Women shouldn’t compromise on style no matter what stage they are in their life. That is my opinion.
I have struggled with my own body image, like countless other women, hearing unkind comments from my husband, as well as people who I barely knew. I remember looking in the mirror and filling up with tears at my reflection.
It was only when I listened to some powerful comments from a very good friend that I finally woke up and decided to embrace how my body has changed. It is not like how it used to be, I have grown 3 children inside me and I am ok with that. I made some positive changes.
We all need that special friend.
Create a capsule wardrobe for changes in weight
Creating a capsule wardrobe really helps. I have go-to pieces I can match and wear which include a mixture of clothes that cater for my post-natal fluctuations in weight. Tops for breastfeeding and tunics, dresses or leggings that are comfortable if you have had a c-section. It is my style therapy, and most importantly saves time – which is the one thing you never seem to have enough of as a new mum.
Functionality and fashion – why can’t we have both?
New mums seem to have to make a choice between functionality and fashion – why can’t we have both? I remember getting back into my old clothes, that were unflattering, but at least they fitted.
I have made lots of changes and compromises becoming a parent but I refuse to let go of my own style and identity. I enjoy finding new clothes that work for me, that I not only feel great in but are comfortable.
I am discovering sustainable fashion. I love a bold slogan top and can’t get enough of ‘Punks and Chancers’ who make t-shirts using organic, recycled cotton from garment waste; recycled polyester, from plastic bottles and use water-based inks to print the slogans.
With consumer awareness at an all time high, it looks like sustainable fashion will come into its own in 2019. I really hope so.
There are a plethora of clothing brands out there for women of all ages and sizes. Women encountering different stages in their life, where they are more conscious of their own body image. It takes time, laughter and tears, but as cheesy as it sounds, there is only one you. I am still getting there and wish you all the best in finding your own style and identity.