F21 cardi, old (similar); Stitchfix dress (similar); Target leggings and scarf, old (similar); Hunter boots.
I posted a question on my Facebook page a couple of weeks ago asking what YOU wanted to see more on Because of Jackie when it comes to series and posts. The first question I got (oh hey, Jennifer!) was how to put yourself together as a mama and not fall into the yoga pants and Ugg boots trap. First of all, I need to mention that when I am home I am always in yoga pants. Always. Some days I get dressed for only small bits of time and immediately slide right back inside of my comfy clothes at home. Sweatpants and old, dirty slippers for the win right? I do get dressed up often, though, and feel better when I do. There’s something about putting on something that represents ME and feeling good about that. I think clothes have the power to improve our lives and create happiness. When I make an effort I feel better, and isn’t there a saying about “if mama’s happy, then everybody’s happy?” It’s true.
I also want to add that this may be a series about mama style, but I think this can be for anyone. From those that work from home, need casual looks for the weekends, go to college full time, or if you have four kids or none, this is for you. My hope to bring a little fun this week for everyone.
Let’s get started.
One of my favorite things to do when getting dressed is to put on something unexpected. In a sea of black and grey and brown and snow everywhere it just seems exciting to switch things up a bit. I’m a huge fan of printed leggings, but since my thighs are NOT my favorite part I don’t like wearing them as pants, even with a long tunic. My solution? Throw them on under a dress and treat them like tights. Target has so many inexpensive and fun printed leggings right now and worn under a belted, black, summer dress they add a fun touch. And it’s comfortable! I have two kids and I am just not going to wear something that isn’t comfortable when I’m with them.
Side story: I bought this scarf a year ago at Target and then after we moved I couldn’t find it anywhere. I figured I rashly donated it in a crazy purge session, but then I took an old purse down off the top shelf of my closet last week and this scarf was stuffed inside it! It sort of felt like Christmas. I liked how the different black and white patterns work together and then mix with the leopard. Both are neutral patterns in my opinion and do mix.
Other ways to mix it up and add something unexpected:
…change the leggings for a pair of colored tights! Teal blue is pretty fun, as is purple and mustard yellow. I was pretty nervous to wear colored tights for a long time, but found that I got a lot of compliments and the fear went away. Now I wear them all the time. (P.S. I like the No Nonsense brand of opaque tights at Walmart the best!)
…switch out the black dress for a dress made out sweatshirt material. I have this exact one and it is ridiculously comfortable.
…or THIS floral dress with a striped cardigan and tights!
…I find that painting my nails something different and unusual is a really easy way to add a fun element to an outfit. How about super simple black nail art or coral triangles done with scotch tape?
…since there is currently two+ feet of snow I am pretty obligated to wear rain/snow boots (who am I kidding? I would anyway!), but these southwestern pattern boots would be equally fun with this look.
Tell me, what do you like to add to an outfit to make it less expected?
Look, mom! I do wear a jacket in the snow;)
More fun options: