24 Jul 2012
The day after I had Sophia, I remember putting my hands on my stomach; what was once my most "prized possession" had turned into mush and I still looked about six months pregnant. Were my abs ever going to return to their pre-pregnancy form?
Today, four months later, I am feeling good about the state of my abs. But there were certainly a few awkward months in between pregnancy and postpartum recovery where my belly was in transition. Super excited not to be wearing maternity clothes anymore, I was anxious to get back into my normal wardrobe. But what clothes look right and would help disguise your left-over belly?
** Drapes Drapes Drapes! **
On a rainy day in June, Mizzfit and I set out to Athleta. Athleta is a fantastic store, with a ton of really cute apparel that I was eager to get my hands on. Immediately, I spotted their Swagger Tank in purple. This is a beautiful shirt! The draping across the middle your midsection cleverly disguise your midsection, and the upper portion of the shirt adds additional support for your chest which, especially if you are a nursing mom. I have worn this shirt running, to yoga, to boot camps, to barre classes. This shirt is also so stylish that, as a busy mom, I would absolutely wear this shirt out before a workout to Sunday brunch without having to bring a change.
Drapes can be challenging; I have found that some shirts with extra material actually accentuate your mid section. And some shirts are too clingy. But the Swagger Tank does not.
And the color? So pretty!
** A Looser Look; But not Too Loose **
After hitting up Athleta, Mizzfit and I made our way to Jack Rabbit. There, we spotted Spilit 59's Sabrina Singlette Tank. I tried on the Sabrina; it looked fantastic if I do say so myself.
I tried on a few other shirts that were loose around the abdomen but they didnt do the trick; the Sabrina did. The Sabrina, one of Split 59's hottest item, hangs over your midsection in a way that does not cling to you, and the curve at the bottom of the shirt gives a more stylish finish and gives the illusion of your hips narrowing, in comparison to the shirts that hang down straight and tend to maximize your hips.
This shirt is also really stylish; with the black color, you could also wear a colorful sports bra underneath. I have also experimented with the layered look. where I have worn a lime-green tank underneath the Sabrina both to work out and also out and about. In fact, just the other day I sported that look to Sophia's movement class.
** Pants: Thicker Waist Section Flattens Your Tummy **
Throughout my pregnancy, I got away with wearing non-maternity workout pants. I found pants that settled right below my baby bump. But postpartum, I noticed that my stomach was slightly hanging over my pants in a not-so-flattering way.
Not to fear: Athleta's Relay Capri pants in black offer a thicker waist section that helps conceal and flatten the belly. And the capri style has helped me wear these pants even during this summer, when the heat has been unbearable. Similar to my Swagger Tank, I have work these Relay Capri pants to a variety of classes. And they are extremely popular; I noticed some of my workout buddies were wearing the exact same pants the other day in class with me.
$50 Gift Card Available For All You Atheta Lovers Out There! Please just leave a comment letting me know what workout apparel works best for your problem areas, whether you are a new mom or not. I will announce the winner of the Athleta Gift Card on Monday, August 20, 2012.
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