Each month we want to feature one of our lovely fans on the Mama Style section of our blog. We love seeing how you dress your bump and post natal figure. Please welcome Becky from ReStyle Blog, our February Mama Style.
My mama style is practical and simple. I am lucky that I don’t have to work, but this does mean that my day takes in various school and nursery runs, as well as all the mundane jobs required of a stay at home mum. None of this requires a particularly glamorous wardrobe, but I do try to liven up my day- to-day uniform of jeans, jumpers, shirts and jersey tops – with the odd skirt and dress thrown in when I feel like making a bit more effort – by investing in interesting shoes, coats and scarves.
I think it’s fantastic that many patterns are now considered neutrals. Animal print, stripes and checks look great mixed together , and I am trying to experiment more with this! In the Summer, I like to layer on necklaces, and whatever the time of year I am usually to be found wearing two or three chunky bracelets or leather cuffs.
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My two are seven and four now, and I am stunned at the way maternity clothes have changed in that time. At just short of six feet tall, I really struggled to get longer length jeans, so I mostly lived in tunics or dresses, and leggings with flat boots or ballet pumps. I was lucky that during both of my pregnancies I was working in fashion retail, so I could take full advantage of my staff discount!
If were to do it all again? I would invest in a couple of good pairs of jeans, some comfortable jersey tops, and layer them up with lovely big wrap-style cardigans, or shirts in denim and checks. Harem style trousers are everywhere right now, and would be so useful in the later stages of pregnancy, as well as once baby is born. For the Summer, maxi skirts can be invaluable – super comfortable around the bump, and breezy around the legs. Throw on a longline vest and a denim jacket and you’re all set! I would also bear in mind that some of these clothes would probably have to see me through a good chunk of my baby’s first year – it’s not necessarily what you want to hear, but for me that was the reality of the situation, and I wasn’t very well prepared for it!
Mama Style Post Pregnancy
I’m not ashamed to admit that I lost my mojo for a while after I had the children. Having spent my entire career working in fashion retail, and specialising in visual merchandising, I was always required to dress the part. That meant wearing whatever was in fashion at the time, whether it was ‘me’ or not. I was an expert on how to put outfits together, I just didn’t know what I wanted to wear! It wasn’t until I returned to exercise (which was as vital for my sanity as it was for my figure!), and discovered some amazing bloggers in my age bracket that I really started to regain my interest in clothes. I am happier in my own skin now than I ever have been, and I certainly care a lot less what other people think of what I wear! I like to follow trends, but not slavishly, and I love to use Pinterest for style inspiration. I’m not particularly edgy or cool, but I know what I like, and if I want to do the school run in a leopard print faux fur coat and biker boots I will – over 40 or not!
I was a confident breastfeeder as long as I was in my comfort zone, with other mothers around. The Mamascarf would have been so useful to me in more public situations, especially as both my children were reluctant to give up and were breastfed for a relatively long time. I love the pretty retro leaf design, but any of the neutral options would be really versatile too.
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