A stretchy pencil skirt, v-neck tee and a feminine baseball cap–sophisticated, effortless, and above all, stretchy.
You probably spent a lot of time and money investing in your maternity wardrobe over the last nine months.
But what may have caught you by surprise is that “in between” stage right after you give birth, when maternity clothes are too big but your old wardrobe is still a bit too snug.
But don’t worry, because Motherly literally has you covered.
You need wardrobe basics that make you feel feminine and beautiful—and that also aren’t pajamas. (Though we aren’t opposed to those, either.)
We’ve picked 6 must-have staples for your mom style that are simple, sophisticated + effortless.
1. For when you need to dress it up: Ann Taylor Stretch Seamed Pencil Skirt
You’ve got enough to worry about as a new mom, so adding “sucking myself back into my old work clothes” shouldn’t be yet another thing on your list. Enter the Ann Taylor All-Season Stretch Seamed Pencil Skirt. It’s timeless, it matches everything, it can be dressed up or down, and best of all, it’s made of STRETCH FABRIC. (There is truly not enough ? in the world for this.)
Pro tip: Keep an eye out for sales, as Ann Taylor is often running great promotions. We suggest sizing up from your pre-pregnancy size to ensure a great fit during this in-between postpartum stage.
2. For bad hair days: J. Crew Garment-Dyed Ball Cap
Besides dry shampoo, this garment-dyed baseball cap from J. Crew might just be your hair’s new best friend. It comes in a great assortment of cute colors and is perfect for those days when you just don’t have time to deal with your hair.
Pro tip: You can add a monogram for only $10!
3. For everyday casual: Madewell Striped Midi Dress
This striped midi dress from Madewell is the perfect throw-on-and-run-out-the-door outfit that looks more intentional than it actually was. It can be paired with sandals if you’re out and about, flip-flops if you’re heading to the beach, or even cute flats and a statement necklace if you’re grabbing some dinner. And best of all, the lightweight fabric and forgiving fit will definitely do your post-baby bod some favors.
Pro tip: Size up if you have a fuller chest; we found that it ran a bit tight in the bust.
4. For the right support: Storq Soft Cup Bra
Lots of things in your body are changing (some by the hour), and it helps to have a bra that moves with you and provides gentle support. We love the soft cup nursing bra from Storq for lots of reasons, but mostly for what it doesn’t have—no clips, no flaps and no scratchy fabrics. Simply pull it aside for quick and easy nursing access for your little one.
Pro tip: Finding a properly fitting bra post-baby can be tricky. For a soft-cup bra like this one, it’s fine to order online, but for a more structured nursing bra we highly recommend getting an in-person fitting to ensure the right fit.
5. For when you want to get movin’ (or not): Lululemon Wunder Under High-Rise 7/8 Tight
They don’t call these the holy grail of yoga pants for nothin’, girls. For years Lululemon has been known for its stylish-yet-functional clothes, and the Wunder Under High-Rise Tight certainly fits the bill. These light compression pants are tight enough to suck in and smooth out the... ahem... shall we say “less than desirable” post-baby body features, but not too tight as to make you uncomfortable. The high waistband lies flat against your tummy and won’t dig in, and we love how the 7/8 length flatters your legs.
Pro tip: We know it takes a little extra effort, but we highly recommend hanging these pants to dry rather than tossing them in the dryer; it really helps with wear, and with a hefty price tag we think it’s more than worth it!
6. For everyday cute: Splendid Dolman Sleeve Top
Give us all the cute, cozy tees! This flowing, easy-to-wear dolman-sleeve top is super soft and easy to dress up or down. It pairs perfectly with jeans, shorts or leggings. You’ll wear it with everything, which is perfect for when you might need to change outfits multiple times a day. (Trust us.)
Pro tip: The semi-sheer material and relaxed fit makes this shirt great for layering with a cute tank underneath.