I am a big believer in not sacrificing style for comfort and vice versa. Being mum of two young children it’s always at the top of my mind when deciding on an outfit for the day – how can I be stylish yet comfortable all at once? It can be done, and here’s how.
1. Tracky Dacks (do people even say that anymore?!). Don’t always opt for your daggy track suit pants (the ones with the saggy butt, slightly worn knees and kind of short in the leg – can I hear an Amen?!) YES they are the most comfortable things on the planet, but they should be kept for bed time or play time in the back yard! Pants can be stretchy and stylish. Try a culotte, skinny jean, a wide leg pant or a tracksuit pant that does’t loose it’s fit. Shorts are also a great option in summer – try a high waisted denim pair with a loose fitted shirt.
2. Shoes. Shoes make or break an outfit in my books, and they can even make or break your day depending on their comfort level. There are some seriously uncomfortable, impractical shoes out there – ain’t nobody got time for sore feet! The glory days of trainers are back, so jump on board that bandwagon and get a pair in every colour I say! My other choice is a cool man style brogue – they go with everything from pants, skirts and shorts and are always a winner in style and comfort.
3. Accessories. Can be a bit hit or miss in the practicality of life, but how about a really fun handbag that you can fit all your bits and bobs into that really makes your outfit pop? Can be a bright colour or an interesting print. You can wear small statement pieces of jewellery to keep it interesting without spending a truckload or jangling down the street. They key is to keep it simple but make a statement.
4. Lipstick. Lipstick is a really easy way to be comfortable, stylish and really make it look like you’ve put in a lot more effort than you really have! Go for a deep red or bright orange to bring your face to life and brighten up not only your day, but someone else too. It’s easy to slip into your handbag and top up through the day.
5. Expand your mind. When you are are looking to purchase something new, don’t reach for the thing you always go for (the grey tee, baggy jumpers and thongs), expand your mind and your style reach and push yourself out of your comfort zone a little. Try things on and do the ‘comfort test’ in the change room. See if you can bend over without your butt showing, jump without too much mid section on display and pick up your child to see how things are fairing there.
6. It’s important to remember that you really don’t have to sacrifice awesome style just to be comfortable. If you always wear pants and a tee, try a maxi dress or a tank top and blazer with a cute pair of shorts. Look to people who’s style you really like and try and make it work for your lifestyle and body shape. Also, ask for help if you need to. Shop assistants are usually full of great ideas on styling pieces together and that is what they are there for!
7. Be bold and have fun with getting dressed in the morning. Be who you are and be confident with that!
T O P / Iris & Ink (from The OUTNET)
E A R R I N G / Au Revoir Les Filles
S H O E S / Givenchy
P H O T O G R A P H Y / Gemma Pranita