My first child was born at the beginning of winter. My maternity leave was spent mostly in the dark, the sunlight barely making an appearance. So I swore I would have my next child in the summer, and my son was born right before the 4th of July. 12 weeks later, when my leave ended, it was late September, and though it was still warm I couldn’t start showing up to the office in sundresses that accommodated my fourth trimester body. I just had to employ some back-to-work clothing hacks to save my postpartum ass. And belly. Oh, and definitely my postpartum boobs.
In my humble (but completely right, by the way) opinion, it should be socially acceptable for all postpartum women to wear whatever the hell they want, for as many years as they want, after giving birth. I had so much on my mind while I was pregnant, and then as a new mom, that worrying about what I had to wear if I had to go outside, let alone return to an overly-air conditioned midtown office, was completely overwhelming. I had to figure out a way to keep things simple, all the while looking put together enough to "fit in" with my business casual co-workers.
I'm sorry, and while that might sound like a small task, that is an insurmountable request to make of a brand new, completely overwhelmed, sleep deprived, and exhausted new mother. So with just a few of these simple back-to-work clothing hacks, I was able to bridge the wardrobe gap between my pre-baby and postpartum body: