The number one frump trap in any woman’s life is Motherhood. So How do we get from frumpy to foxy in 15 minutes? Whether your kids are three or thirteen, moms always seem to fall into that old habit of saying: “I just don’t have time.” But it doesn’t take a lot of time to dress like a foxy mama.
The first rule of parenthood – don’t try to dress like your teenage daughter. Even if you have your pre-baby body back (more power to you!), the low-cut belly-baring jeans and see-through tank just aren’t great “mom” gear.
And if you have toddlers, anything white is risky at best. Let’s face it, by noon you’ll look like a abstract painting with various shades of pea-green, grape-juice purple, and muddy brown smeared all over you.
But that doesn’t mean you should wave the white flag of surrender and submit yourself to a uniform of faded gray sweatpants and sweatshirt, or baggy knee-length shorts and kid-proof tattered t-shirt – the last-gasp effort for many overworked and underslept mamas.
Parenthood shouldn’t be an excuse for us to let ourselves go. We can’t neglect our appearance because “there aren’t enough hours in the day.” There never will be, so the key is finding quick tricks to keep yourself looking fine for those 18 plus years that you’ll be raising the young’uns.
There’s no way to make it through parenthood without a foxy pair of jeans. If you find a pair you like, buy them in bulk. Childbearing can take a toll on our hips, so we love a pair of medium wash denims that are tailored but not too tight. Make sure they’re not too short either, since high-waters aren’t foxy. Wear them with a crisp, colorful 3/4 sleeve blouse (pinks, reds, and pale yellows are pretty and flattering). And finish off with a pair of suede loafers or feminine-but-flexible flats with cushy soles.
Another mom staple is a pair of flat-front capri-length khakis paired with layered tees in plummy earth tones or dusty pastels. Along with chic sneaks or slides, you’re ready to run from the playground to that potluck dinner with ease.
For slightly dressier days, add a short tan suede jacket that hits at your hip, and accent with a colorful scarf tied around your neck.
Finally, all good moms know that you can’t get anywhere in life without a duffle bag the size of a minivan to tote around all the “necessities” – pacifiers, baby bottles, books, toys, snacks, diapers, cell phone, etc. A suede or leather tote bag is a smart investment – it will carry all those mom and kid essentials and endure endless tossings into the car. If your budget doesn’t allow for that, a black nylon tote will work just as well.
In just fifteen minutes, you’ve gone from World’s Greatest Mom to World’s Foxiest Mom!
Life is complicated enough for moms, so keep hair easy. Invest in a cut that takes minimal upkeep. Ask your stylist for a look that won’t require daily blow drying to prevent split ends. “Wash ‘n go” is the salvation of many a busy mom.
Foxy Face & Bod
Makeup needs to be not only easy but hearty enough to last through a day of chasing toddlers – or teenagers as the case may be. Top off the Foxy Five (concealer, powder, blush, mascara and lipgloss) with a bit of extra cover up under the eyes where those hours of lost sleep are starting to show up. On days when your skin needs a pick-me-up, dot translucent shimmer stick on your forehead and cheekbones.
Since motherhood comes with lots of inevitable diaper changings, kid bathing, toy toting, dish washing and other things that can be hard on your hands, make sure you always carry along a tube of hand cream to moisturize – look for something rich with coconut oil, smells yummy too!
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