Q: I get so depressed when I see these celebrity moms such as Katie Holmes and Angelina Jolie looking all trim and stylish, while I'm dragging...
Q: I get so depressed when I see these celebrity moms such as Katie Holmes and Angelina Jolie looking all trim and stylish, while I’m dragging around looking tired and frumpy, even though I’m ecstatic about my new baby. What can I do to look as good as I feel?
A: First off, forget Katie, Angelina and all the other celebrity moms. If you had a team of stylists, personal trainers, nannies and assistants taking care of you and your baby, you would also look trim and stylish.
Most new mothers are tired, and most need several months to shed their pregnancy pounds. Still, in addition to getting as much sleep and exercise as possible, there are steps you can take to look your best right away.
Start with comfortable, supportive undergarments. The right bra is essential, especially if you’re breast-feeding. And firm but comfortable “body smoothers” help minimize tummy flab.
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Next, get a great pair of jeans. Buy whatever size fits best — not the size you were nine months ago, nor the size you hope to be six months from now. (That applies to all new clothing purchases, by the way.) Team your jeans with pretty, flowing tops and tunic-style sweaters. The tops will hide any extra pounds while the fitted jeans give the illusion of trimness and style.
Sneakers are comfortable and practical, but they’re never chic. Boots are a stylish alternative, as are clogs and loafers. Or go dressy with kitten-heel pumps or slides. Avoid really high heels when carrying your new bundle of joy.
Invest in an elegant diaper bag. It will dress up any outfit and make you feel more like a model than a mom.
Finally, keep your grooming routine simple — but do keep it. Run a brush through your hair at the start of the day, apply moisturizer, blush and lip gloss, and you’ll instantly look — and feel — less tired and frumpy.
Q: I have three shirts that were given to me as a gift. They are good quality, but I haven’t worn them because I’m not sure what to do with this flap of fabric between the points of the collar. What gives?
A: Sounds like you’ve been given a trio of tab-collar shirts. That “flap of fabric” is the tab. Its purpose is to hold the collar in place, giving an extremely neat, conservative appearance. Tab-collar shirts team best with dressy suits and ties.
Fashion writer Jean Patteson welcomes your questions. Mail: Orlando Sentinel, MP-240, P.O. Box 2833, Orlando, FL 32802-2833. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.