School run chic

(57 Posts)
smithy100 Mon 04-Feb-13 22:08:48

What do you wear everyday? I need to know...need new ideas for day to day outfits. I'm stay at home mum with 3 small dc, 2 at primary school I don't get dressed up for work. Wear jeans everyday and it's boring! Help me mn style people x

ThisLittleP Wed 06-Feb-13 21:20:33

OP - there are loads of harem trousers out & about again, which make a nice (and comfortable) change to jeans. When I say 'harem', we aren't necessarily talking MC Hammer here!

There are also lots of jersey dresses that I've been eyeing up, long sleeve, and knee length, that would look great with tights & biker boots (or ballet flats when the weather cheers up), and then maybe denim jacket or biker jacket, and scarf or snood when on school run to keep the chill out. This sort of thing?

For me, jersey dress feels as comfortable as a nightie, but of course isn't, and same with harem trousers (feel as comfortable as PJs, but isn't!). Both are inexpensive wardrobe updates, and both are practical for a household with 3 littlies too!

I try and dress nice everyday for no other reason than feeling good!!

Turquoiseblue Tue 05-Feb-13 17:02:31

Great retort Amber,
wtf elsking - I feel sorry for you with your lack of insight. I wonder if your fashion sense matches it.

Back to the OP - I work PT (3 days), wear a uniform at work, but I dress for myself be it at the school gates or the entrance to work. I like to look my look, which varies depending on mood and season a bit I suppose.
I do find jeans skinny/ straight/ flared or shock horror bootcut - all a reliable fall back though - huigh waisted with a silk shirt,
personally i m not too keen on slouchy jumpers or knits but love a nice top - not necessarily expensive. A scarf or snood (hear me eh! ) great too. Nice coat and hat/ gloves too.
Style blogs are good for inspiration or pinterest too, also if you have a bit of spare time just have a look in your wardrobe - Today I m wearing a black tank top under a cream cut out t black straight leg jeans with black cardi - doesnt sound very original i know but but I hadn't thought of putting those two tops together before - so layering etc is a great way to bring your summer tops into winter and I ve just tld myself I m using a monochrome there that s going to be all the rage lol! ... have a play with your wardrobe and try putting stuff together you havent paired before.
have fun !

Eliza22 Tue 05-Feb-13 15:28:43

Wewereherefirst you make a good point there. There are times when the only people I see are the school gate folks and the staff at Sainsbury's grin so, I don't want to look like a drab at those times.

Today ... Leggings, boots, white shirt, cardi and scarf worn Hanne Holm- style ( well, I AM in my 50's) I have my "face on" too.

smithy100 Tue 05-Feb-13 14:55:50

Yes loving all the comments, I'm about to go to school v cold here and I'm wearing for a change leggings and biker boots. Massive coat because it's snowing!

Sonotkylie Tue 05-Feb-13 14:28:31

Like wewereherefirst, I 'dress up' because I do have some moderately decent stuff in my wardrobe that otherwise I don't get to wear. And I like choosing my 'look' for that day ... I also enjoy choosing my own lunch ... Makes me feel I'm a real person.
Anyway, increasingly I'm wearing skirts and shirts plus cardigans because with tights and leggings under, its warmer than jeans, and I reluctantly have to acknowledge dresses look rubbish on me. Or its skinny jeans (plus thermals everywhere), boots, jumper and scarves, lots of scarves. Have discovered that scarves are as pretty as necklaces but keep you warmer. And they make you feel like you have made an effort and are cheap on eBay.
Are we helping at all OP?

I 'dress up' for the school run as that's the only time I am guaranteed to be going out- nights out just don't happen any more so I do try and look good, plus I feel better looking smartish

Sulawesi Tue 05-Feb-13 13:51:45

We were side tracked there for a bit...

Mmm I do wear jeans but they are FC skinny jeans along with biker boots, lots of scarves, great coats - in winter people only really see your coat when you are shivering in the playground so make it a goody! That way you could be wearing your pj's underneath <joke obvs>.

Erm what else? Bit of make up, hair clean and brushed. I dunno, the winter is much harder (or easier) than the summer as so little is on show. I know it's not a show but I do feel better when I look ok.

I am a middle aged IVF mum so fascinated how I would have got on at Elskling's fancy school?

Sulawesi Tue 05-Feb-13 13:46:59


madammecholet Tue 05-Feb-13 13:14:17

Pms at 'fancy school'.....

WileyRoadRunner Tue 05-Feb-13 12:07:51

But we haven't had a style definition of an IVF mum yet!

Sulawesi Tue 05-Feb-13 11:23:29

Awww that's a shame, I thought she would have made quite good sport grin!

polyhymnia Tue 05-Feb-13 11:03:37

I'm with secondcoming and twogoodreasons. Can see why people want to make the best of themselves, whatever their age and size - that's really one of main things S and B's about. But can't understand this fascination with dressing up, etc specifically for the school run - now no longer a feature of my life.

Perhaps that's because I was, and am, 'middle-aged and large'!

I was always in work clothes and hurrying to get to the office. Didn't linger and am glad I didn't if some others had nothing better to do than pore over judgmental and petty comments about what outfits people wore just to deliver their DC.

KateSMumsnet (MNHQ) Tue 05-Feb-13 11:01:41

Hullo all,

Just to let you know that Elskling was NOT a regular poster, and will not be darkening our doorstep again.

As you were...

Clickmyredshoes Tue 05-Feb-13 10:36:05

Thewombat no the top not too fine, I have worn with vest under on cold days but it will also be nice for spring HTH

teta Tue 05-Feb-13 09:45:31

I wear M&S jeggings in indigo/black,thermals t shirts from Brora,Wrap and Matalan and coats from Tk Maxx.I buy lovely cashmere/silk/wool scarves from tk Maxx and buy cashmere jumpers in the sales though i have just bought some cotton traders snow boots [as i live up a very slippy hill] and they have really good grippage.I tend to restrict colours and go for a basic palette of grey/navy/black so everything goes together.I then add colour with scarves/jewellery etc-its a sort of uniform.Funnily enough i am an IVF mum but i dress better than the younger mums here [rural sartorial wasteland].

QueenCadbury Tue 05-Feb-13 09:44:35

smithy I'm the same as you, have 3dc, 2 of which are at school and I'm a SAHM. I wear jeans every day but do vary the style and colour (blue or black, haven't yet found coloured ones that suit me!). I tend to buy tops in neutral colours such as grey, navy or black and then add colour with cardigans. This way everything goes together which is important if a, like me you often get changed in the day as you're covered in lunch/crap off the carpet at toddler group and b, you can't keep up with the washing!

I don't dress up as such for the school run but being at home is my 'job' and just as I wouldn't turn up to work in my slobby clothes I don't turn up to school in them (I just save them for when I'm back behind closed doors grin).

At our school, there's a mixture of all outfits-jeans, work stuff, gym stuff and to my knowledge no-one judges or passes comment thnk goodness.

Corygal Tue 05-Feb-13 09:43:46

Oh Elskling, I would love to see what you look like.

I'm guessing beneath the OMG Orange head you're rocking extensions (that prob shed in the schoolyard), a Jane Norman dress, style name: 'Vagina Veil', and spike-heeled Timberlands.

TheSecondComing Tue 05-Feb-13 09:40:12

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

cheeseandpineapple Tue 05-Feb-13 09:32:02

My natural non work wardrobe is smart casual. I don't really do grungy casual anymore. I love wearing heels (wedge heeled suede boots with a thick rubber sole have been brilliant this winter but I'll wear flat snow boots if its been snowing or is icy). Unless I'm walking a lot, it's heels heels heels. I literally feel flat without them!

I wear jeans and jumpers a lot but with the right boots, scarves and jewellery, doesnt look dowdy. I love scarves, can transform an outfit.

But the best investment to transform even the most casual of outfits is wear a decent, properly fitted bra. Even with the most basic tee shirts you get a better silhouette.

I was gobsmacked by my "real" bra size after getting measured up properly at bravissimo last year but even more so when I saw the difference a decent bra does for my rack. Started to get compliments from other women about my chest and someone even asked me if I'd had a boob job!

A properly fitted bra can make you look like you've lost loads of weight too, can show off your waist more. In danger of sounding like Trinny and Susannah, make sure you're wearing a decent bra!

Eliza22 Tue 05-Feb-13 09:30:49

Oh God yes! Makeup IS compulsory past age 50. I look like I've been dug up is I go 'au naturel' grin

Elskling even. Stuffing autocorrect.

I'm normally a skinnies/wrap top or dress girl on the school run, with knee high or ankle boots. I do use blusher and mascara otherwise I look like death.

I have two DC's one is at school and I have so few clothes I have them on a 4 day rotation.

<stealth watch>

Elskiing is a bit hmm I'm not an IVF mum but I am a PTA member....

EnjoyResponsibly Tue 05-Feb-13 09:19:52

Elskling I'm betting less sneering at your naice clothes and more thinking "what a cock that she cares that much what we think".

Smithy mornings gym gear if I'm not working. Afternoons jeans/converse or leggings/boots. Parka coat/variety of scarves.

ellangirl Tue 05-Feb-13 09:19:16


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