Makeover Momma reader “Lady M 08” recently posted (on The Motherhood.com Makeover Momma circle)Â stating, “I just recently celebrated my 32nd b-day and would like ideas on fashion. I want to look more like a mom but not like a grandmom… if you know what I mean.” Not to worry Lady M… we definitely know what you mean! Walking the fine line between classy and mature (not boring) can be a delicate balancing act, so read these simple tips for looking ageless and appropriate (instead of ancient)…
1. Wear Trends Wisely: Although it may seem that donning the latest fashion makes any mother appear younger, it can be extremely aging to “try” to look young (Real Housewives, anyone?) Try embracing your beautiful age (like Gwyneth Paltrow, above), by wearing classic pieces that never go out of style.
2. Freshen Things Up: Aim to have 80% of your wardrobe be created from timeless, tailored items (if you don’t have tons of funding, remember that if your clothes ‘show too much, too little, pull, tug or need 5 pairs of Spanx to pull them off…stop wearing them’). Keep classic items from looking boring by picking at least one dash of color per outfit: a beautiful red clutch, a draped lilac sweater, or a thin blue scarf.
3. Don’t Be Boring: Even thoughÂ you’re looking for items that flatter your figure (alluding to your body,Â withoutÂ hiding or suffocating your form), try using your other 20% for fun pieces. Throw a wide belt over a structured dress, wear knee-high boots with a (length appropriate) skirt, or simply add texture with lacy tights or layered necklaces.
4. Frump Properly: If you’re having a casual day and want to feel relaxed (instead of frumpy), skip the baggy sweats in favor of matching hoodie and pants, or a softÂ sweater and yoga pantsÂ in a singular color. Wearing one beautiful color from head to toe will keep your “sweats” from looking messy, and so will perfectly placed accessories (try soft ballet flats and delicate earrings).
5. Be True To Yourself: When in doubt, don’t wear anything if it doesn’t “feel” like you, if it makes you doubt your appearance repeatedly, or inhibits your role as mother in any way. You don’t need to compete with Nicole Richie (in teetering heels or skin tight pants) while chasing after your little ones, so strive to keep things simple (with a pop of color or a fun, trendy twist along the way).
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