If you’re like a lot of new moms, you’re rethinking your sense of style. After nine months of maternity outfits, you’re probably more than ready for a fashion makeover. Busy mommies without a lot of spare time, take note. We’re going to tell you how to reinvent your look easily and affordably.
Quick style changes that don’t take much time or money
Sometimes, a nifty new accessory is just the thing you need to spiff up your postpartum style. Add a fabulous scarf to make a fashion statement without saying a word, says Parenting magazine. Throw on a black or navy blue blazer when you leave the house, and the world won’t notice your decidedly casual new-mommy look. And don’t fret for a moment if you don’t make time to put on a faceful of makeup. Slather on a lightweight moisturizer, put on a quick flick of mascara, add a dab of lip gloss, and you’re good to go. If staying up with baby leaves you with puffy eyes in the morning, pop on an oversized pair of sunglasses and get on with your busy mommy day.
Of course, there will be times when you absolutely want to look your best. The trouble is finding the time to go shopping. New moms are often awake at all hours, and that’s a great time to browse online clothing boutiques for dresses, tops, pants, skirts, and flirty rompers. Choose silky tops, sassy skirts, and other separates that work together, and coordinating your new “look” will be practically effortless. When you find a boutique that offers clothing styles that you love, sign up for their e-mail newsletter and stay apprised of special sales and discount offers.
Ditch the dorky diaper bag.
Seriously. Get rid of it and replace it with a sweet bag from Ju-Ju-Be. No new mom needs to feel frumpy when toting baby necessities. Choose a big bag with lots of pockets like the BFF or Be Right Back. They are machine washable and come in a large variety of prints, plus you can get matching accessories like wallets and paci pods.
Grown up style and beauty boosts
Now that you’re a mother, you might want to think about updating your hairstyle for a more mature doo. A great cut that’s super easy to take care of can make a world of difference in how a new mommy feels about her new role in life, suggests Good Housekeeping magazine.
If you go back to work after the birth of your baby, you may wish to update your office wardrobe. Lower heels can be just as stylish as power heels and are a lot easier to wear during a busy day. If you can do your job from home, set aside a dedicated work space and put on lipstick when you sit at your desk to work. It may seem silly, but a little beauty boost can ramp up new mom’s mood and may increase at-home productivity, as well.
If you think that your favorite old pair of low-rise jeans are going to hide your post-baby belly pooch, forget it. Opt for jeans with a higher waist, and be sure the button rides no lower than your belly button. In fact, a jeans button that lands about two inches above your navel can make you look a bit thinner than you are, advises Redbook magazine. Skinny jeans that are tucked into low-heeled boots are another flattering option for new mommies.
High waist jeans are comfortable and more flattering than you’d think. Seriously, give them a try! Gap makes several high waisted pairs that are sexy, stretchy and budget-friendly.
Many new moms adopt a uniform of sweats and a tee shirt. And you know what? That’s perfectly alright for at-home wear. The first weeks and month are about bonding with your baby and getting into a happy family rhythm. By the time you’re ready to leave your little one with a sitter and enjoy a night on the town with your sweetheart, you’ll want to dress things up a bit.
Before you were a mom, you may have gone practically everywhere in sky-high heels. Now is a good time to lower heel height. Sneakers are fine for running errands in. For dressier occasions, slip into a pretty pair of ballerina flats. In chillier weather, opt for flat heeled boots or cozy knee-high moccasins. You’ll look wonderful, and your feet and back will thank you.
This new-mommy biz may be brand new to you, but you’ll figure it out. Adapt your fashion sense to blend with your new lifestyle and you’re sure to find yourself loving this wonderful new phase in your life.