When you’re a mum, time isn’t a luxury you have anymore.
With the million and one other things you have to do, choosing what to wear comes in at a rather dismal one million and two. Jeans and a t-shirt become your unofficial ‘mum uniform’.
Well, we say no. No to the mum uniform. No to tracksuits and jeans. No to looking tired, dull and frumpy. Just because you’re now a mother doesn’t mean you can’t still be you.
So be brave, be free, stay cool and check out our ideas for fashion forward mums.
Leggings are a new mum’s best friend. Stretchy, comfortable and wrinkle-free, they go with pretty much everything. Great for when you’re on the go.
But don’t stick with boring black and gloomy grey – why should baby be the only one who gets to have fun with teddies?
Pair these funky teddy bear leggings with a baggy top and cropped jacket and you’ll feel like you’re walking on air. OK, so these models may never have seen a baby, let alone given birth to one but the good news is that leggings look great on everyone.
If you are reluctant to wear the more daring designer pieces, like a bright coat or a cubist-inspired jacket, leggings are a perfect little alternative!
Leggings (especially those with the optical prints) are form-fitting, figure-shaping and easy to dress up or down. Going from day to night is as easy as slipping out of your trainers and into a pair of high heels.
Leggings that extend to cover your ankles make your legs look longer and slimmer.
We’re big fans of these sky print leggings – not only are they quirky and cool, they have the added advantage of camouflaging any spills or spit ups!
On a day out with your baby, you need to be prepared for all eventualities. Leggings for comfort, something to keep the sun out of your eyes, a skirt for a coffee with the girls, a swimsuit for a refreshing dip after a busy day…
The problem? Your bag is already brimming over with baby stuff. The solution? Dedicate the bag to the baby and wear everything you need!
This cool mom has thought of everything and still looks amazing. A pair of cycling gloves add a touch of sporty chic, and also protect your already over-worked hands from chafing after an energetic day behind the stroller.
Beach armour: cycling gloves, sun visor and a flattering swimsuit
Urban mums want to find the perfect balance between fashionable and comfortable. Dresses with strong patterns that allow movement will help you look sporty chic or smart casual.
A fitted jacket with jersey sleeves is a great way to add a touch of glamour, but still have the freedom to move.
Combine sporty and feminine with delicate microfibre in exclusively feminine lines. These are floaty, elegant and practical dresses with a sporty vibe.
Motley velvet is hot right now! This fabric is loved by mums as it’s very forgiving and hides all bulges. No wrinkles and always ready to wear – what more could you want from a dress?
Dressed-to-kill: combining prints with contrasting dresses is a fabulous look for the catwalk, but in real life we prefer to match bright pieces with neutrals.
A little like the sophisticated grown-up version of a babygro, a jumpsuit is comfortable, easy to glam up or dress down, with no need to worry about matching tops and bottoms. They also have the added advantage of making you appear slimmer and taller – music to every mum’s ears!
Shorts and tops are as elegant as any cocktail dress. Flat shoes don’t hurt nearly as much as heels and lend the entire look a touch of sophisticated femininity.
So the next time you find yourself reaching for those jeans, give yourself a stern talking to. There are so many options out there that are just as comfortable, far more flattering and will earn you just as much attention as your adorable little bundle of joy!
BIO: Lena Filatova is a stroller fitness expert, blogger and a mom who has walked more than 5000 miles with the baby stroller. She is the author of Walkingmama, a life changing blog for urban mums about fitness, fashion and freedom of being a mum on the move!