When you are busy raising kids, time seems to fly by at the speed of light. Between flipping pancakes, scrambling to collect backpacks, making lunches, and packing the car, spending more than five minutes in front of the mirror is considered a luxury. For new moms, energy is spent up balancing the exhaustion of a newborn with the thrill of redefining yourself. There just isn’t enough time left in the day to ponder problems like “which shoes match what purse?” However, no matter which stage of motherhood you are currently in, it is possible to look pulled together while working around the clock to win mother of the year. Keep reading for three tips to help you trade in your maternity top and yoga pants for an updated, easy-peasy “mom” style.
Try Fab Five Outfits
What is a “fab five” outfit, you might ask? The short answer: It’s your new best friend. “Fab five” outfits are ones created using only five pieces – and take less than five minutes to throw together. To create a “fab five” outfit, start with the basic top and bottoms. Depending on the season, grab a pair of colored skinny jeans, denim jeans, leggings, or capris. Pair with the bottoms a relaxed-fit solid t-shirt or sleeveless tank. The top could be either solid or patterned, and have accents such as a v-neck or pocket. Next, choose a pair of ballet flats or d’Orsay flats and one coordinating statement accessory (such as a scarf, hat, or vest). The flats and accessory should be similar in color or pattern to visually connect the outfit from top to bottom. Lastly, choose a jewelry accent piece that complements the flats and accessory item, but doesn’t match perfectly. This will add interest and dimension to your overall look.
This all-star style formula can be implemented during any season, and variations of the strategy can be used for almost any occasion, from casual to semi-formal. An example of a “fab five” outfit could include a pair of distressed skinny jeans, white and beige wide-striped tee, seafoam green-colored ballet flats and matching scarf, and a camel-colored cross-body purse. Another idea might be to pair cuffed dark denim jeans with a solid black tee, and then add leopard-print flats and a leopard-print scarf. Lastly, throw on a light denim button-up shirt with the sleeves rolled up. Mix and match the pieces in your closet to reflect your mood and the activities for the day.
Wear Punchy (Yet Practical) Accessories
The addition of a vibrant, interesting accessory is an easy go-to fix for adding a visual “pop” to an ordinary outfit. Since some accessories (like dangly earrings and necklaces) aren’t baby-friendly, try picking up punchy, yet functional pieces instead. For example, bangle bracelets are easy to slip on and off during the day, and sunglasses will keep you looking chic while you are zipping around town. Add flair to your everyday style by choosing pieces in popular colors like pistachio, dusty rose, and gold.
For new moms, a common style misstep is settling into the routine of using a frumpy, oversized diaper bag. Instead of lugging around a tired old baby tote, invest in a stylish one-size-fits-all bag. Tear yourself away from the diaper bag aisle, and start looking in the women’s purse department. You may also consider diaper bag alternatives such as a fashionable backpack, messenger bag, or tote. Look for fashion-forward pieces, such as a leather tote with contrasting trim, embellishments, or a pattern.
Embrace the Post-baby Bod
Entering motherhood means your body has gone through many transitions. Whether your body has undergone an overall shape change, or you have noticed a few pesky extra pounds, it’s worth finding clothes that fit your body correctly right now. Instead of trying to hide a post-baby body with maternity clothes (think: worn-out empire waist tops), search for outfits that have the same level of comfort without the lack of style. For example, an outfit of navy leggings, a cute turquoise tunic, and embellished nude ballet flats is comfortable enough to wear around town, even if you have young ones in tow. If you are uncomfortable wearing clothing that skims your body, invest in some shape wear and a supportive bra to help pull everything together. Wrap dresses and tops are incredibly flattering on women with larger hips and thighs. Look for wrap dresses that cross higher near your ribcage and show off the smallest part of your waistline.
Whether you are taking your kids to the playground or spending all day cleaning the house and planning play dates, it’s important to squeeze in a few minutes for yourself. Even if time is in short supply, these three quick tips will help you navigate your way from an ordinary mom look to model-worthy style.