Wednesday, 24 April 2013

Busy mums: my guide to being practical but looking great

It can be really difficult to adjust to a changing style once you become a mum. Once upon a time I wore heels everyday with my smart, sharp work wear wardrobe, but now said heels are reserved for meals out and special occasions only!

Pretty flat shoes

As a mother you are constantly rushing round so need to make comfortable wardrobe choices, and perhaps don’t have the figure you once did since going through childbirth. These are my pointers for developing a chic mummy style:

Colour choices:

Whilst white jeans might not be a sensible option anymore, this is no excuse for choosing dowdy colours. Even a simple t-shirt will make you stand out more if you choose it in a flattering colour for your skin tone.

Tunics/ shirtdresses:

There is no need to wear jeans every day – certain dress styles can be comfortable, practical and stylish to. A simple shirtdress can be smartened up with heels for the evening, or worn with flats in the day, and the style suits most body types. A tunic-style dress or top is flattering for those with a mummy tummy.


You might not be able to wear your heels all the time, but that needn't mean settling for scruffy trainers. Try pretty ballet pumps in summer and stylish ankle boots in Winter - both options look great paired with jeans or a dress and tights.


Putting some earrings in or a bracelet on takes seconds, but will help make your outfit look carefully put together.


A large handbag with lots of useful compartments will be essential to you when taking your kids out for the day. Luckily there are plenty of stylish ones available on the high street.

Perfecting a 5-minute make-up routine:

You can look polished in a short amount of time if you perfect a clever make-up routine. Choose hard-wearing products, and spend a bit of extra money to buy a few key essentials that really work. A great tinted moisturiser, touch of blusher and flattering lipstick are quick to apply but freshen up a tired face.

Beautiful hair:

You might not have the time to blow-dry your hair every morning, but this needn’t mean it has to look a mess. Get a hair-cut that requires less maintenance, and choose hair products that can be put in the hair and left to dry naturally. 

Dry hair shampoo will be your best friend, and can freshen up your hair before you put it in a quick up-do. Using styling tools less frequently will mean your hair is shinier and undamaged. What a bonus!

It’s easier for me now my children are a little older, but when I first became a mother these are the key approaches to style that I took, and I have been developing a fuss-free approach to fashion ever since. Have you got any more great tips for busy mummys?

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