I get it. You're a mom. You're busy. You probably don't have time to get gussied up every day. After all, you are balancing checkbooks, chasing after your sprogs and single-handedly making sure that the world doesn't spin off its axis. (Well done on that last one, by the way.) But that doesn't mean that you have to relegate yourself to a world of pajama jeans, sweat pants and Snuggies. You can be a mom and still be fashionable with a few tips from this seasoned veteran.
Tip #1: Make Yourself Up…Everyday
Working from home means that I don't have to get dressed up every day. Heck, I could work in my pajamas and be infinitely comfortable. All the same, I feel better about myself when I take a shower each day and shellac my face. Even if it's just a touch of eyeliner or some lip gloss, do something to remind yourself that you are pretty, sexy and a force of nature. I do, and it does wonders for my self-esteem, regardless of my togs. But that leads me to my second tip.
Tip #2: Be Fashionably Frugal
I am, admittedly, a clotheshorse. I love clothes. But I am also frugal about my shopping habits. I buy classic pieces in solid, bold colors that I dress up with my favorite accessories. Every day, after I put on my face, I make a point of putting on a cute outfit. When I am suddenly tasked to go to the store and grab a gallon of milk or some bread, I look fashionable when I do it.
Tip #3: Make it Easy to Look Good
I am not a spend-an-hour in the bathroom kind of girl. I am a ponytail, jeans and t-shirt kind of girl. I get my hair cut in simple styles that don't require much maintenance so that I can make looking good look easy. I plan my outfits ahead. I dress to the nines, but I do it for me. And I do it because it helps me ward of depression and dreary days. You don't have to be fashion fab circa "Desperate Housewives" -- I mean, really, who is going to run around the house in tight dresses and high heels --, but putting a little effort and thought into your appearance always works wonders. At least, it does for me.
Don't Be "That Mom"
There is always "that mom" who shows up to the bus stop in sweats with no makeup on, the mom who has just let herself go and doesn't seem to care. And it's that same mom that will look at moms who do put effort into their appearance with disdain. Don't be that mom. By making sure that I look my best each day, I feel better, I'm happier and I actually gave my kids something to look up to. Trust me.
How do you stay fashionably fabulous?
Shauna Zamarripa is a mother of three, author, freelance columnist, money guru and full-time smart aleck. Check out her ramblings on her personal blog, Miss Adventures, her stellar money advice on Penny Pinchers or follow her daily dose of snark on Facebook and Twitter.