Shirt Dressing the Postpartum Body

Recently, I had to actually go out in public for work for the first time since having the baby. You know what that meant— I had to dress my postpartum body. Oh my, how I really wasn’t looking forward to it. It’s always a thing looking for cute maternity clothes but it’s a challenge in looking for postpartum clothes too especially if nursing.

It can be overwhelmingly tricky. You have this new body that just went through birthing an entire human being that made all of this space stretching and growing your body. Now, you are in this new body that hasn’t figured out when and how it will shape back. I have these new breasts full of milk that are several sizes bigger. My uterus has shrunk substantially but wants to hold on to the last of a pudge. Thighs that have spread. And, 10 pounds that want to stick like glue. Instead of complaining and crying a river, I decided to button up and show myself some grace.

Andrea Fenise Memphis Fashion Blogger shares tips for styling a shirt dress for the postpartum body
Andrea Fenise Memphis Fashion Blogger shares tips for styling a shirt dress for the postpartum body

I found this cute Isabella Oliver Maternity Shirt to wear to host the event. I’m very petite so I wore it as a dress. It was perfect as a postpartum look. Why? Well because, it made me feel sexy and feminine but hid all of my insecurities. Even with undergarments, I still feel like my stomach isn’t flat enough yet. So, it hid my afterbirth pudge. The dress had a tad of flow which made it very loose fitting and comfortable.

Andrea Fenise Memphis Fashion Blogger shares tips for styling a shirt dress for the postpartum body

Being stylish yet cognitive of dressing for “my new body and lifestyle” is a thing now. I have to keep in mind that it will take time to see the physical results again. In the meantime, I still have to actually wear clothes. I have to keep moving, always look my best and have fun with my style. I made sure to do that with this shirt dress postpartum look by accessorizing. Prints and pops of color always takes the attention away from other areas. These Jessica Simpson pumps brought the eye down to my feet instead of my body and the same for the earrings from Style Junkie.

Andrea Fenise Memphis Fashion Blogger shares tips for styling a shirt dress for the postpartum body

Styling the little baby bump was fun, but dressing the postpartum body can be just as fun. Here’s the thing, if you happen to make it out of a tshirt and sweat pants even just a few times a week, that’s a victory in and of itself.

Be kind to yourself. Be in awe of all that your incredible body has gone through and is capable of! You housed a soul! You birthed that soul! And now you are keeping that precious soul alive! Go you. You win at everything.

photos by KP Fusion