With 2020 around the corner, it’s time to take a look at the latest trends to keep you looking your best for the decade ahead. But wait – trends are exactly that – they come and go. Perhaps a better way to approach fashion would be to build an effective wardrobe of essentials that are easy to style and will serve you for years to come.
After all, you’re a hardworking mum and there are probably a million other things that you have to tick off your to-do list every morning before reaching into the wardrobe. There’s also the fact that you likely have your own style, one that defines your character and compliments your natural beauty.
It’s easy to lose that when you’re always trying to wear what designers dictate as fashionable. Granted, there’s no harm in drawing inspiration from whatever the latest season brings, but it’s not the law. With this in mind, here are some dead-simple tips for mastering mum style in 2020 (and beyond).
Before we get into what you should wear and how you should wear it, let’s take a look at your current wardrobe. The importance of its role in your style game cannot be overemphasised. Simply decluttering your closet can save you a great deal of valuable time every day, giving you more hours to put towards all the other duties you have to tackle.
Start by getting rid of anything you no longer wear. It can be difficult to part with certain pieces, but they’d be better off being put to use by someone else than just taking up limited wardrobe real estate. If an item has seen better days, is no longer season-appropriate, doesn’t work with the rest of your clothing, or hasn’t been worn in a year, consider giving it away.
Once you’re done, group the remaining items together when putting them back. Grouping by colours, and keeping accessories in organisers, will go a long way in making your wardrobe more manageable.
Opt for Fabric Over Design
It’s often said that you shouldn’t let your clothes wear you. Tight dresses that require constant tugging are no fun and the same applies to scratchy sweaters. Discomfort never shows itself in flattering ways. The key here is simplicity.
Highlight your natural features with pieces made of quality fabrics instead of those that sport a bunch of design elements. Opt for merino wool, double gauze, stretch denim, jersey knit and so forth. High-quality materials tend to last longer and are free from shrinking and fading. They’re also a great way to make your accessories stand out.
Find Your Signature Piece
Another benefit of dressing simple is that you can bring attention to a standout piece that you like, or one that highlights your personality. Think of it as a little “pick me up” that makes you smile and feel confident. There’s no end to what it can be from a shiny, jewel-clad accessory, to a power handbag, a fancy hat, or even a unique fragrance.
That said, perhaps the most effective signature piece is a good pair of shoes. Your best bet would be to opt for something versatile, like a pair of Gucci sneakers. Not only do they work with just about anything, but they also offer a healthy dose of designer flair. If you’re looking to pick up a pair, you might find that they aren’t always easy to find. Fortunately, SSENSE has you covered with a wide range of designer kicks to suit every style. There is a myriad of other great signature pieces on their website and you won’t even have to worry about heading all the way to the mall to get your hands on them.
From coffee stains to torn fabrics to shirts that suddenly look like you slept in them the night before, fashion emergencies have the tendency to show up when you least expect (or want) them to. So, the best you can do is stay prepared and outfit your style kit with some useful components.
This includes a small travel sewing kit for when those pant hems fail or when your blouse becomes a bit too revealing. A shoe polish kit works wonders for handbag and footwear scuff marks, while baby wipes are great for instantly removing lipstick, foundation and drink spills from clothing. A steamer is perfect for when you don’t have time to iron.
Keep it Simple
Perhaps most important of all, keep your mum style simple. Any mum can get away with a pair of leggings, a clean blouse and some flats on most days. In the digital age, it doesn’t take more than a few minutes of scrolling through Pinterest to get an endless list of outfit ideas anyway.
Staying organized, being prepared and keeping it simple is key to looking stylish with minimal effort. Once you have the basics covered, maintaining your mum style is smooth sailing.
Do you have a go-to mum style? What are your favourite pieces to wear?
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