What’s a stay-at-home mom to wear & not look dumpy?
I totally get where this reader is coming from as I remember this dressing predicament from when my son was little. What’s a stay-at-home mom to wear can be frustrating, if not a bit sticky. Let’s help her out with some stylist tips…. they work to for a solo-entrepreneur who works from home with a virtual staff.
Dear Sharon: I am a stay-at-home mom and I never know what to put on. Most days I exercise and go to the store or run errands. On the days I don’t leave the house I just put on T-shirts and yoga pants.
When I go shopping for clothes I never know what to buy. Can you help? I just don’t want to look so dumpy all the time. Thanks! (D.B. via Fashion Advice)
I totally understand how you can be complacent to style when you are home every day. And, it fine.
Once in a while.
Yes, every so often, we are all allowed to slip on style a little and pig out at home in yoga pants and a baggy T. It’s normal. But NOT every day.
The more you forget about your personal style, the more you lose self-esteem and fell like a dumpy, schlumpy not-so-terrific force to be reckoned with.
BUT YOU ARE A FORCE.
You deserve to look great in a way that is respectful to yourSELF and realistic to your lifestyle.
WHETHER A STAY-AT-HOME MOM OR A SOLO-ENTREPRENEUR, YOU WANT TO LOOK POLISHED, at least for your own self-esteem.
When we spend most of our days at home, we have a tendency to not want to “waste” wearing good clothes when no one sees them. I get it.
BUT it is YOU who counts the most.
The answer can be found in maintaining a casual and even washing-machine friendly vibe yet in pieces that are polished and not sloppy.
See how adorable Nagore Aramburu looks in Madrid with her daughter Ane as they rock a day in the park (photo at the top)… easy-peasy mommy chic style.
When it comes to a T-shirt, instead of grabbing one that you would wear to exercise, select one that has more smart style and presentable. Try a flattering well-cut T-shirt, layered sweaters, and maybe a cute blazer to throw over it when you race out, or even a fashion-forward parka.
Oh, yes, and a good pair of jeans, corduroy skinnies, or black twill will most definitely step up your yoga pants. On the days that you DO have to wear yoga pants, throw on a chic oversized sweater and some killer flats or stylish sneakers to take the feel away from the gym and more laid-back daytime.
DO NOT FORGET to pull together a few good accessory pieces like a huge, featherweight scarf, a rugged statement belt, and a structured leather bag to tie it all in.
I pulled a few shopping pieces that are not too far off from your current stay at home style, but most definitely have a WHOLE LOTTA design value to amp it up:
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Lead Photo: Nagore Aramburu with daughter Ane in Madrid; Solarpix / PR PhotosPublished on December 12, 2012
Resident fashion expert & style mentor- With just about 20 years experience in the glamour industry as a New York-based photography fashion stylist, syndicated columnist, contributing editor, lecturer, on-air television/radio fashion expert, and founder / editor in chief of FocusOnStyle.com. Sharon Haver knows the modern-thinking woman wants easygoing style that suits her individual needs, spiced with just the right amount of flip and wit to make it personal.