This weekend, a friend visiting from abroad asked me about wearing dresses. Her body changed a lot since having her daughter 10 years ago and she was still unsure about her new dimensions, so she often wore jeans and trousers paired with a polo shirt. When it came to dresses, she thought her only option was flowing, empire-waist dresses to hide her (slightly thicker) midsection – not exactly the most flattering look.
This got me thinking: many women’s bodies change with age and childbirth, and while the Hollywood ideal is to diet (or alter) one’s way back to the pre-baby body, many of us just need to get used to our new digs. Dressing for new proportions can be challenging, and the first instinct is to hide everything with fabric. Resist the urge! The trite advice to “accent the positive, eliminate the negative” was never truer than with dressing your new body. Here are a few examples.