All too often, mums are so busy they forget to make any time for themselves. In between packing lunchboxes, driving the family 'taxi', keeping on top of the housework and walking the dog, it's no surprise modern mums find little time to devote to style. But, given a few easy tips, it can be simple to go from frumpy to funky and find a casual style that works for your lifestyle and can make you feel great!
Our top tips for a sassy style are:
. Make it Fit
. Comfort First
. Fashionable Lounge Wear
. Black is Always the New Black
. Perfect Parkas
. Exercise Kit
. Skinny Style
. Fuss-free Fabrics
. Beautiful Bags
. Make up in Minutes
Let's run through the tips in more detail:
1. Make it Fit
Even if you are carrying a little more weight than you used to, don't drown yourself in fabric to compensate. This will only make you look bigger than you are, and make you feel like a sack of potatoes. Choose trendy tunics and over sized shirts to hide those bits you aren't confident with, while still maintaining a shape.
2. Comfort First
When it comes to footwear, this is the time of your life when comfort really does come first! Thankfully, with the growing trend for flats and pumps, there are still plenty of stylish and super-comfortable styles around. The ladies' range from Geox shoes includes plenty of flat styles, many of which have air-cushioned soles, perfect for a dash up to school or a whizz round the supermarket.
3. Fashionable Lounge Wear
Italian mums have a reputation for being both stylish and sassy, and not because they wear velour tracksuits and heels to the supermarket. Luckily, you can emulate a less questionable version of Italian fashion by choosing lounge wear that is trendy and comfortable-and forgo the heels for flats instead.
4. Black is Always the New Black
Each new season, fashion has a new "it" colour, but there is one colour-rather, lack of colour-that never goes out of style. A simple black shirt is a wardrobe classic that is effortlessly stylish. Black also is the best colour for obscuring stains, meaning it won't show when your brood starts to play with their food and it ends up on you. For your blacks, it's worth investing in high-quality, durable fabrics that will last a long time.
5. Perfect Parkas
A comfy, neutrally coloured parka is a godsend when it comes to dashing out on the school run. Warm, showerproof and comfortable, a good parka jacket will be the perfect solution to grab and throw over whatever you are wearing as you dash out of the door!
6. Exercise Kit
It doesn't matter whether or not you're going to the gym-having a child is workout enough. As it turns out, sweatpants and a sweatshirt are no longer the exercise gear of choice, and a number of new brands in charge of gym fashion have made form-fitting and comfortable garments popular and affordable. Try yoga pants and exercise tops for your errands.
7. Skinny Style
With all the flat shoes you'll be wearing, boot cut jeans will just make you look shorter and wider - not an attractive proposition! Invest in a couple of good pairs of skinny or straight leg jeans, as these look fantastic with ballet pumps or sandals and will see you right through the year.
8. Fuss-free Fabrics
It goes without saying that, whatever age your kids are, chances are a sticky hand will grace your outfit at least once a day. For this reason, pick fabrics that will be easy to clean and are washing-machine friendly. Jersey material for dresses and tunics is great, as it's quick and easy to wash and dry and also feels fantastic on.
9. Beautiful Bags
Forget those tiny clutches you used to love so much. The life of a busy Mum is all about big Mummy bags and lots of storage space. Embrace the over sized bag requirement, as there are still plenty of options to choose from and lots of stunning styles. Go for something fairly neutral though, so you can grab it whenever you go out, no matter what you are wearing.
10. Make Up in Minutes
No doubt you won't want to spend hours applying layers of fussy make up and products to your skin (even if you did you probably wouldn't have time). Boil it down to the essentials you can't live without and create a quick and easy make-up ritual you can perform with your eyes closed.
The five-minute ritual goes something like this: dab concealer under your eyes to get rid of dark circles. Choose a tinted moisturizer mixed with a touch of foundation to give your skin a healthy glow. Add a slick of brown mascara and a neutral long-lasting lipstick to keep you looking and feeling great all day.
Last but not Least…
... is lingerie. French women spend an estimated 20% of their budget on lingerie; while this may be extreme, having something light and lacy under your layers helps you feel special and sexy, as well as supported. While feeling sexy as a mum may not be your top priority, lingerie can be a needed boost of self-confidence on your off days.