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25 Fashion Mistakes for Moms to Avoid

Post pregnancy can throw your body all out of whack. Suddenly things hang that didn’t used to, while other parts grew and somehow keep on expanding. When you are trying to find the right look for your new body, try to avoid these 25 fashion mistakes that can be surprisingly unflattering. For example, maxi dresses may be drawing attention to all the wrong parts, while capris can make your legs seem shorter than they actually are. And it’s probably time to start giving away those graphic tees …

For our thoughts on what does work, go here.

  • 25 Fashion Mistakes Moms Make 1 of 26
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  • Maxi Dress 2 of 26
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    Even though they are comfortable, the excess fabric on a maxi dress may draw some unwanted attention on a post-baby pooch.
    Check it out at I Shine 365.

  • Low Rise Jeans 3 of 26
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    Jeans below your waistline aren't super forgiving, especially when you're still working on getting your body back to pre-pregnancy shape. Instead, try higher-waisted jeans, which give your stomach more support to help suck in that post-baby belly flab. 
    Find out more at Wikipedia.

  • Horizontal Stripes 4 of 26
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    Don't get us wrong; we love horizontal stripes. But they don't always accentuate the best areas and can actually make your stomach and butt appear wider than they really are.
    Check it out at Celebrity Gossip.

  • Boy Shorts 5 of 26
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    The way boy shorts are cut gives them the tendency to squeeze flab out of the sides of your hips. 
    Find out more at Macy's.

  • White Leggings 6 of 26
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    While black is slimming, white does the opposite. White leggings are likely to accentuate every little thing about your legs — so if you're not in love with them just yet, we'd suggest opting for darker jeans or pants.  
    Find out more at Orange Fashions.

  • Cargo Shorts 7 of 26
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    Try to avoid cargo shorts with bulky pockets, which can make your hips and legs look larger, in favor of shorts with simpler, sleeker pockets.
    Spotted at Belk.

  • Capri Pants 8 of 26
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    Since they cut above the ankle, capri pants can visually shorten your legs, making them appear stocky. 
    Find out more at Garnet Hill.

  • Ruffle Top 9 of 26
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    Ruffles can be so cute, but depending on where they're placed, they can actually make you seem to "stick out" further than you do naturally. 
    Find out more at Deb.

  • Sweater on Waist 10 of 26
    Vanessa goes to the movie theater near Chinese Theater in Hollywood.

    While convenient, tying a sweater around your waist can add inches to that part of your body (butt included!). 
    Find out more at Just Jared.

  • Pleats 11 of 26
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    Pleats can make your skirt or dress stick out further than your body, making you appear bigger.
    Find out more at Forever 21.

  • Empire Waist 12 of 26
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    An empire waist dress can gather the fabric over your stomach, and give you more of a belly.
    Find out more at Nordstrom.

  • Choker Neckalace 13 of 26
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    A choker necklace has the effect of making your neck look short, which can in turn make your face seem fuller, and even give the illusion of a double chin (yikes!).
    Find out more at Style Bistro.

  • Shortalls 14 of 26
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    Short-alls aren't exactly the most flattering look all around. They can make your torso and legs appear shorter and "stumpy" — even when they're not.
    Find out more at Belk.

  • Pinafore 15 of 26
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    A pinafore can make you look boxy. It also lets the fabric hang in an unflattering way around post-baby flab, not really doing much to enhance or play up your natural shape.
    Find out more at Nordstrom.

  • Ankle Strap Shoes 16 of 26
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    Unless your legs are twigs, an ankle strap can give them a short-and-stumpy look, since they visually cut you before your leg naturally ends.
    Find out more at Saks.

  • Linen Pants 17 of 26
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    Traditionally sold in a wide-leg fit, linen pants don't do much for the shape of your legs and tend to make you look older too.
    Find out more at J. Jill.

  • Leggings as Pants 18 of 26
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    Leggings are too sheer and clingy to be worn as pants. Try pairing them with a longer shirt or tunic to cover your behind.

    Find out more at Garnet Report.

  • Whale Tail 19 of 26
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    Wearing pants below your waistline makes you susceptible to public displays of underwear when you bend over, otherwise known as "whale tail."
    Find out more at Gawker.

  • Muffin Top 20 of 26
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    Try to wear jeans that are the right size and the right placement on your hip to avoid that post-baby weight from spilling out the sides.
    Find out more at MSN.

  • Tight Jeans 21 of 26
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    Squeezing into your too-tight pre-pregnancy jeans will be just as uncomfortable as it is unflattering. Try to save them for when you're closer to your weight before baby.
    Find out more at Just Don't Wear That.

  • Graphic Tee 22 of 26
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    T-shirts tend to hug love handles. Add a graphic and they become even more unflattering.
    Find out more at Roozt.

  • Large Print 23 of 26
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    Stay away from large patterns, which can overpower your entire look and make you appear larger yourself. Instead opt for small prints that will disguise flabby areas but not overwhelm your frame.
    Find out more at Ann Taylor.

  • Embellished Pockets 24 of 26
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    Embellished pockets have the effect of making your butt look bigger and drawing attention to it. 
    Find out more at Jimmy Jazz.

  • Tight Dress 25 of 26
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    A fitted dress that doesn't fit you quite right won't have the effect you're looking for. Opt for an A-line one that flatters your hips and disguises the flab.
    Find out more at Sociool.

  • Skirted Swimsuit 26 of 26
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    A skirted swimsuit doesn't hide your hips like one may think; it actually makes them look bigger.
    Find out more at Macys.

Jaime Morrison Curtis is author of the bestselling book Prudent Advice: Lessons for My Baby Daughter (A Life List for Every Woman), follow up fill-in journal My Prudent Advice, and founding co-editor at Pretty Prudent, the premier design and lifestyle blog providing inspiration and instruction to help anyone create beautiful things, food, and experiences for their friends and family.

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