Post Partum Fab: Styling Tips Through Your Pregnancy Transition

The transition from pregnancy to postpartum is filled with constant body changes, and it can be difficult to dress your body at times. With this in mind,  I've provided six looks to help make that transition process a little easier. The three tops are all worn with the same leggings – a great way to make the most of a staple – and I've also included three dresses that are perfect for work or a luncheon with the girls (perhaps a baby shower to celebrate your upcoming arrival or a Sip-and-See to show off your new bundle of joy!)

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Post Pregnancy Style

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The leggings I've chosen for the first three looks are not only a comfortable choice, but a functional choice, as well. They have a double-layered elastic panel that will support your belly in the early months of pregnancy, and they will also help tuck the tummy back into place postpartum.

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    1. The first look is worn with a dropped-waist top with a fun frill at the bottom to give the look added interest. This is not only a fashionable choice for postpartum months—it could also be worn in the early months of pregnancy. Silver accessories would make a great addition to this ensemble if you're looking to take it from day to night. 
    2. This neutral top is one of those wardrobe staples that is sure to get a lot of use. It fits loosely, yet it has enough detail in the sleeves so that it doesn't look sloppy. Add a statement necklace with a pop of color to dress this look up a bit more. 
    3. The soft jersey knit shown here with a cowl neck and hi-lo back will provide warmth and comfort, yet still look chic and fashionable. Dress it up with a pair of your favorite black pumps to achieve a polished look.

Three Dresses Maternity to Post Maternity

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The dresses I've chosen for the next three looks are dual-purpose—they can be worn as a maternity dress or, once postpartum, they can then be transitioned to a nursing dress.

      1. Wrap dresses are a timeless look that provide effortless style. This stripe version would make for a great daytime look with a neckline that will make it convenient for nursing. The wonderful part about a wrap dress is that it brings in the waist line while accentuating curves in all the right places both while pregnant as well as post-partum.
      2. Not only is this color blocking dress lovely, but it's also functional—it has been designed specifically to provide easy access for nursing. Let's be honest, you probably aren't going to be getting out for many events during these early months post-partum, but this would be such a perfect dress to celebrate the birth of your new bundle of joy with a Sip-and-See Party or maybe you'll get to break away for a date night with the hubby for Valentines Day. Dreaming, I know.
      3. This wrap dress is the exact same dress as our first look on the list. A black dress is a wardrobe must-have, and it has all the functionality you'll need from pregnancy to postpartum. It accentuates in all the right areas and bonus, black is slimming.  What more could you ask for in a dress?

While shopping for maternity and postpartum clothing, it's always a good idea to stick with the basics and try to incorporate items of clothing you already own to achieve certain looks. A quality pair of leggings is a great investment that is sure to get a lot of use for practical and fashionable purposes. They can be worn on those casual days with a pair of flats or even a great pair of Chuck Taylor's for a sporty look. Glam the look up for an evening out by throwing on your favorite heels or fabulous  leather boots. A few of these staples will really stretch your maternity-to-postpartum wardrobe.

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For more tips and advice on extending the life of your maternity wardrobe check out 5 Ways to Extend Your Wardrobe Through a Winter Pregnancy. 

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Post Partum Fab: Styling Tips Through Your Pregnancy Transition

Sherry Fahrenwald is freelance writer and events planner with a passion for fashion and interior design who lives in beautiful Hawaii with her husband and two kids. She enjoys lunch dates with the girls, walking the gorgeous beach of Kailua and most of all spending quality time with her family. In her free time you will find her blogging about life, fashion, interior design and parties at The Life of the Party blog or setting trends with the Polyvore community. ... More

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4 comments

  1. Bethany says:

    These are some cute ideas to get over the hurdle of being pregnant to being a weight/size that you enjoy. Women’s bodies change so much that it is nice to have something that can help with several changes you go through.

  2. mommy nhoj says:

    Even if pregnant no more I love to wear leggings 🙂 I have some kind of the tops as well 🙂

  3. gfeld says:

    I love the looks but wish it would say where one can get the clothing you show on these styling articles.

    • Hi, gfeld! If you click through the image credit link, under the pictures, you’ll find our author Sherry’s Polyvore site. At that link you can see direct links to where the items can be purchased. Hope that helps!

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