The Affordable Post-Pregnancy Wardrobe Edit
Why an affordable edit? Well, it’s an update to what’s already in my wardrobe. I’ve used some of my staples, with just few added bits to make it all feel like a whole new wardrobe. And I’ve found everything at great prices, despite the labels.
I am at that stage post-pregnancy now where I am ready to step out of my initial ‘mummyform’ and I made a pact with myself that I wouldn’t buy anything new for myself until I was ready to start getting out of my initial standard issue maternity/breastfeeding wear and into something a little more me.
Whilst deciding how that looks whilst still breastfeeding, I decided to be organised and I had a root through my wardrobe and my vacuum packs. And you know what, I and found I didn’t need to add much to come up with what feels like a completely new wardrobe. It all feels flattering and stylish and means I can relegate my mummyform (most of it).
I’ve linked everything from where I bought it where I can and where it’s still available. And, at the end of the post are alternatives of the same style. In my wardrobe, I started with:
- a black midi dress with long sleeves – don’t shy away, I think they flatter every shape and size and can be dressed up and down in so many ways
- a black long-sleeved Mothercare nursing top – an essential that can be worn with so much
- a Jane Shilton striped tote bag, from TK Maxx – this was my hospital bag!
- a Mango waterfall cardigan – perfect, stylish way to wear a cardigan. Not at all frumpy and great for breastfeeding
- a black ASOS poncho – a cover-all essential. A bump and breastfeeding friendly must-have
- a Mango black blazer – To add a smarter, chic element
- long Dune black boots (worn as over knee) – you can’t go wrong with well made boots
- Ted Baker black patent jelly flats – a twist on the essential flats
- animal print flats – when in doubt, I throw on a statement shoe!
- Marks and Spencer Limited Edition sparkly champagne block heels – the block makes them so easy to wear, but the point and the shimmer give them a modern twist
- my trusty Hunter wellies – essentials and great for walking in!
I bought the Mango, Dune and Ted Baker stuff from Secret Sales. One of my favourite ever sites. I’ve done a couple of really popular blog posts on shops I have done. Have a read of:
- Designer shoe dupes and alternatives under £55/$45
- My M.A.C cosmetics story and where I buy it for 40% less.
- Mango Monochrome SS16| Under £25
- a Marks and Spencer camel coat– camel never goes out of style and goes with everything
- a River Island burnt/rust orange polo neck – great for breastfeeding in and the length covers my bum nicely!
- an ASOS black swing dress – the swing, sleeves and roll neck are super for looking stylish and chic, whilst skimming over any lumps and bumps
- a Boohoo at ASOS white backless jumper – my rebellious element. But work it with a jacket.
- ASOS ‘nude’ patent flats – go with everything!
- ASOS dark blue jeggings (they are high waisted, stretchy and super comfortable. I wear them so much, which is weird as I was never interested in jeggings before I had B as I thought they’d be unflattering)
- Boohoo at ASOS black busted knee leggings – add a bit of a modern touch to the usual black leggings
- ASOS black long jumper – I love this with leggings and flats or even tights and long boots
The combinations are (almost) endless.
Don’t let the website photos put you off buying certain things. My photos show how these things can look on real, non-model type people!
I didn’t do all the accessories and combinations as, well, it would have taken me years! But, as it’s getting colder, I love thick opaque tights, and the control ones are great for smoothing things out. Scarves and jewellery can transform the basics too. I’ll admit, I may have gone a little rogue with the backless top, but I think it’s great for drinks this time of year, I just need to find the right backless shape wear…
Also, the dresses might not be that breastfeeding friendly, but the long sleeved nursing top and a midi skirt would give the same look.
We had a bit of a laugh making this post and video clip. It’s my first of its type, so I’m still learning, but I hope some of the looks and ideas will be useful. Don’t forget to subscribe to our YouTube channel!
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Here are the alternatives for what isn’t available: