I admit it- after I had my first child, let’s just say that I definitely sported my pregnancy jeans followed by several pairs of mom jeans for a little longer than I should’ve and I could’ve used this post 5 Tips To STRUT Your Style because I suffered from a syndrome I’ve called momjeanitis. Whereas I once a hip chick, who actually cared and took a real interest in the way I presented myself to society before leaving the confines of my house, once I gave birth I suddenly morphed into those mom jean wearers Tina Fey so wonderfully lampooned on SNL. Maybe it was just being in that fuzzy new mom haze, drunk on changing baby poop and being milked like a cow, that I caused me to simply misplace my fashion sense mojo.
Fortunately my attitude towards my appearance has taken a major turn, since I became the mother of a highly precocious, and dare I say it critical 17 year old daughter who is extremely cognizant of my clothing and accessory pairings. In fact my daughter, who was recently rifling through old family photo albums and saw me sporting some post pregnancy mom jeans, being the straight shooter she is, looked me squarely in the jaw and said, “Mommy you are never going to actually go outside like that again,are you?” Of course my son said, “Mommy you will always look beautiful to me and therein lies the difference between daughters and sons, but I digress. So in any event, having my 17 year old at my side is all the influence I need to step up my game, and ditch any tired mom clothing in exchange for some fresh, hip, but comfortable and AFFORDABLE looks!
Keep reading for my five style and beauty tips that are fashion forward, classic and do not include the dreaded mom jeans especially in time for Valentine’s day!
#1 Don’t be afraid of color! I know I am the first person to dress in all black clothing, as I’ve always thought it helped to slim me down- but this year I’m ready to add a bit of color to my wardrobe. No, I’m not saying you will see me dressing up in a fluorescent pink pants suit, but I am ready to add colorful accents to my outfits like a bold orange clutch, or a pair of neon yellow sling backs. Baby steps!
I love this The 3-D teal-blue, green, purple, and metallic-gold florals that adorn this black twill Flora box clutch offer a fresh expression of Sanayi 313’s artisanal approach to evening accessories. It’s crafted in Italy with a slender top handle wrapped in blue and purple raffia, then opens up to reveal a black satin interior. Tease out the vibrant-blue hues by styling it with a coordinating silk robe dress.
A champion of tropical influences and native craftsmanship, Aranaz draws from its island home of the Philippines. Accented with beads for definition, this raffia box clutch is defined by its floral and palm tree motif that contrasts with the gold toned metalwork and stone embellished clasp, finished with an interior slip pocket and plaque.
How fun are these Chic ankle boots in luxe velvet with a sock-like upper and contrast pillar heel.
#2 Take the time to browse discount stores where you can find designer duds for much less than their designer price tags. Of course this takes patience and the understanding that you will need to comb through racks– but the end result will be outfits that are priceless and on trend.
how funky is this Multi-finger ring in antiqued gold-tone with Multicolor crystal accents throughout
I also adore this Versace Gold and Pink Medusa Pendant Necklace
I love these Dolce and Gabbana Clip on earrings made in Italy from polished gold-tone brass and inlaid with red enamel and ‘DG’ lettering. I like how the delicate filigree can also be seen at the back – tie your hair up into a top knot to show it off.
#3 Accessorize! You can take a plain black dress and add a chunky jeweled necklace, beautiful pumps and/or chandelier earrings and voila you look runway ready. Don’t be afraid to try out some scarves, lengthening jewelry, earrings, and fun shoes.
#4. Invest in the grab-and-go pieces. Make sure you have BASICS that can be worn with anything! Skinny, straight, or boot-cut jeans. Buy some leggings. Go for solids so that you can accessorize them, dress them up and down, go from day to night.
#5 Don’t forget your FACE! If you have a MAC Counter at your local department store spend some time there to find the colors for you the perfect glosses and a beautiful PLUM lipstick (Yes, plum is for everyone. You just need to find the right PLUM).
So are you ready to incorporate any of these style tips into your daily strut?