Dressing for Work
If you'll be heading back to work in the first six months to a year postpartum, chances are good that you'll be carrying some extra weight, especially around your middle, to the office with you. But don't be discouraged. Though you may not have your old figure back yet, you can still look sophisticated and stylish at work.
Follow these tips for choosing appropriate and figure-conscious office wear:
Avoid pleated pants. Flat-front pants are the most flattering style for postpartum bellies.
Wear jackets and blazers that nip in at the middle to create a waistline.
Try tailored, fitted button-up shirts. They can be flattering and define your waist as long as they are made of a sturdy fabric that won't show every bulge, and don't fit too tightly.
Don't spend a ton of money on a work wardrobe that you'll have to replace in a few months. To make the most of a few items, stick to black and neutral pieces, or buy pants and skirts in black and neutrals, saving colors for your tops. That way you'll be able to throw almost any two pieces together and make them work, which will give your wardrobe more mileage.
Go for great accessories like shoes, handbags, scarves, and jewelry. These can give you and your wardrobe a pick-me-up, and you won't have to buy a new size later.
Try trousers with vertical stripes for a slimming look. Wide-leg pants may also help balance out your middle.
Trying to squeeze into your prepregnancy work wear too soon will only leave you feeling awkward and uncomfortable, and this is not how you want to feel in a professional setting. Wearing clothes that fit your body and accentuate the parts you like will boost your self-esteem as you slowly slim down and regain your old shape.