Looking polished and in control of our appearance is one way many mothers defend themselves against a society that has become so image conscious.
The pressure placed on mothers at school drop off has resulted in many feeling anxious and stressed. The morning is usually a frantic time; of sandwich making, shoelace tying and deciding what needs to be bought for dinner. Many mums feeling they need to wake up extra early to get ready and dress like a celebrity for school drop off.
Mums if you look around you will see most mothers are just like you – frazzled and in need of sisterly support. As an image consultant I like to tell mothers that your appearance needs to express your personality and individuality. It needs to be easy and not take to much time. We would all like to look and feel fabulous everyday but only if it fits into our schedule.
As mothers we should be uniting rather than trying to live up to celebrity expectation of immaculate designer clothes and platform heels.
Are you a mother who simply wishes to arrive at the school gate without being labelled a:
- Career mum
- Mum who is trying to hard
- Trendy mum
- Athletic mum
- Mum who does not dress her age
- Mum who wants to be invisible
The key is to make dressing in the morning simple and effortless. You can do that by owning your school drop off style and being proud of it. Here are some tips on how to look and most importantly feel fabulous about who you are:
- Remember each and every other mother probably has had the same chaotic morning or day.
- Style comes from within so confidence and self-esteem is important.
- Build a wardrobe around your best colours. – A well colour co-ordinated wardrobe will make getting dressed in the morning will be much easier.
- Start with foundation colours – black, brown, navy, charcoal, beige,
- Add personality by adding extra colour with accessories, scarves or shoes. Colours such as red, orange, purple, pink and yellow.
- Wear a maximum of three colours – primary colour, secondary colour and a dash of a third.
- Keep the look simple yet stylish– Choose jeans and top skirt and top or a great wrap dress, they are always in fashion and easy to wear.
- Have one personality grabber – To have an effortless stylish look have one focal point, which may be a necklace, scarf, shoes or boots.
- Be practical – Wear shoes that are easy to walk (run) in. Often you will be chasing your school child down the street or in the playground – 6inch platform heels are not practical.
- Have a great 3/4 coat – Now that we are coming into the colder seasons a great accessory is a coat. A trendy ¾ coat is a great piece that will keep you current and hide the track pants.
- Carry small bag – If you have primary children chances are you will be carrying their school bag or books. Carry a small shoulder bag that holds a wallet, mobile and keys. This will stop you from doing the shuffle of wallet, mobile and keys in hand.
- Makeup – Is makeup essential? Well it will make you feel like you have made an effort and complete. Even if you are simply wearing powder, mascara and some lip-gloss. Remember it should be about how it makes you feel and if you feel great in it then do it.
As a mother you are often feel pressured to look “just right” for that school drop off because all the other mothers and teachers are watching. Don’t get caught up in the celebrity image expectation. Take the pressure off yourself by expressing your style and personality. Remember the best thing to wear is a friendly smile.