Introducing Fashion Fridays with Melanie!

by Samantha on June 10, 2011

Anyone who knows me knows that I am seriously lacking in style. Everyone has their strong points and hey - style is not one of them for me. Fashion was never something I really got into and understood, despite my best efforts. Reading Vogue  and Elle didn’t help; it only made me realize that those who have it really have it and those who don’t…well…hmmmm.

Anyway, I am thrilled to announce that there is hope for the style-challenged, like myself. I find that being a mom leaves you little time for yourself, let along the quest to be fashionable and stylish - something that takes more planning for some of us than others.

Melanie - the fashionista behind one of my favorite blogs, Style and Error - has so graciously offered to provide quick and easy style, fashion and beauty tips for this blog. I love reading Mel’s blog and am really excited that she will be able to make sense of what seems like a foreign world to me, and I’m sure to others as well.

While not a mom yet, Melanie is close to many mothers (family and friends) and accordingly understands the stresses that come with a limited amount of time and often a limited budget. I know that she has personally given me some simple tips that have helped me look so much better than I would have looked had I been left to my own devices ;)

So starting today and every other Friday, Melanie will be providing fashion, style and beauty tips to Multiple Mayhem Mamma readers. Please email your questions to [email protected] and Melanie will answer your questions in the coming weeks. 

Without further adieu, please welcome Mel! Here is her first post:
You’re a Mom. Does that mean style is out the window?
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Whether you’re on maternity leave or back in the paid workforce, sleep deprivation, kids that need attention and juggling multiple priorities can make finding time for yourself difficult, never mind finding time to put a cute outfit together.
So, what’s a Mom to do? Accept the inevitable of wearing ill-fitting worn-out lululemons and baggy tees? Absolutely not!
Fight back against the dying of your style! Just because you’re busy – and exhausted – doesn’t mean you have to look like you are. Here are a few simple style tips that will make the other mothers at the playground or at the office wonder “How does she do it?”:
Image courtesy of www.thegap.com
1. Rock your Blues. Get a great-fitting pair of jeans (boot cut with a mid-rise is most flattering on all body types) in a dark wash and pair them with a fitted t-shirt. Add on a colourful scarf or a chunky necklace and viola, you look amazing and you are comfortable. 

Image courtesy of www.healthandthebeauty.blogspot.com
2. Pretty flats.  Instead of tossing on ugly runners that are meant for the gym or flip-flops with zero support, opt to instantly up your style quotient by adding a pair of pretty flats.  For summer I like a leather pair of sandals and I’m obsessed with these ones from Cole Haan that have Nike Air built in so they are wearable all day.  For cooler temperatures, try a pair of embellished ballet flats that will go with everything. Price point is up to you – but remember only buy them if they are comfortable in the store.  You’re too busy to “break them in”.

Image courtesy of www.fashionfling.blogspot.com
3. Embrace the Dress.  Dresses are so versatile especially for the summer months (or year-round if you live in warmer climes).  They are a one-stop outfit and you will look instantly put together.  Opt for dresses that have an A-line shape as they are universally flattering.
What are you go-to styles to pull together quickly? What advice would you give other Moms?
  
Melanie is a PR Professional with a unique sense of style. When she’s not perusing the latest fashion magazine or window shopping at her favorite fashion stores, Mel can be found checking out the up-to-date football scores (she’s also a big professional sports fan, football being her fave), reading or blogging at www.styleanderror.ca

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somemother.com June 15, 2011 at 2:31 am

There seems to be no solution for tops. If I wear a fitted top, all my rolls are accentuated. If I wear looser, empire, etc, I get asked if I'm pregnant. It stings. I have a tummy, its not going anywhere fast. So, what do I wear?

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Samantha June 15, 2011 at 2:34 am

@somemother.com Great question! Of course, I don't know the answer because I am fashion-illiterate! I will defer to Melanie and she can answer on the next “Fashion Friday!” Thanks for the question!

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Melanie June 18, 2011 at 3:06 pm

@somemother.com

Thanks for the question! I'm working on a full post regarding it for this Friday! Stay tuned!

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