Dressing for your size and shape

One of the things that I found both amazing and frustrating is the many changes the my body went through from pre-pregnancy to being 41 weeks pregnant to having a baby to breastfeeding to today.  I went from a boy-shape to pregnancy-shape (I’m not even sure what shape that would be – seal?) to post-baby hourglass shape back to a slightly adjusted boy-shape.

I won’t lie to you that I mourned my clothes, stashed away in clear bins under our bed, during the pregnancy.  I had fears that we would never be reunited again, but I secretly hoped that I was wrong.

Aside from worrying about the future, I enjoyed my new pregnancy body – I loved the round belly (and the kicks that went along with it!) and I loved the way I felt – completely secure and confident.  It was amazing that this belly, something that was relatively foreign to me, was making me feel more confident than I’ve ever felt before.

I even had a blast dressing for my new size and finding ways to accent the belly and show off my bump.  During my pregnancy I was a big fan of empire waists, dresses, and boots.

After Peanut was born and I began to breastfeed, my body went through a whole other phase of a shape.  Although I didn’t have the belly after the first few weeks, I was still struggling through a lot of differences in my body – my hips were wider, my chest was bigger, and overall I just felt and looked different.

After a short mourning over my pre-pregnancy jeans, I put them back in the clean bin and pushed them out of sight and under the bed.  That day I went shopping for a new wardrobe and some new work clothes.  Dressing for my new shape was a bit unfamiliar to me – not only was I a couple of sizes above my pre-pregnancy size, but everything just fit different!

To be completely honest with you, I actually liked the way I looked then as well.  There was something very womanly about my new mom shape.

But that didn’t last either.

When I stopped breastfeeding, my body readjusted once again and now I’m back to pretty much my pre-baby shape.  I think there is still a little bit of difference because things don’t exactly fit the exact same way, but it’s pretty darn close.

So how do I dress for my boy-shape?

Ruffles (top from Banana Republic),

cropped jackets (top and jacket from Banana),

skinny jeans (top and jeans from Express),

v-neck dresses (dress from H&M, jacket from  Tahari, well, Marshalls) and lots of scarfs.

How do you dress for your size?

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  1. I enjoy dressing in sweats and running clothes. After a month, I’ve forgotten how real clothes work. This weekend will be interesting…

  2. Sigh…I know “grass is always greener”, right, but I’ve always been curvy and can’t wear cute ruffles or a lot of jackets and stuff like that. But I can say that I can’t WAIT to be done breast-feeding so that I can wear dresses again! (When you pump in a cube and get walked in on frequently, it is best to not have to pull it over your head and sit there naked.)

  3. I”ve always been, I’m going to use, curvy with large boobs. Always. So normally I just try to hide everything! I don’t own very many items that are tight fitting. So I can’t really say I have a style. I’m going to a wedding in Delaware and the dress is beach formal so I actually bought a dress. First once since my wedding dress years ago!! I look at other girls my size or even bigger and I just don’t understand how they can have the confidence they do to wear such revealing clothes. I’m not talking about the trashy ones that you think, “did you even look in the mirror,” but the ones who still look nice showing off their curves. I wish I could do that.

  4. I went from having smallish boobs before baby to very small boobs after breastfeeding for a year. Some of my old tops don’t fit right anymore, but I’ve totally embraced my new size! I am finding that I can wear more low cut tops now without feeling self conscious… I never like showing cleavage, and now I don’t have any to show!

  5. Ugh. I have a LARGE rear end (like a shelf coming off of my backside big enough to serve coffee on large) and then have soccer player thighs (from playing for 25 years) and then have a teeny tiny waist and normal sized boobs. I always have such a hard time feeling confident and I always buy clothes probably a bit bigger than I should – ultimately making me look more frumpy. Empire waists and anything that covers the top of my rear are always best but I struggle with confidence! Maybe after this baby, someone will nominate me for what not to wear! hehehe!

    • Lauren- you have got to be kidding me? Every time I see your pictures I think, “she is so beautiful!”

      • You are so sweet Kat! My problem lies in the fact that I am like a small/medium upper body (so petite to normal size) and then pants wise I am like a Large/XL or size 12. Not a big deal probably, but if I buy a small or fitted shirt, it doesnt go over my rump! So then I never know what to do and just buy stuff thats baggy!!! Maybe you can come dress me for a month :) You can bring Peanut and Travis and Jon can come too!!!

  6. Thanks for a great post.. helps me to think about what’s to come with my new post-pregnancy body. I’m like you though, I love my pregnant body! You look great by the way :)


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