I am in the midst of a postpartum fashion crisis. I’ve lost 2/3 of the baby weight, but as I was 20 lbs overweight when I got pregnant I still have a long way to go. In the mean time I need some clothes that actually fit. Maternity clothes hang off me like a tent, but pre-baby clothes are tight and ill-fitting. I’m living in wardrobe limbo. My body has changed a lot because of the pregnancy, c-section, and breastfeeding. Holler if ya hear me, mamas.
I was watching Stacy and Clinton regulate on “What Not to Wear” and came to the realization that they would be horrified by my current wardrobe. I am shocked at how quickly I fallen into bad mom clothes. To add insult to injury, I haven’t had a hair cut in over a year. Yikes. Please send help. I’m trying to see this as an opportunity to start over and buy classic pieces that will last. Stacy and Clinton gave their pupil a list of basics, so I went to the TLC site to check it out.
The “What Not to Wear” Basics List
- 1 cocktail dress
- 4 day dresses – I have 3 summery ones, but nothing for fall.
1 walking shortI don’t wear shorts. Yuck.
- 6 blouses – bought a few cute nursing tops from Gap
- 2 cardigans – just bought one, a lovely dark teal for fall
- 1 denim jacket
- 4-5 assorted camisoles
- 1 trench coat
- 2 blazers
- 1 black peep toe heel
- 1 red heel
- 1 ballet flat – got it
- 1 wedge – I had some rockin’ Toms wedges, but my feet seem to have grown during pregnancy. Will the injustice never end?
- 1 sandal – got it
- 5 bangles
- 5 earrings – got em
- 5 necklaces – got em, but could use a few new ones
- 1 clutch – got it
- 1 everyday bag – got it
I would add a pair of dark, stretchy jeans, a pair of black pants, and a few a line skirts. What are your fashion basics? How did you deal with the postpartum body change? How did you lose the baby weight?
I love all of the gorgeous statement necklaces that Anthropologie and a lot of other stores have been featuring lately. The ones at Anthro are priced from $42-$198, which is way out of my price range, as usual. I found this lovely faux pearl bib choker at an estate sale for $2. Vintage costume jewelry is my favorite kind of estate sale find. It needed a little help, so I removed the broken clasps and attached ivory grosgrain ribbon so that I could adjust the length.
Here are the different length possibilities:
The necklace is backed with lovely ivory satin. It is a little stained and worn, but I like to call that vintage character.
One clasp wouldn’t come out, but it doesn’t show when I wear the necklace. I simply glued the ribbon on with craft glue. It would probably look neater if I sewed it on, but I don’t know how to sew. Oh well, it works.
Some of the pearl beads are worn, but I don’t mind.
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hi, my name is becca, and i’m a shopaholic. seriously, i have a problem. i love to partake in a little retail therapy when i’ve had a bad day, or really any day. we’ve been credit card free for a long time now, so that limits my spending. because of the strict budgeting, my new favorite places to shop are marshall’s, ross, and tj maxx. i have to tell you that i found the cutest mexican style dress at marshall’s for only $15.99! it has pockets and is perfection. i haven’t taken a picture yet, but i’m sure i will soon. the only difficulty i have at those stores is the search. i think you have to go in with a few items in mind, otherwise the madness and disorganization will drive you up the wall.
the dress is great, but my favorite thing to search for at those stores is… bras! i fell in love with calvin klein perfect fit bras several years ago, but they are pricy. they run $38-45 retail, and that is just too much. i have found many at marshall’s in the $6.99-$12.99 range. holy monkeys, that is a big discount!