By Tammy Gibson, Founder, A Mom In Red High Heels.com
Congratulations, you’ve joined the exclusive motherhood sorority. Before the baby you were a busy career woman, with an after hours social life and the wardrobe to go with it. Your new lifestyle is very different: play dates, Mommy and Me and lots of miles clocked on your stroller. Whether you are back at work or home with the kids, your closet probably needs an overhaul!
1. If you are staying at home for a while, take a good, honest look at your wardrobe. Keep all washable items, a few of the “dry clean only” and your favorite suit. Keep your flats and low-heeled shoes. Don’t forget to save a couple of your favorite high heels and keep the stilettos for date nights! Your goal is functional pieces for everyday wear.
2. Be flexible. Your deep V-neck top isn’t going to be appropriate for crawling around at Mommy & Me but worn over a cami, it’ll be perfect for pushing baby in the swing at the park. Look for new ways to wear your favorites.
3. Buy key pieces to supplement what you have. Look for quality t-shirts and tanks as their shape will last longer than cheaper brands. Buy inexpensive trendy pieces. They only last a season anyway so why invest a lot of money in them? Purchase a fabulous pair of jeans. Pair these pieces with your existing wardrobe.
4. Keep in mind, it may be 6-9 months before you get back into your pre-pregnancy clothes, especially the pants and skirts. Continue to use the wardrobe pieces you purchased during pregnancy that extend your wardrobe such as belly bands and b-buckles. These items are designed to be used during pregnancy and post-baby.
FROM CAREER TO KID-FRIENDLY: EASY WAYS TO BLEND YOUR OLD CLOTHES WITH YOUR NEW LIFE
* Wide-leg trousers + high quality tee + hip belt + low-heeled boot = Great Outfit for cruising the mall and cafe lunch with your Mommy group.
* Crisp, white button down top layered over a bright cami + dark denim + ballet flats = Chic Play date Ensemble
* Fitted, modern sweatsuit + trendy flats + diamond studs (real or faux) = Mommy & Me Fabulous
* Structured blazer + cute silk screened tee + faded denim + kitten heel = Swanky Stroll with baby buggy
* Lightweight V-neck sweater + buttoned down white top + capris + loafers = Classy Preschool Room Mom
* Wrap dress + flat, knee-high boots = Perfect for an outing at the zoo
* Trendy top + structured black pants + Roman sandals = Chic and ready for story time at the local library or errands around town
The trick to your new wardrobe is to incorporate as many pieces from your professional wardrobe into your “play date” wardrobe as you can. Save the dresses and stilettos, too! Believe it or not, you will have date nights again and you’ll want to look hot!
And don’t forget to accessorize! Looking put together is all about the details.
* Buy a quality diaper bag that doesn’t look like a diaper bag. There are tons of great styles on the market today!
* Invest in good shoes. As your baby grows to a toddler, you’ll need to be quick on your feet.
* Wear unique pieces of jewelry that will take attention off your waistline while you are losing the baby weight. Wearing a fabulous pair of earrings draws the eyes of those you meet up to your face.
* Purchase quality undergarments, especially bras if you are nursing. They can make a huge difference in your overall appearance.
Now that you are a “Mom,” don’t short yourself on style. Maintain your sense of self and dress accordingly. No one said you had to become ultra-conservative, frumpy or live in beige once you became a mother! In fact, I beg you not to! Dress well, Mom!