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A love letter to my 'Me' clothes

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A love letter to my 'Me' clothes
In our BISS Post-Baby Body series we're exploring how real mums feel about their bodies since having children. Bryony Johnson, blogger at Rebel Momma Blog, writes an emotional letter to the clothes that have changed her life...

If you ask my mum, I have always dressed a bit weird. Clothes had always been an extension of my personality and I loved putting random outfits together that usually resulted in me looking like Marty McFly.

When I became pregnant I really embraced my changing body, I felt more womanly than ever before (my pregnancy boobs were amazing, they didn't last), I wore more dresses than normal and loved wearing tight clothing to accentuate my bump, something I really didn't think I would do. Needless to say my awesomely ridiculous sneakers were on hiatus for the best part of 10 months.

When my little man came along, I struggled with postnatal depression and a huge part of that was feeling that I had totally lost my identity. I couldn't remember the person I was before pregnancy and baby. Post baby I simply carried on wearing my maternity clothes, the blander the better and for the first time I wanted to blend into the background rather than stand out from the crowd.

My post-baby body is not where I want it to be yet but for me that hasn't been the focus in the six months since having my beautiful boy. I just needed and wanted my mental health back in order to enable me to be the best mum I can.

Clothes have had such a way of lifting my mood and have really helped my recovery, whether it's a fabulous pair of shoes, a comfy old pair of pyjama bottoms or a new dress in a smaller size than normal; my clothes have had a way of changing my mindset that I can't really explain.

Which brings me to the main point of this post, a little love letter to my me clothes; the clothes that I feel define me and make me who I am, thank you for reminding me of who that person is.

To my Doc Martens and my Converse, not only are you comfy and practical (as I have found really is a necessity of mum footwear) but you quite simply make me smile. I like to look down and see that my footwear at least remains the pre-baby me, even on a day when I am feeling most lost.

To my skinny jeans, whilst you may not always be in fashion, like the 80's rocker I find it impossible to not look like, I will forever squeeze my fat ass into you and feel awesome about it.

To my odd socks, what can I say, you have been there for me since I was 10 years old and have forever given me a hidden oddness that makes me happy. Mainly, thank you for reminding me that being a mum does not change the fact that I remain as wonderfully weird as I was pre-pregnancy.

 

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