Before getting pregnant, I had settled into a pretty boring “mum” uniform of jeans and a t-shirt or jumper with slouchy boots or flip flops, depending what the weather’s like! Working full time, I had my work clothes to wear during the week, which meant that I only needed casual clothes for two days a week. Now I’m on maternity leave, I’m in need of some more clothes! But it can be hard finding your style as a new mum.
I’m only a few weeks post partum, so I’m at that horrible stage where maternity clothes don’t fit but my pre-pregnancy clothes aren’t quite right – especially as I need to be conscious what jeans I’m wearing because of rubbing on my caesarean scar. Unfortunately being on maternity leave (and therefore, maternity pay) I need to rediscover lost items in my wardrobe or find some super affordable items (Primark, here I come!)
Here are my 5 top clothing items to reinvent my mum style:
High-waisted jeans and jeggings
I discovered high-waisted jeans after my first pregnancy when my shape changed and I was fed up with constantly pulling my jeans up to stop my bum falling out! Someone suggested high-waisted jeans and I haven’t looked back since! I can’t quite get in my ones at the moment because of rubbing on my scar, so I’ve settled for my high-waisted jeggings in the interim period.
High-waisted jeans are great for hiding mum tum, but sometimes you need a little extra coverage to feel confident when you’ve got a wobbly tum. I love wearing long tops that more than cover my belly and aren’t tight when I’m sitting down. Because I’m breastfeeding, they also need to be accessible, so I’ll team it with a crop top or vest top underneath depending if I have to lift it or unbutton it
I love wearing dresses, and it’s pretty much all I wear at work, but I’m not great at wearing casual dresses. I bought some lovely comfy dresses during pregnancy that were actually just stretchy non-maternity dresses so I’d love to update my wardrobe with some cute, cosy dresses paired with some tights, to see me through the rest of the winter/early spring season.
As a mum, it’s easy to chuck on a pair of trainers that are comfy and easy to run around after the kids in. But if you want to add a little something extra special to your outfit, it’s great to have a pair of affordable ankle boots in your wardrobe to shake up your style – you feel a bit less of a mum whilst still being able to run around after the kids without risking breaking your ankle!
Cardigans and Scarves
Any outfit can be changed and updated with a simple cardigan or a scarf. I’ve never been a huge fan of scarves, even though I have loads, but they’re a great accessory for updating an outfit and making it stand out. They’re also super handy to use as a cover when breastfeeding! I also love a cardigan rather than a jumper as I get hot quickly, so I like to wear layers that I can take on and off easily.
I’ll be spending the next couple of weeks raiding my pre-pregnancy wardrobe and seeing what I can use to update my mum style! Then it’s my birthday in a few weeks so I’m hoping I can treat myself to a few new items too.
*In collaboration with Uppersole*