Fashion Tips For Busy Moms – Building A Functional Wardrobe

Motherhood is a lot of work and particularly if you are a first time mother you will probably be shocked by just how little time you get to sit down or do your own thing. So you might wonder how some moms somehow manage to stay fashionable and always look great. Well not to worry, you can look like one of those fashionable moms and you won’t need to neglect your kids or hire a nanny to get there. The key is to design your wardrobe to make it work for you. Here are a few steps to get you on your way…

Be Ruthless

Most women have too many clothes – you might not feel that way, but you probably do. Having too many clothes makes it harder to process what you do have and it makes picking outfits harder, leading to the feeling that you don’t have anything to wear.

Free and single people have plenty of time (and probably money) to spend shopping and picking out outfits – you don’t…

So the first step for you is to get rid of a load of your clothes, pick out tired items that need retiring and any items you never wear, these can all be sent to the charity shop or donated to a friend. Whilst we’re at it, take out your occasional dresses and suits and store them elsewhere, from now on your wardrobe is dedicated to your everyday clothes.

Get The Basics Right

The problem with fashionable tops and skirts is that they have to be carefully matched up to get the full effect – you don’t have time for that though. What you need is the maximum outfit combinations with the minimum amount of clothes.

Sort through and pick out the clothing items that:

  • Are Trend Proof and Go With Stuff

Any items you have that don’t easily go with anything else in your wardrobe are dangerous, if you have a lovely summer top that goes perfectly with your beige pants but nothing else, that top is no help when those pants are dirty.

Now, you need make sure you have enough of the essential items that make up 90% of what you wear. These are things such as dresses, skirts, shorts, t-shirts, sweaters etc…

Make sure you have your favourites in equal measure (or at least a sensible ratio). 1 skirt and 7 t-shirts gives you 7 outfit possibilities, but 4 skirts and 4 t-shirts gives you 16.

Time To Go Shopping

After all of the above you should know what you actually need to buy, so it’s time to do some shopping. The key here is not to buy whatever catches your eye, but focus on filling the gaps in your wardrobe. If you already have too many summer skirts, don’t buy yet another one.

Picking A Colour Palette

This bit might take some will power, but try to stick to a certain range of colours for your main wardrobe, pick your favourite few and make sure everything in your main wardrobe fits with that palette – doing this will mean that you always have the perfect top to match those pants or that skirt.

And Then Accessorize

If you are something of a magpie shopper you might find the above difficult, especially if you happen to spot something that catches your eye but doesn’t fit your criteria. Fortunately, this is the bit where you can be a little more fanciful.

Things like necklaces and wraps are ideal for jazzing up an outfit – these items can be colourful and fun and they make a basic outfit look much more fashionable. Try to pick scarves in colours that will compliment your favourite items of clothing.

If you take the time to design your wardrobe in this way you will soon find that picking out new outfits is very easy and despite having less clothes you will have more outfit possibilities than ever before. Try it and you won’t go back.

And for ongoing shopping you just have to set yourself rules on styles and colours that you can’t buy. Don’t let yourself buy more tops that you need and make sure that you get rid of items that you have stopped wearing.

Which fashionable mom do you most admire? Maybe it’s one at the same school gate as you or a celebrity with stunning style such as Jessica Alba or Reese Witherspoon – keep an eye out to see what they are wearing and see how you can incorporate some of their fashion choices into your wardrobe – one item at a time!

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About the Author: This guest post was written by Ricky from MajesticTresses

Kathryn Rossiter

Kathryn is a South African lifestyle blogger and mom of 2 who has been blogging daily for over 9 years! She writes about travel, health, beauty, fashion, decor and family... but not food (unless it's food she's eaten made by someone else) as she is a hopeless cook. She only wakes up early for 2 things... a red-eye flight to somewhere exotic and early morning game drives. She has just finished an extensive home renovation and would prefer to never see another box again. She's never met a chocolate or glass of bubbles that she didn't like!

1 Comment
  1. I like how you said to get the basics of fashion right. My mom started getting a fashion subscription box to start her fashion collection. Thanks for the tips on how to be a stylish mom.

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