Switching up your mom-stylePayton Foeller
Lately, my style is ‘oh look, this happens to be clean!’ But someday’s I actually make an effort and I really don’t know how to define my style; cute & comfy, cheap and chipper, I don’t know but it’s basic and I think I’m okay with that.
My looks range from, ‘oh you look cute today’ to ‘is that oatmeal on your butt?’ You never really know what I’ll be sporting on any given day. About 75% of the time I’m pretty lax about what I wear and what I look like. Having a baby will do that to you. I use to spend at least 10 minutes every day on my bangs. I’m pretty picky about them. Since having a cute little kiddo I’m lucky if I even do my hair most days! But the other quarter of the time I spend obsessing about what I wear or my hair style more than makes up for the other 75% that I’m less worried.
What’s your style? Are you hip and trendy and able to keep up with the latest fashions? Do you have all of the Prada bags? Or whatever it is that’s cool and fancy this month. If so, does this cause stress on your life, your time, or your budget maybe? Do you spend too much time or money trying to assemble the perfect wardrobe? If this sounds like you, it may be time for a break.
I recently discovered I love the ‘life is good’ brand tees. They’re so stinking soft and the fit is not as fitting as other brands which is nice for new mommies and our egos. I want to use them as blankets they’re so soft! I have been living in these t-shirts since I bought them! All this to say style doesn’t have to be trendy. It doesn’t have to be the latest and greatest. Sometimes it just has to be functional. It can be anything you want it to be.
What do you need to get out of your style?
What do you want to accomplish and what do you need it to say?
Right now as a first-time mom I need my style to accomplish these things:
-cover me, modestly and simply just cover me.
-say to the world, I got dressed today!
-be comfortable and flexible
-be affordable and replaceable (if necessary)
-make me feel like me. (In a haze of hormones and crazy hazy baby days sometimes it’s hard to remember who you are; no clothes aren’t who you are but they are an expression of who you are and who you want to be which is more important now than ever).
You likely need your style to be some of these and much more. If you’re in a business world you need your style to be professional. You need to be respectable and mature!
Maybe you’re an athlete; that likely consumes your style. Maybe you wear a uniform and only have a style on your off hours. Who knows! Any way you style it I bet a break would be refreshing.
Within reason (not breaking any rules of workplaces or dress codes) I challenge you to take a break from your style. Change it up. Do something new or just break some old habits! Try one of these to help stop being trendy and start just being true to your wants and needs; not what society or others want from you.
2. Pick 5-7 of each kind of clothing item. 5 tops, bottoms, shoes, jackets, accessories. Wear only these things for a few weeks. See how you can manage less. You might find you actually need far less than what you think you need.
3. Pick something to throw out of your routine. Makeup, accessories, manicures, facials, etc. Whatever takes up the most time maybe? Or the most money. Eliminate it for a time and see what happens!
4. Clothing purge time. As you wear your clothes when you wash them and put them back in your wardrobe separate them from the stuff you haven’t worn yet. At the end of a few weeks or the month clean out and donate what you never wear. And no, you probably won’t wear it if you haven’t in a month or two. Fine keep the coat and the suit if you must!
Which one did you pick? Have some other options you think should make the list? Send them to me and I’ll add them! Try one and message me in a few weeks with how it went. Make it a family-wide challenge. Bring it into your accountability group and dare your friends to take a break from their style too.