Let’s just admit something real quick. Being a woman is hard. Not only do we have to deal with casual sexism on a daily basis, we are expected to keep cool about it, all while having perfectly coiffed hair, matching winged eyeliner and on fleek (yeah, I went there and it sounds wrong to me, too) style.
These demands are tough on anyone. Add in a baby and the detail to fashion and appearance is flung to the bottom, buried beneath one big task: keeping a human alive. A way bigger deal than say, maintaining your balayage.
Despite the societal pressures, there are plenty of us moms who want to look cute. Looking somewhat put together can help boost confidence and mood, especially when moms spend most of their days walking around with poop on their shirts and spit-up in their hair.
Being fashionable (let alone showered) seems hard, but it doesn’t have to be. There are plenty of hacks that can help you save time for more important things. Like reading The Hungry Caterpillar for the millionth time. Here are some quick style hacks for those moments when being fashionable seems nearly impossible:
Finding a casual, comfortable dress is a godsend for women in a time crunch. We’re referring to non-form fitting dresses that can slip on in a second and accentuate any body type. Dresses may be the easiest, and quickest, clothing item to style because it’s only one article of clothing. You literally only have to put one thing on. Boom, you’re done. If you have some extra time, you can step up your fashion game a notch by styling your dress with accessories like belts, scarves or statement jewelry. Hey, those teething necklaces are kinda cute!
This “fashionable while exhausted” clothing category may be our favorite because it’s without a doubt THE comfiest. More recently, workout clothing items have become just as acceptable as street clothes as they are as gym clothes. We can thank celebrities for that, as clothing lines backed by names like Kate Hudson, Carrie Underwood and Jillian Michaels focus on fashion as much as they focus on fitness. One thing: if we wear athleisure lines endorsed by celebrities are we guaranteed to get their beach bods too?
Ah, leggings. They’re like socially acceptable pajamas. Worn with the right ensemble, leggings can be classy AF. Keep in mind that the perfect size of leggings is essential. If your leggings are too tight you might look like an overstuffed sausage casing. If your leggings are too large your body may look larger than it actual is (and they might slide down – I speak from experience here, folks). Pair your perfectly sized leggings with oversized tops. The loose/tight contrast is flattering and fashionable.
One of the most fashionable accessories ever invented, the oversized scarf. This ideal accessory can jazz up any laid-back outfit and the possibilities are endless. With so many different colors, patterns, and styles, scarves will never go out of style. Not to mention, scarves can be worn in every season. Pair your favorite scarf with a plain white tee in the summer, or a sweater in the winter. It’ll never let you down. Also, an oversized scarf is a great breastfeeding or on-the-go nap cover in a pinch!
If it’s a rare day where your hair is spit-up, milk and baby-food free, dry shampoo is a must. There’s too much effort that goes into washing your hair to not use dry shampoo. It saves time and freshens up your ‘do. This magical invention is a must-have for every female – parent or not.
While I’m not guaranteeing Hadid-level glam with these tips, I know for a fact that they’ll help give you a simple-yet-effective fashion boost. Who knows? Maybe it’s just enough for you to use the grocery aisles as your own personal catwalk. Ain’t nobody stopping you.
You go, girl! What are your go-to's for easy fashion? Please share in the comments. Thank you for your input!
Carey Bradshaw, Author (& Nursing Aficionado)
Carey Bradshaw is a working mom just trying to balance it all. She runs Hooter Holster by Carey Bradshaw and Creative Butter. In her (scant) free time, she loves yoga, reading, volunteering with All for Animals, and just being outside in the sunshine. Carey lives in Santa Barbara with her husband and business partner, George, their volunteer therapy dog, Buttercup, and their rambunctious and lovable toddler.