Hi friends! Since most of the fashion world is talking about #NYFW, I thought I’d introduce a dose of reality back into how we decide what to wear. Today’s Wednesday Remix features a mom who has very little free time to do things for herself. Sound familiar to anyone?
Mom Spotlight: Andrea is a hard working stay-at-home Chicago mom with two boys (3.5 years and 17 months old). She has great style, but often has to put style on the back burner and let practicality take the lead in her daily wardrobe. Having had 2 kids within 2 years of each other, Andrea faces another challenge – trying to find the clothes in her closet that fit her changing body.
She knew that I have a passion for what I call “MomStyling,” so she reached out to me for help putting together outfits for an already planned Husband+Wife weekend trip to Montreal. And I jumped at the chance. While her two boys ate lunch, I went through her closet, came up with different looks, tried them all on, and made a wishlist of items to round out her wardrobe. Then, we went shopping with a clear mission of what she needed.
The MomStyling Takeaways: Here’s what you can learn from our session -
- Don’t let your closet become a black hole. How often do you say, “I forget I had that!”
- Routinely go through your clothes to see what fits. That even means doing the “bend test” in your jeans to make sure you can get on the floor with your little ones. Then, move the too small or too big items in the back of your closet.
- Shop with a list. Moms have very limited time. I hate to say it, but in-store browsing is pretty much over for moms. We need to stay focused while we shop. Know what you need before you get into the store and clearly communicate it to anyone helping you.
- Stop buying clothes that don’t fit your life. If you don’t get dressed up frequently, then you probably don’t need any more dressy, dry-clean only shirts.
- Buy what you love not what you like. I often ask myself, if I had the choice, would I choose to wear “X” over what I already own in my closet. If the answer is “no,” then move on and save your money.
- Consider CPW when shopping. It may seem silly to spend more money on a “casual top,” but if you will wear that top to death then it’s probably worth the little extra dough.
- Know your body type. Find a shirt or pant that looks flattering on you and figure out why – what makes it flattering. Then, look for similar components in other shirts.
^ Our MomStyling Session ^^ Picking out clothes while juggling the needs of her boys ^^^ Shopping and really trying on the clothes
The “After’s” ^ Andrea and her husband in Montreal ^^ One of the “date night” outfits ^^^ Andrea with her proud purchases at #NordstromRack