When I became a new mum, I lived in sweat pants, baggy shirts and no bra. I needed easy access clothing so Starfish could feed, and comfortable clothes for me because everything still hurt and I was still carrying excess baby weight. I felt drab, unappealing, and just plain gross. While I have never been the most stylish lady around, I used to love getting a bit dolled up in summery dresses and feeling feminine. As a mum though, this has been virtually impossible as I struggled to find the right (appropriate) clothes and 5 minutes to do anything with my hair or face. However, after 13 months with my boy, I’ve finally found some really simple style tips for us busy mums to use once a day, or every few days, to help us feel a bit like our beautiful, confident selves again!
Dress up with Beautiful, Simple Accessories
My best (fashion) friend as a mum has been using accessories to style up simple outfits. In the early, cooler months I used scarves to add to my jumper and jeans combo. The scarf was great because it had multiple uses – fashionable and otherwise – that I could use when my son was younger.
Now my favourite accessories are from Mummy’s Pretties, a range of gorgeous jewellery that I can add to my simple outfits to feel dressed up. No longer do I hear crickets when I walk out of the house in plain clothes. Since becoming a Bran Rep for Mummy’s Pretties and donning some gorgeous earrings and a matching necklace, my friends have not been able to stop commenting on them! My confidence goes way up and I feel dressed up without even trying (wohoo!). Accessories like these are a great way to style up your outfit as a busy mum!
Give your nails some simple bling!
I’m sure most women have heard of Jamberry before – if you haven’t, you can read my review of them here (and why this mumma loves them!). I’ve found these nail wraps are a quick and easy way to jazz up your nails without wasting the time (or energy) at a nail salon getting a proper set of nails. Plus the nail wraps sit straight on your nails (no fake ones), and I’ve found this more practical with a baby than trying to pick things up with or clean fake nails. If you’d like to learn a bit more about Jamberry, you can see my review of them HERE.
Find Stylish (and practical!) Nursing Wear
If you’re a breastfeeding mum, find some practical nursing wear that will make outings simpler and easier for you. However, for a long time I thought this meant I had to wear sweatpants and baggy tops, but no more! You can find gorgeous and practical nursing wear (and maternity wear) that will make feel beautiful and confident, even if you did only spend 5 minutes getting ready while holding onto a baby the whole time!
Take care of your skin
While it may not seem like much of a ‘style’ tip, looking after your skin will definitely help with boosting your confidence, and may minimise the need to constantly apply make-up before leaving the house (like I need to). Find a deep cleanser that will help clean your pores, and commit to a 5-minute daily cleansing ritual (I’m still working on this!). I aim to do this just before I get my son up for the day, and just before bedtime to help my skin look and feel better (adding to my overall confidence).
That’s it! My super simple 4 easy style tips for the busy mum! What would you add to this list? x