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Fashion tips for new moms

You’ve made it through nine months of growing proportions, have welcomed your little one to the world and are ready to begin your role as a new mother. While this time can be filled with sleepless nights, interrupted routines and general disarray, there’s no reason to commit your days to oversized sweatshirts and elastic jogging pants. Your body is beginning to return to its pre-pregnancy shape and it’s time to feel fresh and fashionable again. Take some tips to find fun and sophisticated fashions that will bring out the best in you.

Find the Balance between Playful and Refined

Some trends require a lot of work. Other styles are too bold for everyday living, and a few are simply made for teens. When you’re looking to update your wardrobe after pregnancy, consider the physical and emotional changes that you are going through in order to find the look that works with your body and lifestyle.

1. Work with your body, not against it. Perhaps you’ve just had your first child or maybe you’ve been through all this before. In any case, gravity begins to weigh a little heavier the older you get, and you may find that your body won’t bounce back so easily. This doesn’t mean that you should stock up on pleated pants when you hit 40 – learn how to flatter your body shape and size instead of hiding behind excess fabric. Bypass the miniskirts and baggy clothes and opt for fitted outfits with vertical lines to create a long and sleek physique. This is another great tip for those working at keeping romance alive after pregnancy.

2. Be confident but realistic with color. Your skin probably doesn’t have that same rosy glow of youth and the areas that you used to flaunt may be your least favorite assets now. Your style should change to reflect your maturity, so abandon the bright colors and bold prints for something a little more down-to-earth: soft colors bring light to the face, a monochromatic color scheme can look quite polished and a sharp black-and-white ensemble will never go out of style. You can keep your look updated with a piece of eye-catching jewelry or a designer belt, but focus on wearing your outfit with poise and comfort to make a great impression.

3. Find clothing that’s as nice to clean as it is to wear. Unless you’re getting ready to go back to work, you’ll want to avoid garments that must be dry-cleaned. After all, you probably don’t have the extra time in your busy schedule for another errand, plus the life of a new mom is one of spills, stains and sleepiness. Comfortable, accommodating clothing that’s easy to wash will be the best choice, so pay close attention to labels and look for button-up blouses to facilitate nursing. Remember that a little searching usually yields better results, so don’t give up on finding wardrobe staples that are both flattering and comfortable.

Keeping in style as a new mother isn’t necessarily difficult but it does require thought and commitment. Just like when you started feeling your pregnancy symptoms and you knew you had to make some life changes, commit yourself to the concept of looking beautiful and feeling beautiful and you will feel confident and comfortable everyday!

[author] [author_info]About the Author

Suzy Sheradon is the editor of and has been writing about pregnancy and parenting for years. She loves to share her knowledge and experience. She is one of our regular contributors on[/author_info] [/author]

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Along with being a contributor to, Jacqueline Wilson is: Appalachia Advocate~Supporter of Women~Writer~Accidental Pit Bull Advocate.

1 Comment

  1. 40MomsClub

    December 10, 2010 at 3:46 pm

    Fashion tips for new moms… #fashion #motherhood

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