Workout clothes these days can do wonders for your figure! If you like exercising in body-hugging gear, but you're not feeling super-confident about your hips, bum, tummy or thighs, look for compression pants that will help "suck you in" around your trouble zones. We love the basic black SLIM Capri by Proskins (above). Not only do they look cute and slimming on, a third-party study actually proved that the micro-encapsulated yarn containing caffeine, retinol and vitamin E helped women shed two centimeters around their thighs when worn for 28 consecutive days. Now that's not a huge gain, and you may not be able to wear one pair of pants all month, but when you're fighting to get your pre-baby body back, every little bit helps!
If you're looking for a budget-friendly pant that will help slim your tummy pooch, try the Tummy Control Criss-Cross Capri by The Girls. It's a favorite of celebs like Reese Witherspoon and Katie Holmes, and its trademarked Blu-Tec Control System helps keep your tummy feel tucked in and under control. Plus, at only $33, it's a real steal!
The great thing about today's workout wear is that no one expects you to show up to gym class wearing a skintight bodysuit over a pair of leggings! Sure, some women love wearing tight fitness gear, but you can look sexy and stylin' in pieces that skim your body, rather than bear-hug your bumps and curves.
Well-placed seams are the key to body-skimming pieces. For instance, you can ditch the oversized tee in favor of the Brooks EZ T Blossom (above), a semi-fitted T-shirt with a curved side seam and moisture wicking fabric. At only $18, it fits into practically every budget! Match it with the Brooks Glycerin Knicker, a relaxed-fit short with an adjustable inseam, and you instantly have an outfit that works as well at the gym as it does at the playground.
Want something a little more girlie? Try the Russell Fashion Performance Tee in Shockwave Green or Cyber Pink. This top features seams that create shape, while still offering a little extra "give" to the fabric. Plus, the bright colors look fantastic on most skin tones and draw attention in all the right ways.
Do not underestimate the power of a carefully placed block of color! Colorblocking is a young mom's best friend because contrasting lines or patterns of color will draw the eye and make you appear slimmer. Our favorite colorblocking styles include the Wide Strap Tank by K-Swiss (above) and the Full Coverage Performance Tank by Russell. The K-Swiss top's contrasting color along the sides will help you look leaner, while the empire-waist band of color on the Russell top draws the eye to your slimmest area while making your waist look smaller.
After birth and breastfeeding, chances are "the girls" aren't quite the same as they used to be. That's why finding the right sports bra is so important! Make sure you get fitted for a bra before laying out cash, and look for sports bras that will help enhance what you've got, rather than flattening you out. We love the anti-sports-bra sports bras by Red Daisy, particularly the Roslyn Underwire Sports Bra that's designed for moderate- to high-intensity activities.
After you've decked yourself out for the gym, there's no shame in grabbing a coverup to help hide trouble zones. The key is to stay away from your husband's oversized sweatshirts and to opt instead for sexier, feminine pieces. We love the dance-inspired Ideology Dolman Sleeve Boatneck Top available at Macy's and the casually comfortable Harbor Wrap by Athleta (above).
Looking to cover your bum? Try the Belted Skirt by Fila — not only does it cover up your backside, it also provides you with pockets!
There's no sense in trying to force yourself into clothing that doesn't fit. It's perfectly normal to gain weight during and following pregnancy, and no one expects you to lose it immediately! No matter what size you are, there are super-cute options available. For women who wear size 14 and up, try shopping Junonia, adoraOm and Taffy Activewear. We especially love the figure-flattering colors and shapes offered by adoraOm — just check out how cute the "I Rock" Babydoll (above) is with the All About Me Pant. Plus, the pants come in long and short lengths for women of all sizes.
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