This time last year I had the gorgeous Lucy Eastment of Styledbylucy over to my house to help me create a capsule wardrobe and essentially help me throw out all my maternity and mumsy clothes that were making me depressed. Just last week I met her again for a coffee, this time to ask her for ideas for a blog post on what to wear in winter to help you keep active but still look good (and I'm not talking turning up at the school gates in full make up and your Sweaty Betty leggings, though I am partial to a bit of Sweaty Betty of course!). She was brim full of tips and inspiration for creating outfits for all budgets, and here are just a few of those ideas - Thanks Lucy, I actually can't wait to go shopping for a change!
"As a Personal Stylist, I’m a big advocate for wearing what makes you feel happy and confident, and as a busy mum I am also very aware of the need for practical clothes. Being out and about with the kids you need to be ready for anything! It is possible to look stylish with minimum effort and be comfortable for an active day. Here are my winter tips
I’m a big fan of jumpsuits. As a ready made complete outfit you don’t have to think about putting an outfit together, they are easy to wear in the day with trainers or boots or dress up with heels and a clutch bag for a night out. Also on a practical note with a jumpsuit there is no risk of exposing any flesh if you are reaching up high or bending down with the kids. Perfect outfit for rescuing small people from the top of softplay!
I know many Mums are fans of the oversized trend. I believe it is more flattering to dress for your body shape but I realise that some days you want to hide under bigger clothes. I have dipped into this trend with oversized outerwear for winter. I like to wear a bigger coat with wide shoulders but wear streamlined bottoms such as skinny jeans and an extra large scarf to add a pop of colour.
Maxi’s whether a dress or a skirt are comfy and easy to wear with trainers or boots. Just add a slouchy t-shirt or jumper with a leather jacket. For winter I wear mine with fleece lined leggings underneath for chilly school runs.
Trainers are a Mum staple! I’m a heels girl but since having kids my Converse are my most worn footwear and my trainer collection is ever growing. I’ve recently discovered shoes with insole technology too for days you are on your feet – Air and Grace (see pic), Marks and Spencer insolia and Carvela comfort are my faves.
Loose shirt and trousers are a slightly smarter alternative to the staple jumper and jeans/leggings but still loose and comfortable. I like this cool relaxed look from Thorsager. The best thing about this brand is you can buy the complete outfit as well as individual pieces.
High waist jeans are a Mum’s best friend. They hold in the mum tum and there’s less risk of flashing a muffin top or gaping at the back. And finally, I tend to layer up in Winter otherwise if I go for a chunky knit I’m cozy outside but overheat as soon as I’m indoors with the heating whacked up. Wearing a t-shirt with a fine knit jumper and jacket adds a bit of interest as you can mix textures and colours but I find it is also more flattering as it’s less bulky looking.
Hope that helps, Lucy".
So, there you have it!
And here's me in in full on action pose wearing my usual combo of leggings and a jacket (the reason I asked for Lucy's help in the first place was to get out of leggings, at least some times!)