Fall is here, and it is my favorite season! I enjoy the cooler weather, changing leaves, state fairs and festivals, pumpkin pies, and Thanksgiving feasts. Additionally, I love boots, scarves, layering, oversized sweaters, colored leggings, and long cardigans. I am 8 months postpartum, and I have not experienced my miraculous #snapback figure. BUT, I have decided that I can no longer hide behind my maternity clothes and need to revamp my fall 2017 wardrobe.
Conquering the woes of my post-pregnancy body
I miss expressing my personal style. The last time I truly shopped for myself was over a year ago before I became pregnant. Of course I cannot fit into my old size 6/8. Therefore, I have been settling y’all. I have trapped myself in my maternity clothes pretty much all spring and summer long. For the longest time, I refused to buy new clothes at my new size because I was waiting for that #snapback to happen at any moment. Wishful thinking although I have been breastfeeding, eating relatively okay, and walking 5/6 days per week for months now. Heck, I did not snap back after Z either. It took me years to get within 10 pounds of my pre-pregnancy weight after her. Oh, how my body can be so stubborn. But then again, I am approaching my mid-30s, and my metabolism is not as forgiving as it used to be.
Due to feeling like I needed to postpone my fashion expression until I lose the baby weight (I gained 45 pounds this time around), I have been really unhappy with my style. Z is sitting here with all her cute outfits galore, and I am rotating the same boring pieces over and over again. So enough is enough! I have decided that I will celebrate myself at every size and will present myself with confidence regardless of how far I am from my “goal” weight. God has blessed me with too much for me to body shame myself. My body has been amazing and has proven itself time and time again of its strength both in and out of pregnancy. Therefore, I am ditching the maternity clothes. Well sort of. I will explain later.
Starting afresh: reassessing my style
It’s exciting to hit the streets and finally shop for myself after such a long hiatus! But before I set myself out on my shopping spree, I first reassessed what I truly wanted to see in my wardrobe. Ideally, I desire my wardrobe to reflect my personality and not just the latest style. Lately, I have really gravitated toward the idea of the minimalist capsule wardrobe. Many months have been spent paring down my closet of items that just does not represent me (or no longer fit). I will be darn I add random clothing articles to enjoy now and
hate get bored of later. That would make my tedious purging all in vain.
I scourged through Pinterest to find inspiration for capsule wardrobes. As I saw ideas, I gained a much better vision of what I currently am looking for. I consider my style casual, comfortable, not too flashy, but with a focus on statement pieces whether it be a bold scarf, bright jewelry, or patterned article that can liven a basic outfit. I love the idea of solid tees, neutral colored pants, layering pieces, and eye-popping accessories. In my Pinterest search, there were many pins showing how to create 15 different outfits from 10 items of clothing/accessories. This. Is. So. Me! This fits my overall lifestyle aspirations! Less is more: less clothes to wash, less folding and putting away. More time for life and living. More time for creativity.
Time to shop!
I made a list of items I wanted to find so I can stay focused in my ventures. In addition, I set out a budget because it is so EASY to get distracted on the fads and end up with regret buys. I do realize this is not a feat I will accomplish in one or two shopping trips. Time and patience are required if I really want to put together a solid fall wardrobe that will not leave me stumped on what to wear.
I went to a store the other day to try on some clothes in order to figure out what styles and cuts fit at my new size. My frame deceives people because I have a small upper body and curvy lower body; I am a true apple shape. I tried on several pants and found that stretchy mid-rise pants provided the best comfort and support for my hips and mommy tummy, respectively. As far as tops go, I found myself pulled toward the maternity section (again). Say wha?!
Yeah, I know. I said earlier I would explain why I have not completely parted from the maternity clothes. Currently, I am dealing with a condition called diastasis recti (or DR for short, which is the separation of the ab muscle). Therefore, at 8 months postpartum, I still look 4/5 months pregnant even with a corset. It sucks but I am working on it through special exercises and PT. Anyway, I really like the stretchiness and cut of some of maternity tops to accommodate my poochy stomach. My aim is for the cute styles, of course, so nothing too loose or froppy. Trust me, I am done with that look. Now no longer ashamed of my mommy tummy, if anyone comes up to me and ask how many months pregnant am I, I can confidently take it as a teaching moment to educate about my DR condition.
What did I find?
Between Ross and the thrift store so far, I have found some pretty nice pieces I really like. Some of the items include a pair of black skinny jeans, burgundy pants, some basic tees (in blue, black, white, and gray), two sweaters (black and gray), a plum skirt, and two lightweight cardigans. My color scheme for this fall will likely be in the color scheme of olive, burgundy, black, and grey. I definitely plan to peruse my local Goodwill to see what I can find as well as a few other stores. In a later post, I will outline and show all the pieces I have purchased for my fall 2017 wardrobe.