Personal Style Advice for Busy Moms

by Stacey Nerdin

Stacey here…

I am the kind of woman who appreciates fine fashion sense in others, but can’t seem to muster an ounce of it in myself. I’ve been this way as long as I can remember, and it has only gotten worse as I’ve become a busy mom with little time to find what clothes work best on me.

The team behind Tog + Porter built their company around helping women like me. They offer unique services to meet one-on-one via video chat with a personal stylist who will assess your current wardrobe, individual needs and tastes, and then send a box packaged with designer items and a custom style board just for you.

Personal Style Boards from Tog + Porter

An example of personal style boards from Tog + Porter.

A personal touch is the cornerstone of Tog + Porter’s business, and they have come to 5 Minutes for Mom to share some of their knowledge and expertise with our readers.

First, a few questions for the ladies…

How does a woman go about defining her own personal style?
Your style is defined by what you feel confident and comfortable in. Your personality, unique experiences and lifestyle are all factors that influence your personal style. It’s important to recognize that style is an ever evolving and organic thing. That’s the beauty of it! There is no need to be boxed into one style category. Fashion should be fun and we think every woman should embrace it and use it as form of self-expression.

What are some common mistakes women make when shopping for clothes?
Top 3 common shopping mistakes: 1) Focusing on a trend or buying individual pieces that leave you with a bunch of strays and nothing that goes together. 2) Getting sidetracked by size. We all know every designer runs differently. It’s not about the number on the tag, it’s about fitting you perfectly. 3) Working so hard to camouflage something that it backfires! Focus on your overall shape and how to balance, rather than covering up!

What are three items every woman should have in her wardrobe?
Perfect denim, nude heels & a black trouser/pencil skirt.

Now it’s your turn!

Ask the experts from Tog + Porter your own personal style questions.

What items are worth paying designers prices for? What colors/palletes are hot this summer? Anything you want to know – just ask! We’ll follow up with your answers in a future post, so be sure to check back.



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Stacey has blogged personally at her site, Tree, Root, and Twig, since 2005. When she's not online or busy with her husband and five kids, she's probably learning a new hobby, reading a book, taking a nap, or catching up on her DVR. You can find her on Google+ or Twitter at @StaceyNerdin.

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1 Ashley July 8, 2012 at 1:14 am

Our style team is looking forward to answering some hard-hitting style questions. Thanks Stacey!

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2 Becca July 10, 2012 at 1:17 am

What is one key piece that every busy, on-the-go mom should have to help pull stray wardrobe items together and help her to look “put together” with very little effort? If I get a few minutes for myself during a quick family trip out I may waste that time on a wear once item or looking at something less realistic.
Thanks!

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3 MaRss Collection July 13, 2012 at 12:53 am

Busy moms with many kids should look fabulous. It is no use to try to look younger because moms have their own charisma. What i love about these clothes are they are perfect for moms, they are stylish, but still give the charisma of being moms. Very inspiring anyway ^^.

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4 Jester Queen July 18, 2012 at 7:42 pm

OK, I think I just failed the fashion test. The first instruction was to go with what I feel comfortable in. I feel comfortable in cheesy t-shirts. I’ve recently upgraded to polos, but those itch my neck, so I’m probably downgrading again soon. I feel comfortable in hairy legs and shorts with paint stains (the better to not spill something on them, which I can do without any help from the kids, and then there’s the kids…). You said to go with something that makes us feel comfortable. I don’t. Ever. Feel. Comfortable. In. ‘Dressy’. Clothes. And ‘dressy’ for me is anything above that paint stained shorts-saggy shirt combo.

It isn’t that I lack self confidence. It’s that I have no idea how to present myself. I get clothes that I think I like only to loathe them the first time I actually have to wear them anyplace. I would love to find a way to highlight my enormous breasts, but seriously, I’m a G cup. On a good day. H is more common. I hate them, they hurt, and I can’t hide from them, so the only thing to do IS show them off, but I have NO IDEA HOW TO DO THAT.

So, yeah, I think I was supposed to have a question, and probably that question is ‘what are your rates’ and ‘how cheap, exactly, can I be, because I hate spending money on clothes. If I have disposable income, it goes to other things that I consider more important, only I sometimes then suddenly find myself with a Fashion Event and have to Wear Something Nice and own only things that I feel awful in.

Um. And to be clear, I’m totally sincere. The topic gives me goosebump panic attack emotions, but it’s something I need to tackle.

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