Let me tell you a story of how I came to realize that a SIMPLE PEPLUM TOP could change my life and become the answer to dressing my fourth trimester mom body…
Pregnancy weight is a MAJOR bitch – am I right? After everything our bodies go through to produce a baby, we then get all squishy after baby arrives. It’s just not fair. The baby is supposed to be squishy, not us!
I’ve been through two pregnancies and gained roughly 35 pounds each time. And after each pregnancy, during that dreaded time we call the fourth trimester (when your body is still recovering, and you haven’t lost the baby weight, but you can’t really wear your maternity clothes any longer) I suffered many months of not feeling comfortable in my clothes, or my own skin, for that matter.
I found myself in a daily conundrum when trying to dress my new mom body. My muscles and my skin weren’t as tight as before, and I had a muffin top that seemed to bellow over my jeans. I felt like a blob. My maternity clothes were too big, and my non-maternity clothes were too small. Nothing fit quite right.
The Answer To My New Mom Style Prayers
If you don’t know this yet, I used to design clothes. I’m a creative. When I can’t find the answer to something, I like to see if I can sketch it out – especially when it relates to fashion.
So it was at this time, when I was losing it over the fact that I felt horrible in every outfit I owned, that I sat down and actually drew out what my perfect dresses and tops would look like.
What I realized in that little brainstorming session, was that I had found a pattern of what I felt good in and what I felt looked good on my new mom body. I had found a good combination of what was fashionable and what was comfortable and what was forgiving.
It was the peplum top.
Such a simple thing, really, and yet I never paid it much attention until I realized what it actually did for my body and my level of comfort and happiness after having a baby.
A peplum generally begins at the smallest part of your waist, and flares out from there. Many styles of tops are designed so that the peplum extends to either the top or middle of the hips – which means that they cover the part of our bodies that change the most during and after pregnancy – our bellies!
If you’re lucky enough to find a peplum top that has sleeves, then you’re lucky to also have back-of-the-arm coverage, where we know we all get fluffy during pregnancy.
Now that you know my little secret about the tops that will have you feeling comfortable in your own skin again, I’ve created a catalog of my favorite peplum tops you can buy right now! Whether you’ve just become a new mom or whether you’re still rocking your mom bod proudly years later, take a look and try a peplum top for yourself. I hope you find this shopping guide useful!
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