Practical fashion for working moms features items that will help a woman transition from the professional role to the mom role, while still feeling confident and pretty.
This is a guest post by Cyndi Monahan:
In today’s fast-paced, multi-tasking, job/career/home/parenthood/housekeeping juggling world, women play A LOT of roles. Women are expected to keep a functioning (and clean and good looking) home, have a career, raise a family and look pretty darn good on a daily basis. Is it all too much to ask?
On some days, perhaps it is a bit too much to ask, yet women everywhere are juggling all of these jobs and yes, looking great while they’re doing it. How do they do it? By having a “looking good” strategy that really works for them. From their always-in-style sandals to their dress ‘em up or dress ‘em down linen jackets, women are finding wardrobe building items that work for them, on the job, at home, and around town with family and friends. Let’s take a look at how you can develop a fashion strategy that keeps things polished at work and comfortable (yet fetching) at home.
Working mothers have two jobs (at a minimum!), and many roles to play. The key to looking good is to establish a basic look that really works, say a blouse and skirt or blouse and pants ensemble, and then add or subtract key accessories that carry that look from office to home.
Wardrobe Expectations for Work
When setting up a work-to-mom wardrobe strategy, it’s also important to really take a look at what’s expected, fashion-wise, at work. Some corporate offices expect employees to dress formally; others are more casual. Start with what’s expected and tailor a work wardrobe strategy from there.
A basic look in a slim skirt that flares out below the knee is a classic style that pairs well with a long-sleeved blouse or a silky tee. This type of style is comfortably wearable, yet it can be dressed up for the office with addition of a linen blazer or a colored sweater. Sweaters with frill around the neckline play up a feminine style beautifully. This same look works well with high-heeled sandals from Marchez Vouz and stretchy black pants from the J.Jill Everwear line.
Accessories add dazzle and flair to an everyday look, whether at the office or at home. Scarves add extra detail and color to a basic style, and add variety. Earrings, bracelets and necklaces are another way to play up that feminine charm. Most major department stores offer jewelry, and Target and Old Navy are also great resources for adding a touch of sparkle on a working mom’s budget.
Versatile make up is essential to keeping your look fresh from the office to the soccer field. Begin your day with Mirabella Beauty’s line of mineral-based cosmetics. Not only do mineral-based cosmetics ensure a fresher, cleaner look, but their mineral contents (including Zinc oxide) provide long-lasting, moisturizing, anti-aging, and natural sunscreen benefits. Workout or take naps during your lunch break? These preservative-free makeups won’t clog your pores!
The Work-to-Mom Transition
The basic cropped pants and Tee ensemble works well for women once they’ve transitioned into “mom” mode. Just kick off the high-heels and slip into cute but comfy sandals or flats. If the work jacket seems too formal, slip on a cute Yoga jacket or pretty sweatshirt from Nike or Champion. As for those accessories, why not keep on the earrings and necklaces? Moms need a bit of extra glam, even when they’re out on a stroll with the kids.
Sure, women today have a lot of roles to play, but following a solid fashion strategy can make every part a pleasure to play.