A few weeks ago, I published some tips on what to wear when you’re going to work and need to wrangle small children at the start and end of your work day. You can read about my work outfit suggestions here.
On the flipside, I thought I would share some ideas on what to wear when you’re home with the kids or perhaps going to kids’ activities. I often find myself a little bored with my outfits on these days. So often they include jeans / shorts and a T-shirt which is great for comfort and ease of chasing children, however sometimes it’s nice to jazz it up a bit and feel a little more stylish and special don’t you think?
The practical tips:
- Jeans or shorts really are the best options if you need to be active. You can sit, stand, crouch, kneel, run, jump, lift and catch to your best ability in these babies. I suggest choosing a higher waisted option or a style that you find super comfy. I can’t stand it when my jeans slip too low when I sit on a picnic rug and I have that hideous bare skin gap exposed. I recently discovered Target’s range of jeans which are affordable and Comfy with a capital C. They also come in a range of style and leg lengths which is very handy for those with legs that are vertically challenged. I don’t have time to visit the tailor to get my pants shortened so the options at Target are gold.
- Longer tops are also a good idea. You’ll feel comfier and in winter much warmer without “the gap”
- Skirts can be good too. I like to choose a longer stretchy style for easy movement and coverage.
- For cooler days add a jumper or cardigan. I think it’s a good idea to choose one that is easy to wash and dry because again, who has time for handwashing delicate items! I usually save up a few dirty jumpers, wait for a sunny day then chuck them all into the washing machine on the woollen setting.
- For warmer days singlet tops are great but don’t forget sunscreen on your shoulders and décolletage (and face of course).
- Hats for the kids and a hat for yourself (same goes for gumboots on those really wet days)
- Choose a comfy pair of shoes to suit the weather. Comfort should be number one priority but there is also the opportunity for style in this area (see below). My favourites are Converse in winter, ballet flats in spring / autumn and thongs (flip flops) or sandals in summer.
The fun stuff:
- It’s all about easy accessories to transform your outfits. Keep the basics basic then add a coloured scarf, pendant necklace, sparkly sandals or pretty headband. You don’t need to go and buy a whole new wardrobe when you’re looking to create interest or make a change.
- I have recently developed a love of soft lightweight scarves which are fantastic for adding more colour / contrast / interest in the warmer months.
- Change your earrings every once in a while. Pull out the pair you keep for special occasions and wear them to the park!
- Wear a kimono to the park.
- Add a touch of bronzer / blush to your cheeks and bright lipstick.
- Swap jeans for chambray, linen or printed pants as the weather warms up.
- Why not try a metallic sandal / slide instead of black Havaianas this summer.
- Spend a day in colourful gym gear for super comfort. There are some great ranges of activewear at Big W, Bonds and Target. Lorna Jane and Rebel also have amazing collections of stylish and practical gear. I like to allocate one day per week to “active style”. On Tuesdays I take my boys to kindigym and I have to participate with little lord 2. I find it’s a good day to wear my comfy gym gear all day. This includes a lovely bright pair of sneakers from Spendless Shoes. (I don’t go to a gym but I can still call it gym gear can’t I :))
So here’s some piccies of my attempts at non-boring SAHM (stay at home mum) fashion:
One last tip: Sign up to Instagram and follow the #everydaystyle hashtag for loads more ideas from other fabulous women. Why not share an outfit yourself?
What do you like to wear to keep the boredom factor away?