Becoming a mum is one of life’s biggest achievements (and adventures!). However, when you’re juggling round the clock nursing, diaper changing, mountains of laundry and challenging days, the last thing on your mind is dressing up or looking stylish. Self care can often fall last on the list of never ending priorities, but if you are a new mum who is ready to take a break from oversized t-shirts and sweatpants, this is the article for you.
Today, we share with you our new mum’s guide to dressing well and looking great. With these 6 practical tips, you’ll be able to look and feel your best with your little one by your side.
1. Treat Yourself To New Lingerie
In a time of your life where you may be feeling slightly overwhelmed or even insecure of your new body, nothing beats heading to your favourite lingerie store and treating yourself to a few new confidence-boosting sets of underwear. We are firm believers that looking amazing starts from within, and lingerie has the power to make you feel more confident, sexy and stylish. Investing in quality lingerie that fits well and accentuates your curves can do marvellous things for your self-esteem, which in turn can have an immensely positive effect on how you go about your daily life as a brand new mum.
2. Embrace Your New Body
All too often, new mums feel a sense of shame and embarrassment when it comes to their new, postpartum bodies. If you are someone who falls into this category, we are here to completely flip the script on you. Always remember this – your incredible body just accomplished a feat so many could only dream of: giving birth to new life. As such, it should be cherished, loved and embraced regardless of its size or shape. By accepting your new shape, whatever that may be, you will quickly start to feel more like yourself and much more inspired to be confident of your new body instead of hiding it away behind sweatpants and baggy t-shirts.
Regardless of your shape, learning how to dress for your body type will allow you to feel empowered and will help you choose clothing clothing cuts, styles and lengths that accentuate all your assets.
3. Retire Your Maternity Wear
Are you guilty of still donning yourself in maternity wear months after you’ve given birth? Well, the time to retire your maternity wear is now. The first step to looking stylish as a new mum is to give your wardrobe a complete makeover. Start by packing away your maternity wear or donating it to friends or family members – yes, even if they still fit! Once you’ve done this, take stock of what pre-pregnancy clothing you have that still fits, and make a list of any new items you will need to purchase to fit your current lifestyle. Oh, and don’t stress out if your pre-pregnancy clothes don’t fit – most women take up to a year or two to completely recover from pregnancy and as we mentioned earlier, it’s time to embrace that new bod!
4. Stock Up On Staples
Now that you’ve cleared your wardrobe of anything that doesn’t fit, it’s time to stock up on some new mommy staples! Curating a closet that fits and assists with your new lifestyle is key. Here are some staples that every new mum should have in their closet:
Button-down Shirts (perfect for nursing!)
Staple Black or White Tees
High Waisted Jeans
Cardigans (a lot more flattering than an oversized hoodie!)
A Killer Oversized Handbag (perfect for diapers, bottles and more)
These are just some of the staples that will make you look and feel amazing, without compromising your daily responsibilities as a new mum.
5. Tame That Mane
Have you had little time to take care of your hair? Perhaps the only hairstyle of late has been a dirty, messy and dishevelled looking bun. If this is you, a dramatic post-motherhood haircut is exactly what you need. Almost 70% of women say that they instantly feel more attractive and confident after they've had their hair freshly done at the salon. As a new mum, you deserve to treat yourself, so we’re writing you a prescription for a cut, colour, style and anything else your dear heart desires. An afternoon at the hair salon can also offer you a much-needed break, so if possible, enlist the help of the hubby, relatives or a babysitter for just one afternoon.
If you’re in search of perfect haircuts for new mums, be sure to check out this article.
6. Keep Up With Your Skincare Routine
An endless stream of sleepless nights can really do a number on your skin’s health. If you’ve recently slacked off on your skincare routine, it’s time to up the ante once again. Not sure where to start? Here are some simple skincare basics for new mums:
Using a facial scrub daily can help to remove dead skin and helps make your skin softer and radiant. We recommend scrubbing your face for five minutes at least once a day.
A high quality toner forms a vital part of skincare for new mums to replenish skin with essential nutrients, fatty acids & hyaluronic acid to visibly plump & soothe after cleansing.
Moisturise and hydrate your skin with a high quality moisturiser that is free of parabens and sulphates.
If you truly don’t have time to spare on a complicated skincare routine, at least remember to cleanse your face twice a day at the bare minimum!
7. Don’t Wait For A Special Occasion
Do you have that incredible new lipstick, foundation or dress that you’ve been saving for a special occasion? As a busy new mum, we encourage you to treat everyday like a special occasion. Slap that lipstick on when you’re doing your daily rounds with the little one around the park, put on that gorgeous dress for Sunday brunch and doll yourself up even for the most mundane of tasks. By treating everyday like it is a special occasion, you’ll be able to feel and look your best regardless of what you are doing or where you are going. Seriously, you deserve it!
And there you have it – everything you need to know about looking incredibly stylish with minimal effort as a new mum. Do you have any tried and tested advice for other new mums who are looking to rediscover their style? Don’t forget to leave a comment and let us know!