In this mad rush of never-ending responsibilities, it’s no wonder that few moms feel like they can put in the effort needed to enhance their appearance. Can we say that this has become especially true during the work-from-home reality?? With many of us potentially facing the reality of going back on a full time, part time or never basis to the office, our work outfits, regardless of where you choose to conduct your job from, can no longer be oversized holed t-shirts, comfy joggers, with hair tied in a messy bun and face barely washed. We’re all in need of outfit tips these days.
Selecting the right ensemble and doing your hair and makeup take time, might be the most precious and scarce commodity in a mom’s life and one that makes us feel closest to what our realities pre-pandemic were. Personal style and expression are tremendous creative outlets that can positively impact mental health. Every woman knows; when you look great, you feel confident. That confidence can make any mom feel ready to take on the world.
Farissa Knox, a style guru and busy mom sums it up well. “If we don’t take care of ourselves in ways that make us feel like a human and not only like a source for food and a means for diaper changes, then we won’t be able to really happily take care of everything else in our lives. It’s the same concept as putting your oxygen mask on first on the plan and then placing one on your kids. If you pass out because you can’t breathe, how are you going to save the lives of others.”
Outfit Tips for the Busy Mom
Maybe it’s hyperbolic but this extreme metaphoric statement hones in the point. Knox recognizes that there is a strong connection between self-care and happiness with one’s life. Regardless of how women’s rights in society have progressed over the last half century, the truth is, we’re still faced with a larger task load at home than men, in heterosexual couples. Even with all the latest home gadgets meant to assist us and automate tasks, moms continue to be busier than ever before. Our nurturing nature drives us to do more, care more, extend ourselves more and take on much more. While many mothers put others’ needs before their own, it leaves them with little time to care for themselves, thus forgoing the amplification of their appearance.
Without putting that time towards our appearance to gain that confidence, how could any mom feel ready to tackle that mountain of chores every single day? Moms don’t have to succumb to the day-to-day pressures of neglecting themselves while only serving others. There are simple things that even the busiest moms can do to enhance their look, take care of herself, boost her mood and ensure she always look great. Consider these outfit tips so which can leave even the most tired moms feeling like a reinvigorated “hot momma.”
Clear the Closet Clutter
You can speed up your morning routine by getting rid of things you haven’t worn in a long time or don’t fit right anymore. Justice isn’t served by holding on to them. They are a reminder of who we were – not who we are now. Ditch these clothes and clear out your closet. Getting rid of the clutter can be great for mental health.
Look for Modern Trends Hibernating in Your Closet
Anyone who’s into fashion will tell you that trends are circular. Things go out of style and they come back into style. Looking at current fall trends, button downs, power pants, vests, and matched outfits are all making a resurgence. If you have pieces like this in your closet, make and outfit of them. You will look like a fashionista with minimal effort and no extra investment. After making some room in your closet, it’s time to replace the items you got rid of with new outfits. You can identify the direction you want to take your closet in. Perhaps it’s adding more solid pieces, invigorating colours, or prints. Find pieces that make you feel like a million bucks.
Wear Fall Colours
While most people thing of browns and greys as the traditional fall colours, this year’s fall palette includes many vibrant shades. Look for bright blues, purples, pinks, and yellows. This spectrum certainly isn’t the drab hues we typically associate with autumn, though, they can definitely make you feel eclectic. Don’t discount your summer pieces. You can repurpose your lighter outfits to expand your collection and fulfill the colour wheel.
Details like shoes, purses, and accent pieces can make complete your look. They are an easy way to make a fashion statement and take your look to the next level. You can also utilize accessories to amplify the existing your outfit without making a large investment.
Transform with Makeup And Hair Product
If you have some products in your bathroom that haven’t expired, clear the dust and apply them on. Otherwise, pick up new makeup and hair products to refresh your routine and bring new elements to your style.
Channel Your Inner Kate Middleton
Ever since coming onto the royal scene, the Duchess seems to have embraced the sheen of sheer pantyhose, a throwback to the 1980s that went the way of the mullet…that is, until she brought it back. The more Kate pairs the shiny hose with her various outfits for official engagements, the more they’re flying off the shelves in her native United Kingdom. Whether it’s a calculated fashion choice or, more likely, a royal requirement, it looks like they are here to stay. It’s worth noting, though, that other royals have followed her outfit tips…including Queen Elizabeth and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall. They sport tights for official engagements.
Apparently, there are more benefits to pantyhose than just fashion. According to Dr. Z. Catherine Navarro, Board Certified Vein Specialist, they can affect your health in a number of ways.
Support hose provide comfort to aching, tired legs and apply gentle pressure to soothe and massage the legs, improving circulation and reducing leg discomfort. Support stockings are ideal for athletes and health care workers, clerks and airline pilots and others who regularly travel by airplane, train, car or bus for long distances.
If you live in a colder climate, stockings can keep your legs warm whether you decide t o wear them with a skirt, dress or pants. They also protect your feet from blistering when donning new shoes or a pair you haven’t worn in a while. Despite the thin fabric, pantyhose is highly effective at trapping warmth. Their close proximity to the skin means that it can trap body warmth nearly as well as an ordinary pair of pants so you don’t have to sacrifice your sense of style. They enclose the natural oils and moisture of the skin to protect you from dryness during the winter.
Women wear pantyhose in order to reduce the appearance of stubble, blemishes, or pale legs. Because pantyhose come in a range of shades, it’s easy to find skin-tone or outfit matching ones to alter the appearance of legs. While the downside is they can easily rip, there are some new ones on the market that sustain the pull and tear test. Plus if you’re feeling lazy, pantyhose can mask unshaven and untanned legs.
Wearing support stockings can help prevent poor circulation in the legs and swelling of the feet, ankles or legs. They can also help prevent varicose veins and spider veins–small, round spots with tiny red veins spiralling outward. Support stockings may be used for medical conditions such as slowing the development of varicose veins or chronic venous insufficiency–when the leg veins cannot adequately pump blood back to the heart. Support stockings may also be used to help prevent deep vein thrombosis, the formation of a blood clot in a vein. According to the Mayo Clinic, support hose reduce the risk of a clot breaking off and causing a pulmonary embolism–blockage of an artery to the lung. Pantyhose given its tightness, works as a low-grade version of compression hose which is recommended to strengthen veins and stop blood from pooling in the legs and halt swelling.
The Gist of it
From remote working, to home schooling, to caring for family and kids the work of a mom is never done. Mothers are the last member of the house to take care of themselves which can take over their self-assurance. It doesn’t have to be so. Every mom deserve to take time to look her best and be ready to take on the world. Simple outfit tips for moms can go a long way. Clearing up your closet, pulling out what’s relevant from it and revitalizing according to trends or what makes you feel great is a good start. Adding the final touches like accessories, pantyhose and makeup can easily intensify your appearance.
What outfit tips do you have for a busy mom makeover?
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