Many new moms find their old clothes don’t fit even after shedding pregnancy weight — or simply don’t suit their new lifestyle.
Here’s how to build a post pregnancy wardrobe that’s both stylish and comfortable once it’s time to go back to work.
For more inspiration, check out my guide to minimalist pregnancy style.
Look for Breastfeeding-Friendly Tops
As new moms quickly realize, easy access for breastfeeding is vital.
Pay close attention to the necklines of your tops — for instance, you probably don’t want to wear a turtleneck as it will be hard to access what you need to for breastfeeding or pumping.
Look for tees and tanks with scoop necks or v-necks that can be layered underneath light jackets or cardigans.
Note that buying nursing-specific tops isn’t a necessity.
If your wardrobe is already full of items like button-down shirts, v-neck tees and cardigans, those are perfect for breastfeeding — so definitely utilize what’s already in your closet.
By focusing on layering pieces in core colors (darker colors won’t show stains!) and easy to care for fabrics like cotton, you can be comfortable and still look professional for all those Zoom calls.
Elastic Waistbands Are Key
When you hear the phrase elastic waist pants, you might think of sloppy sweatpants, but that doesn’t have to be the case.
Elastic waist pants can be stylish and sleek while still being comfortable and adaptable for your changing body.
When strategizing how to build a post pregnancy wardrobe, look for knit joggers, ponte pants, and/or stretchy trousers that feel like yoga pants.
Styles like these are a step up from leggings and versatile enough to take you from sitting on the floor with the baby to errands to a meeting.
A core color like black or navy can be mixed and matched a ton of different ways. These ankle pants from Athleta, for example, look great with white sneakers and a tee, or dress them up a bit with a stretchy button down shirt and ballet flats.
And best of all, they’ll be wearable if you’re still shedding pregnancy weight to help you avoid constantly shopping for new clothes.
Choose Clothes That’ll Move With You
Your post pregnancy wardrobe doesn’t have to be limited solely to tees and joggers, of course.
Look for elevated pieces made of stretchy material that’s designed to move with you.
This black button down shirt from Aday, for example, combines a slightly oversized silhouette and stretchy technical silk fabric. (other colors are available too!)
When shopping for new items, consider how they’ll work for a range of activities, from outdoor walks to napping to lying on the floor with the baby.
Again, by combining pieces in core colors, you can look stylish and professional while still being comfortable and baby-friendly.
Comfortable Shoes Are a Must
Any new mom will tell you: Comfortable shoes are a must.
When you’re going on walks, running errands and juggling Mom life- you need something that’s easy to take on and off. Slip on sneakers will help you look stylish but be highly functional.
Look for a shoe with good support, whether it’s a slip-on sneaker like this sleek style from Vince, comfortable loafers, or ballet flats.
Still wondering how to build a post pregnancy wardrobe that works for you? Check out my virtual stylist services.
Cassandra Sethi is a NYC Personal Stylist and Image Consultant. After working over 15 years in the Fashion Industry, most recently as a Senior Buyer for Equinox, she created her business, Next Level Wardrobe – a luxury personal shopping service for successful professionals. Cassandra’s been featured in Greatist, Livestrong and NY Mag.