How To Style Your (Gorgeous!) Postpartum Body For Your Maui Photoshoot

Congratulations! You’ve just given birth and your whole world has changed … including your body. This beautiful body of yours just birthed your little one (s), and while things don’t look or feel the same as they once did, now is the time to celebrate and adjust into your new role as a parent.

How else to celebrate this new addition to the world than wish a photography session?! You may have scheduled a newborn session, or scheduled a session for your 3, 6 or 1 year old…because let’s face it, time flies and they grew MUCH faster than you anticipated! During this time, you’ve been working your way back to your pre-baby silhouette and dressing your postpartum curves has been the absolute last thing on your mind! Don’t worry…I’m wearing pajamas even while writing this - because what we wear is typically always the last thing on our minds!

To help assist in your upcoming photography session, or for those occasional work days, trips to the park or out on a hot date with your partner, here are a few techniques to help you dress your postpartum body in style & confidence…because believe me sisters, we ALL need some guidance!


Wear Dark Colors. Dark colors absorb light and minimize shadows, which help conceal curves that you’d prefer, stay incognito! Lumps and bumps are disguised by dark fabric, and your body seems longer if you choose an outfit that’s darker from head to toe. Too simple? Add some lively accessories like a statement necklace, a cute hat or some stylish bangles! If black isn’t your thang, try dark brown, charcoal grey, or navy. Check out styles like this dress from Lulu’s.

Wear Print (but not too much!). Prints are also another helpful trick to concealing details of your midsection or curves. How? They create a distraction and help highlight your overall (gorgeous) shape! I suggest wrap dresses that help compliment your shape, accentuating your upper waistline while embracing the long, flowy fabric below. This style is one of my favorites and helps compliment ALL body types to be honest! Like this one at Lulu's.

Keep things Loose & Flowy! During pregnancy, you most likely embraced this time with your bump and highlighted it whenever possible with tighter clothing & silhouettes. Now that bump is no more, but you’ve still got a little left over that you’d prefer to camouflage (clingy clothing? Stay FAR away!)…so try some stylish options like this from Lulu’s. Too billowy? Cinch it in a bit at your upper waist with a cute belt or fabric wrap!

Fabrics that forgive. Garmets made of soft, flowing materials naturally melt more smoothly over your body than once that are tightly woven or even bulky. Think cotton blends, jersey knits...

Be a minimalist. Choose shirts & dresses without many ruffles or pleats, or ones with a simple silhouette. Clean works best if you’d rather not emphasize your shape…

Fake it till you make it. Take advantage of “shape wear” - slimming tanks, cami’s that have a little more compression around the areas you need it the most. They make panties that hold in your tush, thighs, waist and tummy, helping you feel your most confident (and smooth) no matter the outfit. Nordstrom Rack has some affordable options - look around!

Stick out your neck. Embrace v-necks, scoop necks, boat necks, and off-the-shoulder necklines. Honestly, you should be doing this regardless of your figure, because I have yet to see a neckline and shoulders that don’t look sexy with these cuts! See that collarbone that’s just sitting there, creating the most sexy shadows ever? Say hello and make it your best friend. You two are going out ALL the time!

Be a jean queen. This is important: purchase jeans that fit your body how it is shaped right now - not how it was or how you want it to be. The proper fit is crucial! Too low? Hello muffin top & weirdly squeezed thighs. Too loose? What’s up with that saggy butt you now have? Keep it high-waisted where the waistband naturally hits at your natural waist - and keep them a bit stretchy for shape and a little extra support. BONUS: the higher waist tricks theey into thinking your legs are longer than they are! So pair them with a cute shirt slightly tucked in the front to accentuate those “long” legs.

Add an inch (or two). Sneakers are comfortable, and sometimes super cute! But if you’re going out on the town, or if you just want to look cute when dropping back into work to show off your latest addition, add some length to your frame with some block heels or wedges. Stability is SUPER important when toting around your little one, so go for safety of course, but keep it somewhat stylish.

And most importantly…be patient. Your body just brought another life into this world. If that’s not the single most beautiful things EVER, I don’t know what is! BE PROUD. BE CONFIDENT. It will come through in your photos and isn’t that exactly what you want??? What’s most attractive, is your love, nurturing ways, and your ability to persevere through anything that gets in your way…even if it’s you ;-)

To Sum it Up:

  1. Wear Dark Colors

  2. Print can be your best friend too

  3. Keep things loose & flowy

  4. Be a minimalist

  5. Fake it till you make it

  6. Stick out your neck

  7. Fabrics that forgive

  8. Be a jean queen

  9. Add an inch (or two)

  10. Be patient

Planning Your Wardrobe: Maui Maternity Photography Session

Figuring out what to wear for any photography session is difficult...that's why I'm here to help you slim down your options, OR create some more fabulous ones! 

The most important rule is to BE COMFORTABLE! But more importantly, be you! I am going to create art that will hang on your walls for years and I want you & your loved ones to look like themselves.

Keep it fun! If you want to bring two outfits, bring two. But no matter what you wear, be confident that I’ll make you look fantastic…It’s my job.


BASIC TIPS

  • I love color and accessories, just keep the patterns to a minimum ;-) Solid colors always photograph well. There's no risk of distracting from faces, interactions or the environment around you.

  • Ladies - long maxi dresses are your best bet for EVERYTHING. They’re literally flattering on everyone! Plus they move so beautifully!

  • Flower Crowns, however, are always encouraged! I just can't get enough of them!

  • Don’t forget to bring a change of clothes or backup shirt/bottoms - sand, dirt & shoreline fun are inevitable!

  • In general, shoes aren't necessary for any of my sessions. You can bring standard rubber sandals for walking to/from our location or for walking on any rocks/stones.

ADDITIONAL TIPS

  • Photograph the outfits in advance. Lay out the clothing choices you have in mind and t are a quick snapshot with your phone. If you like what you see, this photo can be super helpful when shopping!

  • Makeup: Less is more - especially during outdoor portraiture. Weather here in Hawaii his HOT & HUMID, so avoid wearing any makeup that is shiny or has metallic minerals because it will catch in the sunlight. And I stress...WATERPROOF MASCARA.

  • Hair: My best advice? Wear your hair the way you want it to look in the wind (just in case it’s windy). I’m obsessed with movement & hair blowing in the wind, but it can be unflattering when it flies across your face and it begins to frustrate you. Hairspray helps, but I highly recommend bobby pins, clips & hair ties!

  • Bra: Support is key! If you're wearing a strapless dress, I encourage either no bra (don't worry, I'll edit the obvious...) or a supportive strapless bra that won't show. I want the focus to remain on your new curves, not wrinkles or bumps because of tucked or exposed straps!

Still need some more inspiration for your wardrobe?

Visit my ‘What to Wear’ Pinterest Board!


Where to Shop:

For Her: PinkBlush, Sexy Mama Maternity, Amazon, Sew Trendy, Asos,

Lulu's, Target

For Him: Old Navy, Zara, Gap, Target, J.Crew


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