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September 4, 2013

Sarah Stright-Hartley: New moms, ‘Labor Day Rule’ and workplace style

NEW CASTLE — Q: I'm a new mother, but still want to be well-dressed without breaking the bank. How can I do it?

Though my baby is still in my belly, I can already see that most of my money will be going to the baby once it's on the outside. I also understand that babies can be a bit messy (understatement of the year?) so I'm not going to want to buy expensive clothes only to have them be spit up on.  With that said, I still want to make sure that I'm buying clothing that fits me well and is comfortable for my post-baby body. When you're transitioning from being pregnant to losing the baby weight, clothing that can fit lots of different frames will be a great fit for you. And these don't have to be expensive! Find wrap shirts and dresses in jersey fabrics. These are meant to fit many different body shapes (which is why they're universally flattering) and so will fit you at many different stages and they're always classic.

Find jeans that have stretch to them so that they're comfortable for you (my favorites are from American Eagle) and will accommodate some weight fluctuation.

Finally, spend some money on accessories (which can be found at really low prices from places like Forever 21, Charming Charlie and Target).  These will always fit and can easily dress up a jeans and T-shirt outfit. Don't worry about spending money on the newest trends. Look for clothes that will last you for awhile so that you can focus on the new little one in your life.  

But make sure that you are still taking the time to find things that make you feel good about yourself. They say "happy wife, happy life" and I can only assume it is similar for a happy mommy.

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