Though many women enjoy a boost to their cup size during pregnancy and while nursing, the day inevitably arrives when your once voluptuous proportions — ahem — fall flat.
Small, all-over pattern gives the illusion of volume. In this dress, the empire waist also helps to define and lift the bustline while the rest of the dress is in figure-flattering black. It’s also a good choice for moms who are still nursing because the pattern camouflages embarrassing leaks!
The print on this sleeveless blouse has the same volumizing effect with the bonus of a bow and pleats.
1. Jacob, houndstooth bodice dress, $89; 2. Jacob, polka-dot sleeveless top, $49
No matter your size or shape, in the aftermath of having a baby every woman has to deal (at least temporarily), with the stretched out skin and extra fat that accumulates on your abdomen, otherwise known as the post-baby paunch.
Luckily for moms returning to work this fall, the peplum trend has carried over from spring and the skirted silhouette provides the perfect, on-trend tummy cover. The volume of a peplum works best when paired with slim-fitting pants or a straight skirt.
If your office is conservative, don’t be afraid to wear a top with a peplum under an open blazer — it will have the same belly-busting effect.
Jacob, top, $49; H&M, peplum blouse, $59.95; H&M, silk blouse, $69.95
After baby, many women surrender their waistline to a few stubborn pounds. But strategic dressing can shrink your midsection in seconds.
While your impulse is to cover the area with tent-like tops, opt instead for more body-conscious cuts that visually whittle your waist.
The number one item to have in your arsenal? A wrap dress. Heralded as the garment that flatters every body type, the tie belt helps define the waist while the V neck and A-line skirt build top and bottom volume. This creates the illusion of an hourglass figure.
Another valuable weapon is a blazer that nips in at the waist. Worn open over a body-skimming top, a tailored blazer gives the illusion of a defined mid-section.
1. Jacob, faux-wrap dress, $99; 2. Old Navy, blazer, $44.94
While there are myths of so-and-so’s daughter/friend/sister who left the hospital wearing her pre-pregnancy skinny jeans, that’s not the reality for most women. We tend to carry a little extra weight once everything is said and done.
Everyone knows that wearing darker colours melts away the pounds, but try swapping basic black for one of the jewel-tones that are popular for fall.
Not only does this sapphire dress work to visually trim excess weight, but the A-line cut (when the hem is the widest part of the dress), makes everything above it look proportionately smaller. Pair it with black tights for a sleek look from head to toe.
Gap, A-line peasant dress, $69.95