Simply Styled || A Postpartum Pep Talk

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I shared on Instagram a few days ago that I’m learning (slowly and with lots of patience) to put clothes on a body that feels a bit foreign to me. I know the postpartum phase is fleeting, and eventually I’ll “have my body back”, but for now, in the immediate weeks and months following pregnancy and childbirth, things just feel a little abnormal.

I’m getting to know a new soft, squishy tummy where there was recently a hard, round belly, and before that, something relatively flat and fit. My thighs touch where they didn’t before, my hips are wider, my skin reacts differently to things it used to love, even my feet seem to have shifted just enough to cause a noticeable difference in the fit of my favorite shoes.

Pregnancy is beautiful and I’m loving the postpartum phase more now than ever before, but sometimes, dressing a body that doesn’t feel like home yet is strange.

Whether you’ve had a baby or not, chances are women of all ages and lifestyles can relate to the feeling. Period bloat, stressful seasons, a new relationship, a job change, a sickness or new diet — all of these things can affect our bodies in ways we never expected, causing us to embark on a new journey of getting to know ourselves in our present state and push towards health as we are now.

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It’s tempting to want to rush to the “get my body back” part of this. It’s tempting to want to try on my old high wasited summer mom jeans that fit a mere 12 months ago. It’s tempting to compare my postpartum body to someone further down the “recovery line”. But this time, the third time, I’m finally content. I’ve found more peace with my present body and have thanked it for not only sustaining me but for growing and sustaining my little Aria.

But there’s a learning curve nonetheless.

I’m leaning hard on wrap silhouettes these days. This top, the Simone Top from Pamut, has been on rotation lately for it’s versatile shape (it can be worn tucked in or out, or reversed) and easy access for breastfeeding (which is just about all I have time to do these days). It’s made of organic cotton gauze and is especially light and airy for the summer months (and for postpartum hormones).

One of my favorite things about this brand is the fact that, although their size chart already goes from a 00-16, they’ll make any customer a piece to fit their body if their measurements aren’t on the size chart. Size inclusivity is something particularly important to me, in addition to sustainable fabrics and ethical production (all of which Pamut achieves beautifully).

Shamless plug for this wonderful brand: if you’re in the market for some extremely high quality pieces that can be easily dressed up or down, use the code “simplyliv” for 20% off an order from Pamut (not an affiliate link, I just love it when you can save money on great clothes).

I paired the Simone Top with my trusty Aurorei linen pants — the pair I had been fantasizing about my entire pregnancy because I missed wearing them so much — and my Nisolo Ama mules.

The outfit looks more elevated than many a cozy-loving-mama’s go to of leggings and tee, but trust me, it's even more comfortable, breathable, and practical. It’s also great for the “getting to know you” phase of my body’s recovery. The silhouette is loose but feminine and it gives me lots of room to breathe and accept.

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I hope to share more of these “simply styled” posts and give raw, truthful peeks into my postpartum journey and what that looks like for not only my closet, but for my mental health as well.

What about you? Can you relate to the sentiment of not fully knowing your own body for a time? How have you given yourself grace to grow through those seasons?


Thank you to Pamut Apparel for sponsoring this post — as always, all photos, creative direction, and opinions are my own. Use the code “simplyliv” for 20% off any order at checkout!

Line + Tow || Upcycled, Body-Positive Pieces Made to Last

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Remember the conversations happening around textile waste lately, especially after everyone has KonMari-d their wardrobe and are left with bags upon bags of clothes that don’t spark joy? The shirt I’m featuring today brings new meaning to the phrase “one (wo)man’s trash is another (wo)man’s treasure”.

It’s from Line + Tow, a brand so sustainable and intentional that I honestly didn’t know where to begin when I started writing about them.

Recycled Denim

What happens to the clothes we toss in the trash or the ones that are donated to thrift stores but never make it to a new home? Unfortunately, they end up in landfills where they take decades or more to biodegrade. When in a landfill, decomposing releases methane, an incredibly harmful greenhouse gas, regardless of the material or fabric. Synthetics like polyester, lycra and nylon take hundreds (HUNDREDS) of years to biodegrade.

This is why it’s so vital to not only decrease your consumption overall, but to be mindful of where and how you dispose of items you no longer want or need.

Line + Tow has taken matters into their own hands when it comes to ensuring they’re not creating a product that will be wasteful in the long run — and to sweeten the deal, they’re actually saving excess fabric from landfills at the same time.

All of Line + Tow’s pieces are made with fabric sourced from The New Denim Project, a factory based in Guatemala City. The New Denim Project upcycles textile waste from old jeans and other natural fibers, strips them down, and spins them into new thread for new materials. They use a closed loop system, meaning all of their “discarded materials” are reused in their process. Their manufacturing process is dye-free, chemical free, and saves massive amounts of water and energy compared to traditional manufacturing.

They utilize only natural fibers in their production so that, in turn, all of the pieces made with their fabrics will biodegrade on their own. Any waste generated from their process is then donated to local coffee farmers to act as composted fertilizer.

There are a handful of incredible factories in the world that prioritize reducing waste, but The New Denim Project is one of the most incredible that I’ve ever read about.

Intentional Design

Line + Tow designs their pieces to reduce waste and increase wear from the get-go. They utilize right angles and minimize elastics, zippers, and other less environmentally friendly additions to ensure they reduce fabric waste. Their designs are meant to be durable and able to withstand the wear of everyday life.

Body Inclusive

I’m amazed at how inclusive Line + Tow’s designs are. Their sizing is meant to fit women of all shapes and sizes. Each piece is either meant to be loose and over-sized, or is adjustable to fit your body during its inevitable fluctuations. I’m wearing their Utility Button Down, because I knew it would fit me throughout pregnancy and beyond AND I could wear it to breastfeed in too. It’s easy to layer, but also is chic and cozy all on it’s own, unbuttoned over another top or buttoned up.

The denim is structured but soft. It could easily be tied up, tucked in, and layered under or over without feeling stuffy or bunched. I especially love the extra length it adds to my sweaters and other tops at the moment.

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Line + Tow is still in their first year of production — a critical time for many brands to establish themselves and create a customer base that shares their values and admires their product. I get the chance to work with lots of amazing brands, but this collaboration with Line+Tow has been in the works for months and it’s rare to find a brand that encompasses eco-friendly production, body-inclusive design, AND timelessness so well. If you’re in the market for wardrobe staples that will last you years to come you can shop their Denim Collection here (I especially love their Homesteader Skirt and, of course, the Utility Button Down).


*This post is in partnership with Line + Tow. As always, all opinions and photos are my own. Thanks for supporting the brands that make the world a little better.*