What to Wear After Having a Baby

You've given birth, but you're hardly your usual size and shape. Here's what to wear after having a baby during those oh-so interesting first postpartum months.
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The postpartum period can be a fashion nightmare. Maternity clothes are too big (and you're probably sick of them anyway), but you're not quite fitting in your pre-baby pencil skirts. Some women get back in shape in a month, others take a year, but no matter which end of the spectrum you're on, it's nice to have some clothing ideas beyond leggings and your husband's shirt. These chic solutions will get you through the transitional phase in style.

Buy a Pair of "For now" Jeans

Your old jeans will be one of the toughest items to get back into, so be kind to yourself and buy a slightly larger pair, or stick to your tried-and-true maternity jeans for a while. Since your body will change dramatically over the next few months, we recommend stretchy denim jeggings.

Stock up on Tunic Sweaters

Styles with wide necklines or off-the-shoulder cuts are an easy way to show a little skin while hiding trouble spots like your belly, hips, and behind. Most new moms can't go braless, so wear a camisole underneath with built-in support, and let the straps show. Accessorize by adding some chic beads in trendy jet or tiger's eye.

Swap Tops for Wrap Shirts

Wear crisscross tops to conceal belly bulge and highlight the decolletage (which all new moms have). Bonus: They make nursing a breeze!

Fall Back to Black

It's always slimming! Pair black pants with a lightweight black sweater, then accessorize like crazy. Add an infinity scarf, invest in new shoes or boots, carry an eye-catching bag, or layer on big, chunky jewelry like a colorful bib necklace.

Accessorize with Big Belts

Good news for new moms looking to cover their midsection: Wide belts can automatically help give your waist some definition. Wear one with your tunic sweater or with a crisp, white button-down shirt over jeans or trousers.

Fall in Love with Long Cardigans

Sweaters that are nearly coats are back this winter, and they're chic figure-hiders -- indoors and out. Opt for a versatile, neutral shade and use it as outerwear if you live in a warmer climate.

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