We’ve all been there (some of us are there most of the time!) … your littlest is yelling for his brekkie, you realise the shirt you’ve blindly pulled on has Vegemite on it and your eldest flatly refuses to brush her teeth before school… arrrgghhh!
Here’s a few quick ideas to make you feel instantly less like a bedraggled mum on the school run.
- Ditch the fleece/sportswear
Unless you’ve literally just been to the gym or you have no other jackets AT ALL, ditch the fleece jacket or sportswear for the school run. Even if your bum looks like Liv Tyler’s, cladding it in lycra, knee length gym leggings can be unforgiving and just waaaaay too much visual information in the morning! As for Fleece jackets – they make everyone look frumpy, there’s lots of stylish alternatives, try Witchery or Country Road for well cut light jackets or go to Temt or Valley Girl for cheap but stylish throwaway ones.
- Converse or ballet flats
White, knackered running shoes that look like you do the gardening in them just won’t cut it anywhere outside the garden itself! There are now a million options in trainers/sneakers and Converse do a really good basic shoe that looks smart but allows you to run around after your kids in comfort. If you can’t bear the thought of trainers – swap out for ballet flats. Ideally buy leather good quality ones in a colour that goes with most of your wardrobe (navy, camel, peach, beige) or you can always buy cheap ones from Rubi shoes and keep replacing them every season.
- Wear a hat!
Rather than suffer through another bad hair day (greasy hair scraped into a limp ponytail) get yourself a couple of hats that suit your face shape. If you have long lustrous wavy hair stick to wider brims, if you’re hair is short or cut into a bob generally you will suit a narrower brim. Have fun one day trying on hats in Myer and see what suits you. Then wear one with some great cut jeans, a trench and you’re good to go! EVERYONE suits at least one hat shape, so give it a try!
- Get your pants tailored to fit
Ok, this one isn’t exactly quick but I can’t emphasize enough how much difference it will make to how you look and feel to wear a pair of pants that fit perfectly and aren’t trackies (not that you’d wear trackies for the school run right… right??) This is so important, you will wear and wear them if they fit right and trust me they’ll make you feel you can run the world! If you can’t find pants to fit or they fit everywhere except the length or waist then get them adjusted by a tailor. There’s one in most shopping centres now. Just don’t buy pants that need extensive re-shaping, they should fit 90% at least before you buy them. A bootleg or wide leg shape in a dark colour suits most women or go for a skinny leg if you’re happy with your shape. Look for pants with 3-5% elastane so they give a little and feel comfortable.
- Vaseline is your friend
An old trick but a good one, on the palm of your hand, mix a small amount of vaseline and your fave lipstick and apply a TINY amount onto your cheeks as blusher… it will give a natural glow with subtle colour and make you look like you’ve had 9 hours sleep instead of six!