Hello girls! Have you ever had this feeling that you’re not looking your best? It can be hard: you’ve had a baby or three, your body no longer looks the way it did before, you barely have enough time to sleep, talkless of plan outfits. Being a Stay-At-Home Mum doesn’t mean you should look like a hobo. So we got with a Style Expert (meet Isi!) We sat down with her and she put together 5 days’ worth of stylish mom outfits. We’re gonna show you how to dress fashionably and affordably.
Declutter! Declutter! Declutter!
Ladies, it’s time to get rid of stuff! That pair of jeans you hope your hips still fit, that top that showed off your formerly flat midriff, even old shoes (because you tend to add a shoe size after pregnancies), that size 10 UK dress you’re hoping you will fit one day like that. Stop holding onto old things and embrace your new body. You actually dress better if you have less, because you make better choices.
Pick your fabrics wisely, go for Wrinkle-Free fabrics
You wake up at 5.30am, search for one child’s one leg of shoe for 30minutes. Then PHCN strikes and you’re now looking for an ironed outfit to wear. Too much work! We recommend wrinkle-free fabrics like lace, chiffon and polyester. They don’t need any ironing. For Chiffon, go for shaped tops instead of flowy tops (flowy chiffon on a wide frame makes one look fatter).
Go for Stylish Dresses
There are a lot of stylish dresses for ladies! You can dress them up and down, and they do from casual to work very quickly with just a change of shoes. Isi recommends always going for dresses that have some shape and a defined waist (no tent dresses). Dresses should either hit slightly above the knee or ankle-length.
Add a Yellow Mustard Dress
There is this shade of yellow-brown, called Mustard. It’s one of the most flattering colours on black skin, infact Yellow is our colour. How about Gem colours like Amethyst (deep magenta) and Emerald (deep Green) or Turquoise and guess what, Black is a slimming colour.
Think Trousers, Not Jeans
Jeans are casual, no matter how nice they are. Get female pants that have a slim fit or are tapered, because that’s a flattering cut. Also, don’t get boring colours, deep turquoise, Houndstooth are very classic colours and pair well with a lot of colours like brown, blue, purple, green, pink etc.
Imagine being suddenly asked to show up and pitch your Food Supply Business to an office, a nice pair of pants will look elegant.
Keep Accessories Simple
We hit Balogun market in Lagos and it was amazing what we could find…but a lot of it was junk. So head to Eko market (another section of Balogun market, closer to Tom Jones) and ask for directions on where to buy jewelry. We found tasteful Brazilian gold-plated earrings for N2500 upwards. We’ve rocked them daily for a year plus and they are not fading! For beads and costume jewelry, Breadfruit street in Lagos and Alaba-Trade Fair had great stuff.
You don’t need to buy a million and one pieces of jewelry, buy 2 sets of earrings for daily wear so you can throw it into your handbag and wear it whenever you need it. You do need a great wristwatch (we realised it was easier and better quality to buy from Amazon).
Invest in a super black handbags
You rarely have enough time to be changing purses (unless it’s for an occassion). So save and get 3 quality leather handbags in the following colours: Black, brown and wine/purple. Please leave those cheap Chinese imports! Spend N50,000 on a handbag that last a few years of daily hard use rather than N7000 that will look grunge in 6 months. Did you know Nigeria is one of the top exporters of premium leather in the world? Yup! We have Nigerian leather bag designers, you can get quality for a better price than spending N120,000 on a designer handbag that may be pleather (all you’re paying for is the name). Check Lekki Crafts market for leather goods. It’s cheaper to buy quality that last than cheap stuff that spoils quickly.
Isi found the most sparkly flats in Balogun. We love wedges as well because balance may be an issue after birth but wedges give you height and support. Brown, red, gold, silver and black shoes are all you need.
So now that you have these stylish mom outfits affordably, what do you do with the rest of your cash, since you’re not spending it on baffs? Invest it!