14 Styles That Prove Your Post-Partum Wardrobe Doesn't Have to Be Awkward

Post-baby clothes don't have to be baggy and billowy. These stylish finds will keep you comfy and flatter your shape.

After living in maternity clothes for nine months, you're probably dying to get back into all of your favorite pre-pregnancy fashions. But don't fret if you're not sliding easily into those skinny jeans—some doctors estimate it takes 6-10 weeks just for your uterus to return to its normal size.

Thankfully, there are plenty of flattering finds to hold you over during that final stretch—here are some of our favorites:

Victoria's Secret Yoga Legging

Victoria's Secret Yoga Legging

Victoria's Secret

These beloved leggings will easily take you from the gym to the grocery store to date night—just dress them up with a sweater and boots. Stretchy cotton makes for a comfy fit, while a fold-over top offers customized coverage and added support. Plus, the high waistline won't aggravate any C-section incisions.

To buy: Victoria's Secret Yoga Legging, $34.50 at victoriassecret.com

Bella Materna Full Coverage Underwire Nursing Bra

Bella Materna Full Coverage Underwire Nursing Bra

Bella Materna

Before you reach for another ugly nursing bra, consider this stylish alternative from Bella Maternity. It offers full coverage with a little side of sexy.

To buy: Bella Materna Full Coverage Underwire Nursing Bra, $68 at apeainthepod.com

Old Navy Women's Button-Sleeve Pointe-Knit Dress

Old Navy Women's Button-Sleeve Pointe-Knit Dress

Old Navy

Give those sweatpants the day off and slip on this polished pointe knit dress instead. Not only does the loose-fitting (and pooch-friendly) style require little-to-no accessorizing, the colorblocking attracts eyes to the shoulders and neck and away from any trouble spots. 

To buy: Old Navy Women's Button-Sleeve Pointe-Knit Dress, $25 at oldnavy.com

H&M Cargo Jacket

H&M Cargo Jacket

H&M

There's a reason they call this time the fourth trimester—your body is constantly changing, even though your baby is already here. Finding clothes that fit can be tough, which is why we recommend styles with a little wiggle room. This seasonal jacket features hidden drawstrings for an adjustable fit and can be worn long after you're back to your goal weight.

To buy: H&M Cargo Jacket, $29.95 at hm.com

Jessica Simpson Secret Fit Belly 5 Pocket Skinny Leg Maternity Jeans

Jessica Simpson Secret Fit Belly 5 Pocket Skinny Leg Maternity Jeans

Jessica Simpson

Odds are you won't be able to shimmy into your favorite skinny jeans for a while, and with tenderness and potential incisions, you may not have any desire to. If the thought of another pair of stretchy-waist jeans sends you running for the hills, slip into a pair of these trendy Secret Fit Belly jeans from Jessica Simpson.

To buy: Jessica Simpson Secret Fit Belly 5 Pocket Skinny Leg Maternity Jeans, $44 at motherhood.com

Asos Author Leather Chelsea Ankle Boots

Asos Author Leather Chelsea Ankle Boots

ASOS

If you're waiting for your feet to return to their pre-baby size, you may be waiting a long time (as in, forever). That's because it's fairly common for women to develop flat feet during pregnancy, thanks to hormones and carrying around all that extra weight. But hey, at least there are plenty of cute, comfy shoes out there. Exhibit A: this go-with-anything boot from Asos, which features elastic panels for added stretch.

To buy: Asos Author Leather Chelsea Ankle Boots, $74 at asos.com

Venus Drawstring Pant

Venus Drawstring Pant

Venus

Whether you're dealing with incisions or a pooch (or both), drawstring pants can be your best friend. We love this comfort-meets-cute design from Venus, which can be cinched to the perfect size with a pull of the string.

To buy: Venus Drawstring Pant, $26 at venus.com

Blugirl Dance the Night Away Dress

Blugirl Dance the Night Away Dress

Blugirl

The last thing you probably feel like doing right now is trying on dresses for that fancy party you agreed to go to months ago. Enter Rent the Runway, a fashion rental site that will save you that dreaded mall trip by delivering the goods right to your front door. Not only can you choose two sizes in the event one doesn't fit (we especially like the empire-waist style for even more flexibility), but you won't have to worry about paying big bucks for designer duds that will be too big on you in a few months.

To Rent: Blugirl Dance the Night Away Dress, $100 at renttherunway.com

R&O Adjustable Coat

R&O Adjustable Coat

R&O

If you don't want to invest in a larger-sized coat you won't wear next year, opt for a car coat with adjustable tie-belt. This wool-blend find from Kohl's comes with a faux fur collar for added warmth.

To buy: R&O Adjustable Coat, $95 at kohls.com

Zara Combined Faux Leather Leggings

Zara Combined Faux Leather Leggings

Zara

We know what you're thinking: Leather? Now? But hear us out—these faux leather-lined leggings from Zara offer the comfort of a stretch pant with an extra touch of cool. Add a long cardigan on top for easy nursing and you're good to go. 

To buy: Zara Combined Faux Leather Leggings, $50 at zara.com

Athena Heavenly Bandini Top

Athena Heavenly Bandini Top

Athena

Ready to hit the surf and sand? If you're not comfortable in one of your pre-baby bathing suits—or if you just want a roomier style— check out this blousy bikini top from Athena. An elastic top makes for easier nursing, while a sassy side tie draws the eye away from the midsection.

To buy: Athena Heavenly Bandini Top, $61 at swimspot.com

Garnet Hill Favorite Cotton Cardigan

Garnet Hill Favorite Cotton Cardigan

Garnet Hill

Taking off a sweater with one hand while you get your baby into nursing position is no easy feat, which is why we love long boyfriend cardigans. They're totally appropriate for everyday wear and make breastfeeding on the go that much easier. This colorblock find is as chic as it is comfy and features pockets for stashing pacis or tissues.

To buy: Garnet Hill Favorite Cotton Cardigan, $68 at garnethill.com

 

Gap 1969 Shadow Pocket Denim Shirt

Gap 1969 Shadow Pocket Denim Shirt

GAP

This shirt's biggest selling point? Flexibility. If you're dealing with engorged breasts, wear it as a cardigan over a comfy t-shirt. Once you've shed your pregnancy weight, let it double as a slouchy shirt or bathing suit coverup. 

To buy: Gap 1969 Shadow Pocket Denim Shirt, $60 at gap.com

Merona Women's Convertible Knit Maxi Skirt

Merona Women's Convertible Knit Maxi Skirt

Target

When it comes to transitional postpartum style, this soft convertible skirt is a shoo-in. Turn up the banded waistline for more belly support (and a shorter skirt), or fold it down or a longer look. Pair it with that chambray top tied at the bottom and throw on the cargo jacket for a modern boho look.

To buy: Merona Women's Convertible Knit Maxi Skirt, $25 at target.com

Kristin Granero is a writer in New York. Follow her on Twitter.

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