Mommy to mommy :: how to dress the postpartum body

Happy Friday!

It’s been 4 months since I gave birth and as much as I enjoy being a mom, there were also uncomfortable moments when it comes to my body.

Everybody knows a woman’s body changes after childbirth, whether you like it or not. For me, it took two months in order to accept the fact that my body didn’t look the same as my pre-pregnancy body. Though I know it takes time to get back in shape again, I still felt so uncomfortable and insecure every time I looked into the mirror. My pregnancy glow has been replaced by dark circles and my face looked dull and tired at the same time. Not to mention the new body of mine. My belly button turned black, I’ve got stretch marks (hmmm stretch mark tummy creams don’t seem to have a significant effect on my stretch marks/skin), plus my arms, waist, belly (duh) and other parts of my body were (and still are) out of shape. This also means some clothes such as my mom jeans don’t fit anymore. And this, unfortunately, applies to my bridesmaid dress too. As some of you may know, my sister is tying the knot in September and I’m going to be one of her bridesmaids. She bought me the dress in my pre-pregnancy size and the zipper won’t go up. AWKWARD!

Flash forward to now, I finally accepted my post-baby body. I’m not going tobsay i’ll stop working out, but I’ve learned to feel better about my current figure. Having a muffin top/ can’t wear my mom jeans/ zipper of my bridesmaid dress won’t go up.. SO WHAT?! It’s not the end of the world. Eventually, it’s about the fit, not the size.

So today I’d like to share a few tips on how to hightlight and hide your post-baby features.

1. My flabby belly is currently my least favourite body part. A loose/oversized fit item is the best solution to cover your belly. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not talking about your favourite oversized PJs shirt, I’m talking about relaxed, slightly oversized items with a masculine twist such as this blazer here. Masculine blazers are loose, comfy, chic and so versatile. You can easily dress it up or down.
2. Finding the right neckline is key. Go for V-neck tops to elongate your neck. Sometimes a V-neckline can highlight your bust too.
3. Avoid shiny or silky fabrics and textures.
4. I’m a massive fan of statement sleeves and I happened to find out big sleeves can highlight and hide my arms at the same time. They can also add a fun yet playful touch to a look.
5. Wear wrap dresses/tops to minimise your waist. Perfect for nursing too. Win-win.
6. Wear pencil skirts with a good stretch to get a more toned and rounder bottom.
7. Wear wide legged or carrot/slim-fit trousers to lengthen your legs. Avoid joggers — they will make you look bigger.
8. If you are a jeans person like me, wear mid-rise jeans instead of low rise. No muffin top guaranteed.
9. Shapewear/postpartum waist trainer may be your best friend. It can speed up the process. However, bear in mind, it won’t be comfy.

That’s it for today! Hope you find these useful! If you have more tips, feel free to leave a comment!

I’m wearing
Zara oversized blazer
Zara oversized blouse
Zara skinny jeans
Céline box bag 

& Other Stories pointed toe flats
Daniel Wellington watch

 

Thank you for taking the time to read my post. Until next time,
LoveVivian

16 Comments

  1. stylewich August 5, 2017 / 3:44 am

    I think you look incredible pretty mama! And you are so right that it’s not about the size, it’s the fit. When you find clothing that moves and fits well, you will look and feel amazing. You already look amazing to me though. Enjoy your weekend Vivian!

    xo Elizabeth | stylewich.com

    • Vivian Tse August 8, 2017 / 1:19 pm

      That’s so so kind of you, thank you so much Liz! You just made my day! And glad you liked this post! Hope you are having an amazing week so far! xo

  2. carmitive August 5, 2017 / 10:16 am

    Wow you look so good dear! I really enjoyed reading this – I will definitely remember your tips for the future ;)
    xx, Carmen – http://www.carmitive.com

    • Vivian Tse August 8, 2017 / 1:21 pm

      Thank you so much Carmen! Glad you liked it! xo

  3. Jessica August 7, 2017 / 4:41 pm

    So nice of you to share this. I really enjoyed reading, and actually learned a lot.

    Jessica | notjessfashion.com

    • Vivian Tse August 8, 2017 / 1:24 pm

      Hi Jessica, thank you once again for leaving a comment! And glad you liked this post! You made my day! xo

    • Vivian Tse August 8, 2017 / 3:01 pm

      You’re so sweet! Thanks so much!

    • Vivian Tse August 14, 2017 / 1:24 pm

      That’s very kind of you! Thank you so much Priscilla! xo

  4. Milena ☁️ August 10, 2017 / 12:51 pm

    This is such a lovely minimal outfit, Vivian! I love it! It’s really nice to add masculine touches to an outfit as it balances it out and adds a little edge! <3

    http://milenawears.com

    x

    • Vivian Tse August 14, 2017 / 2:13 pm

      Awww how sweet! Thanks Milena! Hope you’ve had a lovely weekend! xo

  5. pumpsandpushups August 10, 2017 / 3:57 pm

    These are great tips!! It is hard to accept the post partum body. Years later, even though I work out, my body still isnt the same, but I’m learning to love it!

    Brooke
    Pumps and Push-Ups

    • Vivian Tse August 14, 2017 / 2:18 pm

      Thank you so much for stopping by, Brooke! So kind of you! Totally agree with you, I’ve also learned to embrace my body :) Have a great start to your week! xo, Vivian

  6. Kim Vo August 15, 2017 / 10:12 pm

    NO WAY. You gave birth 4 months ago? You look fabulous! I will have to save these tips for my future :)

    Kim
    Simply Lovebirds

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