Before my baby arrived, fashion was a huge part of my life and my self-image. However, pregnancy made both my body and my mind quite different. After I’ve spent nine months with a belly bigger than my future (lol), I move into sleep-deprived, PJ-cloaked days of a new chapter called: a life with a newborn. Then, there was the nursing year. Who knew I would focus my shopping trips on clothes with the easiest boob access! Jokes aside, it is safe to say that my style has… well… started to change. And as soon as I noticed that, some upgrades had to be done. I swapped practical with perfectly-put-together, and I am not ashamed to say that I feel the most confident when I look nice.
Here are my tips and tricks on how to maintain your sense of style after becoming a mom, with the smallest amount of effort.
1. Denim is your best friend
No, I’m not talking about the classic, ugly mom jeans. I’m talking about doing yourself a favor and upgrading your jean wardrobe. You need at least one good pair of jeans from this decade. Just because you may be able to fit in your jeans from the early 20s, even though you are now thirty, doesn’t mean you should wear them.
Denim changes every year, and you need something fitted and flattering, which can stand up to your current lifestyle at the same time. And also, have in mind that something like this will be the number one staple in your closet, and expect to spend a lot more than you do on your little one’s clothes.
2. Shoes, my dear
They may be on the bottom of your body, but just like Marilyn Monroe said: Give a girl a good pair of shoes and she will conquer the world. A good pair of shoes can change the way you enter the room and give you instant style. Sure, we all love pointy toe flats and canvas slip-ons, but a good pair of heels gives you a reason to feel a little sexier and stand a little taller. Even a few inches will make a big difference. Wedges for example are a great way to achieve height while remaining the comfort, and there are so many options. Plus, they are always trendy. Grab your jeans, a cool tee with a fitted blazer, and slip on those wedges and voila, momma has stepped up her style.
3. Bags complete you(r look)
We are so lucky to live in the 21st century. Why, you may ask? Well, now, you can buy things like a fashionable nappy bag that will both fit all your baby necessities – including diapers, wipes, bibs, clothes, as well as your stuff – and make you look like you came straight out of a fashion magazine. Ditch those ugly, stereotypical-looking ones that instantly turn you into a tired mommy no matter how well-dressed you are, and do your best to remain stylish at all times.
4. On the Go look
No one, especially moms, has time to wake up an hour early every day to put a full face of makeup and flat or curl their hair every day. The good news is – you don’t have to. Simply have your basic makeup tools to throw on (aka mascara, foundation, bronzer and a tinted lip gloss) and run out the door not looking like you haven’t slept in two years (which probably is true, but come on, nobody has to know that, right? ;-) ).
5. Go to garment
Whether you are a mom or not, having a good Go to garment is always a good idea. It makes your outfit pop and dresses you up. For me, that is definitely a black blazer. I can pair it with any tee, dress, or even denim jeans with heels.
As you can see, remaining stylish while being a mom is not as hard as it seems. All you need is a couple of staples and some inspiration.