How to Dress Your Postpartum Body

I am finally out of the 4th trimester, the three months after the baby is born. I’m not gonna lie – those three months were tough emotionally, physically, and mentally. I knew my body wouldn’t be the same, but it was still a reality check to be in a body that didn’t feel like mine. I mean I just had a baby, why was I being so hard on myself? The human body is beautiful. The postpartum body is beautiful. And I wanted to dress to accentuate that beauty, while camouflaging the inevitable pooch.

Here are some tips I’ve learned while dressing my postpartum body…

The easiest way to dress your postpartum body? LEGGINGS!!!! The best part about having maternity leggings during your pregnancy is you can wear them after very comfortably. But please make sure your crotch and butt are covered and we can’t see your underwear through it. That’s three of my pet peeves and obviously you must appease me at all times. If you don’t have any shirts that are long enough, try maternity t-shirts! I still wear mine regularly. They’re roomy and a little longer than regular shirts. Check and check.
For a dressier option, peplum tops are so great at disguising the pooch! It flares at just the right spot (below your rib cage) and gives you that hour glass figure. So far I’ve paired it with boyfriend jeans and a fitted skirt.
Along the same lines, there are the full and A-line skirts. When they’re placed at the smallest part of your body, they create a more exaggerated hour glass figure than the peplum top. If your skirt isn’t full enough, you can wear another full skirt underneath! Hopefully, it’s not too hot and you have a sweatfest down there because that’s just gross.
Here’s an outfit combination to remember:  loose top + loose pants. It sounds big and messy, but with the right accessories it can work! Think eye-catching jewelry and shoes. It also helps to wear a print on top so the eyes are distracted by its busy-ness.
Loose pants also include boyfriend jeans! My favorite!! I had to buy a bigger size to accommodate my new curvalicious body. If you’re worried about not being able to wear bigger jeans when you get down to your pre-pregnancy weight, you can take the waist in or use the Instant Button.
Dresses. Other than being super easy, they can make or break you. That’s why God invented the Spanx. I most definitely wore shapewear with that white dress!! Accentuate your waist with a belt. Make sure it doesn’t blend into your dress so it creates that pop against the dress like I did in both of these outfits with the contrast of dark and light.
What are some of your tips on dressing a post-pregnancy body?

Easy, Modest Halloween Costume Ideas from Your Closet

I always hated the idea of going out to buy a whole new costume that I was only going to wear once…as well as buying little things that I’ll never use again just to make a Halloween costume perfect. I’m too cheap and practical to have fun. I’m all about using what you already have in your closet and being creative with it!

Last year my Halloween costume was CoCo Chanel…if she were Asian, that is. It was SO easy: LBD, lots of pearls, and a short, wavy bob with big sunglasses.

I’m not sure if I’m going to dress up this year because I don’t like to have fun. But, here are some easy and last-minute Halloween costume ideas from all over the internet I picked out for you…

via Real Simple

Self-Portrait

Get a cardboard box and cut out a frame-shape as big as you want, probably bigger than your face, and decorate it to look like a frame. You can hold the frame up or find a way to attach it to yourself.
You can do all sorts with this like glamour shots by Deb, 80s, 90s, vintage style…
via Her Campus

Dry Cleaning

Wear something businessy and put a clear trash bag over it with holes for your head and arms. Attach a hanger to your head.
via LilSugar

Got Milk?


Wear all black and don a white mustache whether it’s from makeup or a piece of paper. Then grab a clear (plastic) cup and fill it with anything white. You can paint the inside of it white or tape white paper around it.

Teabag
Get an old white sheet/pillowcase/trash bag and scrunch up newspaper at the bottom. Attach some thick string (if you don’t have any string, use masking tape halved) and attach a print-out of a tea bag label at the end of it. Wear black underneath.

via Real Simple

Fork in the Road

Wear all black. Use white/yellow tape (or tape pieces of paper) down your shirt. Tape a plastic fork under one of those pieces!

via keiko lynn

Morton Salt Girl

I think this is such a cute one! Wear a yellow dress and gray/white tights if you have ’em with yellow/black flats. Black umbrella. Bonus points if you have a case of Morton Salt!

via Ecouterre

Brawny Girl

Red buffalo plaid shirt, jeans, brown belt, and brown lace up boots. Almost every girl has these in her closet! (Except me..) Don’t forget your roll of paper towels!!

via What I Wore

Flight Attendant

This is such a cute and simple look and I especially love Jessica’s example! White shirt, printed scarf, low bun, pencil skirt, lipstick, and heels. Can’t forget your suitcase..
via IMDB

Orbit Gum Girl

Perfect for blondes! Wear a white skirt suit and a blue scarf around your neck. Show off those pearly whites and that gum!

How to Look Good in Mom-Shorts

Despite my past endeavor in trying knee-length shorts, I didn’t want it to be a one-time thing since I’m all about modesty or something. Here are three more looks with my mom-shorts:

I paired my gray shorts with my yellow striped top. I always thought gray and yellow looked great together. Then I added my blue sequin flats…because blue and yellow go together too. At the last minute, I threw on my pearl necklaces that you can’t see here but I really am wearing them.

Gap Outlet tee, $7; Gap shorts, $11; Report sequin flats, $14; faux pearl necklace, $5; secondhand white necklace, $.75

That sweet husband of mine sure knows how to capture me at my prettiest. This is my favorite look of the three. The trick is to make sure the shirt is fitted to offset the loose shorts. I could have rolled up my sleeves but I thought with that and the shorts rolled up would make me look like I was on Gilligan’s Island. I added some black and gold to the mix to make it a classic look.

secondhand NY&C shirt; F21 necklace, $8; thrifted belt, $1; Gap shorts, $11; flats from the Philippines, $7

I wore this yesterday. I like teals and blues with gray hues. I also like yellow with teals/blues. And you know I had to add sequins in…

secondhand F21 tee, $7; yellow bauble necklace; Gap shorts, $11; F21 sequin flats, $5
Tips
  • Try shorts with a looser fit and roll up the hems.
  • Wear fitted tops.
  • Make it feminine – I added necklaces and sequins. Make sure your necklaces complement the neckline of your top too. For instance, you don’t want to wear a choker necklace with a top with a low neckline. Or if you do, that’s cool.
  • Pair your shorts with complementary colors…especially if you don’t want the focus to be on your bottom half.