Yes, we all want to look good for special occasions. Time with family and friends, photo opps, special memories - it's important to look your best, right? And, of course, we all want to put our best foot forward at work - to impress clients, or let the boss know that we're dressing for that ever-present ‘next level’. But how about looking good for your 'everyday' - feeling great about what you're wearing, and getting that confidence boost even when it's just a Tuesday afternoon with the kids? Knowing that your clothes reflect who you are - and actually enhance your appearance - is a feeling that we all deserve to have each and every day, whether you're attending an important party, presenting to your management team, or simply running errands and meeting friends for lunch. And that was the focus of my work with my client, Cathy.
Cathy is a stay-at-home mom of three, with all the craziness that accompanies it - and her youngest is only a few months old. For many, this wouldn't be the time to work on upgrading a wardrobe, but for Cathy, it was perfect. Cathy realized that she hadn't focused on herself for a while, and it was time - so she called me.
Our main goal was simple, but far-reaching - provide Cathy with an updated and current wardrobe that combines comfort and kid-friendly with a modern sensibility. We needed looks for running around with the kids, outfits for lunch with friends, and a smattering of social looks for date nights and casual evening events.
Running around is what a mom does - and for the stay-at-home mom, this can be most of her day. So we based many looks in the same idea - flats or sandals, comfortable pants, and an easy top (with the occasional third piece). And for when she’s going 60 miles an hour all day, her go-to look is a striped t-shirt, slim khakis or cargos, and slip-on sneakers.
Lunch with friends gives Cathy the opportunity to dress up just a little bit more - which means that she can lose the flats in favor of a wedge, and throw on a little more jewelry (and sometimes a belt!). We based several outfits in white jeans (a summer staple) and her new blue wedges.
Like many moms, Cathy doesn't always know what the day holds - so for these times, an easy skirt and sandals are ideal. It's a little more pulled together, but just as easy to wear as jeans and a t-shirt – and perfect for warm weather.
Date night doesn't necessarily call for a fancy dress - sometimes it just means a top that you wouldn't wear around the kids and a pair of heels.