix. A dark pencil skirt would add miles and miles to your wardrobe. (Not too tight and hemmed to your knees and it'll add miles to your legs as well!) With a t-shirt and sandals it's a cut above shorts and capris. With your sparkly black tank and heels it's perfect for fancy date night! (Use those crystal/silver accessories!)
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