Mums In Small Business Styling Tips
In my work as a personal stylist, I have found that the women who are happiest with their appearance are those who feel their wardrobe is a true reflection of who they are and that reflects their lifestyle. As humans, we all want to be known, and our appearance is a way of communicating with others. I always like to ask my clients, “When people look at you, what do you want them to know about you?” and “What are you clothes saying about you?”
Work at home mums often find themselves in an “all or nothing” style situation – all dressed up for a meeting, or a bit too sloppy when hanging out with the kids.
They lack that middle ground of clothing– wearing cute outfits all the times that are casual enough to be with the kids but “put together” enough to run into a client.
It is therefore so important to create your own unique style and to look good (and feel great) all the time”! I recommend to try these 3 easy steps:
1. CREATE A STYLE VISION BOARD
Vision boards are based on the law of attraction – like attracts like. They are a visual representation of things you want in your life.
To create a style-specific vision board, cut or print out pictures of clothing styles that appeal to you from websites, magazines, and catalogs. Cut out anything you are innately attracted to, want more of, are inspired by, or just love for no apparent reason. The key is to make no judgments i.e. “that wouldn’t look good on me”.
As well, select pictures of people and words that inspire you and hold the qualities that you admire; for example, the elegance of Audrey Hepburn or the relaxed casualness of Jennifer Aniston. The process of choosing these combinations of objects and events helps them stay in your subconscious mind and steer your choices toward making your vision real. You will notice themes emerging – colors, textures and patterns that will be excellent guides when you are shopping.
Attach your pictures to a poster board or bulletin board and place it somewhere you see it often. You want to bathe your subconscious mind with its energy – and thus, manifest your desires!
For the Pinterest lovers amongst you, this means a lot of pinning, and mulling over which styles you love and inspiring you.
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2. CLEAN OUT YOUR WARDROBE
Using your vision board as a guide, go through everything in your wardrobe. Do the items in your wardrobe reflect who you are right now? The average woman wears 20% of her clothes, 80% of the time. Too many women keep clothing from years ago that may no longer fit or reflect their current style.
Ask yourself: Does this flatter me? Do I feel good when I wear it? Does the colour look good on me? Get rid of anything that doesn’t fit, flatter or make you feel fabulous!
Getting dressed is so much easier when your wardrobe is pared down to just the garments that make you look and feel great! The key is to honor who you are right now – not who you were 10 years or 7kg ago.
3. CREATE A UNIFORM
Anyone who has kids that wear uniforms to school knows that this saves time, guesswork, and in some cases, emotional anguish for both kids and mum!
I encourage busy mums to create their own version of a uniform. It should make sense for your lifestyle and be easy to throw on quickly. I like to think of a uniform as a canvas to which you can add accessories and make it unique. Accessories are an inexpensive way to experiment with a new style and can be some of the most versatile items in your wardrobe.