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As a mom of two young kids I get it and completely understand the struggle of getting dressed everyday and still wanting look like a stylish mom. I went from working full time and attending events during the week, to being a stay-at home mom with a baby. After I had my baby, my personal style changed. Lack of sleep kicked in, and wanting to stay in my comfy pajamas just made sense.

About a month after coming home from the hospital, I made a promise to myself that I wanted to look like the full-time working me. Now I’m not saying I left the house in full make-up and heels. A shower was a priority, so I made sure that was completed before my husband left for work. I never wore a ton of make-up, so I created less than 1 minute make-up routine. Put on some mascara, little blush, lip gloss and I was ready for whatever the day had for me!

but what about my wardrobe?

The wardrobe on the other hand I struggled with because of the change in lifestyle but also the change in my body. The dresses I wore before no longer fit and I just felt lost. When my second arrived, this boy did not sleep for more than 4 hours in a row for 2 years!

the struggle is real!!!

My kids are close in age, so I had a toddler whose life didn’t change because mommy didn’t get much sleep the night before. Life continued and so did my commitment to myself although there were some days where I just couldn’t leave the house or make that effort. I said to myself that’s OK. Just like you, I was out and about with my kids running errands, attending play dates, and activities, so I still wanted to take that extra 5 minutes to get my hair and face ready.  However I was still struggling with my wardrobe.

i want you to ask yourself these questions:

Do you find yourself staring at your closet, while your kids are yelling for you and all you want to do is get dressed?! Do you find yourself shopping online and or at a box store/mall trying to figure out what you are going to wear? And when you do, you actually don’t end up wearing it because it’s not really you? Or you only know how to wear it a certain way?

I figured out that in order to get dressed in the morning quickly I needed a wardrobe plan. I needed to figure out what my style was and what the key pieces I needed to have in my closet in order to create endless outfit options. As moms, we don’t have the luxury of standing around in our closets trying things on. We need to get dressed, but my philosophy is why not add some style to your outfits while you at it! 😉

If you know a new mom, stay-at home mom, working mom…please forward this post onto them. This is what 7 Days of Style is all about!

Three Ways To Wear a Blouse

work wear classics styling tips womens fashion ideas back to work outfit ideas mom style ideasThe utilitarian blouse is a wardrobe staple of mine. I wear it the same way I wear the classic white blouse, with everything.  In the first image, I’m wearing the blouse causally with jeans, black puffer coat, black ankle boots and choker necklace.

In the second image, I’ve kept my outfit monochromatic and left the blouse unbuttoned. Wearing the same black ankle boots and black turtleneck from previous post. An important styling tip to remember is that when you leave any blouse unbuttoned it acts like a soft blazer. Creating more outfit options for you.

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In the third image you can dress the utilitarian blouse up by adding a skirt or simple slip dress, with a statement necklace or earrings.

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When you can wear an item from your closet three different ways, your outfit options are endless. I feel like I say that in every post…but isn’t that what we all want from our wardrobe?

“Fashion is what you are offered four times a year by designers. 

Style is what you choose”.

Lauren Hutton

The Power of the T-shirt

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You may think a t-shirt has little importance in your wardrobe, but I’ve recently found the perfect v-neck black t-shirt on Aritzia’s website and it’s from The Group by Babaton. It’s tailored but still gives you a feminine look. The fabric is a blend of Peruvian pima cotton and modal. Super comfy which is key, and works with everything from jeans to suits. When building your wardrobe, you need to have those classic items that will never go out of style and are reliable. Whether you choose black or white, make sure you find the perfect fitting t-shirt that suits your body. This t-shirt will take me from day to night, season to season, and will never date itself.

Below I’ve paired the black t-shirt with an IRO tweed jacket and a Hermes silk scarf. When completing the outfit remember that the shoe will dictate where you are going. For example, with this  I paired with a sleek leather mule with a kitten heel and dark denim which is perfect for going out to dinner with girlfriends. This same look would also work with ankle boots, ballet flats and a fashionable sneaker.

“Anyone can get dressed up and glamorous, but it is how people dress in their days off that are the most intriguing.” 

Alexander Wang