Category Archives: Mummies fashion

New mum – style essentials

After the birth of both my children I was feeling very sleep deprived, puffy and uncomfortable in my skin. I was wearing some sort of new mum uniform of black maternity leggings (that were baggy in the butt and tummy area), long black baggy tops. These clothes were on a constant wash cycle as they were often covered in little patches of baby vomit. I decided the only way I was going to feel a little better about myself was to pull myself together and make an effort to look nicer. Guess what? It worked. I’m not saying you need to spend hours in the make up chair but I have put together a few clothing items and accessories that will make you feel nicer when in the transition period from maternity clothes to your normal clothes.

* Kimono tops, waterfall cardigan or shirts – These hide a multitude of bumps and jiggly bits but still look fresh. Try to get one in a nice pattern so you can team it with some black leggings or jeans. It will automatically make an outfit brighter without a lot of effort. They also look a lot smarter than a zip up tracksuit top.

* Harem pants or boyfriend jeans – a lovely pair of harem pants or comfy pair of boyfriend jeans is a must. You can quickly pop them on (no wriggling about to struggle into skinny jeans) team them with a neutral coloured singlet or long sleeve top and your ready for visitors.

* A nice pair of flats – your feet may be swollen and you probably won’t feel like popping on stilettos and tottering around. Invest in a nice neutral flat shoe, sandle or boot (depending on the season you have your baby). You can then be sure you won’t be wearing thongs around in the middle of winter because none of your other shoes fit or match your outfits.

*A quality blazer – like the blouse or kimono. A blazer will automatically dress up any outfit and highlight your waist. Even if it’s just worn over jeans and a tshirt. It’s also great for throwing over a top that may be stained with baby vomit to cover up until you get home.

*Some statement accessories – chunky necklaces, bracelets, belts, scarves and of course some sunglasses to cover your dark circles. Statement accessories will dress up any outfit and attract attention away from areas that you may prefer stay under wraps for now. They don’t need to be expensive pieces, think costume jewelry. Colourful scarves are also wonderful for new mums as they can double as a breastfeeding coverup when out and about.

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Just because you’re a new mum it doesn’t mean you have to feel like a bag lady. Pop on some lipgloss and use some of the tips above and you will be feeling like a million bucks in no time.

Rachelle xx

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Funky fashion for less

When I was pregnant with my first baby and found out it was a little boy.  I purchased so many cute little outfits from Ralph Lauren, Country Road and Pure baby, my shopping addiction was out of control. He also had a shoe collection to rival Imelda Marcos before he was even born.

One of the guys at work told me not to go crazy because they grow out of things so quick and a newborn rarely wears shoes. I didn’t pay attention and continued to buy like a maniac for my little man. Only to discover at 9 months old he had worn shoes on about three occasions and he had outgrown most of his Ralph Lauren onsies after a couple of wears. Most of the time he didn’t even make it out of the house in his fancy pants clothes as he required a change due to a vomit or poop explosion. 

Now don’t get me wrong I would never be one to ignore fashion, I like my kids to look neat and I’m not going to stop shopping anytime soon. However, I can now admit that the wise man that I work with was correct. I should have paid more attention to what I was buying and how much wear my baby would get out of it.

When I discovered my second child was a girl, it was extremely hard but controlled myself.  Holding onto Hudson’s unisex items for my little girl and purchasing a few nice, more expensive original pieces of clothing in larger sizes that she won’t grow out of as quick. I didn’t buy any newborn shoes as I decided to save my money to purchase a couple of quality pairs for when she needs them (plus I have a lot of her brothers small shoes that are still brand new)

As my son now attends childcare, the most important aspect of his clothing is that it must be durable. This doesn’t mean is has to be boring.

There are so many cheaper options for children’s clothes that are great quality and look fantastic for a quarter of the price of designer brands. Click the links below to check out some of my favourites:

* Charlie and Me – under same brand banner as Pumpkin Patch. Good quality and great prices.  Also a great range of kids shoes.
Next – amazing quality and they sell 3 and 4 packs of track pants and tshirts which are so handy for child care.  Be quick with this one as some styles/sizes sell out very quick.
* Mix Apparel (also available at selected Coles stores)
* Target
* Best & Less – great for simple onesies and often have Bonds on sale
* Big W – have Peter Morrisey, Mambo and often great discounts on Bonds.
* Cotton On Kids

Keep an eye out on sale sites that offer designer brands on discount.  These sites allow me to get some of the more expensive brands at a much cheaper price. My favourites are:

* Mumgo (also has great baby products, shoes and linen etc)
* Kidzwear Online  – hit and miss but often has Ralph Lauren and Calvin Klein. 
* Oz Sale
* Brands Exclusive

I also discovered some wonderful kids clothes retailers on Etsy and Instagram. You can find some beautiful original pieces on these sights and they don’t cost the earth. The best part is you are  supporting smaller local businesses. 

Feel free to share any sites with us as I we are always on the lookout for some great deals on clothes and accessories for our little ones.

Rachelle xx 

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