What comes to mind when you hear “momdrobe” or “mommy fashion?” I'll bet you think of baggy shirts and the infamous “mom jeans!” Let me give you a piece of advice, everything you think a mom has to wear or should wear, throw it out!!! Being a mom doesn't have to be a fashion faux paus or mean that you have to throw out all of your favorite heels.
Being a SAHM has been the most rewarding thing I have ever done, while also challenging to not lose myself. I'm not going to lie, the first 68 months, I was lucky to get out of my pajamas or workout clothes before noon. Most days, I wore my workout clothes all day. The most important things to keep in mind when dressing for your role as a mom, is to be comfortable and functional. If that means you stay in your pjs or workout clothes all day (that is currently what I'm STILL wearing), go for it! There will be times that those are your OOTD. There is nothing wrong with it, and don't let anyone else convince you otherwise!
Here are my 5 tips to help you dress for the role of mommy, while not losing your sense of style:
1. Utilize Pinterest! Pinterest can do one of two things, make you feel like a big “fashion don't” or inspire you to embrace your role as a mama! I love to browse “mom fashion” every now and then when I feel like my outfits are becoming too “blah”. A lot of times, I already have pieces that I can use to copy different looks or it gives me items to put on my “want” list for when I FINALLY get to go shopping.
2. Invest in at LEAST 3 pairs of pants/jeans that fit your new “Mom bod”. I found that my body changed a lot after pregnancy, and jeans that fit me great before weren't so comfortable anymore. There is nothing better than a great fitting pair of jeans to make you feel sexy and sassy while fulfilling your role as WONDER MOM! I suggest a pair of
skinny jeans (for boots), boyfriend/relaxed jeans (for comfy days) and a pair of bootcut (for dress up.)
3. Vnecks, Vnecks, VNECKS! These were soooo essential to being a breastfeeding mama. I could wear a cami underneath and be able to breastfeed in public without exposing myself to the world. They are also really easy to dress up or down and can transition from season to season.
4. Before you buy something, ask yourself “will that be comfortable for chasing after my baby, washing dishes, grocery shopping or playing outside?” It's great to have a few really trendy, stylish pieces that you can wear for special occasions, but don't get caught up in being a fashion statement that you can't function as Wonder Mom. I find that buying cuter workout clothes helps me do my job as a mom and still look cute for those unexpected
5. Buy clothes that FIT! I'm all about loose tops and leggings or skinny jeans, but don't let your new “mom bod” force you into the frumpy “mom” look. While you shouldn't wear clothes 3 times your size, also don't buy clothes that are too tight. You're going to be doing a lot of bending over, sitting on the floor and running after your little one and tight clothes just don't mix with all of that!
My last little piece of advice, is just be YOU! Having babies doesn't mean your personality changes or your style. Being a mama is one of the greatest jobs and callings in life, but don't lose yourself. Make time to work on you and let your personality shine!