8 New Mom Style Tips

 Before I had Wyatt I wrote out a list of goals for myself for after I had kids.  I think I might need to do a progress report on that list one of these days, but I'm a little scared to look at it now!  Oh, the things we say before we actually become a mom . . .

Anyway, one of the goals that I wrote out before having Wyatt was to "not let myself go".  When I wrote that goal, I wasn't just talking about losing the baby weight - I was talking about just keeping up with my appearance in general.  Not losing my style, if you will.

So now that I've had two kids, was I successful at keeping up with my style? Overall, I think so.  I'm not going to lie and say I look fabulous every single day, or that I don't succumb to the temptation to wear my sweatpants and t-shirts a little too often.  But I still make the effort to at least keep up with my appearance a little and not let sweatpants and t-shirts become my new uniform.

So I thought I'd share a few style tips for the first days of motherhood, things that came in handy in my quest to feel like I still had it together.  I'm not a fashion blogger, and I'm definitely not trying to be one!  I'll leave that to ladies who are much more stylish than I.  But from one new{ish} mom to another . . .

1. Try to get dressed every day (even if you are a stay-at-home mom).

Not going to lie - sometimes I don't end up actually getting out of my pajamas until around noon, depending on the day.  But I think it's important to at least get into something decent-looking, even if I'm staying home all day.  

 For one thing, Derek appreciates it (and your husband will too).  I want Derek to feel like he's still worth looking nice for (even if "looking nice" just consists of putting on something clean and fixing my hair, which it often does, especially in the early days).  

And for another thing, I know that when I look put together, I feel like I have it together.  Maybe that's the control freak coming out in me, but it's hard for me to feel like supermom in sweatpants with no makeup on.  A little effort goes a long way in making me feel like I've got things under control.

2.  Don't be afraid to buy some transition pieces.

You want to feel good about how you look, but it's hard when none of your pre-baby clothes look quite right.  And to be honest, they probably won't look right again for several months (even if you fit into them).  Things shift around and clothes just don't fit the same for a while - I think this is where it's easy to live in sweatpants until you feel good about your clothes again.  

But for me, sweatpants make me feel frumpy.  After both kids I held aside a little money and went shopping for some new clothes that made me feel good for that transition phase, when my body was still in the process of bouncing back.  It was a great decision, and it made me feel "normal" and pretty to have some cute things to wear that looked good on my new shape.  

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(One of my "transition outfits".  Flowy shirt and mint skinny jeans!  Couldn't resist the mint skinnies.)

3. Look for pieces that have some built-in style.

You're a new mom - you want to feel comfortable.  I get that.  What's more comfortable than t-shirts and sweatpants jeans?  

(Seriously though, it's hard to find sweatpants that don't make it look like you just rolled out of bed or like you just came from the gym, so save those for super-lazy days.)

When I go shopping I look for t-shirt-esque items that have some built in style.  Maybe a nice sleeve detail, or side ruching, or a unique pattern, or at least an interesting color.  Sure, I still buy the trendy blouses and stuff too, but when I just want to wear something comfortable and easy, it's nice if the t-shirt at least has some style built in.  Less effort for me.

4. Lose the long necklaces.

At least until after the first few months.  Babies get tangled in long necklaces.  I speak from experience.  Plus they get in the way of nursing.  I'll still wear my long necklaces on occasion, but shorter, chunkier necklaces or scarves are fun and more practical until baby gets a little bigger.

5. Don't lose the fun earrings.

You can make them work.  Yes, they are baby magnets, but you can train your kiddo not to pull on them (or at least try to before you throw in the towel). Plus they offer a nice distraction when you need your little one to keep quiet for a couple minutes.  I love my big earrings, and I feel like they add some interest to otherwise simple outfits, so this was one thing I knew I wanted to keep.

6. Invest in cute, comfortable shoes.

Shoes are another easy way to make an outfit look more intentional, but it's hard enough to lug around a heavy carseat without doing it in uncomfortable shoes.  Cute flats are a must, and boots are perfect for the winter months.

I'm a high heels girl though, so I had to find some heels that would work for the days I wanted to look a little nicer - look for shoes with a thicker heel or wedges (easier to walk in), and make sure to buy something that stays on your foot easily without having to tense your foot at all.  

It also might be worth it to invest in a more expensive heel that is comfortable.  Eurosoft shoes are my best example.  I tried on a pair of Eurosoft heels when I was looking for comfortable shoes, and oh. my. goodness.  Most comfortable shoe that has ever been on my foot (besides maybe sneakers).  They are a little pricey (at least to me, because I go for affordable), but I am saving up, because I think they would be totally worth it.

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7. Buy waterproof mascara.

It can be a pain to take off, but after Wyatt I was caught off guard by the waterworks.  I was an emotional ball of . . . emotions.  Pampers commercials, songs on the radio, looking at my baby . . . I was like a ticking time bomb.  You just don't know what your emotions will be like after baby - this is a huge life event, and your heart grows so much - it's normal to cry a lot.  I would have walked around with constant black smears under my eyes if my mascara had not been waterproof.  


8. Don't forget your fingernails!


(Recently from my Instagram feed.  Excuse the blurriness.)

Not really applicable if you aren't into doing your nails, but I love nail polish.  But who has time to paint nails when you have one (or more) littles fighting for attention?  Sometimes you don't, but if you have a a quiet 15 minutes, I've made two discoveries.

(1) - Matte nail polish dries faster.  Especially matte glitter polish (which I like the look of anyway).  I'm thinking of doing a post with my favorite matte polishes, so keep an eye out.

(2) - Opi Drip Dry Drying Drops.  Like a manicure miracle in a bottle.  Several brands make similar drying drops, but I tried Opi's, and it is amazing stuff.  A couple drops on each finger and a couple minutes later you are pretty much good to go.  You have to be a little careful for the first half hour or so, but it dries to the touch in about a minute, and my nails have never looked so perfect (even before kids).  

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The directions say to apply two coats of polish and then a top coat and then the drops, but I think it works better if you use the drops between each coat.  Now, I will say that it works better on some brands of nail polish than others.  I've found that it works pretty well on Opi and Essie brand polishes, but with certain other brands it didn't dry quick enough for me.  That's okay since I like Essie and Opi polish best anyway, but just keep that in mind.

And those are my new mom style tips!  For you other moms out there - anything to add?
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Sarah said...

Great tips! It is so easy to let yourself go in the days and months after having a newborn. I lived in sweats and t-shirts, and didn't get it together until about the 6th month. It is smart to plan ahead for transition clothing.

Alli said...

I'm looking forward to getting my hair done! My awesome hair dresser gave me (and all her pregnant clients) a gift certificate for whatever I want done to my hair. I don't know about you, but I always feel better after my hair is freshly done.

The Clem Family said...

Do you do most of your shopping online? My problem with keeping my style is being able to go shopping for myself. Time in a dressing room with 2 and 4 year old boys just makes me want to go home and put on my lounge pants! ;)

Anna said...

I've compromised by wearing cute yoga pants at home, because they're so comfortable, but I wear "nice" t-shirts like you with them, and always put on jeans to go out. I always like to do my hair and a 3-minute makeup fix too, and I always wear earrings. I can't really afford to update my wardrobe, so I look a little shabby and worn-out, but at least I feel put together this way. :)

Emily Powell said...

Love this post. Such good ideas!

Rachel and John said...

I totally disagree on the sweat pants thing. I think if you get nice sweat pants, like the lululemon ones, they look cute but comfy. I'm definitely not going to put jeans on to play all day with my kids! I wear them to the grocery store too and I see other people in them all the time just running errands.

But I agree that you should buy some transition pieces. It makes me so much happier when my clothes fit!

Callie said...

I hadn't much before Gwen, but I've been doing alot more online shopping in the last couple months! It is really hard to try on clothes with two little ones - I love the big handicap dressing room at Target because they'll let me take the cart in there and I can contain them that way for now, but other stores are just too hard!

Callie said...

Oh, I'm sure you don't look shabby Anna! I do yoga pants at home too at times, especially if I'm going to be working out with a DVD - I don't bother to change if I'm not going out!

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Callie said...

I had to delete that last comment because I wanted to add something and I couldn't figure out how to edit it! Personally, I just feel better in jeans, and I'm just as comfortable playing on the floor with Wyatt in jeans as in sweatpants. Maybe I should rephrase that I feel like sweatpants make me look like I just came from the gym or just rolled out of bed. I know alot of ladies don't agree with me on that, because I see plenty of women running errands in yoga/sweat pants around here too. I hadn't heard of Lululemon, so I checked them out - they do have some cute yoga pants!

Callie said...

How nice of your hairdresser! I agree, it does feel good to have your hair done too! I wish my hair was easier to work with - it's naturally curly, but it gets frizzy pretty easily if you don't handle it just right, and I haven't found a really good hairdresser that knows how to deal with it. . .

Rachel said...

I love these tips. When Ivy was born I was actually much better at making an effort than I am now 6 months down the line. I think it helped me cope with all the changes and uncertainty! I just can't wait for the winter weather to break here - I just feel like I'm slobbing around because it's too cold to go out. Can't wait for the sunshine!

Dove of Snow said...

I liked these tips! I'm not a mom yet, but I might try to reference this when I am someday! :) Thanks!

Kate Craig said...

dresses and leggings! Great for covering bulge and playing on the floor. Just not when you have to nurse in public (completely did not think that through our second Sunday at church).

I'm also glad my hair was longer when she was born so I could pin it up wet if I needed to. My hair looks crazy if it's short and air dried.

Tiffany @ Austin Family Diary said...

Thanks for the tips! I'm definitely going to keep them in mind, especially the no sweats one.

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