Becoming a mother is a beautiful thing, but it can be a struggle to see that beauty reflected in your post-pregnancy wardrobe. Where you once had a favorite pair of jeans, that fits-just-right tee and a few go-to staple pieces to pull an array of outfits together, you now see a cluster of items that possibly aren’t comfortable, certainly aren’t spit-up proof, and maybe just don’t feel like you, as a new mom.
Having recently delivered my fourth baby, I know the trials and tribulations of finding anything to wear after pregnancy. I also have a knack for always being super pregnant during the summer months, leaving me with nothing to wear for any lingering warmer days of the fourth trimester and about 20 turtleneck sweaters I’ve collected across many winters. When I say I’ve looked in my closet and cursed my clothes, I totally mean it.
The truth is that with a newborn—and small children in general—we may not always don the polished exterior we desire, but that doesn’t mean we can’t be prepared for whatever our week throws at us. For me, knowing I have what I need to put something together in a pinch makes all the difference (and it keeps me from getting too close to the edge of insanity). Here’s what I’ve learned makes an efficient postpartum wardrobe that’s flexible, functional and versatile.