Sunday, 29 March 2015

Seven Bang On Trends: Mummy Style

You may be a new Mum. Or one whose pregnant. Under the illusion that life will remain the same post birth. Your clothes will be the same, hair clean, cut and highlighted. Shoes? That you will still rock a heel and your thong will be placed firmly between your arsecheeks. Apologies. Think again. You do follow a fashion of sorts, but not one that will be seen on catwalks in Milan. More in the coffee shops of a local highstreet or on a Saturday afternoon in a busy and stinking soft play. Think more hobo sh*t rather than boho chic.

If you can make it out of your slippers. Congratulations! You are winning at life. Your shoe of choice will be an Ugg, sensible leather boot or snazzy pastel Converse if it's summer. You will be thinking as these are quite pricey shoes you're kinda still modern and fashionable. But you're not. They are basically just expensive slippers. Perfect for both comfort and speed.

I think I saw Zoella wear a pastel Converse? So I'm totes 24!

Jeans, the legging or the dream combo of 'the jegging'. A hybrid that feels like a legging and it can be pulled up really high over your Mum tum so it gives your body the illusion that you are still wearing the joy of maternity clothes. But to the untrained eye (your other half) it gives the impression that you are wearing skinny jeans like Beyonce! If there is anything skinny about a size 16 woman like me in well worn slightly baggy bottoms with yellow playgroup paint smeared on one knee.

A top of the smock variety. Feeling fancy? Add a belt round your waist. I also own a range of flowery dresses. The addition of flowers somehow makes me forget I'm just wearing a longish, baggy, oversized top. Of course to be worn with leggings/jeggings. Or if I'm worried the Mums on the school run think I'm looking frumpy? I will pop on a statement necklace. The only statement being I look a bit of a tramp with a jazzy necklace on.

I am washed! With make up!  And of course a flowery dress and a maternity legging.
 I am not pregnant.
Now it used to be a rule of thumb; have a baby, get all your hair cut off.  Not so. Not now the da da daaaaaa messy bun has been introduced! The saviour of the modern Mother. Hair a mess? Hey presto, one bobble later, a smidge of dry shampoo and you basically look like a model. Albeit it a model in baggy leggings with sick down your flowery smock. And your roots? Fit very nicely into the 'ombre' trend. If it's good enough for The Kardashians? BOOM! Tis good enough for you.

Going Out, Out Clothes
See all of the above. But the flowery dress? Bit low cut oh and replace boots or pastel Converse with a sensible heel. Ok not a heel. That would be a bit much and your feet would hurt. A snazzy ballet flat. A sparkly one maybe? Jeggings? Sponge off the paint, fabreeze and you're good to go. 

Mum coat and the joy of sunglasses to cover my bags.
Coat and Bag 
To compete this look at all times your must carry a bag large enough to hold both children's gloves, sun hats and everything in between. But not large enough to totally tip your buggy over whilst your child is still in it (it only happened once I swear! OK, OK twice). And finally? The Mother of all coats. The parka. It's got a hood so keeps your messy bun dry, it's long enough to hide the top of your baggy jeggings, and also if you choose wisely it can even go in the tumble dryer. Bloody marvellous! And Kate Moss wore one once I'm sure. OK so that was in 1996 but still wore one she did.

Extravagant Extras 
Go on treat yourself to some nice 'fun' socks. Overall may look a total state but I tell you for free if you're at a soft play with holes in your socks, or they are a bit grubby? I will judge your mothering skills. Another good investment is a dead overpriced scarf. Something a bit floaty. Oh maybe even from Joules! No one will be looking at your pale make up free face when you have a bright scarf on. Will they? WILL THEY?

I may be wearing a cardy. But this scarf was from Boden! So therefore I am superfly.

So you're all kitted out! You're ready to go to and strut your stuff whether it be at the playground, or rhythm and rhyme or just an escape to the park. And let's be honest? Managing to get out of our pyjamas is real a challenge in itself. So if you are up and out and wearing an actual bra? You my friend are worthy of supermodel status. 

Jegging. Hilarious moustache socks. Converse. Standard.


  1. IT is ALL about the Converse! Love your style Brum! x

  2. I'm so glad I'm not the only one who still has a valid use for maternity leggings despite having almost 2 year olds....!

  3. Oh I recognise that scarf 😉 fab post lovely. Jeggings are my best friend xx

  4. Story of my fashion life since being a mum right here!!

  5. Fabulous! I rock the Ugg/Converse and if I'm really daring, the glittery flip flop!

  6. Haha, this cheered me up after the usual bedtime fun (actually, bedtime was ok). I rock my Converse all the time - mine are black though. Does this count? I am also regularly found in a pair of white Dr Martens. I don't know what this says about me and my 'boho shit' - loved that one. I did go through a large phase in my post-babies life of this - the top knot (I've finally chopped my hair off), the floral tunic (oh yes), the snazzy socks. But I'm finally feeling like I'm coming out the other side and returning to my former self. Yes, I should probably be giving the kids breakfast instead of applying layers of makeup. Yes, I should probably change that minging nappy instead of changing and re-changing outfits, but what can I say? I'm probably just a rubbish mum!! Loved this post, Emma! xx

  7. ALWAYS wearing the mum bun.

    Ohh I so need to get me some pastel converse (Read: Primark knock offs because I never spend more than a tenner on myself these days)

    Jenna at Tinyfootsteps xx

  8. The scraped back messy bun, ahh how I miss thee. I think about 6 months of new baby photos had only the messy bun style featured. Then I started washing and combing my hair again :)

  9. I laughed so much at this as it is all so true! I may have to step up my sock game though ; )

  10. The Mum Bun,jazzy scarf and statement necklace totally negates the I have just stepped out of a coffin look. You should be a stylist to all new mums throughout the land haha x

  11. I've rocked one or all of these at one time or another. Loving my pastel Converse especially, can't wait to get those bad boys out come Spring. I'm all about the scarf me. Only now you've blown my cover. Grrr!

  12. Another fab post hon - big fan of jeggings here too! I love your opening paragraph, under the illusion that nothing will change mwahahahahah... xxx

  13. I don't and haven't rocked even half of these, because my scruffiness plumbs whole new depths. Flowers, scarves, necklaces?! Not for me! I have the Converse, the Uggs and the jazzy socks (oh, and the roots!).

  14. I loved this so much! And can totally relate. It's funny when normally I have my hair in a pony tail and then sometimes I take it out and have it down and people think I've had it cut and I'm like no I just had some time to straighten it haha

  15. Oh the SHAME OF HOW MANY ARE TRUE! I mean umm.. For a friend of mine. Or something. xx

  16. So funny. And so true--except for the mum bun. I like my long hair to blow in the breeze!

  17. So funny and so true. I actually laugh out loud at all of your posts. I rock the mum bun and parka like a pro!

  18. This is me. Currently rocking the mum bun


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