Mom Style Must Have | The Jogger

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Let’s face it, being a mom is hard and some days the thought of putting on “real” clothes, doing your hair and then applying makeup is a very daunting task. Especially after long nights of interrupted sleep from crying babies or fussy toddlers. ( Sleep? What’s that?)  But when I can push past the tired me, put in some effort and get out of my sweats, it feels so good! So, once I started feeling a bit better about my body after having a baby three months ago, I did a little shopping. Hit up some of the amazing January sales and found some great pieces that I felt good in.

Do you know what the secret is to getting into jeans after you have had a baby? Buy bigger jeans! Ones that fit, even if that means 2  or 3 sizes bigger than what you used to wear. I’m telling you, there is nothing that can make you feel worse than trying to stuff yourself and your new curves into a pair of jeans that just don’t fit. And I know what you are thinking….”but why spend the money on a pair of jeans I don’t want to fit into long term? ” ” I plan to loose the weight and get back to my original size.” All the power to you! In the mean time, do yourself a favor and buy a pair that fit you now. The minute I gave in and stepped up the size to something that actually fit, I felt SO much better and my confidence went through the roof. I actually started to embrace my new body! I put away the maternity leggings and decided it was time to start dressing like “me” again. The old me. The me that had style and a love for fashion. Not the me that’s rocking a milk soaked t-shirt with a messy top knot and stretched out sweat pants….for the third day in a row.

Of course my practical side is screaming in the background! Nothing ruins a silk shirt better then a steam of wet, hot spit up! As a new mom, I want to look stylish but comfortable with practical pieces that aren’t going to be ruined by baby. So here is my new obsession….The Jogger. Elastic waist, elastic ankle. These babies have you covered on all bases. Comfortable to wear, easy to wash, and they can take you from day to night with the change of a shoe. I’ve styled them here for a day in the city. A super casual and comfy look when bustling around with Esti in our Stokke stroller. I can’t wait to transition these to spring with some cute camis and strappy sandals.

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Jacket | Community Joggers –Similar | Scarf | Nike High Tops – Similar | Zara Tee | TNA Toque – Similar

I hope these pics will inspire you to shed the sweats and give yourself the attention you deserve.

Jen XO

Photography: Kristin Sarna of  Studio 86 Creative Design ~ Find her on Facebook or Instagram

16 Comments
  • Julie
    February 20, 2015

    Thanks for always keeping it real! I couldn’t agree more. AND you look fabulous! xo

  • Haley
    February 20, 2015

    Amen, sista!!

  • Deidre
    February 20, 2015

    Super cute.
    And the shoes totally remind me of my junior high days – totally just realized that was 25 years ago. Crying now.

    • Jennifer
      February 24, 2015

      Deidre! LOL! Yes, Hightops are making a come back. :)

  • Cher T.
    February 20, 2015

    You are so cute!!! I agree about sizing up. I bought 2 new pairs of jeans a couple months ago, *hoping* they will be too big one day! For now, they are fabulous, darling.

    • Jennifer
      February 24, 2015

      Hi Cher! Thank you! Good for you, I am sure they look just fabulous! Xo

  • Allison
    February 20, 2015

    Great blog & look! Do you have favourite styles for breastfeeding tops? I’m always wearing zip ups and button ups for easy access and haven’t found a look I like. P.S. Going to buy new jeans today. Damn it all anyway!

    • Jennifer
      February 24, 2015

      Allison, Thank you so much! No, I haven’t come across any stylish nursing tops. I just wear tees or stretchy tanks that can be pulled up or down.
      Have fun purchasing a new pair of jeans! You are going to feel so good in them! :)

  • Cheryl
    February 20, 2015

    Ha! Great minds think alike. I literally just bought a pair of joggers yesterday! You look great, mama!

    • Jennifer
      February 24, 2015

      Cheryl,
      Why am I not surprised! :)
      You’ve got great style, mama! Thanks so much!

  • Reilley West
    February 24, 2015

    It was nice to read that I’m not the only one who doesn’t fit into my normal clothes yet. I just see so many new moms who are back into skinny jeans and look like they’ve gained nothing to show they had a baby and it gets me down. I’ve even had a couple people ask if I’m pregnant. Time to amp up cardio some more.
    Thank you for your post. It has really helped the way I see myself right now. :) I’m going to keep my eyes open for those Joggers to. Probably can’t wear them my job though.

    • Jennifer
      February 24, 2015

      Reilley,
      I am so glad that you found my words encouraging. Everyone’s body responds to pregnancy differently and it’s not fair to compare yourself to others. We may not be totally happy with where are bodies are at, but we can do things to make ourselves feel good in our own skin during that time. Keep your spirits up, mama! You are enough!
      The joggers come in many different fabrics, some more causal than others. I have seen some that would totally be appropriate for work paired with some cute flats or heels. Good luck on your search.

  • Christine
    March 1, 2015

    You are such an inspiration! I had a very similar labor earlier this month and now I am blessed with a beautiful 3 week old baby girl. I love reading your blog and knowing that I am not the only one with daily baby struggles. I am currently having breastfeeding issues and am seeing a lactation specialist. At first I felt really down and bad about not being able to do what we are made to do but reading your blog reassures me that things will get better. Keep up the awesome work mama!

    • Jennifer
      March 1, 2015

      Hi Christine! Thank you so much for your comment! Huge congratulations on your new baby girl! Hope you are starting to feel better each day. Labor really takes a toll on your body and you have to find the patience to allow it to heal and get back to where it once was. The struggle is real and I always want to be honest about that. Having a community to share those struggles with and gain support is what every mother needs! I am so glad you are able to find that here. :)
      Be patient with the breastfeeding. It is very rare that a mother will be able to breastfeed naturally without seeking help or having some sort of issue come up. Everyone needs support! I did too, when Esti went on a 2 week nursing strike. It was so frustrating and quite upsetting at times. We were persistent and saw a lactation consultant numerous times. She has finally come around and is feeding better than she was prior to the strike.
      Remember, this too shall pass! I am here if you need me or have any other questions. You can always email me at hello@vonbon.ca XO

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