The New Year is right here with lots of excitement, hopes and new beginnings, to welcome the coming year with swag and style, we have come together to bring plethora of fashion inspiration in this “Fashion-a-thon” a fashion blog-train initiative by Ruchie of Wigglingpen.
Right now i am a lazy mom who steers through the day in her pyjamas and tees. Also, postpartum our bodies transition quite drastically and our lives are in a state where there is already too much to do and too little time to think about “WHAT TO WEAR”; considering these things, I have worked out a checklist that my new clothing should fit into.
The checklist includes
Clothes that are nursing friendly.
Clothes that do not need ironing or any other special care.
Clothes that are baby and baby mess friendly
Clothes that are baby-wearing friendly.
Clothes that can be worn many times with different accessories to change the look, be it for regular wear or party or festivals ( aspiring minimalist you see). Basically I am trying to design a capsule wardrobe that needs minimal clothes but which gives me sufficient options of pairing them differently and conjuring up a whole new look, without having to shop for special nursing or post-partum wear. So, I thought of doing a post on my newly developed love for capsule wardrobes and creativity that surrounds it.
Here is my list of “capsule wardrobe” must haves for a new mom-
* A few buttoned down or zipper Tops- You know what I mean; buttoned down tops are a blessing for nursing moms. This could include your plain/floral print flowy tops or an all time hit Chambray shirt.
* A few neutral colored Tees- nothing can beat the comfort of a t-shirt; loose on body, tees that can be paired with scarves or jackets and you could try 2 t-shirt method to have a great quick dressing option for nursing times.
* Buttoned down kurtis, tunics or long maxi dresses- 2-3 kurties/or tunics that you can wear as a dress or with pyjamas/chudidars/pants or leggings with or without dupatta; each time these can be worn differently.
* Angrakha style kurtas or dresses for that ethnic Indian look- Angrakhas make the best nursing dresses. You could wear a one piece Angrakha dress or wear the same thing as complete Indian set with angrakha pyjama and dupatta.
* Georgette or chiffon sarees with front buttoned blouses- Saree is an awesomely pro-nursing attire. if you are a saree lover and find them comfortable then a few light weight, easy to drape sarees are a must have for your capsule wardrobe. Well, mine has many many of them (thanks to my lovely mother in law)
* A poncho like nursing wrap or a few scarves can help you while nursing in public and of course will change the look of your outfit.
* Jackets, long shrugs and cardigans help change the look of your dress. A denim jacket is a must have, apart from that you could keep a grey and a black long shrug.
* 2-3 long flared skirts- With a toddler I prefer skirts longer than knee length as i can never tell the stunts that I may have to perform to please or control this little ball of energy, so for me my comfort comes before style. I love those ethnic Rajasthani long skirts and the fact that they can never go out of fashion; however, you may consider wearing them only occasionally or for a short-while, you dont want to topple while running behind your kid right??
Off late I have started wearing these skirts with my old short heavy kurtis(that are now out of fashion) wearing them with skirts gets a whole new sharara type look, perfect for functions.
*Jeans – There is no other thing like a comfortable pair of jeans. A black or dark blue jeans and a stonewashed light blue jeans are a must have for any wardrobe.
* Palazzos and cropped Cullotes- These are in fashion and need I say that they are super comfy for anybody doing a marathon whole day long.
* Footwear- A pair of sneakers or two, sports shoes, sandals and bellies- choose them wisely because you are going to be on your toes. Avoid high heels or strappy or delicate footwear, if you aren’t comfortable in them. My current favorite are these white sneakers. keep a few comfortable pair of footwears in black, white and beige color.
You could look at buying loose flowy tops and dresses over tight fitting clothes to hide the tummy, however there isn’t anything wrong in flaunting your tummy that carried the love/s of your life. Also avoid the mistake of wearing all things loose, you do not want to look like a sack or jholaa( Rustic Indian bag). A fitted top over Palazzos or a flowy top over your leggings or jeans will make a perfect outfit.
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