A mum of 2 and friend recently posted an article on Facebook with fashion tips for a stay at home mum.
Given that I recently wrote a post about the 60 second beauty routine that I follow as a new mum, I thought it would be a logical next post for me to provide some fashion tips that I’ve discovered as a stay at home mum, in addition to those set out in the article.
I’m not claiming to be Vogue and my tips have a specific focus on my lifestyle – I’m still breastfeeding, NKOTB isn’t mobile yet and I ride a bike regularly – but they are ideas I’ve adopted in the last 6 months.
If you have any fashion tips please share them too!
1. Tights, not jeans. With winter I’ve found the best bottoms for me are tights rather than jeans. I’ve never been much of a jeans wearer but with pregnancy and post-baby body it simply wasn’t feasible for me to continue wearing my Calvin Kleins. Plus it got me depressed when I couldn’t fit back into my jeans when I expected to be able to.
To get yourself out of the Mummy Uniform rut (jeans and a top) try wearing tights with skirts. I find that combo more comfortable and sartorially more elegant – no muffin top, no underpants showing, no cuffs caught in bike chains and still able to crawl around on the floor or do housework. In addition, I think legs are the part of the body which are most likely to be back to their usual size and shape post-baby – best to show them off and hide/camouflage everything else :–)
2. Flat shoes – with straps. The reality of being a mum is that wearing high heels while pregnant or with a little one is more difficult. Even Victoria Beckham has been ordered to wear flat shoes by her doctor. So while flat shoes are a no-brainer, I’ve discovered that the best footwear are shoes with straps (or in winter, boots) – no necessarily laces, but something to hold your foot inside the shoe. Simple ballet flats slip off when you’re running around or riding a bike.
3. Stretchy, stretchy, stretchy. While I’m slightly sick of my Metalicus pregnancy wardrobe, I do still find their stretchy pieces useful for breastfeeding and cycling, plus they’re easy to wash and always keep their shape. I also like the jersey dresses by US brand BCBG which I buy cheap off eBay.
4. Low necklines. But nothing too obscene. With breast-feeding, my chest has gotten HUGE. And nothing looks worse on a huge chest than a high neckline – you start to resemble the prow of a ship. You need to show some skin to break up all that expanse of chest, but have some dignity and don’t do a Brynne Edelsten interpretation. I wear a lot of scarves in winter for colour around my face and of course warmth.
5. Pockets. This does not mean cargo pants. Pockets are very useful things! Learning to juggling keys, phone, wallet, nappy bag, shopping and NKOTB means that I’ve sorted my wardrobe into two categories – things with pockets (which I wear when I’m going out with NKOTB) and things without pockets (which I wear when I’m going out alone or someone else is carrying NKOTB). Note I am not advocating cargo pants or safari jackets.