After I had Kolton I was convinced that I would start right away with a full proof diet and workout regimen and shed my postpartum pounds within a few months. I came to realize that not only was that dilutional but also unhealthy for a mom that wanted to breastfeed. Understanding that it would take almost another nine months to shed the pounds was a hard pill to swallow and I'm not going to lie and say that I'm proud of my body regardless of my weight but I eventually accepted it and found pleasure in how I chose to style it with ethical and vintage clothing. It wasn't hard to find ethical styles that flattered my belly, shapely thighs, and large breasts so I'll share tips on how I shopped for them.
How I Revamped My Style and Closet
1. Recycling My Pre-Pregnancy Clothes
When I first learned I was having a baby I kept my pre-pregnancy clothing thinking that I'd be able to squeeze into them in no time. I have to admit that I still have a couple that I can't part with just yet (aka those sexy ripped skimpy jean shorts and my body hugging little black dress). However, one day, I dove into my closet while the babe was asleep and made two piles of clothing. One pile was for donating and another was for reselling and or trading into a consignment shop. There was a lot in my closet that just wouldn't work post pregnancy for me either for breastfeeding or just dealing with a messy baby (aka long dresses with high necklines, anything silk, anything sheer or tight).
Clothing in great condition I gave to my local resale shop and traded them in for store credit. One of my favorite resale shops is the Revolve Clothing Exchange in St. Petersburg and Ybor City, Florida. I also love thredUP online because they give you money for trade-ins (although I've never taken it because I always find cute stuff in their online store). For the items that were less than stellar, I donated to my local thrift shops or gave away to friends/family.
2. Shopping for Flattering Styles That Are Functional
The styles I chose to keep in my closet were styles that I knew could be worn multiple ways and that would also flatter my midsection. Most pieces were separates that had a high waistline which created a more hourglass figure when worn. My curated closet included lots of woven fabrics that moved (think organic cotton) and comfy knits. I sprinkled the collection with shirt dresses and vintage robes/dusters to get me through those sleep-deprived days spent at home. A good idea to keep in mind is to picture the outfit worn with or without the baby, something that can be dressed up or down very easily.
Two ethical shops that fit my style the most right now are Everlane and Vetta Capsule. Both companies are transparent about how their garments are made and have a low impact on the environment. I'm wearing the Artist Smock from Everlane with a thrifted turtleneck. I always like to incorporate vintage pieces in with my ethical core pieces. Nafiinu was a great shop where I could find sexy but comfy slips and robes that have pulled me through those loungin' days.