New Year, New Style
The New Year is a time for new starts and resolutions for many of us. A common theme in January is to set goals related to our health and wellbeing, often to lose weight, however, this January I would like to challenge you to set some STYLE resolutions instead.
As a working Mummy with two young children I know how difficult it is to prioritise ourselves – there are only so many hours in the day after all!
Often this lack of time for ourselves manifests itself in our appearance; we rush around looking after our gorgeous babies, making sure their every need is met whilst we barely have time to run a brush through our hair (or even go to the loo in peace!) The thought of putting together a fabulous outfit or attempting to apply our make-up whilst juggling a toddler can seem so daunting and unimportant when there is so much else to do.
A lot of the women I see for my personal styling services are Mums who feel they have lost their sense of style and to some extent, their sense of self since having children. Some of them have young children, others have children in their teens and have just never truly reconnected with their sense of style since becoming a mother.
When you think about it, having children is so much more than becoming a Mum – it’s a complete lifestyle change that requires a whole new approach and a whole new way of dressing.
Add to that the fact you’re probably getting very little sleep and your body has completely changed shape – it’s no wonder our image and style are the last things on our mind! As time goes on we get used to our new ‘look’ and perhaps don’t elevate it from the hoodies and leggings that were so comfy in the early days. We lose our style mojo and because it’s been a while since we gave it much thought, we’re not sure how to get it back.
But you can get that sass and style back and it is actually much easier than you might think.
I am a great believer in putting in that little bit of effort – not for the sake of vanity, but for the sake of our sanity! I’m not talking about full hair and make-up to attend soft play here, but with a little thought and forward-planning it can actually be really easy to regain a bit of your sass and style post-baby so you look, but most importantly FEEL, like YOU.
You may already be rolling your eyes thinking ‘I don’t have time for that’ but you really DO! You just need a few key items and a little know-how.
Believe me, once you start to regain some style confidence you’ll soon get your full-on style mojo back!
Here are my top tips to help set you on the right path:
It took me ages to get rid of some of my maternity clothes; they were just SO comfy and as I didn’t fit into my pre-pregnancy jeans, it seemed easier to keep the maternity ones and wait until I’d slimmed down. I still haven’t slimmed into my pre-pregnancy jeans and my youngest is now two! If you’re holding onto items from your pregnancy let them go (or store them away for any future pregnancies you may be planning).
You don’t have to spend loads of money but if, like me, your pre-pregnancy clothes don’t fit yet, treat yourself to a few new pieces to tide you over. Next is great for jeans in different cuts and colours at great prices (some start at around £30) and offer the perfect interim solution if you’re on a weight-loss journey.
3. Add Colour
Colour is an instant mood-lifter and can completely change your complexion (perfect if you’re feeling tired or suffering from sleepless nights). Key colours for Winter 2018 are Greens, Reds and Yellows – all cheerful hues which will brighten your face and your mood!
4. Be Organised
Organise your wardrobe and drawers so that you can see as many of your clothes as possible and store them neatly. This way you’ll wear more of the clothes you own as you won’t forget about anything that may be lurking at the back of the wardrobe. Every evening before bed, take a few minutes to plan your outfit for the next day. This will save you precious minutes in the morning when you’re trying to herd everyone out of the door and start you off on the right note for the day.
5. Finishing Touches
The key to any great outfit is the finishing touches; accessories can make the simplest outfit look amazing, they can also be really practical too. A hat is great for hiding unwashed hair but also instantly elevates your look (trilbys, baker boy caps and fedoras are all big news next year). I also love statement earrings and necklaces worn with plain jumpers and jeans to give a bit of sparkle and colour to my daytime ‘Mum’ uniform. Zara, Mango, H&M, Anthropolgie and Oliver Bonas all have great selections of necklaces and earrings at a range of prices.
The New Year definitely offers us an opportunity to approach things differently, so for 2018 why not take inspiration from the above and set yourself some style resolutions that will help you rediscover your sass, style and smile!
Here’s to a happy, healthy and stylish 2018!
Anna Mewes | Personal Stylist & Image Consultant