What Is The Best Gift For A Working Mom?
Before you had kids, your wardrobe was much easier right? You had more time to think about yourself and your wardrobe. You could spend time choosing an outfit. Now, the most straightforward idea is to lay something out the night before you fall into bed, so you DON’T have to think about it the following day.
The likelihood is you spend most of your time thinking about getting everyone else dressed, fed and out the door before you can even think about yourself. Even if you are not the person getting them ready for school, you are the one who arranges where everything is correct?
It is tough. Trust me, I know from my own experience a capsule wardrobe will make it much more manageable. How do the French get it so right?
Colours For A capsule Wardrobe
To get started, the first thing you need to do is choose a selection of colours. Ideally, you want to select under eight options. By choosing a limited palette creating an outfit becomes simple and easy. There are a few colours that will suit every skin tone during a colour analysis. Below is a small selection of those colours. Each of these shades will suit everyone and mix and match easily. You might notice that I have not included black. Black does not suit everyone, but charcoal and navy do.
Alternatively, to find out what colours suit you best, you can opt for a full-colour analysis and then choose colours you like from a broad range of options.
The colours below include;
The Best Working Mom Clothes
If you are a working mom, you likely need a wardrobe that is pretty much divided in two – particularly if you work in an office or have a dress code for work.
At home, you need practical clothes for park trips, days out, food and paint spillages, getting on your hands and knees, and visits to school events.
At work, you will likely need a selection of shirts, suits, knitwear and possibly dresses along with suitable, comfortable footwear.
Your capsule wardrobe will sit somewhere in the middle. The best way forward is to choose garments that will transition easily into either area in your life, then fill in the gaps.
Below, I have put together a capsule wardrobe suggestion for Autumn/winter and one for spring/summer.
Fall/Winter 2021 Capsule Wardrobe For A Working Mom
Spring/Summer 2021 Capsule Wardrobe For A Working Mom
Ready To Buy Capsule Wardrobe For A Working Mom
Working Mom Capsule Wardrobe
When you consider building a capsule wardrobe as a working mom, you should answer some questions before getting started.
What is the environment like where you live? Do you have seasons? Is it always cold or warm? Does it rain a lot? Is it humid? This is important in determining what clothes you will need for where you live.
What colours suit you? I have touched on this above. It can make a huge difference to confidence and self-esteem to use colour to dress well. Consider a colour analysis to determine what would work best.
What clothes feel good on you? You should instinctively know the answer to this whenever you put something on – either what physically feels good or mentally. Both aspects are essential.
Are you conscious of your body shape? Often when working with private clients, I come across this one. More often than not, they have a warped vision of what their body shape is and how bad it is. For help on this, consider a style guide that will identify what suits you best. earn which styles suit you whether you are an hourglass, apple or pear body shape.
What are your favourite brands? Why do you like them? Is it that the cut suits you? Do you like the quality? The price? The style? Make a note of which brands you like and why.
Intentional Shopping As A Working Mom
If you are going to start a capsule wardrobe that works and saves you time and money, you HAVE to be intentional about what you add to it. However you start, even if you are close to completing your capsule or just getting started, thinking carefully about what you add is essential.
It is so easy when you get started with a capsule wardrobe or at any point along your journey to get caught up in deals, fashions and the constant bombardment of what you ‘need’.
Resist as much as you can. Make a concise list based on the questions you have asked yourself above and have that with you whenever you consider adding anything to your capsule. For example, before buying a pair of trousers for work, you might consider the following;
Navy Blue: Because that colour you chose for your capsule will go well with the rest of your wardrobe.
Wool material: The trousers are for winter, so you need them to be warm.
Lined: You do not like wool close to your skin as it irritates you.
Wide legged: To fit comfortably over the boots you wear and also wide legged suits your body shape.
Side fastening: You are apple-shaped, so a side fastening would suit you better.
Your list will likely be different. Another tip is to consider a plain dress or jumpsuit in a block colour that you can dress up or down. Avoid anything with too much fuss or frills. Keep it simple then you can dress it up or down as you please.
Personal Stylist For A working Mom
If you are still struggling with your capsule wardrobe for a working mom, and do not have the time to consider it yourself, consider getting help from a professional stylist. A decent stylist can gently work with you to help you find clothes that suit you. Many women I see have exaggerated ideas of how they look, particularly after having children and all the body changes that can come with it. It can often just take the input of a professional to help you and look and feel confident again with the help of some simple, easy to follow advice. A personal stylist can advise which colours and styles will suit you and do all of the hard work for you. Even the shopping!