mama style

Being a new mum is all consuming, so much so that I tend to put myself last when it comes to just about everything. When I'm at the shops and I see a dress I like, I talk myself out of buying it, thinking I'd rather spend the money on an outfit for Harper instead. When Harper is napping, instead of spending some time on a quick DIY mani/pedi, I use the time to plan her play room or organise her upcoming baptism. I feed her before I feed myself, I plan my day around her routine and her needs are constantly on my mind.

I know being selfless just goes hand in hand with being a mama, but I have finally come to see that it is so important to prioritise myself too!

Step one in looking after me has been to clean out my cupboards and create a capsule wardrobe. I threw out ten huge garbage bags of old clothes and made sure I really loved every single item I kept. What I'm left with is a much smaller wardrobe, consisting of basics that really reflect my personal style.

My wardrobe is now made up of off-the-shoulder dresses, anything denim, stripey tops, chunky knits, tunics and leggings. Everything is colour coordinated in shades of baby blue, chambray, dark denim, blush pink, floral, grey, navy and black.

Cleaning out my wardrobe helped me work out where the gaps are - which meant it was time to finally go out and grab some new things for myself! I'm also currently breastfeeding which means all the picks below are feeding friendly! I often opt for off-the-shoulder dresses or slightly slouchier fits, so I can easily pull my top down or to the side to feed.

Dresses:

A new favourite is the Jessa Chambray Shift Dress from Tobi. I love this dress as it has long sleeves and is perfect for this in between weather we are getting here in Australia at the moment. When it is warm outside, I wear this on its own with a floppy hat, tassel necklace and sandals and when it is cooler, I pair it with a longline cardi and ballet flats. It is the perfect mama dress as it so easy to throw on in the morning and still look effortlessly put together.


I also recently picked up this Cold Shoulder Dress from Target which was a steal under $20. I wear this all the time to run errands and go for coffee dates and have even dressed it up for date night with pink earrings and lippy.


Another great find is the Mandy Off Shoulder Dress from Tobi which is so pretty and lightweight. I wear this during the day with sandals and a silver necklace and at night with tan heels and my LV clutch. I was recently in Bali for the Easter holidays and this was perfect to wear out to dinner and shopping with my sisters.


Knits:

The Yolanda Long Line Cardi from Forever New is a must have staple in any mama's closet. I love longline cardigans for winter - I always keep one in the car to throw on over a dress or jeans for an extra layer of warmth. They also work as a makeshift blanket for bubba if you forget to bring one while you are out and about!

Since the weather has started cooling down, I've been living in my Tahlia Tunic Sweater from Tobi. This combines so many of my favourite things - a beautiful soft knit, a gorgeous blush pink colour and the perfect tunic length (which covers the bum)! I mostly wear this with black leggings and ankle boots, but it also looks great with jeans and nude heels. This jumper is a relaxed fit and has a slouchy neckline which makes it perfect for feeding (I wear a singlet top underneath).



Leggings:

I first discovered these amazing Bamboo Leggings by Boody when I was pregnant and now they are a wardrobe staple for me. They are SO soft and comfortable. I wear them with tunic tops, knits and even as pilates/yoga pants. If you are pregnant at the moment do yourself a favour and buy a pair (just size up to account for your growing baby bump). You will not regret it.


Online

I'm sure all you other mama's feel me when I say it is SO much easier to purchase clothing online from the comfort of your own home. Tobi Australia (tobi.com/au) has an amazing online store with lots of mum-friendly items including tunic dresses, knits and cardigans for winter. I also love the Click and Collect option that Target and Kmart have as it means I can shop up a storm online and send hubby to collect everything a few days later.

Do you have any favourite online stores? What are your mama style must-haves?

xx G

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