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In this series, I share some simple tips for leveling up your daily looks.

Dressing yourself in the weeks and months after having a baby is a major challenge. Your body is recovering from growing a human being inside of it for almost a year, your chest is changing sizes as you’re nursing, your belly is soft and your hips are probably a bit wider. The good news is, a changing body doesn’t mean abandoning style altogether if you don’t want to.

To make it easier for myself to get ready in the morning and feel put-together, I’m relying on a loose capsule wardrobe of items that fit my body right now, that are nursing-friendly and that I feel good in. While I absolutely will be adding and taking things out as my body continues to change shape over the next couple months, here are some of the items I’m relying on right now: 

American Eagle High Rise Skinny Jeans
Transitional skinny jeans with lots of stretch are an essential for me. High rise seems weird postpartum, but I really like the way this cut holds everything in. The key is buying the size you currently fit in. I love American Eagle jeans because they feel quality but aren’t too expensive. Also, for the record, I absolutely am also continuing to wear my Madewell maternity jeans through the holidays!

High Rise Black Leggings
Since I usually wear a longer tunic top with leggings, I like the high rise cut so my belly is covered when I need to nurse. For fall, I love a faux leather style for something extra chic—these Spanx ones are my all-time favorite and worth every penny of the investment.

Low Rise Boyfriend Jeans
Comfortable and cool, boyfriend jeans are a great postpartum pant to have available. I love pairing mine with cozy sweaters and mules. The ones I have are an old find from Target, but these are similar.

Loose Peplum Tops
These accommodate an ever-changing chest size and also hide the soft belly we all inevitably have after having a baby. I have 3 long-sleeve tees like this—all from Old Navy—and a short sleeve one from The Great that is super soft and comfy.

Loose Button Down Shirts
Perfect for easy nursing, the key is getting a size that won’t stretch too tightly over your chest or hips. For fall, flannel and plaid button-downs are a great option! Old Navy has really great ones right now at a good price, and Madewell always has great flannels too—I have this one.

Long Tunic Tops
These pair great with leggings because they will cover your bum! I personally like a slightly high-low fit. Included in this category is definitely my VETTA Capsule 3-in-1 sweater. So versatile for cool weather and easy to wear with high rise leggings and just pull up when nursing.

Nursing Friendly Jumpsuit
As expected, I’m still wearing my HATCH Collection jumpsuit even without the bump. I’m so glad I got the Petite size, as the O/S would’ve been really oversized on me at 5’4″. Considering the ivory one as well because it’s just so great for nursing and an easy outfit to throw on with loafers for fall.

Slip On Flats
Comfortable, chic, simple and easy. I have a ton of shoes and am definitely not limiting myself, but the ones I’ll probably reach for the most are my mule loafers, pointed brown leather loafers (similar), leopard loafers (like these), and black d’orsay flats (like these).

Easy Accessories
Of course my little wardrobe wouldn’t be complete without accessories! I’m mostly wearing my 14K Gold Addison Necklace and Bar Stud Earrings because they’re so simple, and I also love my Amelia Tassel Necklace and Janae Tassel Necklace for fall and winter.

My Postpartum Capsule Wardrobe

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  1. I’m 5’4″ and they do bunch a tiny bit but not too much. You maybe would need to take them in, but it would be worth it to get them and try them on.

  2. Jillian Lare says:

    My baby is due 12/1, and I have no idea what I’m going to wear afterwards. My biggest hope is that my feet go back to their normal size so that I can wear my boots. I currently only have two pairs of shoes that fit!

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