Many moms devote their entire lives to taking care of their kids. The role of mother is demanding, all-consuming, and without weekends, holidays, or PTO. Many moms also work while raising little ones and the days are long and hectic. As a mom, the first thing on your mind is how to get the baby to sleep and the last thing is what to wear the next day. Your thoughts have shifted to keeping another human being alive and there's little time to think about anything else. Your calling as a mother is a high one and it comes with tremendous sacrifice.
But when given a moment of silence, you may begin to feel lost in your new identity. When given a moment to look in the mirror, a feeling of shame may creep up. "I want to feel beautiful. Why do I care so much? It's selfish of me to want to feel beautiful. There's no time or money for me to spend on myself." When it's about survival and staying sane, who has time to shop for clothing? Who has time to care for quality pieces when all you have time to do is change diapers, clean the dinner smeared all over your mini me, and soak in the sweet times while your little one is still little? What's the point of caring for yourself as a mother? Does style play a role at all?
I've heard about this struggle from many of my Style Shop Denver clients. Within the first few years of having a child, many women feel as though they've lost a piece of themselves they once expressed in their wardrobes. Many of the pieces in their wardrobe no longer make sense for day-to-day as they've transitioned out of a corporate job. Or perhaps they work out of their home and don't need to dress up for work anymore. Their wardrobe consists exclusively of yoga pants and sweats. Survival gear.
How should a mom go about expressing herself in the clothing she wears? What makes sense both practically and aesthetically for her role as mother?
Victoria Shipman is a close friend of my sister's and a mother of two in Phoenix, Arizona. Upon befriending her on Facebook, I was instantly impressed with her attention to style. She's intentional with her wardrobe and has fun with the pieces she selects for her stay-at-home lifestyle with her littles. How does she do it? I got with her to ask all about her style strategy, mindset, and perspective on spending time on your outward appearance as a mother.Read more