So it was about the fourth time I went into my husband’s closet, reaching for his big orange sweatshirt to wear with my leggings and Uggs that I realized something needed to change. His big orange sweatshirt was super comfy and it covered my butt in leggings, buuuuttt . . . I don’t think I need to tell you this outfit (if it can be called that) was not flattering. I literally had a closet full of my own clothes with nothing to wear. This was partly because I wanted so badly to feel comfortable after having Greenlea (via c-section), partly because I had grown out of my pre-pregnancy clothes (uh . . . buh-bye pre-pregnancy body) and partly because having so many options can just be super overwhelming when you’re just trying to get out of the house without looking like a slob.
So. I tried on a bunch of things I already owned, took note of what I needed to buy and put together a general post-partum “capsule wardrobe” that would make it easier to get dressed each day. This wardrobe is all about affordable, flattering post-partum pieces that are comfortable. The idea is that you should be able to mix and match these items easily in a number of different ways to make getting ready less of a chore. I can grab the flare jeans, striped t and blanket scarf or the leggings, tunic sweater and fur vest just as easily as that big orange sweater and be just as comfortable . . . and look much better.
SHORT-SLEEVED SWEATER OR BLOUSE: A blouse or sweater that has a nice drape to it and can be layered easily over or under other pieces.
PORTOFINO BLOUSE IN LONGER LENGTH: My prayers have been answered! Ok, maybe that’s an overstatement, but so many times I’ve wished I could throw on one of my Portofino shirts over leggings and now I can! Woot!
LONG CARDIGAN: This is a perfect layering piece to put on over jeans, leggings, whatever, really . . . it adds some warmth without adding bulk and it covers your bum if you’re wearing leggings with a top that’s a tad too short.
TUNIC SWEATER: Sometimes you just want to put on a really comfy oversize sweater and call it a day, amiright? Get one that’s soft and comfy and you can wear it anywhere . . . from watching a movie on the couch over pjs to a dinner out over faux leather leggings.
LIGHTWEIGHT V-NECK SWEATER: I love this particular sweater. It’s soft, lightweight, layers well and comes in a bunch of fun colors. I find myself reaching for it more than I anticipated . . . and I can nurse in it.
CHAMBRAY BUTTON-UP: This is a perfect layering piece . . . under sweaters, over graphic tees, with jeans, with skirts, over dresses . . . an essential wardrobe piece.
LOOSE LONG-SLEEVED LAYERING SHIRT: I love those soft, oversize, drapey long-sleeved tees and the stripes make this one even more interesting.
FAUX FUR VEST: Just like the blanket scarf, this pretty much comes with me no matter what I’m wearing . . . it’s an easy way to add some warmth and style to any outfit.
MID-RISE OR HIGH-RISE FLARES: After my c-section, low rise jeans felt awful. Luckily for me, the rises on jeans were . . . well, rising. Instead of a muffin top that can be created by low-rise, mid or high-rises hold your belly in and are so much more comfortable.
BLACK MIDI SKIRT: Sometimes you want to wear a skirt. In this case, this one is super comfy and can be worn higher or lower depending on what you wear it with.
PARKA: I’m drooling over this jacket. When the temps fall the vest and scarf aren’t going to be warm enough . . . this parka can be dressed up or down and is warm. It would look as cute over a dress as it does over jeans.
FAUX LEATHER LEGGINGS: I made my case for faux leather leggings a year ago, and I’m standing by it. When I want to be comfy but feel a little sassier, the leather leggings come out. You can wear these with a simple t-shirt and feel super stylish. (And comfy!)
HIGH RISE LEGGING JEANS: High rises are so much more comfortable and after my c-section I needed to invest in a couple of pairs of these. The low-rise jeggings I had just weren’t cutting it anymore.
ANKLE BOOTIE: If you buy one pair of shoes this year, it’s a toss up between ankle boots and over-the-knee boots. But, ankle boots can be worn with jeans, dresses, skirts, leggings, etc. and are more fashion-forward than tall boots.
COMFY LEGGINGS: I pretty much always want to wear leggings. The challenge is to find ones that are opaque, wash well, are soft and flattering. These have some rave reviews . . . let me know what your favorite leggings are in the comments because I’m on the hunt for some!
Here are some more options that would fit perfectly into this wardrobe:
PS – I’m on the lookout for some amazingly comfortable leggings that hold up wash after wash and don’t pill or fade . . . anyone has any favorite leggings to share?? I had a pair from Zara for ten (literally TEN) years that just finally got a hole in them last year. I had cut out the tag that listed what they were made of, however, and just can’t seem to find a replacement! Can you help?