Feb 28, 2012

10 Tips for Staying Stylish and Comfortable with Kids in Tow

Being a mom of twin toddlers, I understand striving to be fashionable while being comfortable is a challenge.  Here are ten practical tips to making you a more stylish mom! 


1. Save your sneakers for workouts!  We've all been there - We are so thrilled that we just got three bodies ready in under an hour, we have the kids suited up ready to go in the car, that we grab the first shoe we see.   That shoe inevitably becomes a sneaker.  Ladies, you kill an outfit with sneakers!  Any outfit can turn frumpy by adding a running shoe to the mix.  Invest in a cute pair of slip-on flats for that "Go-To" shoe.


2. Make time for make-up.  My rule is to never leave home without at least concealer and blush on.  Don't have time to put on make-up?  You're too busy, you say.  Well, every mother is always busy, so key is fitting in time to put on some make-up.  If you have 3 minutes to get ready, I would rather you spend the majority of time on your make-up. A messy bun or ponytail are both chic, and only take 30 seconds, however, the bags under your eyes aren't going to take care of themselves.  With make-up now available in stick forms, my make-up routine takes me less than 3 minutes.  


3.  Use dry shampoo.  There are days that we only get a five-minute shower... who am I kidding, a three-minute shower!  So, for those days, no need to wash and dry your hair.  Instead, have dry shampoo on hand for those oily roots.  Before, dry shampoo was only available salons or cosmetic shops, but you can now find dry shampoo in a powder or spray form at your local drugstore.  Personally, I prefer the powder form, as it is easier to control.  Your hair must be dry when you using dry shampoo, hence the “dry.”  Simply, part you hair in sections to apply the dry shampoo to your roots.  Use sparingly – you can always add more, and a little goes a long way!   

4. No more diaper... bags!  You thought I was going to say no more diaperS, weren't you?  Ah, wishful thinking for us toddler moms.  No more diaper bags, fanny packs, or backpacks.  There are so many stylist totes you can use as an alternative.  Just make sure that the top has a zipper enclosure before purchasing.  If you are still in baby mode, and like the pockets for bottles, there are many stylish baby bags now out there.  I'm pretty sure I've never seen a stylish fanny pack or backpack - so those should be on the never-ever list.  


5.  Add a scarf.  If you are only going to buy just one piece this spring, you must buy a scarf!  A scarf can dramatically transform an outfit.  Pair it with items you already have in your closet - jeans and a solid t-shirt (long sleeve or short). Take off the scarf while at home cooking or playing with your kids, but add the scarf when leaving the house, and you have instant chic!


6.  Color Block. Who would've thought that the fashion industry invented a trend just for moms?  Well, maybe they didn't invent the color block trend for mothers, but it's almost as though they had us in mind because - IT IS SO EASY!  This color block trend is a mother's dream - pick any color t-shirt and colored bottoms, put them together, and instant style! Mommies, do not miss this fashion trend.  Tee-shirt and jeans have never been so fashionable!


7. No more "fat" clothes!   It's inevitable to have to buy maternity and transition post-baby clothes, but keep those to a minimum, and invest in pieces that you can wear during your pregnancy and after.  Open cardigans and sweater vests are perfect pieces for hiding those extra pounds.   


8. New jeans.  No, you do not need to buy new jeans, rather revive your jeans and make them LOOK new!  If you're a mom like me, you live in your jeans, and even with all the wash care I take, I can't seem to avoid my jeans fading.  Go to your local craft store, buy a package of clothing dye, soak for 30 minutes, and you have a pair of new jeans!  

9. Wearing jewelry.  Being a mom, especially a mom to young children, I know how hard it is to wear jewelry when you have little grabby hands that like to take hold of anything within reach.  For this reason, I have resorted to wearing primarily colorful studs, a bold watch, and/or cuff.  With all the neon colors in for spring, one bold item is more than enough.  


10. Invest in a classic coat. Considering the amount of time us mothers spend outside - playgrounds, picking kids up at school, running errands, etc., all mothers should own a classic coat.  Save the fleece jackets and sweatshirts for playing ball at home or yard work.  Beyond those situations, do not be tempted to wear a frumpy "mom" jacket.  


I admit, there are days that I don't leave the house.  My two year old buddies may be the only ones to witness my outfit for the day, but putting myself together means I am taking the time to do something for myself, and hey, it makes me feel better about ME! 


This post was published by the Telegram & Gazette's MassMoms.com.

3 comments:

  1. thank you for these interesting tips. -mommy J

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  2. Maintaining beautiful body and fashion style is challenging for moms like us. I also had difficulty in coping with these challenges when the first of my three children were born.

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  3. I can see these are all based on experience! Thanks for sharing these, many moms would be happy to know that they should not be challenged in staying stylish despite of having babies now. I love the color blocking because it helps "block" the unwanted parts of the body.

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