Clothing used to be for style, keeping up with the latest trends, looking good, but not always feeling good. That’s what it was for me, pre-baby. I was constantly perusing fashion magazines, watching the Hollywood gossip shows in an effort to stay abreast of the classiest, most trendy styles. I didn’t want to just fit in, I wanted to exceed the norm, glam things up a bit. Becoming a mom changes that mentality, at least it does for me. Now I’m all about comfort.
I don’t wear heels anymore, except maybe to church or if my husband and I are going out to a nice dinner, which is a rarity. Heels are no longer comfortable for me, plus I’m a bit of klutz. I’ve been known to trip at the slightest blow of the wind. I definitely don’t want to risk that while carrying Davey, so it’s best just to steer clear of the heels. Not to mention, that I can move a lot faster in my converses and now that Davey is starting to be on the move, I need that speed to stay ahead of him.
Since I’m a stay at home mom, I’ve also retired my business suits, but if truth be known, I retired those suits as soon as Davey was born even though I went back to work when he was 6 weeks old. My Banana Republic dress pants and fitted jackets and blouses have now been housed in the spare bedroom’s closet. I don’t need them cluttering up the master closet especially if I’m not going to be wearing the tailored outfits. Even when my husband and I go out, I can’t bring myself to wear them again.
But there is a bit of an issue with my self-esteem and my appearance in that although I am a stay at home mom, it doesn’t mean I want to look like a washed up old hag every day. I want to still be appealing to my husband. I want to go out to the grocery story still looking attractive and cute, but comfortable, so I’ve resorted to still wearing some of my maternity clothing, mostly the shirts and blouses and I can’t help but wonder…am I the only one out there still doing this?
Davey will be 6 months old at the end of this month and for the most part I’ve gotten my pre-pregnancy body back. I’m a little out of shape, but I’m working on that, so the reason for sticking with my maternity clothes is not because I feel like I’m fat. Quite the opposite really. Some maternity clothing doesn’t feel like maternity clothing and some resembe the peasant style flowing tops that are in style right now. I feel like I’m maintaining a sense of style while being comfortable and NOT buying new clothes (something my husband absolutely loves).
There’s even a part of me that wants to go shopping for more maternity clothes just so that I can increase my wardrobe of comfort, style, and sensibility.
I’ve tried to consider my mental state for still wanting to and actually wearing my maternity clothes after giving birth especially since I am able to fit back into my regular clothes. ****side note: my maternity jeans were PERFECT for Thanksgiving Day, since I knew I would be eating alot. ****
Am I the only one who still prefers to wear maternity clothes even though I can fit into my other clothes? I’d love to hear from some of my readers out there.