Curating a Postpartum Closet: Back-to-Work Essentials

Returning to work after having a baby can bring up some complicated emotions—the excitement of putting your professional brain back to use, the guilt about leaving your little one (or guilt about not feeling guilty!), the anxiety of getting it all done, the thrill of daily adult interaction. But no matter what you’re feeling, you’re gonna have to get up and get dressed every morning in work-appropriate attire. Pretty much everything has changed since your maternity leave started, including your body, but grab a few essentials now, and your wardrobe will be one thing you don’t have to stress about. We’ve pulled some of our favorites that make back-to-work style a cinch.


The Bellaband® was probably a go-to throughout your pregnancy and it’s a lifesaver now, helping you keep your not-quite-yet buttoned pre-pregnancy pants in place, and making any maternity pants that might be a tad big stay up. Click to Shop!

Maternity Skinny Jeans with Inset Panel

These dark wash skinnies can go with just about anything, and the elastic inset panels mean they’re comfy too. Click to Shop!

Faux Leather Maternity Legging

These under-the-belly leggings sit just right on your postpartum body, and the faux leather can be dressed up for an edgy weekday look. Click to Shop! 


Ponte Maternity Pencil Skirt

This stretchy but structured skirt is perfect for heavy rotation before maternity leave, but it’s a great transition piece for returning to work too. Click to Shop!

Adjustable Waist Ponte Knit Maternity Blazer

The hidden adjustable back piece in this blazer means you can totally tailor it to your postpartum needs, and enjoy its structured but comfy fit basically forever. Click to Shop!

Double Layer Woven Top + Nursing

Going back to work probably means pumping, and this top provides easy access while looking totally professional. Click to Shop!

Magnetic Closure Cozy Nursing Cardigan

You’ll (hopefully) have a dedicated private space for pumping at work, but even so it’s nice to be covered, even if it’s just for coziness! This super soft wrap is a great layering piece, too. Click to Shop!

Ingrid & Isabel was born when its founder, Ingrid, was newly pregnant with her daughter Isabel and could no longer button her pre-pregnancy bottoms. She fashioned the first prototype of the Bellaband and spent three years perfecting the design before it hit shelves in 2003. To this day, every piece we make, we design with, on, and for moms. Shop our full line of maternity wear.

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