How to handle the transition from expecting to motherhood in style
Pregnancy may be defined by three distinct trimesters, but we believe that there is a requirement for another. Those first crazy, sleep-deprived weeks (or months) after giving birth need their own definition. Say hello to the 4th trimester. Unless you are blessed with supermodel genes (you can stop reading now Gisele), it might take some time to get back to your pre-pregnancy figure. Add the need for clothes that are practical for nursing, and you have the basis for a wardrobe dilemma. We’ve solved the problem of what to wear in this transitional stage with three key looks you’ll need as a new mother. Because life with a newborn is exhausting enough without having to deliberate over what to wear.
You’ll spend a considerable amount of time indoors after your baby is born. Comfort is key post-delivery, but being caught in your pyjamas at 3pm by visitors is never a good look. Turn to a classic tee with relaxed boyfriend jeans for laid-back chic. If you are planning on breastfeeding you will need lingerie that is designed for nursing. Bras with drop-down cups will make feeding easy and discreet. Even though your underpinnings are practical in purpose, it doesn’t mean they can’t be sexy. Stella McCartney’s collection of nursing bras are finished with delicate lace detailing and pretty ribbon trim. Finish the look with a long oversized cardigan. It not only looks chic, it also doubles as a cover-up when breastfeeding.
Your baby has arrived, so it’s farewell to the bump, right? Well, not exactly. Don’t expect your stomach to snap back into shape immediately after giving birth. It can take at least four weeks for your uterus to contract to its original size. This doesn’t mean you are limited to leggings. Invest in tailored trousers with an elastic waist that will comfortably stretch over a rounded lower stomach. Fashion forward but with the ease of sweatpants, you’ll wonder what you did without them. A classic shirt is also a style saviour. Fuss-free and elegant, a design with a button-front is perfect for nursing. Before you head out the door, prepare to upsize your bag. Babies don’t travel lightly so you will need a sleek tote that is roomy enough to carry wipes, nappies, a change of clothes and the other (many) essentials your little one requires.
Life doesn’t stop when you have a baby. Even if a night out seems a distant prospect at first, there will undoubtedly come an occasion where you will need to leave your little one behind. How soon you feel ready for this is entirely up to you. When you do decide to make your post-birth debut, kick-start a party mood with a statement dress. If you are still feeling self-conscious about your figure, turn to a flattering A-line style in a vibrant hue or vivid print. Kiss goodbye to your oversized bag for the night and take advantage of the fact you don’t have to carry around nappies plus wipes by accessorising with a playful clutch. Although you’ll be without baby, Loquet’s glass necklaces make for a stylish reminder of the new little love in your life. Spell out your child’s initials or name with the label’s gold charm letters.