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The Postpartum Style Guide

Eva Amurri Martino wears black jeans, a grey top, black nike sneakers, and a black fitted blazer as she cleans up toys in her studio

Let’s face it: that Postpartum time is not when you feel the greatest about your body, no matter how healthy of a body image you have.  It’s a challenge to get that baby outta there… and possibly an even bigger one to then look down and think to yourself, “Hey, body! I don’t recognize you at all!”  It’s also hard when this major physical change comes with tons of other life changes and adjustments while you get used to having another member of the family.  After my first pregnancy, I didn’t try that hard to make myself feel better.  I kind of dealt with everything as it came, and felt badly about myself most days that I was in sweats or jammies for the majority of the day.  I felt Blah and I looked Blah. When I actually got dressed (rare), I just tried to cram myself back in to the same clothes I wore before my pregnancy– which definitely were not easy to breastfeed in OR great at making me feel back to my normal self (I wasn’t).  Thankfully, I have now completed TWO rodeos! I still don’t know everything about this Motherhood thing (spoiler alert: NOBODY does), but I have figured out a few great tips and tricks along the way for feeling and looking stylish during that tricky postpartum period of time.  I don’t know about you, but when I feel pulled together I feel more like a woman who can conquer it all– no matter whether that is in my own kitchen or at the office.  Today I’m sharing my Postpartum Style Guide with you– a selection of my own must-haves for looking and feeling great about your shape after baby.  And while not everybody breastfeeds (just read my two journeys with it Here and Here), there are also some good breastfeeding fashion tips thrown in there for good measure.  Shine on, Mama! Shine on…

Eva Amurri Martino sits at her desk for blog Happily Eva After, wearing a white button down shirt, leather leggings, leopard print sandals, and red lipstick

 

My Postpartum Style Essentials

 

 

1. Leather Leggings

I like to think of these as my “Smoke and Mirrors” postpartum trick.  I LOVE (faux) leather leggings.  They are stretchy and forgiving, but have enough structure to really hold you in all the right places.  Plus they dress up even the simplest look, and you can wipe spit up right off of them.  Obsessed.  I really like the slightly cropped style of the ones in this collage, but there are two other great options HERE and HERE.

2.  Crisp White Button Down

Some of you will be like, “Huh? You want me to wear a WHITE shirt with small children?”.  Hear me out.  First of all, the buttons on a button down are clutch.  You can so easily breastfeed in a shirt like this, and the shape is so classy and pulled together. You can even wear one with jeans and it looks like an actual outfit, no matter how much (zero) thought you put in to it.  I love a white button down because  they always look luxurious and like you are way more chic than you actually are (Me)– AND if they get stained you can bleach them! No stress! Also white goes with everything, Ok? The one I’m wearing in these pictures is sold out, but I selected another one above from my friend Morgan’s site, BURU. (Pssst: use the code HEA15 for 15% off your order)  The entire focus of her line is breastfeeding and motherhood-accessible clothing– so you can find anything great on there if you’re in that phase of life! Two other excellent button down options HERE and HERE.

3.  Cozy Maxi Cardigan

Feeling cozy is a must during your Postpartum period.  I love an open Maxi Cardigan because it can warm you up in a pinch, and has easy access for breastfeeding.  The length of it elongates the shape of your body so you appear longer and leaner.  Throwing a cool Maxi Cardigan (like the one in the collage above) instantly adds dimension to even the simplest outfit.  I also like the options HERE and HERE

 

Eva Amurri Martino of lifestlye and motherhood blog Happily Eva After wears a crisp white button down shirt, a statement necklace, and red lipstick at her desk in Connecticut

Eva Amurri Martino wears a pair of Sol Sana leopard sandals with black leather leggings

Eva Amurri Martino models a postpartum style guide look in her office in Connecticut

Eva Amurri Martino models a postpartum style guide look in her office in Connecticut

4.  T-Shirt Alternative

What I mean by this is something that is washable, easy, and just as comfortable as a T-shirt, but IS NOT a T-Shirt.  Why? Because you will actually feel way chicer if you wear something other than a T-shirt, even if what you are pairing it with is a simple pair of leggings or some jeans.  Also if you’re like me, you will periodically look in your closet and say to yourself “I just don’t have any great TOPS.”  Why is this a thing?! Ha! So, we can always use a new great “Top” is my point.  The one in these pics is by BURU, and is so convenient for breastfeeding (thanks, zipper!)– but I also love the option in the collage, and this beyond cute one HERE.

5.  High Waisted Jeans

Ok.  Somewhere along the road, High Waisted Jeans got a bad rep.  WHY?! They are not scary! They are not nerdy! In fact, if you didn’t know they were high waisted you wouldn’t even notice! (most of the time).  Slightly high waisted jeans have become my postpartum Godsend.  After Major was born, my second-time Mama belly was totally deflated.  Well, first it was still swollen– but then a few weeks later it was like a deflated balloon.  Even though I could more or less fit back in my bigger pairs of non-maternity jeans at that point, my stomach would muffin top (or Full Bagel, as I call it) over the waist band and made me feel the opposite of a million bucks, AKA two-and-a-half bucks.  High waisted jeans go up just a bit further and keep that tummy tucked in.  It’s like shapewear as jeans.  I’ll take it!  The ones in the collage above are great for every day, and I also love the jeans HERE and HERE.  Yes, all three are by Madewell– because Madewell has THE BEST JEANS.  Are you aware of this already? Can I get an Amen?

6.  Chic Sneakers

This one is obvious, but a Mama’s best friend is a pair of comfortable shoes that also look fabulous.  I love sneakers in general (I came of age in Hip-Hop infested Brooklyn, after all.  Holler. ) but sneakers are the ultimate dream when your life involves running around with a newborn and chasing after a (looney) Toddler at the same time.  There are so many great, super chic sneaker options these days.  I recently bought these black, leather Nike ones pictured below and in the collage– but I’m also seriously coveting the ones HERE and HERE.

Eva Amurri Martino of lifestyle and Motherhood blog Happily Eva After sets up a play area in her home studio

 

Eva Amurri Martino of lifestyle and Motherhood blog Happily Eva After sets up a play area in her home studio

Eva Amurri Martino shows off the zipper on her grey nursing-friendly top

7.  Structured Blazer

This is a great postpartum style trick.  Throw on anything, then put a structured blazer on top of it– and instantly you have a waist!  It also makes you look like you put an outfit together no matter what you’re wearing underneath it.  Yes, probably even pajamas.  That’s so in right now.  I’ve had this Alice and Olivia one forever (in collage) and it’s so flattering.  The pleats in the back make it look very fashion forward– I get compliments on it all the time when I wear it.  I found a couple other stylish options HERE and HERE.

Eva Amurri Martino cleans up stuffed animals wearing a pair of high waisted jeans, a black blazer, and black leather sneakers

Eva Amurri Martino shows off the back of her black Alice and Olivia blazer

8.  Stylish Pajamas

It’s as simple as this: you CAN feel great in loungewear! If you follow me on any of my social media, you know that I like to wear actual pajamas.  I love them because I feel cute and coordinated even when I’m sleeping and relaxing.  Wearing some stylish pajamas just instantly brightens my mood and makes me feel cute.  What can I say.  I highly recommend having a pair for after baby to brighten your mood even on postpartum days when you barely leave the couch! Additional awesome pairs HERE and HERE.

9.  Statement Necklace

Feeling Blah? Need a wardrobe or outfit update in two seconds? Throw on a gorgeous piece of jewelry! I love a Statement Necklace because it draws the eye up towards your face (Hello, sunshine!) and away from the other areas of your body you might be struggling with during this postpartum period.  All-black outfits can feel a little bit strange in my opinion, but throw on a super cool necklace with a slimming black ensemble and it looks like you’re making a statement instead of hiding.  The one in the collage above is so versatile, but I also love the ones HERE and HERE.

10.  Bright Lipstick

Putting on a slash of bright lipstick has the power to elevate my mood any day of the week.  I swear it works like coffee.  I learned in my postpartum period with Marlowe that when I took the time to put on a little mascara and some lipstick, it brightened my day and made me feel like I could tackle the hard parts.  Even when I’m wearing a really simple outfit, I like to dress it up with some bright lipstick.  This is also a great idea to kick your outfit up a notch if you’re transitioning it from day to  night!  Go ahead and plan a Date Night with your partner while you’re at it! The one in the collage is my Go-To, but HERE and HERE are other ones I love.

11.  Versatile Plaid

Plaid is so timeless and looks great on anyone.  It’s also an easy print if you’re not used to wearing prints.  I love prints for postpartum style because they distract from any problem areas, and make a fashion statement all at the same time.  Whether you are wearing it as a cute dress (similar to the one in the pics HERE) or keeping it casual like in the collage, there is a plaid for everybody and every body.  I also own the fashion-forward plaid top pictured HERE.

Eva Amurri Martino wears a plaid shift dress and black boots while she shoots with her camera in her studio in Connecticut.

Eva Amurri Martino wears a plaid shift dress and black boots while she shoots with her camera in her studio in Connecticut.

Eva Amurri Martino wears a plaid shift dress and black boots while she shoots with her camera in her studio in Connecticut.

Eva Amurri Martino wears a plaid shift dress and black boots while she shoots with her camera in her studio in Connecticut.

 

I hope this Postpartum Style Guide will inspire you to feel your best after baby!  It can take a while to really get back to feeling entirely like ourselves after such a big life shift, but I find that spending some time and energy on feeling my best really helps invigorate me as a Mama and as a Wife.  Do you have any foolproof style tips for after baby?  Share them in the Comments below!!

 

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24 Comments

  1. Lisa says:

    You look really beautiful! 🙂

    01.30.17Reply
  2. Lauren says:

    Love this post Eva. Even though I’m not yet a mumma, I feel like these style tips could still apply in general everyday life and will help to pep yourself up when you need it most! Lauren xxx P.S. By the way, I’m loving the asos links and mixture of lower and upper end brands that you’ve thought up for us all!

    01.30.17Reply
  3. Leah says:

    Would you ever do a post on organization tips?

    01.30.17Reply
  4. Carly says:

    I agree, Madewell jeans are the best! And, in case you didn’t know, if you donate a pair of jeans (from any company) they will give you $20 off your next pair! They take the denim and recycle it into denim insulation for Habitat for Humanity homes. I work at a Habitat affiliate that benefitted from the insulation. It’s an amazing program!

    01.30.17Reply
    • OMG no way?!! That is so amazing!!! Will do it ASAP. Thanks for the tip xoxo

      01.30.17Reply
  5. Stephanie Almhem says:

    Red lipstick, high waisted jeans and plaid shirts gave me life during my postpartum phase. I felt like I was falling apart and once I put those jeans and shirts on I felt like I can take on the world.

    01.30.17Reply
    • YASSSS!! Well if we both think so it MUST be true!! 😉 xox

      01.30.17Reply
  6. Samara says:

    Thank you for not having everything in this post be like $600, which happens on a lot of blogs. Thanks for keeping it real. As always. Love.

    01.30.17Reply
    • Yes! So important for style to be as accessible as it is chic! (in my humble opinion)

      xox

      01.30.17Reply
  7. Lee says:

    Fabulous choices! I am pregnant and salivating after these looks. Thanks for sharing!

    01.30.17Reply
  8. Katie says:

    I wish I would have had these great ideas after my first! Will definitely be using these for my some day second! Thanks so much!! Xoxo

    01.30.17Reply
  9. Jessica says:

    HiEva! Great post! Totally agree with the Madewell jeans. They ARE the best and so many go on sale. I’m currently expecting my first and towards the end of my first trimester. I’m juuuust starting to outgrow pants and am not looking forward to getting bigger! Do you have some tips on maternity wear? I feel so blah overall and this post reminded me it’s only going to get harder from here on out!

    Also can you tell us where those fab gladiator sandals are from? Love them and they look comfy!

    01.30.17Reply
    • Hi Jessica! THey’re by Sol Sana!

      Also, I highly recommend maternity wear! Don’t even try to fit in your old clothes, it will only make you feel bad 🙁 Start at Pea In The Pod, but I also love ASOS for maternity on a budget, as well as Seraphine and Isabella Oliver.

      xoxo

      02.11.17Reply
  10. maddy says:

    Madewell!!! Z best jeans there are.

    01.31.17Reply
  11. Shae says:

    Eva,

    I sincerely hope you’re feeling better. I know a lot of people could relate to your emotional pain after Major Boy’s fall. Millions of people suffer with anxiety/depression, yet many don’t want to talk about it. It’s obviously your choice to share if you’re doing better. If you decide to share ways you’ve overcome your difficult challenges, I’m sure it would inspire many people and could even save lives. There is such a stigma around mental health, and I admire your strength and courage to share your story with the world.

    I completely understand if you want to keep things private, but do know there are many people who care about you and wish you only the best. Good for you for admitting you needed help. If you’re still feeling down, have faith that things will get better. Thank you for making the world a better place.

    02.01.17Reply
    • Annalise says:

      Yes! Would love an update if you feel it in your ❤ to share. I know you’re saving lives! We are all here for you, Eva! ?

      02.01.17Reply
    • Leila says:

      Hope you are feeling better. You saved my best friend’s life. She was suffering with PPD and was inspired to get help after reading your story. Thank you so much!

      02.03.17Reply
      • Kelsey O. says:

        You saved my life too. Thank you!

        02.03.17Reply
    • Thank you to all of the lovely ladies below who are lookin out for me!!! Means so much. truly. I will definitely update you all soon, but I am feeling much better and am doing a lot to get to a better place! Can’t wait to share the things I’ve found that are helping me.

      We are only as strong and as happy as our ability to admit to our shortcomings. I’m so happy that you or your friends have been inspired to go in search of your happiest, healthiest selves! xoxoxoxoxo

      02.11.17Reply
      • Courtney says:

        Thank you for letting us know. So glad you’re feeling better.

        02.12.17Reply
  12. Even though my baby is now 13 years old!!!!!! I ordered one of those cute black blazers…I def needed to up my blazer game so thanks for the suggestion!!!!!!!!

    02.08.17Reply
  13. shasha says:

    Great post!
    Totally agree with the Madewell jeans.
    I feel like these style tips could still apply in general everyday life and will help to pep yourself up when you need it most!sarees

    04.06.17Reply