Time for a wardrobe rethink

It’s now a couple of months since I finished breastfeeding Amy.  My baby is now a year old.  Yet my wardrobe is still based on leggings and jersey tops.  Having been pregnant or breastfeeding for most of the last 6 years my wardrobe has been severely limited by a growing or deflating tummy and a need for easy and discreet access to the boobs.  Not any more.

Of course I’m still Mum to three small children, three small children with whom I am at home most of the time so my wardrobe needs to be practical – to be able to withstand being puked on, covered in food or snot and getting soaked on the school run.  ‘Dry clean only’ is not the way forward here.

However I’ve still lost myself in a pit of black jersey.  It’s easy, it’s comfortable.  Black is slimming right?

It’s all black . . . black dresses, black leggings, black jersey tops . .  .

So I’m back in wire (although badly fitting at the moment while things settle down and I brave going and getting measured . . . ) I no longer need to expose my boobs in public discreetly (or indiscreetly for that matter).  I no longer need to wear maternity clothes though my body still looks decidedly pregnant and wearing clothes with a proper fitted waistband is not an option.

What do I actually want to wear?  I don’t know.  My Wardrobe Lust board on Pinterest is full to bursting with navy stripes, skirts, dresses . . . not things which necessarily would suit me or fit in with my lifestyle but things I love.  There is a definite “style” across the board.

I need some colour, some shape, some accessories, some weight loss.  I need to spend some time trying things on, rediscovering my shape, my size, my style.  I don’t know what suits me any more.  I’m scared to branch out from my “uniform”.

I need a good “Gok-ing! – though perhaps without having to get naked or have my “bangers” manhandled on TV.

I want to wear more colour but I don’t know where to start.

I want to make more of my legs – wear more skirts and dresses.  I wear dresses with leggings for work and I do have some dresses I wear if we’re going out but I’d like some “day” dresses, something to feel more “dressed” in.  So . . . it’s definitely time for a wardrobe rethink . . . time to banish the black jersey (or at least just wear a bit less of it!)


  1. November 19, 2014 / 4:57 pm

    I'm in the same position as you although my wardrobe is jeans, jumpers and vest tops or leggings and jersey tunic things! x

  2. Jo Nicholson
    November 19, 2014 / 9:51 pm

    It's so hard to refund your style after becoming a mum. I'm still not sure what mine is, and tend to buy things and then realise (usually after it's too late to take it back) that it really isn't me at all! xx

  3. November 20, 2014 / 8:08 pm

    My wardrobe is full of jeans and t-shirts. I need a wardrobe re think too.

  4. November 21, 2014 / 11:11 am

    I am exactly the frigging same. Currently sporting leggings and an over-sized top. πŸ™ x New year, new start πŸ™‚

  5. Tas D
    November 21, 2014 / 12:28 pm

    I think I would love love to be Gok'd! The Xmas sales will be the perfect time to do a bit of shopping for a new wardrobe. I've only just got rid of my ore pregnancy clothes..after four years!!

  6. November 21, 2014 / 1:44 pm

    I swear by GAP jeans- bargain prices in the Lowry outlet too!

    • November 21, 2014 / 1:48 pm

      I can't get into any jeans at the moment with my 3 x c section ravaged tummy πŸ™

  7. Lyric Grace
    November 21, 2014 / 2:14 pm

    I love breastfeeding but was so happy to get back in proper bras after my first son stopped feeding at 18 months, son number 2 is only 7 months so I've got a while yet but will be grateful once again for wired bras when he deciedes to stop!

  8. November 21, 2014 / 8:52 pm

    Yay for the next step for you and your little one. If your thinking for this season to get away from black trying deep reds and purples. It is amazing how much a little color can change the way an outfit feels. Good luck with the new transformation. πŸ˜‰ x

  9. November 21, 2014 / 9:18 pm

    I am building up a teaching wardrobe as I need a different set of clothes from before!

    • November 21, 2014 / 9:39 pm

      Yes I have one of those too πŸ™‚ Don't ever make the mistake of wearing a top which is lose around the top – remember you will be bending over a lot!! x

  10. November 22, 2014 / 8:11 am

    After these 9 months of wearing big tops & stretchy extendable trousers I don't know what i'll wear after (if anything fits!)

  11. November 24, 2014 / 6:13 am

    I think there is a lot to be said for a capsule wardrobe and black is such a universal colour to wear, especially when you accessorise! Having said that though I love colour and I love shopping so a capsule wardrobe is never going to be something I can achieve!!! x x x

  12. November 24, 2014 / 10:31 pm

    Love this I have been thinking the same that I need a new style and a wardrobe revamp. I do wear a lot of pastel colors and not so much black but I wear the same style all the time. I am the same I really want to wear more day dresses, casual dresses. Saw some lovely ones in Joules and in Warehouse recently. I have never really worn a day dress. It's either really dressy or jeans. Can't wait to see what you come up with lovely. Even though you always look glam mommy. Thank you ever so much for linking up to Share With Me #sharewithme

  13. Lynn Fancy
    November 29, 2014 / 9:17 pm

    I don't think I have ever got out of this phase! Now I'm in the 'what do I wear at my age' phase – somethings I feel to old in and yet I'm not old enough to go to Bon Marche! I hate clothes shopping at the best of times.
    I think you look great in the LBD! You can always inject colour with accessories! As long as you feel good in it wear it! (I need to take my own advice lol) x

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