16 Style Rules for Baby-Wearing Mama

Before I had Tate, I considered myself to be something of a style expert. I wrote about it, thought about it, and wore fashionable clothes to my fashionable job.

Having Tate changed my entire outlook on getting dressed. There were so many new things to consider. How did it look on my totally changed body? Was it washable? Could I nurse in it? In the end, most of my worries were fairly easily negotiated.

The real roadblock I came up against was baby wearing. It took me a long time to develop guidelines for dressing fashionably with my new favorite accessory (read: baby) strapped to my front.

Click through to read my top 16 style rules for baby-wearing moms:

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  • DON’T Skip the Heels 1 of 16
    DON'T Skip the Heels
    If you feel comfortable and confident rocking a pair of heels, don't let your baby stop you. Throw on a brightly colored pair to add some fun to your look.

    Click here to buy from Urban Outfitters
    $39 (Orig. $49)
  • DO Embrace Color 2 of 16
    DO Embrace Color
    So many details of your top can be obscured by a baby carrier. Make an impact with bold color that can't be missed!

    Click here to buy from J.Crew
    $32.50
  • DON’T Tuck* 3 of 16
    DON'T Tuck*
    Tucking in your blouse can cause major drama when breastfeeding needs to be negotiated around your baby carrier, unless....

    Image Source: The Chloe Conspiracy
  • *Unless It Has Buttons 4 of 16
    *Unless It Has Buttons
    Your blouse has buttons. In which case, tuck away. Breastfeeding access has never been so convenient.

    Image From: Pinterest
  • DO Wear Kicky Flats 5 of 16
    DO Wear Kicky Flats
    Make sure to add a pop to your outfit with fun shoes. These patterned flats would add just the right flair to any casual look.

    Click here to buy from Kohl's
    $14.97 (Orig. $39.99)
  • DON’T Wear Billowy Silhouettes 6 of 16
    DON'T Wear Billowy Silhouettes
    I love a billowy blouse as much as the next girl, but don't bother with a baby carrier. The silhouette will be completely obscured once you strap your baby in.

    Click here to buy from Anthropologie
    $78
  • DON’T Wear Necklaces 7 of 16
    DON'T Wear Necklaces
    Wearing a statement necklace behind a baby doesn't make much of a statement. Instead try...

    Click here to buy from J.Crew
    $150
  • DO Wear Bracelets 8 of 16
    DO Wear Bracelets
    Wearing bracelets, or...

    Click here to buy from Forever 21
    $10.80
  • DO Wear Cocktail Rings 9 of 16
    DO Wear Cocktail Rings
    a fun cocktail ring.

    Click here to buy from Forever 21
    $5.80
  • DON’T Wear Embellished Tops 10 of 16
    DON'T Wear Embellished Tops
    An embellishment like this gets completely lost behind the baby.

    Click here to buy from Kohl's
    $19.80 (Orig. $36.00)
  • DO Wear Colored Denim 11 of 16
    DO Wear Colored Denim
    Pants can easily be the star of your outfit (besides your cute bundle). Try a brightly colored option for a little fun in your look.

    Click here to buy from Forever 21
    $15.50
  • DON’T Wear Lowcut Shirts 12 of 16
    DON'T Wear Lowcut Shirts
    Stick to necklines a little closer to the collarbone. After pulling and adjusting your babe into place, you may be exposing more of your twins than you bargained for.

    Click here to buy from Forever 21
    $6.80
  • DO Wear Fun Patterns 13 of 16
    DO Wear Fun Patterns
    Fun patterns are a great way to add a visual interest into your outfit!

    Click here to buy from Old Navy
    $24.94
  • DON’T Bother Layering 14 of 16
    DON'T Bother Layering
    The subtleties of a look like this would be completely lost behind your babe. Not to mention that jackets and cardigans tend to bunch and twist under a baby wrap.

    Image From: Zara
  • DO Pick You Carrier Color Carefully 15 of 16
    DO Pick You Carrier Color Carefully
    Make sure you genuinely like the color of your carrier. I was panicked to get my moby wrap the day before I was induced, buying the only color on the rack (chocolate brown). I am still kicking myself that I didn't order a hue that I would be excited to wear every day.

    Click here to buy from Doulashop
    $39.95
  • Have Fun With It! 16 of 16
    Have Fun With It!
    The most important thing is to not let your baby carrier wear you! Play with colors, patterns and accessories to bring your personality to every outfit.

What are your new fashion rules as a mom?

Also check out our favorite jewelry for moms and teething babes. You won’t believe how fashionable the options are!

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