One of the key questions when creating my capsule wardrobe was figuring out what kind of clothes I need for my current lifestyle with two small kiddos – the answer is: plenty of ‘mum’ outfits. Not that mum = frumpy (hell, ‘mom’ jeans are even cool these days), but there are a few considerations to bear in mind when you’re hanging out with kids all day.
- Comfort: As I get older, I feel like all clothes should be comfortable, right? But this is especially true when you’re on mum duty – you need to be able to bend over without flashing your knickers, and sit on the floor and run around with ease.
- Weather: I think it depends on the age of your kids, but I spend a fair amount of time these days either at the park or walking around our local area, so I need a warm coat, preferably one with a hood, and comfortable, waterproof shoes.
- Boob access: this might not be applicable to everyone, but all of these outfits have the bonus of being breastfeeding friendly, too.
I’ve put together a couple of my favourite outfits from my capsule wardrobe below. Note that they’re not all super-casual – I don’t think smart-casual clothes and children have to be mutually exclusive, so if I’m going to a friend’s house with the kiddos (i.e. spending time with adults, hurray!), then sometimes it’s fun to go a little smarter. And it wouldn’t be one of my blog posts without me mentioning lipstick – it’s the quickest way for me to feel put-together/alive (delete as appropriate) when I leave the house.
What is important to you when you’re dressing for a day with the kids? Are you tempted to try out any of these outfits, or go the full capsule?
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