So most mums have enough to deal with in the morning, let alone having to think about what you’re going to wear! Ok so you’ve got the kids up, fed them breakfast and you need to be out of the door in 20 mins, that’s not including dealing with last minute panics of “I can’t find my homework” and “did you pack my football kit”, remembering the money for a school trip and getting the pack lunches ready…
So thinking of what to wear and getting dressed might actually send you over the edge? Luckily I am on hand to turn your early morning chaos into a stylish kind of calm.
Before I had to do an actual school run, I always thought that dressing before would be easy. Would I be more like Victoria Beckham in leather jeans and a trilby or more of a mum-next-door like Louise Redknapp? Before my son was even out of nursery in my head I had hundreds of looks that I had compiled so that I would look stylish and school gate ready. I was determined not to be that mum who gets out of there people carrier in an onesie!
But the thing that mums don’t realise is that the school run is often chaotic and awful. Mornings are a nightmare. Where does everything go? My son has the ability to think I will remember everything he needs that day, and expects me to find it while he sits and finishes his cereal watching TV.
Stylish outfits & Leather jeans? Don’t make me laugh. In the early days the other mums at school were lucky not to get a daily eyeful of my pajama bottoms and a hoody.
If you are one of those mums who lays everything out the night before, then well done, but I seem to be the one still searching for one of my sons shoes, or trying to get the dog in the car and then moaning at my confused eight-year-old: “Where is your football kit?” its 8.25am.
But then it hit me and I came up with a plan, or at least my friend did. When I said to her I’m a Personal Stylist surely I’m meant to look half decent at all hours, I will get judged if not.
She said the following:
Allow yourself to wear your leggings and a hoody, even though you have absolutely no intention of going to do exercise or even breaking into a sweat, but this way you can use the excuse that you are on the way to the gym or if you have wet hair and no makeup you have the perfect excuse. No one is going to be fully made up and hair done before a sweaty class? OK Some do…
I encourage you to do the same. I want you to put aside any thoughts that it might be naughty to wear gym kit if you’re not actually going to the gym and embrace this as just a modern and very practical look. After all, lounge wear is all the rage. Invest in some good quality leggings or a pair of Hush Homewear joggers or lounge pants, thrown on a hoody and your good to go.
Although, thinking about it, with all the bending, lifting and running about in the school run it’s practically a workout anyway.
To make your look a little more style conscious wear it with something unexpected: rather than actual trainers, wear a pair of clean white plimsols, maybe with a cool print or a little bling. Rather than any kind of zip up hoody, wear with a leather jacket or a cashmere jumper thrown over it.
I also have a lot of plain sweatshirts, oversized jumpers and skinny jeans. There are very few events to which you can’t wear a plain sweater (let alone the school run) and look fab. Add your own twist like a statement necklace or earrings, a great bag and your good to go.
I still think an oversized hoody or sweatshirt is a good investment – who am I to argue with style! If the fashion bloggers say it’s a good like then I will go with it. Then add a classic biker jacket and your best bag and you’re ready for a coffee date.
This look is not only very practical and comfortable, but to everyone else you will appear to be bang on trend. You are only wearing a random collection of items you may very well have put on by mistake – but that’s fashion for you.
A final top tip, is invest in an oversized bag (very on trend this SS18) for carrying around all the crap that you need to when you’re a mum, and for when your children present you with actual rubbish to dispose of. Does anyone else’s children do that?
So let’s not judge those mummies wearing an onesie or pajamas, let’s all remember that the morning school runs are hard and to be honest most of us are just grateful to be dressed at all.