Despite the consistently hot temps, I'm mentally transitioning to Fall. I've been working on articles about Fall trends, some reader questions about the best Fall work wardrobes and shoes, gleefully browsing through the Sept issue of magazines (holy moly – have you picked up the Sept Vogue? It's almost as heavy as Pax!)…when this reader question came across our email:
HI from hotlanta!
since finding your site (yesterday), i have spent hours reading, looking, absorbing- i. love. it.
i found your blog when i did a google search for "how to hide baby pooch"…that in itself should tell you the state of my union. sadie, my precious third (and LAST) girl arrived a month before my 35th bday. and, much to my dismay, the weight is in no hurry to leave this uncomfortable body. i know i will be back to a version of my old self in the near future-but until then i have to find a way to dress myself that doesn't lead to tears EVERY time i walk out the door. the heat here makes it impossible to "hide" without a heat stroke. please, oh pullleeease, give me one "uniform" idea for this miserably hot weather. i am still about 20-25 lbs OVER where i need to be- think 5ish weeks postpartum. yep, de-pressing. i am desperate to feel somewhat put together as i conquer the last of the poooooooch.
hope you are all settled in from your move!
I think the "find a way to dress myself that doesn't lead to tears" is what got me. 'Cause I have BEEN THERE.
Sunni, the post-partum pooch sucks. It just sucks. Mine is still decently big and hard (I have that diastatis thing going on where the muscles split). And hiding the pooch in hot weather is almost impossible. Once the temps cool, you can turn to a poncho (I loved mine) or those huge pooch-hiding sweaters that we covered last winter….but for now? Ugh. It's tough.
That said, first and foremost, try a shaper cami. You can check out our favorites and our pictoral evidence on the value of the shaper cami here. Shaper camis made the biggest difference to my post-partum self, and the best ones are made of micro-fiber. Shaper camis may be hot, though, so may not quite be the silver bullet you are looking for.
Next, either find a top that hides (really truly hides) the pooch and pair it with a pair of shorts for maximum summer cool.
I've talked about my favorite pooch-hiding top before, and YUP. I'm STILL WEARIN' IT. Boring? Perhaps. But this top hides everything. Even on a full stomach. I call it my Eatin' top.