Looking outside the box
EDITOR l RACHAEL STEIDL
I don't really want to admit the number of times I have thrown a sweatshirt over my pajamas to drive my kids to school. I promised I would never be one of those parents but that was before I realized how chaotic the mornings can be making breakfast, packing lunches, stuffing homework into backpacks and negotiating appropriate clothing with my kids. And so I figured out early on that by putting on a sweatshirt and sunglasses, nobody knows except my children (and perhaps the kids in my carpool) that I am not fully dressed for the day.
I remember looking forward to the mom playgroups when my kids were infants because it was the one day I was motivated to dress up a little and put on jewelry and make-up. But even on those days, I often walked out with spit up on my shoulder or thrush medicine spills on my shirt. And now I find myself putting more effort into my outfits because I have teenage daughters who critique everything I wear especially if their friends are going to be around. They want me to be hip but not too hip. I need to be stylish but not look like a teenager.
Remaining stylish is something that many mom's struggle with after having children. When the days and nights are spent feeding, burping and tending to a little one, the last thing on our mind is getting dressed up, or sometimes getting dressed at all! Moms with older kids often find that when you spend most of your day in the car driving to and from school and sports, that sweats work just fine (which is why lulu and lucy are so successful). With very limited time to get ready, it can be challenging to spend time coordinating outfits. Many moms will spend hours shopping for our kids and making sure they look fabulous but what about taking care of ourselves?
We have gathered some tips from moms who have found simple ways to stay hip even when they only have a few minutes to get ready:
- Never wear pajama pants outside the house.
- If you don't have time to put on make-up, just add a dab of lip gloss and some mascara for a little color.
- Invest in a great diaper bag, handbag, and a few pieces of timeless jewelry so no matter what you are wearing you will feel more put together and trendy.
- Spend a few minutes on your hair - avoid always putting it back in a ponytail!
- If you are out running errands in jeans and a tee, add a fun belt and shoes to give your outfit some style. You can also add a scarf or some jewelry to your outfit for a quick fix.
- Treat yourself to one new thing a month - a necklace, earrings or a dress.
- Avoid buying or wearing clothes that need to be dry cleaned.
- Have some 'go-to' outfits -- a dress, blazer and pants and a jeans outfit.
- Some things to avoid: Mom jeans, tent dresses that hit mid-calf, tops-pants-dresses that are too tight, monster shoulder pads and stretchy pants that lose their shape.
Remember to just take an extra minute to make yourself feel good before leaving the house.