Dressing for Postpartum and Beyond

Let’s face it, getting dressed during those first weeks following delivery isn’t so fun. Besides the fact that you don’t feel well and only want to dress comfortably, you will also most likely still look pregnant for a few weeks or even months. There is still so much swelling and extra fluids in your body, so it may take awhile to start to feel like yourself and be comfortable in your own clothes again.

PinkBlush Black Tunic

I know that with my second especially, it has seemed to take longer for the abdomen swelling to dissipate than it did with my first. Instead of waiting to wear cute clothes until I feel like my body looks more like my own, I’m trying to embrace this stage and treat myself to clothes that are comfy, flattering, and that fit!! Because let’s face it, as a new mom, being able to dress nicely and feel a little bit like a normal person in the midst of all the fun emotional and physical things that come along with being postpartum feels like a special treat more than an everyday occurrence. Whatever makes you feel good – do it!

PinkBlush Black Tunic

As a PinkBlush ambassador, I learned that the boutique not only offers clothes for maternity, but also for non-maternity women, including those postpartum. I had no idea! I thought the shop was only for those expecting, but I was wrong. I picked out a couple items in August while still very pregnant that I felt would transition well for me into fall and postpartum wear. I absolutely love the two dresses I picked, including this black sweatshirt dress that could also be worn as a tunic with leggings.

I wore this dress when we went apple picking a few weeks back, and I loved how warm, easy and comfortable it was. I broke up the black a bit with chestnut booties from Old Navy (similar) and a cognac crossover bag (similar) that I purchased from Nordstrom a couple years back in the same warm color family. It is a great basic that can be easily dressed up or down. It’s loose in the mid-section and it has pockets, which I love! During the postpartum phase as well it’s important to highlight the body part that you feel most confident in, and for me that’s my legs. Some people may prefer tanks to show off strong shoulders, or a low back for just a little bit of skin without showing too much.


I also loved this paired with my favorite Solly Baby wrap, which I constantly carry Savannah in. The black dress acts as the perfect neutral backdrop for accessorizing with a patterned wrap (and a beautiful baby)!

PinkBlush Black Tunic

As I get back into shopping and dressing for my postpartum body, I will share more along the way. I just ordered a few great pairs of shoes and key pieces for fall – all on a budget – that I can’t wait to dress up in and share more about here on the blog.

PinkBlush Black Tunic


  1. You look amazing! Beautiful friend. Hope you’re recovering well!!
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    • HappyWifeHealthyLife says:

      Thank you friend! Recovery is going well – much better than the first time around. I am praying for continued health!

  2. You look adorable!!
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  3. I mean did you just have your SECOND baby?! You look amazing friend!
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