Easy Styling Hacks for a Busy Mum

What do you wear to the school run when it is cold, dark and wet outside? It is tempting to pull on the same jumper, parka coat, and pair of trainers every day but, when it comes to getting dressed for a busy day, it is possible to achieve both comfort and style.

Whether it’s layering statement knitwear or introducing simple accessories, here, Seasalt Cornwall shares some useful pointers for busy mums who are looking to elevate their wardrobe this winter.

Statement Knitwear

When it comes to winter style, knitwear is justifiably described as a hero of the wardrobe. For mums on the go, choosing the right roll neck, cardigan or sweatshirt can bring a simple outfit to life without compromising on comfort.

Knitwear staples are often reserved for winter months however, if styled right, they can be rotated all year round. Versatile knitwear will allow you to layer in various ways and help achieve a smart casual look that can work for both a corporate lunch and the school pick up. When choosing knitwear, we’re advocates of quality over quantity as, with the right care, the right garments will last year after year.

For extra cold weather, you may want to add a thermal layer underneath, or you can opt for a roll neck jumper or crisp white shirt.


Comfort is Key

Leggings, tracksuits and jumpers will always be the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the word ‘comfort’ but handy fastenings and soft materials have proven it is 100% possible to achieve both comfort and style in a single look.

Dressing up is often uncomfortable but opting for soft, natural fabrics that are gentle on the skin will help you to feel relaxed and unrestricted all day long. When you are in a rush, easy fastenings and comfortable waistbands can be a major factor for deciding what to wear. Simple yet secure magnetic or popper style buttons make adding and removing layers throughout the day much easier, especially for busy mums on the go. Likewise, the use of zips in place of buttons, for example a zip-up sweater, is a great way to be on trend and practical.

Opt for an All-In-One

There is something quite satisfying about only having to select one item of clothing in the morning! Dungarees are a stylish but effortless way to dress for any occasion, and can be coupled with tops, jumpers and accessories to dress up or down depending on your day.

Once only associated with factory or farm workers, dungarees have since become fairly mainstream, perhaps because they are so comfortable, easy and fun to wear.

Partner with a chunky boot for a dog walk or a flat leather shoes for a more dressed-up look. Alternative options include a jumpsuit, which can be loose or fitted, and playsuits, which are better suited for the warmer months.

The Perfect Pair of Jeans

Finding a pair of perfectly fitted, stylish jeans is not an easy task but, when you do, they will become the crux of every outfit. If you are lucky enough to have a well-loved, versatile pair of jeans, it will make rotating your wardrobe much easier and picking an outfit each morning will come effortless.

Whether they are slim, straight or tapered, everyone can wear jeans! Take time to research the different styles and sizes that suit you ahead of purchasing and, where possible, follow specific measurements for the waist and length to find a fit that is tailored to your body shape.

Don’t Neglect the Feet

When the weather is poor, your shoe options suddenly seem extremely limited. Most busy mums find themselves reaching for the same old (but familiar) pair of trainers however there are plenty of other options out there. A good pair of winter boots should be a wardrobe staple and can be worn for any occasion from a dog walk to going into the office. A well-made boot will not be dirt cheap, but will be worth the investment, especially if you want them to last.

When choosing footwear, pay careful attention to how and where they were made as well as the materials they are made from, for example good welting or stitching technique is a sign of a quality shoe.

A busy schedule can wreak havoc with our style, but if you tackle the day with these simple tips, then you won’t have anything to worry about.