Post-baby wardrobe staples you can’t live without

A stretchy pencil skirt, v-neck tee and a feminine baseball cap–sophisticated, effortless, and above all, stretchy.

Post-baby wardrobe staples you can’t live without

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.


Products that solve your biggest breastfeeding challenges

Including a battle plan for clogged ducts!

When expecting a baby, there is a lot you can test-run in advance: Take that stroller around the block. Go for a spin with the car seat secured in place. Learn how to use the baby carrier with help from a doll. But breastfeeding? It's not exactly possible to practice before baby's arrival.

The absence of a trial makes it all the more important to prepare in other ways for breastfeeding success—and it can be as simple as adding a few of our lactation aiding favorites to your registry.

MilkBliss chocolate chip soft baked lactation cookies

MilkBliss lactation cookies

Studies have shown the top reason women stop breastfeeding within the first year is because they are concerned about their milk supply being enough to nourish baby. Consider MilkBliss Lactation Cookies to be your secret weapon. Not only are they wholesome and delicious, but they were formulated specifically for breastfeeding moms based on the science of galactagogues—also known as milk boosters. They also come in peanut butter and wild blueberry flavors.


Evereden multi-purpose healing balm

Evereden multipurpose healing balm

Also up there on the list of reasons women stop breastfeeding: the toll the early days can take on nipples. Made from just five ingredients, this all natural healing balm is ideal for soothing chafed nipples, making for a much more comfortable experience for mama as her body adjusts to the needs of a breastfeeding baby.


Lansinoh milk storage bags

Lansinoh milk storage bags

For a breastfeeding mama, there are few things more precious and valuable than the milk she worked so hard to pump—and it's the stuff of nightmares to imagine it spilling out in the fridge. With these double-sealed milk storage bags, you can be assured your breastmilk is safe and sound until baby needs it.


Belly Bandit bandita nursing bra

Belly Bandit bandita nursing bra

Nursing a baby is a 24/7 job, which calls for some wardrobe modifications. Because Belly Bandit specializes in making things more comfortable for the postpartum mama, they've truly thought of every detail—from the breathable fabric to the clips that can be easily opened with one hand.


boob-ease soothing therapy pillows

Boob Ease soothing therapy pillows

For nursing moms, duct can quickly become a four-letter word when you suspect it's getting clogged. By keeping these soothing breast pillows in your breastfeeding arsenal, you can immediately go on the defense against plugged milk ducts by heating the pads in the microwave or cooling them in the freezer.


Belly Bandit perfect nursing tee

Belly Bandit perfect nursing tee

A unfortunate reality of nursing is that it can really seem to limit the wardrobe options when you have to think about providing easy, discrete access. But by adding functional basics to your closet, you can feel confident and prepared for breastfeeding on the go.


Bebe au Lait premium cotton nursing cover

Bebe au Lait cotton nursing cover

Nursing in public isn't every mama's cup of tea. But babies can't always wait until you've found a private place to get down to business if that's your preference. That's where a nursing cover comes in handy. This one is made from premium cotton and features a patented neckline that allows for airflow and eye contact even while you're covered.


Lactation Lab basic breastmilk testing kit

Lactation Lab breastmilk testing kit

Curious to learn more about the liquid gold you're making, mama? The testing kit from Lactation Labs analyzes your breast milk for basic nutritional content like calories and protein, as well as vitamins, fatty acids and environmental toxins to help boost your breastfeeding confidence.


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