Ask a Stylist: What Should I Wear on the School Run?
LETS FACE IT - WHEN YOU HAVE KIDS, CHAOTIC MORNINGS ARE JUST A FACT OF LIFE AND SOMETIMES, JUST FINDING TIME TO GET OUT OF YOUR PJ'S BEFORE SCHOOL DROP OFF CAN BE CHALLENGING! BUT LOCAL STYLIST SAMANTHA McNAMARA IS HERE TO HELP, WITH SOME SIMPLE AND AFFORDABLE FASHION TIPS FOR EASY, EVERYDAY STYLE.
As a mum myself, let me start by saying that what you wear on the school run is your business - and your business only!
Whether its pyjamas and ugg boots, or a designer frock and stilettos, nobody has the right to judge another woman because of their fashion choices, especially at the school gates.
This post is designed to take some pressure off busy parents (mums especially) who might need some suggestions when it comes to practical, easy dressing in the mornings.
In the past, Mosman mums have earned quite a reputation when it comes to our penchant for gym gear and this year, it’s more popular than ever before.
The designer "athleisure" trend is not going anywhere soon. And for that, we are thankful!
Active wear has become a staple uniform for many local mums and dads - and it can be practical, comfortable and stylish when put together the right way.
Think The Upside if you’re a bold, savvy, fashionable mama who likes to make a statement while working out (or just having coffee!) - the label has great prints to brighten up the morning drop off and its new Spring collection is a winner.
Another favourite of mine is lululemon. Their range is functional, well-structured and comfortable, with so much to choose from across all ages. I love their sculpted tights and sweat resistant running tops. It’s easy to stay in this gear all day, especially when you’re running errands!
To make your sweats really sing, team your outfit with a great pair of runners, gorgeous sunglasses and a cap - and always some SPF 30+ on your face.
For mums who prefer to avoid active wear, but struggle when it comes to simple, effortless chic – stick to the basics like fabulous white, charcoal or grey t-shirts, v neck tanks and cashmere sweaters.
Team with a great pair of skinny jeans, stretched or relaxed cotton pants, classic chinos, or a vintage denim skirt (that sits just above the knee - or shorter if you have the pins!) Bassike on Military Rd has a great range of sizes and colours when it comes to pants.
And when it comes to footwear, think sneakers! They don’t have to be super expensive. Affordable options include Converse, Adidas Stan Smiths and Superga. If your budget stretches a little further, try a great pair of Common Projects, Golden Goose (my fave!) or Gucci kicks.
The best advice is to always choose pieces that suit your body type and personality - copying someone else's outfit head to toe is never a good look! Find your own style, stay true to your own look and dress in what makes you feel good – you don’t have to spend a fortune to be stylish and chic!