Most moms love the school uniform for their kids. It eliminates the "What am I going to wear today?" hassle and saves time in the morning. Do you sometimes wish you had your own uniform, giving you one less thing to worry about in your busy day? Well, why not make that dream a reality? Really -- create your own "mom uniform."
We don't mean raggedy sweatpants and oversized, threadbare T-shirts. Those might be cozy to wear around the house, but that's the only place you should be sporting them. Your mom uniform should be comfortable, functional and stylish all at the same time. With just a bit of forethought, you can stock your closet with essentials that will have you dressed and ready in a moment's notice. And you'll still look fresh and put-together, no matter how wiped out you might be from your everyday mom duties.
Just follow our five tips to start creating your Mom uniform today. Let's get started.
Pick Easy-care Fabrics
No matter what your style or personal fashion preference, there's one thing all moms can agree on: You want clothes that are washable, easy to care for and durable. During a typical mom day, your clothes may come into contact with food, milk, spit-up, boogers, other unmentionable things, mud, lollipops and peanut butter. Can your clothes stand up to that kind of combat?
Nobody, especially a new mother, needs to spend precious time driving back and forth to the dry cleaners. When shopping for clothes, keep the following tips in mind:
- If it says "hand wash only," put it back on the rack.
- Ditto to "dry clean only."
- Avoid delicate fabrics like silk or rayon.
- Stay away from fabrics that wrinkle easily or need ironing.
- Keep an eye out for words like "wrinkle resistant" or "stain guard."
- Look for fabric with "give," to allow for your ever-changing mommy figure.
Speaking of your figure, check out our next tip.
Keep Your Changing Figure in Mind
New moms know that their bodies will be in a state of flux for a while. Losing excess baby pounds, breast-feeding and the huge change in lifestyle will all affect your figure. Don't expect to fit back into your regular clothes straight away; you'll only get frustrated and start wearing baggy, ill-fitting clothes.
Embrace your new body with some new outfits. If you're nursing, shop for wrap tops and dresses. You'll look dressy and still be able to breastfeed your baby easily. Buy tops and bottoms made from stretchy fabrics that can handle slight weight gains and losses. If you're worried about your stomach, purchase pretty, blousy tees that don't showcase your tummy. These often look good with a slim skirt or jeans. Cardigans are also great for covering up without looking sloppy.
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Pick a Mom Fashion Idol
As long as you're already standing in the grocery checkout aisle, why not flip through the magazines to see what Hollywood's mommies are wearing? Seriously -- you can get some excellent tips on how to be fashionable, fabulous and mom-appropriate from your favorite stars.
For example, celebrity mom Jennifer Garner always looks comfortable and well put-together in her mommy uniform. You'll usually see Garner out and about with her daughters, wearing jeans with fitted tees and jackets, and a sensible heel. She always looks casual, but classy. Her look works in the coffee shop, at the PTA meeting and on the playground.
Some celebrity moms make their trademark look part of their mommy style. Think Gwen Stefani and her bright red lipstick, or Nicole Richie and her giant handbags and sunglasses. Remember -- accessories go with everything!
Up next -- mommy footwear.
Purchase Comfortable Shoes
You're a mom on the move, so you need to take care of your feet. Nobody can wrangle a kid off a swing set, run errands and drive the carpool wearing sky-high stilettos. But you don't need to schlep around in ratty tennis shoes or flip-flops, either. Above all, your shoes should be comfortable, as well as fashionable, durable and affordable. Here are a few shoe styles we like:
- "Exercise" shoes: These shoes and sneakers, designed with a rounded heel, help work thigh and butt muscles just by walking around in them. You can find them in many different brands and styles -- sneakers, sandals and even dressy.
- Ballet flats: Moms love ballet-style flats because they slip on easily, go with everything and are comfy. You can even buy ballet flats that roll up small and fit in your purse, for shoe emergencies. How great is that?
- Wedge heels: If you want to get some height, try wedge heels. The heel elongates the look of your legs, but the wedge gives you the stability you need to keep moving.
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Repeat, Repeat, Repeat
The entire point of having a mom uniform is convenience. They say Albert Einstein had an entire closet full of brown suits, so he never had to waste any time trying to decide what to wear. While we don't suggest you dress like Albert Einstein, we do think the man had a point.
When you do find something that works for you, don't buy just one. Buy a few. Buy it in different colors. If you look great in a high-quality slim-fit tee, buy a bunch of them. Pair them with different cardigans and jackets, along with a chunky necklace and stylish jeans. Finish off the outfit with a nice pair of flats. Voila -- you have your mommy uniform. Not only will you always have several ensembles in your closet that you know look great on you, but you've also just developed a signature style. Congratulations!
For more on fashion and style, check out the links on the next page.
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- Butterer, Karmen. "Fashion and Makeup for New Moms." BabyCenter. Oct. 2006. (Jan. 17, 2011)http://www.babycenter.com/0_fashion-and-makeup-for-new-moms_11815.bc
- Dowd, Colleen and Wohlgemuth, Jessica. "Recreate Celebrity Mom Style." Parents. 2011. (Jan. 17, 2011)http://www.parents.com/parenting/moms/fashion/celebrity-mom-style/
- "Home." SpareSoles.com. 2011. (Jan. 17, 2011)http://www.sparesoles.com/index.html
- "How to be a Stylish Mom." WardrobeOxygen.com. Sep. 16, 2011. (Jan. 17, 2011)http://www.wardrobeoxygen.com/2009/09/how-to-be-stylish-mom.html
- Werling, Mike. "10 Traits Entrepreneurs and Einstein Share." Entrepreneur. Oct. 15, 2008. (Jan. 17, 2011)http://www.entrepreneur.com/greatminds/article197836.html
- Waring, Michael. "Classics Rock: Give New Life to Closet Standbys." Family Circle. (Jan. 17, 2011). http://www.familycircle.com/style/fashion/classics-rock-give-new-life-to-closet-stand-bys-/?page=1