Pre-baby I remember getting asked what’s the perfect stylish/practical on-duty mummy uniform and thinking: ‘What’s the fuss, just wear your usual clothes, with flats’. Well, one year and one baby later I can safely say it’s not that straight forward.
About this time a year ago I remember venturing out of my flat for the first time in 10 days with my newborn baby to go on our first walk in the park. I even dressed up for the occasion hoping to befriend another sleep-deprived mum (one year into this mum business I now know I needn’t bother clothes are only secondary, pram style and nappy bag being far more important - mine was the Anya Hindmarch Oakley nappy bag £495.00).
I was wearing my grey soft wool Joseph belted coat, a Chinti and Parker cashmere jumper and Russell and Bromley brogues. Yes my lace up brogues took a while to tie and perhaps I had one layer too many for the 3pm feeding session, but surely I would be fine.
Well I wasn’t. I came back from that disastrous walk soaked wet being caught in the rain, holding baby/pram and bag with one hand and feeling mortified at having had to get practically naked on a bench to feed my daughter. Wardrobe re-addressing was needed, urgently.
Since then I’ve learnt a few things about stylish/practical mum uniform...
Nothing I repeat nothing that is to be hand held. Opt for something tini tiny that can be wear across the body (I loved my Coach mini cross body bag in a flash of red) or even better a style with an adjustable strap that you can sling over your pram handle. Treat yourself to something you will love, your bag won’t get as trashed as you think.
Contrary to popular belief flat doesn’t necessarily equal practical. Opt for a closed shoe, with no laces or ties and a rubber sole. I never thought I would care about any of those things in my life, but my indestructible Zara rubber soled biker boots, worn over leggings and jeans were virtually all I wore for ten months.
You must be able to throw it one and look fabulous no matter what you are wearing underneath. I opted for a waterproof Zara parka with a detachable fur gilet inside for extra warmth. Pockets are your best friends too, so choose a coat that has plenty, I counted 10 in mine.
If you are breast-feeding, your round neck shrunken sweater is not going to cut it. Opt for cardigans and remember that hormones make you feel hot all the time so keep it light.
I wore slightly loose fitting T-shirts. Opt for good quality ones that will stand the test time of relentless washing. I love J.Crew Vintage Cotton styles.
Leggings and jeans are really practical and with the huge choice of colour/print/washes it needn’t be boring either. I lived in my black J.Brand skinny jeans and Boden leggings.
Until you are breast-feeding, forget them. Afterwards, think about how much chasing and kneeling you’ll be doing on that day… then wear trousers.
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