Mom’s life is quite hard—you take care of the kids, go to work, do most of the chores around the house and always seem to have hundreds of errands to run around town. Also, you often need to hit meetings, take kids to practice and share a cup of coffee with your friends. And what about an occasional evening date or night out with the girlfriends? All of these activities require you to look put together yet stay comfortable. How do those elegant moms do it? Probably by following these easy fashion tips for busy moms:
Save time by purging your closet
If you don’t want to waste time standing in front of the closet and digging around until you pull out something you like, it’s time for a closet purge. Sort every item you own into one of three piles: keep, donate or throw. And pay special attention to items that you can’t fit into anymore but want to keep just in case you lose a few pounds—this is the main culprit of a cluttered closet. If you have some extra space and boxes, put all those items that don’t fit you in a box and away from your closet.
When you only have things that fit your body and your preferences, it will significantly shorten the time it takes you to get dressed. This is also a great way to identify some “holes” in your closet before you go shopping for items to fill them up.
Buy a maxi dress
One of the easiest ways to always look stylish without compromising on comfort is to invest in a flattering day dress made with light materials. These dresses work for all women and are perfect for moms who need a quick way to go from mother to businesswoman to friend. For running errands or taking kids to school, pair your day dress with sandals, and for work, date night or catching up with friends, dress up your day dress with heels—it’s simple, quick and comfortable. Plus, you’ll cool absolutely chic and dazzling, especially if you opt for a bold color combination.
Don’t go neutral from head to toe
For moms, going black, gray and beige is the easiest route. However, don’t fill up your closet with just neutral pieces. A pop of color can completely transform your look and your mood, give you plenty of confidence and make you look younger and more rested. If you love a certain color but think you can’t pull it off, take small steps and invest in an accessory of the same color. You’ll see how good it will make you feel and look.
Invest in timeless and versatile pieces
If it’s time for you to go shopping for garments that will fill the gaps in your wardrobe, don’t hesitate to splurge out, but only on high-quality, neutral, timeless and versatile pieces. When investing in essentials, you will be able to create endless outfits and mix and match many items in your closet. The best staple items are casual enough for busy moms, but can also be easily elevated for evenings. Think high-quality t-shirts, straight-leg pants, wool knitwear, light skirts, as well as layering pieces like fashionable women’s work jackets and coats. Jeans are a staple that deserves their own mention because they are so essential for every mom. If you opt for super popular high-waisted models, you’ll look chic and feel comfortable.
Find the right bag
Sure, small clutch bags are cute, but you know that you always need to carry a bunch of stuff with you (kids’ stuff, bottles, a wallet, keys, your business planner, tablet, etc.) Instead of grabbing small bags, a cool and trendy leather backpack is a much better idea. It will not only fit all of your necessities, but also match your every outfit and give you that chic and youthful vibe. For more formal events, a medium clutch or a medium over-the-shoulder bag is still a good idea.
Elevate the look with accessories
If you need a quick way to make your regular outfit look more interesting, reach for accessories like scarves, hats, bandanas and jewelry. When working with accessories, be careful not to overdo it. Keep it simple with one or two accessories that match your outfit, your occasion and your personal style. With different accessories, you can wear the same outfit and just rotate jewelry, hats, scarves, etc. and look different each time.
Don’t neglect the shoes
Shoes are a complicated subject for most women, especially busy moms. For your everyday wear, you will love a pair of white sneakers. These are perfect for quick runs to the store, taking kids to practice, doing errands or grabbing coffee with your friends. They can even work for Casual Fridays at work!
For serious business meetings or date nights, you can rely on simple black heels or nude tone heels to match prints and bold colors. If you love to be colorful, black footwear can be too heavy, so opt instead for camel, gray or nude tones. When it comes to flats, ditch ballet flats because they are awful for your ankles and feet. Instead, choose loafers or slides that offer much more support and structure. Once you have the essentials down (white sneakers, black heels, nude heels and comfy flats) you can finish your collection with one or two fun statement pieces that will elevate your outfit and make you memorable.
Choose machine-washable pieces
Hand washing your clothes or leaving them for experts to handle can prolong the life of your items, but they also take time and money. When you already have your hands full, you don’t need to waste time on hand-washing and picking up your dry cleaning. Make sure all the items you have are machine washable and suitable for tumble drying. If you’re not sure how to wash something, check the label or consult with other moms online.
Being a stylish woman that’s also a mother and a career woman is hard, but possible. Take these tips into consideration, fill up your closet with quality stuff and you can have it all—motherhood, family, career and style.