I love this pic. Despite the fact that Pax was born 3 weeks ago, I hardly look post-partum at all! Happy day. Unfortunately, it's only a trick of the eye, due in large part to my husbands mad photography skills, the sweet cape/poncho thing I'm wearing, and the fact that I squeezed into a Belly Bandit (talked about here) per J's instructions: "put it on so tight you can barely breathe!"
Belly Bandit or no, this will be my default (aka wear everyday) post-partum outfit until I loose the pooch. Or at least until I lose most of the pooch. Or summer hits…whichever comes first.
So here's what's working for me:
Gilligan O'Malley's nursing cami (that M sang the praises about here…and BTW – they are fitting nice and long), a Splendid v-neck tee (bought a size or two up) and the star of the show, Madewell's Novella Caplet, $88 (which they are quickly running out of).
What makes this outfit perfect for post-partum? Well, on a pooch-hiding scale, this caplet scores a 75% (without the Belly Bandit)…meaning I only get asked when I'm "due" roughly 25% of the time.
(My current fav was the Sephora chick, who, after realizing her mistake, attempted to make it better with this little gem: "OMG! I'm so sorry!! It's just that I can tell that you are usually really skinny, you know? And right now, you're just not…you know…skinny." Moral of the story? Don't go shopping 3 weeks post-partum. Not necessary and bad for self-esteem.)
But in addition to pooch-hiding, the Novella Capelet allows for easy nursing, and a few times I've actually been able to nurse without have to bust out the official nursing "cape". Or hooter hider, or whatever they are called. I prefer to call them nursing "capes"…it makes me feel like a super-hero. "Just a second, Pax, let me find a phone booth…"
Lastly, and this IS the Holy Grail of post-partum clothing, I can easily baby-wear in it.
Cold outside? I can actually button it up over the babe (I bought it a size larger, just for this purpose):
Is this my best look? No, it is not. But it's a heck of a lot better than this:
Would you guys hate me if I only did articles on the various ways to style this capelet…you know, just until June?
Sigh. I'm sure M would do an intervention before then. So…I guess you're safe. But seriously – PPW THIS, Bee-yotches!*
*Price Per Wear