There is a lot of pressure in todays world for busy mums to still look their best once baby has safely arrived. I don’t know about you, but I found it hard trying to make it to the shower or even just brushing my hair, let alone spending time on choosing my outfit for the day. With feeding on demand, nappy changes & school drop offs – how I looked kind of took a back seat. But I have recently realised that spending time on yourself is a crucial component to feeling good. Feeling good makes for one happy mama! Always giving and caring for others, you can sometimes feel guilty or selfish when it comes to taking care of yourself, but it is important for your wellbeing & self esteem. Getting your fashion mojo back can be daunting, and you may not even know where to start. I’ve found it helpful to take baby steps and I wanted to share three easy additions you can mix in with your existing wardrobe to help you adapt&survive! this crazy parenting world.
It’s best to think of this time as a transitional phase. You are no longer nurturing and carrying your precious baby bump but you are also probably not back to your former pre-baby size just yet. But that’s okay, you have just had a beautiful baby so cut yourself some slack. There is an unrealistic & unfair expectation placed on new mums to bounce right back and be magazine cover ready. Pregnancy and childbirth is really hard work, so we should be celebrating and embracing our bodies. Remember to be kind to yourself and make sure you enjoy this time with your new bub because it flies by so fast. Know that you can dress for comfort and practicality, while still looking polished and put together with minimal fuss. Forget the frump, you will be feeling confident and “show stoppingly good looking” in no time!
Leggings – Stretchy and super comfortable, leggings are accommodating for your ever changing body. A perfect choice to see you through your busy day. With all that running around and playing with your little ones, they are flexible and unrestrictive. Available in a huge variety of patterns and colours, leggings will be your best friend. They add versatility to your wardrobe and can be worn under long over sized shirts and sweaters, tunics or dresses. A great combo with boots, heels or flats. They are a super time saver, quick to throw on and will complete your look.
Cardigan goodness! – Add a pop of colour to your outfit, or keep it simple & classic. Available in various fabrics depending on the season, in a variety of different cuts, the cardy gives great coverage and is flattering on all body types. We love a good cardy! Layer it over a tee, cami or dress or paired with great fitting jeans for a quick transformation as you head out the door.
Add a scarf for an instant outfit update – Scarves are a great way to update your look with minimal expense and are an easy way to be on trend without much effort (yussss!). They are always available in the seasons latest colours, patterns and fabrics. Plus there are a number of different ways to wear them. If you are ever unsure what to buy when you hit the stores, just remember there is never a downside to buying a new scarf. They also come in handy with helping to hide bits of food, dribble or who knows what that get’s spilled on you during your parenting day.
Team any one of these items together or with pieces you already own so it doesn’t feel like a major style change, and slowly but surely your confidence will start to grow. Begin to experiment with colours or patterns you may not normally go for if you are looking to refresh or re-invigorate your collection. These three items can be relatively inexpensive, so it’s a great way to test the waters and find out what you like without having to blow the budget. Have a look at these great combinations below to get you started, so fun to replicate, you could always swap out the colours for items more suited to your personal taste. Express your personality and be a show stopper!
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