How New Moms Can Stay Stylish
While Looking After Their Kids
There is nothing quite like motherhood. As you embrace your new baby in your arms for the very first time, you will no doubt be overcome by a multitude of emotions, including love, mild fear and utter panic.
Yes, having a baby is likely to change you for the better and become your life’s most exciting adventure, but the prospect of raising a tiny being, hell-bent on world domination, is also going to jangle a nerve or two — you wouldn’t be human if it didn’t. While some new mom worries, such as the responsibility of keeping a new person alive and guiding them into adulthood, will be quelled by experience, others, such as the fear of losing your identity and sense of style, may dominate your mind while you’re at your most vulnerable.
Style and kids: Is it possible for new moms to look good?
Yes — next! Wearing the right thing, choosing the ideal accessories and strutting about with style may not feel like huge priorities immediately following childbirth, but the truth is that looking and feeling good may be just what you need right now.
Post-childbirth, many women feel at their most vulnerable and exposed, and worry about their body and appearance more than they ever have, or ever will again. It is natural to feel this way, but it is essential to remember that the female body is a thing of wonder, not of repulsion, following the changes it has undergone. In addition to reinforcing your sense of self, being able to take pride in your appearance is a great way to deal with the stress of being a new mom. Who cares if you have vomit on your shoes if you are rocking a new blazer or necklace? Four minutes of sleep? You look like a goddess in that lippie.
Maintaining a stylish look can help new moms cope with the sleepless nights a little better, embrace toddler tantrums rather than fearing them and retain the sense of identity they may have been fearful of losing. More than that, though, developing that sense of style can help new moms improve their confidence, increase independence and embrace experimentation. So much changes during those first weeks, months and years, so why shouldn’t your style?
Top tips for staying fabulous
We have established that becoming a mom doesn’t mean that your sense of style has to be left at the door; if anything, now is your chance to shine and demonstrate your fashion prowess. However, between diaper changes and night feeds, winding and snatched naps, just how can you ever aspire to stay stylish?
Create a capsule wardrobe
Capsule wardrobes are so on trend and could be the answer to every new mom’s prayers. Select a few favorite items that you always feel great in, source a couple of accessories that will suit a whole range of looks and aim to pick your outfit using those key items. Not only will you be surprised by the new looks you can create using existing pieces from your wardrobe, but you will save yourself bags of time when it comes to throwing an outfit together 10 minutes before playgroup.
Learn to accessorize
There are a few unavoidable aspects of having children, and one of those is the permanent requirement for diapers, wipes and pacifiers to be attached to your extremities. While diaper bags are another inevitable part of motherhood, and have become ridiculously trendy inrecent years, there’s no reason you should settle when it comes to style — backpack diaper bags come in a range of colors and styles and offer an instant fix when it comes to baby-friendly accessorizing, plus hands free convenience.
Organization is your friend
Before motherhood, the chances are you woke up with plenty of time to spare, perused your wardrobe before reverting to the first outfit you looked at and then rushed out of the door in a flurry of scarves and floaty accessories. Now that you are a mom, your routine is going to have to change, but that doesn’t mean sacrificing style; organization is going to become your best friend. Whenever possible create a schedule so you know where you have to be and when, giving you plenty of time to plan outfits, pack bags and remain unflustered.
However exposed you are feeling in those first few days and weeks following childbirth, it is important to remember that your sense of style won’t leap out the window as soon as you have children; by all means wear pajamas for a week if you feel like it, but don’t ever assume that is your only option as a new mom. You see, now is the time to experiment with a new kind of chic and to embrace the incredible being you have become — go on, you deserve it, momma.