How to Dress to Hide Mom Belly Pooch

7 fashion tips for hiding postpartum mom bod and belly pooch without looking frumpy along with budget-friendly places to buy them.

Major disclaimer: I am so not a fashion blogger. If you visit our house unannounced, you will catch me in paint splattered yoga pants and old T-shirts. That’s just a fact.

I won’t even pretend like I’m a fashionista every day. But after you have a baby, there’s just nothing that can make you feel good about your postpartum body again quite like a good ol’ fashion refresh. That’s the case for me, at least. And I’ve learned a thing or two over the years to cover the “fluff” in my middle.

My body and I have had a love/hate journey the last 6 years since my first born came along. You can lose all of the baby weight, but that belly pooch and those widened hips that pushed an 8 pound bowling ball between them aren’t going anywhere.

7 fashion tips for hiding postpartum mom bod and belly pooch without looking frumpy along with budget-friendly places to buy them.

I had such a hard time loving my body after our first kiddo, but over the years I’ve become so thankful that it was able to carry 2 healthy babes. I earned my stretch mark tiger stripes, and it’s so easy to take that for granted when I know so many women would give anything for that.

I know now what works in ye ole #MomBod wardrobe, and now this time around, after having Regan 6 months ago, I feel so much more comfortable in my skin.

After polling you guys on my Instagram Stories a few weeks back, roughly 90% of you wanted a post like this, so I thought I’d share some of my tips for any of y’all who maybe struggle with the same thing… whether you had your baby 6 months ago or 26 years ago or you just aren’t comfortable wearing tummy-skimming clothing, I hope this gives you a little help.

My sizing stats:

5’7″ 160 lbs

Tops – Size M

Pants – Size 8

Shoes – Size 8 1/2 or 9

And pardon the fuzzy cell phone shots but I left my big honkin’ DSLR out of this party. πŸ˜‰

7 Tips to Dress Postpartum Belly Pooch:

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How to Hide Mom Belly Pooch | Tie Waist Blouses

1. Tie Waist Tops

I love that tie waist is a big trend currently because it is so good at hiding all of the bumps and pooches! Woo to the hoo!

TOP: I got this shirt on Amazon for $19 and got so many compliments when I wore it on Easter. The subtle print and flowy sleeves make it breezy for spring/summer too. Wearing a Medium.

JEANS: These jeans are my new favorites for sucking in all of the mom fluff. And I really like the button fly detail. Wearing my usual size 8.

BLOCK HEELS: I am so not a heel wearing girl anymore, but these are so comfy that I was able to wear them even when I was in my last trimester of pregnancy. The block heel makes them feel very sturdy and stable. Wearing size 8.5 (true to size).

 

How to Hide Mom Belly Pooch | Maxi Dresses

2. Maxi Dresses

I lived in maxi dresses during both of my pregnancies, but they’re perfect for transitioning to postpartum too.

DRESS:  I love that this one has vertical stripes and buttons down the front to create the illusion of a long, lean figure. And little bonus: it’s nursing friendly. πŸ™‚  It does shrink a bit after washing, so be aware before hemming. Wearing a Medium.

PEEP TOE HEELS:  These along with the black heels above are really the only two I wear anymore. They’re so incredibly comfy. I’ve walked miles in these before without a problem.

 

How to Hide Mom Belly Pooch | Rouched Dresses and Tops

3. Rouching

Rouched details on dresses and tops rock at hiding midsection fluffiness.

DRESS: This dress was $24 on Amazon and it’s my new favorite for date nights with the hubby! I love the tie waist to look hourglass-y. Wearing a Medium.

HEELS: See above.

 

How to Hide Mom Belly Pooch | Dark Colors

4. Dark Colors

I lived in black and navy for a month solid after having both of my babies since it hides belly bump shadows… and spit-up, breast milk, baby poop. Ya know, all of that glamorousness.

JUMPSUIT: I never ever thought I’d actually like wearing a jumpsuit, but I’m totally in love with this one I found at Old Navy. It’s now out of stock, but I’ll link one similar. The tie waist helps accentuate the waist and hide fluffiness. πŸ˜‰

HEELS:  My tried and true faves again. See above.

 

How to Hide Mom Belly Pooch | Front Tuck Shirts

5. Front Tuck

This little trick is my new best friend. Front tuck eeeeeeverything! If you want to make long-ish flowy shirts look a little more polished while hiding your tummy, tuck just the front into a pair of mid-waist jeans or shorts. It makes such a huge difference to camouflage your middle and make you feel less frumpy.

BUTTON-DOWN TUNIC:  I love how breezy and light this tunic feels for warmer weather. (And it’s nursing/pumping-friendly… woot!) Wearing a Medium.

SHORTS:  Pretty sure I’ll be wearing these green striped shorts all summer. Wearing a size 8, but the pockets bulge on me a little bit and they’re a tad snug, so I would size up.

SANDALS: These flats are so comfy and the metallic detail is fun. Wearing a size 9 (from when I had swollen preggo feet)… they fit true to size but might be too wide if your feet are narrow.

 

How to Hide Mom Belly Pooch | Kimonos, Cardigans, and Wraps

6. Wraps/Kimonos/Cardigans

Kimonos paired with basic tees was one of my go-to outfits during my pregnancy, and it’s still my favorite thing postpartum for warmer months. And in fall/winter, I just layered with thicker long length cardigans instead.

KIMONO: This one is 2 years old and no longer stocked, but I’ll link a similar one.

TEE: I looooove all of the Luxe tees from Old Navy. They’re so soft, wash well, and fit just loose enough around the middle without being frumpy. Wearing a Medium but size up if you don’t want tummy skimming. This one is just barely big enough for me.

JEANS: I’m a big fan of high waist Old Navy Rockstar skinnies to suck in all of the mom pooch. Wearing an 8 but runs a tad large. I could likely fit into a 6 in these.

HEELS: Old faithful black block heels. See above.

 

How to Hide Mom Belly Pooch | Loose Fit Tops with Fun Details

7. Loose tops

Total no-brainer, but I’m a big fan of loose fitting tops and am a sucker for ones that have some sort of fun detail around the bottom hem.

TOP: This one was $18 on Amazon.

JEANS:  Favorites! See tip #1.

SANDALS: See tip #5.

 

How’s that for a totally random, never thought I’d ever share kind of post? Ha! I’m all for whatever will help y’all though. And I wish I’d known some of this back in the day when I felt so uncomfortable adjusting to my new #MomBod.

Love that body of yours, mama. It worked hard to carry those sweet babes, and don’t you ever doubt its beauty for a second.

Would you want to see more budget-friendly fashion type posts in the future? Just curious. I can’t decide if this should be a one time thing or not.

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29 Comments

  1. I think you look adorable! These are great ideas for us grandmas as well. I would love to see more of this kind of post, but I really love everything you post. Keep up the good work. P.S. Your babies are beautiful!

  2. I love your tips! I am the Mom of a sweet one year old boy. I have found the Mutu system to be really helpful in healing diastasis recti (mommy tummy). Between your style tips and this exercise system, I am ready for summer!

  3. Love the clothes and shoes! My kids are 19 and 22 and my weight has fluctuated so many times over the years. Always had a curvy bottom and a small waist but definitely dealing with the front pooch issue. I think tie tops are so cute! Also need to check out the block heels. I like a little height when dressed up but definitely need shoes that are comfortable. You are so right about loving our bodies and being thankful we were able to carry those sweet babies, as many women would love to be able to and can’t. Thanks so much for sharing!

  4. I am 12 months postpartum and I HEAR you. Great tips! I am doing Mutu system right now and it heals diastas recti (mommy tummy). I am not paid to endorse them, but it is a great resource to get your confidence and body back!

  5. Not only are these styles great for where you are in life but they’re equally great for me at 51 (with a not as flat tummy as I’d like)! I work from home and these are my go to styles for working in comfort but also looking pulled together when customers are at the house. Great post!