Since becoming a Mum of twins my own personal morning routine has been fairly limited. It’s mostly been about getting the children fed, clean, dressed, teeth brushed, bags packed and ready to go. The time I have been spending on getting myself ready has been very minimal indeed! Wash & go, literally!
However, lately I have been trying to bring style back into my life and keep up with key fashion trends, as well as adapting this to my Motherhood needs. My outfits now have to be predominately comfortable and practical, which has generally comprised on style; I defy anyone to look after kids and wear skirts and high heels all day!
But I have found more recently that I can add style into my look in order to keep my outfits on trend. I now believe that you definitely don’t have to ‘give up’ on fashion once you become a Mum!
I would describe my own style as very casual, but with a ‘street feel’ (without running the risk of sounding like a 15 year old!). But I basically mean that I wear ripped jeans, trainers and oversized watches in order to make sure that my wardrobe doesn’t end up going too boring. It could be VERY easy for me to slip into utter comfort mode because I work from home a lot and so I do have to push myself to step away from the tracksuits!
So if you’re feeling the same then here are my top tips for adding some style into your Mum-wardobe:
1/ When I get ready in the morning I always start with my jeans or trousers first and then work my outfit from there. I’ll usually go with ripped or skinny jeans, or straight-leg trousers. Next I’ll pick a top depending on what I am doing that day – i.e. if I am at just home I will grab a jumper or sweater but try to pick something stylish, such as a colour that is on trend or a sweater with a trendy logo. If I want something a bit smarter (perhaps I am meeting friends or doing work stuff) then I will go for a blouse or shirt. Then I go for trainers or ankle boots.
Grey Coat & Pink Sweater from Primark (both available in store)
Trousers from Next
Trainers from Topshop
Bag from Laura Ashley
Bag from Matalan (similar one here)
2/ If I am not washing my hair that day (I wash it every other day) then I’ll straighten it and then add dry shampoo, which is my BFF! I also always wear make-up, even if I am not planning to leave the house that day. It makes me feel good about myself and I don’t like my skin without make-up on. I always wear foundation, mascara, eyeliner, blusher and use an eyebrow pencil. I also mostly have nail varnish on too as this makes me feel more glamorous and keeps my nails looking tidy.
At this time of year I use fake-tan on my face and arms just to give me a warm glow!
3/ To keep my look stylish I will add accessories such as a gold or over-sized watch, and bracelet. I don’t wear many necklaces but if I do I’ll keep it trendy like this ‘Mama Queen’ one from KemiKids.
I also LOVE bags…oh my, they are my utter weakness! I have a cream Mulberry hobo one that I adore at the moment.
Trainers from Topshop
Watch from WatchShop
4/ I keep up to date with trends and styles via Instagram, Pinterest and blogs. I hardly buy magazines anymore. I spend a lot of time on social media scouring what other busy Mums are wearing!
5/ I still shop on the high street and nowadays I make a bee-line for new releases and key season pieces. I used to walk straight to the same things over & over but now I look around the shop and try on things I wouldn’t have tried before. It does give you confidence when people ask you where you got clothes and that they like your outfit!
If you haven’t got much confidence at the moment with your style, or just don’t know where to start, I would say that it is worth starting to experiment. This was absolutely me a few months ago and I feel as though I have come a long way in that time. I wrote a post back in August that I was setting myself a fashion challenge and I do feel as though I am beginning to achieve it!
I wouldn’t describe myself as fashionable at all – and I do play it quite safe when to comes to clothes – but as a result of making some changes to my appearance over the last few months my confidence has rocketed. I am excited about fashion all over again and it is making me really happy.
Love, Jess x