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Time for a Mommy Make-over?

Thursday, November 6, 2008
I recently learned about Deborah Boland and JoJami Tyler aka "The Glam Gals". I love their website and advice about trying to look your best everyday. This helps you feel better about yourself and makes you more confident. This in turn is reflected in everything you do. So for all you mom entrepreneurs who have let your stylish side slip like me, here is an article with some helpful tips you will appreciate.

Flying out the door to yet another children’s birthday party, you throw on faded khaki capris, a loose t-shirt, worn flip flops, and off you go. You’re just so glad to be out of the house for a while! Warning, according to TV’s top fashion gurus, you should be slapped with a style ticket for looking like this in public.

If you’ve ever had a moment, in between changing dirty diapers and preparing gourmet meals to catch one of TV’s insanely popular Makeover shows, you know exactly what we’re talking about. Lady - You are stuck in Mommy style rut!

So how can you climb out? Whether you’re watching Tim Gunn on Project Runway, Stacy and Clinton on What Not to Wear, Style by Jury, or Ten Years Younger the advice is the same. Here are 5 top tips to keep you looking like a Yummy Mummy:

Ditch the Loungewear. Do your kid’s cringe when you drive them to school because it looks like you’ve barely gotten out of your P.J ‘s.? If tired loungewear or frumpy exercise sweats are your mom uniform, then it’s time for a change. Yah, we know they’re comfortable, but they make you look sloppy and old. Plus, they make it all too easy to ignore those extra pounds creeping on.

Update Your Jeans. Don’t assume your favorite old jeans still look fab. Waist high mommy jeans will make you look like a watermelon. Super low rise jeans that expose your crack when you bend down to peek in the stroller make you look like Britney Spears (on a good day). Low to medium rise jeans flatter most figure types and boot cut or slightly flared will balance out your hips. Dark jeans are an excellent camouflage if you’re still fighting those post pregnancy pounds.

Slip on a Jacket. When being a mom feels overwhelming, slip on a jacket to look and feel more confident and in control. A fitted jacket over jeans or pants commands attention by adding structure and giving your body a sexy shape.

Perk up with a punch of color. What is it about becoming a mom that fades our wardrobes to black? Get out of the boring habit of wearing dark colors because they’re easy to match and because you think they hide the throw-up stains and juice cup spills. An easy pick-me up is a new top in fresh fall color like mustard, electric blue, plum or crimson. Stop being invisible!

Soup Up Your Shoes. Hiding your feet in frumpy, clunky running shoes or boring Birkenstocks? Be comfortable but look hip in a pair of the new fall booties. Ankle boots with a medium wedge or chunky heel look fantastic with jeans or pants, or even paired with a skirt and tights. If you prefer a shoe, try a fun patterned ballet flat with lots of personality.

Deborah Boland and JoJami Tyler are Image and Style Experts specializing in helping women 40 plus look and feel fabulous. They are the authors of the book, The Glam Plan~ 12 Simple Steps to Take You from Frumpy to Fabulous, as well as coaches for their Tweak Your Chic™, Image make-over program. For more tips, visit Fabulous After 40 and sign up for their bi-weekly newsletter.