After having Freya a whopping 16 months ago now, I really struggled with the fact that it took me 4 months to get back into my skinny jeans. I’d seen other Twitter mums talk about how they’d got back in their pre-maternity jeans a mere 10 days postpartum and felt a bit of a failure when it took me 4 months and even then I was sucking my belly in.
When I finally came to terms with my new body shape and realised that I did in fact need to go up a jean size, I struggled to find pairs that I felt comfortable in due to still having a wobbly stomach. I’ve tried on countless pairs in different stores and numerous times walked out empty handed.
I can now count on one hand the number of jeans I own which include a few pairs of black skinnies and a pair of boyfriend jeans (which despite being a size 10 like a pair of my black skinny jeans and from the same high street brand; require me to squeeze my belly in!!) Most recently I got sent a pair of high waisted skinny jeans from Fredafunk and I didn’t actually grimace at the sight of my butt squeezed into them.
I’m slowly learning to love my shape and dress it so that I feel comfortable. I’ve definitely fallen into a trap of wearing skinny jeans but baggy jumpers/t-shirts in a bid to hide the fact that my stomach is still wobbly. I chose the leopard print blouse above because it’s lovely and loose but looks great tucked into jeans. I think the print helps to flatter that area of the body and doesn’t focus the eye on area’s you might not be as comfortable with; like my hips!
Our bodies are incredible things and the fact that I grew a human for 9.5 months always amazes me. Now it’s time to carry on re-inventing my wardrobe and find some staple pieces that work for me.
*Jeans were gifted, blouse was purchased by my own money*