While there’s no reason you have to totally kiss goodbye to your pre-pregnancy style, it’s likely that leggings and many of the other stretchy clothes you wore when pregnant will still be your best friends for a while. Unless you’re an A-list celebrity, it could take the best part of a year for you to lose most of your baby weight, so don’t expect to be back in high heels and skinny jeans immediately.
How much your day-to-day style changes will depend on whether you were a leggings girl before or were never seen without a pair of Manolo Blahniks and full make-up.
Even if you go back to work, you’ll probably want to adapt your look for hanging out with your baby and other mums. This is partly for practical considerations – high heels look weird in the park and dry-clean-only tops don’t mix well with new babies – but also because you’ll probably have less time to spend on your appearance.
That said, being a new mum doesn’t mean you have to lose your old style altogether, and you certainly don’t have to look frumpy. You can still be as glam as ever for those special nights out, while there are plenty of cool and functional clothes around for daytime. Try these style tips to help you through the first few months.
• Ask your hairdresser for ways to adapt your current look so it’s easier to manage, such as putting long hair in a messy bun or adding layers and wax to short hair for a no-fuss look.
• Consider getting your eyebrows and eyelashes dyed when you have your hair done to reduce make-up time.
• Try shapewear to help you get into your pre-pregnancy clothes.
• Make sure clothes you wear with your little one around are machine washable and go for patterned tops, which help disguise stains.
• Choose tops and dresses that drape away from your tummy and team with fitted trousers or leggings to avoid a big-all-over look.
• Use accessories such as earrings, a chunky necklace or scarf to draw attention away from the bits you don’t want to highlight.