Wrangling kids is a physical job – ask any parent! Which is probably why many of us SAH and WAH moms migrate toward a uniform of jeans & sweaters or yoga pants and tee shirts.
If you’re like me, sometimes the style doldrums set in, and you start wondering what happened to that lady you used to know – the one who enjoyed getting dressed up and looking a little stylish on any given Tuesday.
Of course, style fatigue isn’t limited to moms. Maybe you’re just tired of the winter gear, and looking for some easy ways to freshen up your look for spring.
Great news! Bringing some style into your life is easier than you think. Here are a few ideas to get you going:
1. Clear your closet clutter
Having too many options in your wardrobe is not a good thing. Inspiration is quickly lost as you endlessly search through items you don’t really want to wear. If you have a cluttered closet, your style motivation is bound to stall.
SOLUTION: Consign or give away everything you don’t love. If you have a hard time knowing what to keep and what to get rid of, make a date with a stylish friend (or professional) to help you.
Once the great purge is complete, make a note on your phone if any of your favorites are missing a match. The next time you’re shopping, review the list so you remember to keep an eye out for coordinating pieces.
2. Pay close attention to cut & fit
There isn’t one specific way to ‘be stylish.’ In order to consistently feel great in what you wear, you need to know which cuts, patterns and colors suit you.
SOLUTION: Start by checking out the pieces you LOVE to wear. What are the necklines on your favorite sweaters? Do you reach for your skinny jeans every day or pass them over for another fit? Is there one jacket that makes you feel particularly chic? What do you like about it?
When you shop for new things, keep these style clues in mind. Then, as you try things on, be really critical about the fit. Is there anything that looks a little off to you already? Is it pulling between the buttons or over the hips? Do you like the way it looks on your shoulders? Is the length right? Is it comfortable? If you could, would you change into this piece right now?
Discern now and you’ll save yourself a trip to the Salvation Army later.
3. The more style your pieces have, the less styling you’ll need
When you choose clothes for your wardrobe that have style in their own right, it’s easy to look ‘put together’ even if you’re just wearing a sweater and jeans.
SOLUTION: First, find a few pairs of pants that you really really love – bonus points if they’re a color other than indigo or black, if they’re printed, or if they have a cool wash.
Next, gather some tops that make you feel gorgeous. Look for nice finishes and details here. I love a little sparkle, unexpected seam placement or ruching, bold patterns or stripes, and mixed textures like knit and lace.
Don’t forget to give some attention to your shoes. I have a theory that the best shoes are the ones that don’t match anything because they add a stylish touch to everything. Bright colors, animal prints, glitter and patent leather are all fun choices that will add instant style to even the most basic of basics.
“Style is knowing who you are, what you want to say, and not giving a damn.”
~ Orson Welles
The most freeing thing to remember about dialing up your style is this: you don’t have to worry about getting it right. Focus on wearing what you love and you are sure to shine!