As Mums, London and Paris Fashion Weeks frankly pass us by as we struggle to find a pair of jeans that fit, let alone embrace the new trends for studs, lace, jacquard, metallics and whatever else takes the fashionista’s fancy this season! Some of us may think it would be easier if we could just have a ‘Mum Uniform’, like our kids do for school – and not have to think about what to wear. Let’s face it, we’ve got so many other things to think about in order to just get out of the house in the mornings…we struggle to find time to sort an outfit that’s flattering, comfy, practical and that isn’t our pyjamas!
So to help lighten your load, here are FrockChicks’ top tips for Mums this Autumn
- Be prepared
Looking stylish takes some forward planning – just like organising the school uniform for your kids! So it’s time to pack those summer clothes off to the loft (or under the bed!) and get your wardrobe kickstarted. Enjoy a therapeutic throw out with a friend (or book a FrockChicks Wardrobe Bust!). Get rid of anything that you didn’t wear over the summer; chuck away anything that’s stained, or literally “the worse for wear”. See how many Autumn outfits you can put together with what you already have and make a shopping list for key items to fill the gaps. A capsule wardrobe doesn’t need to be expensive. Limit your colour palette and aim to create five totally different outfits that you could mix or match. When I was at Uni, I used to mock my roommate for doing this…but plan your clothes the night before – five minutes is all it will take but it might save you half an hour the following morning! If you can’t be doing with that, invest in a super stylish coat, jacket or trench that you can throw on over your pyjamas if necessary….who’s to know?!
- Go Berry Picking
Berry-colours, maroons, oxblood and “50 Shades of Purple” are the colour must-haves to update your wardrobe this season. If you are cooler toned with more blue/pink tone to your skin, think cherry, blackcurrant, blueberry and blackberry tones. Warmer-skin with yellow/brown tones suits the richer, earthier tones of mulberries, oxblood and rowan. Aubergine is the go-to colour if you’re uncertain as it suits nearly everyone.
- Give it the boot
Invest in a great pair of boots that you feel comfy in. Choose some funky ones to add a bit of edge to clothes you’ve had for a while. Ankle boots are so on trend and versatile – for skinny/straight jeans & leggings, as well as with dresses and skirts. Tan, cognac and grey are great alternatives to black this year and they’ll go with everything.
If you’re after a pair of boots, I know this might be a surprise, but DO check out Clarks’ AW12 range. See FrockChicks latest blog for some great Clarks boots for everyone, including the man in your life…and be amazed!
- Layer up!
Autumn days can start out with a chill in the air, but then warm up by lunchtime and school pick up! Think about what your day holds and the layers you might need. Experiment with a different colour or print layer underneath – Zara, and Reiss and Isabella Oliver’s new range Baukjen offer some great items this season. Remember that keeping at least one of your top layers the same colour as your bottoms will flatter and elongate your body shape. Wear the best necklines to complement your facial features – rounded if you’re rounded, angular if you’re angular and mixed and matched if your facial features are a combination of rounded and angular. If you’re in the latter category, layering a scoop neck under a sharp, tailored blazer or v-neck cardi will look great!
When the weather is too cool for just a cardi but too warm for your winter coat – the perfect solution – a “Coatigan”. I love this Kimono-style one also from Zara.
So…that’s a few style tips to help you on your way. If you’re still at a loss, a session with FrockChicks is the solution for frazzled mums, who have wardrobes full of clothes but “nothing to wear” and who want to be able to pull outfits together for each day in minimum time and with zero stress. Knowing what to wear, but still dressing as an individual can be hard when we’ve experienced as big a life change as having kids…. FrockChicks, a friendly, local Personal Styling Service, is here to help with Individual Style Consultations, Wardrobe Busting and Shopping SOS Sessions. Check out our website for more info.www.frockchicks.com Remember Christmas is coming soon..and a Gift Voucher makes a great treat for you or a gift for someone special. x