Now I must admit, I haven’t been in a school for years. I don’t have children and I like to keep a safe distance from un-hemmed pants, scuffed black shoes and the overwhelming scent of adolescent body spray, but when living in Sydney, it’s easy to pass the schools and see the general dress code that’s going on between mothers.
So, you might be thinking ‘How could someone without children possibly know what I should wear to pick them up from school?” I get you, but the reason I can help you in this area is because I dress a plethora of mums, new and not so new for this particular reason and also for their everyday lives, and the school pick up has a bigger impact on some of us than we give it credit.
Mammamia recently quoted a study that found 3 out of 4 women in the UK feel the pressure of having to dress up for this part of their day. And they’re so right, school pick up is an image conscious activity. It causes a little stress, makes us double check our appearance and can make us feel like all eyes are on us when we’ve just headed out to perform a simple task.
Sometimes when you’ve got bigger fish to fry of a morning like packing lunches, making sure everyone has their homework and their shoes tied, as well as getting yourself ready for work or what the rest of your day entails – school pick up can be the last thing on your mind but when it rolls around at 3pm, you’re thinking where did that time go?
To combat the scary feelings and the pressure, I’m passing over my style tips and recommending a few core wardrobe pieces that can make getting dressed for school pick up a heck of a lot easier!
Tip 1: Dressing Up Isn’t Just For School Pickup
One of the easiest ways to get over the hurdle of school pick up impressions is to raise your style standards. If you’re a stay at home mum, or you’re working, you can easily dress up what you’re wearing by doing simple things like developing a colour palette in your wardrobe, adding an accessory or stepping out of those scuffed up flats into a shoe that makes you feel on top of the world.
Tip 2: Give Your Wardrobe Some TLC
Repair any dangling buttons or fallen hems and your wardrobe will look ten times better immediately. A step further would be to start purging what you don’t wear out of your wardrobe and ensuring that whatever you keep fits perfectly or can be altered to fit and again, adopting a rule that you wear only the things that make you feel on top of the world can really be a game changer.
Tip 3: Start Planning Your Outfits
While I know how busy you are, five minutes before bed to plan what you’re wearing will make those moments the next day so much easier. If you plan out your outfits, you’ll save yourself time the next day, you’ll feel less stressed and you’ll also start to wear more of your wardrobe. The clients of mine who plan their outfits ahead of time are more likely to try new combinations and they feel less like they’re wearing the same things, clients who don’t will just pick what they’re comfortable with and what’s the easiest to pick up in a hurry.
Now It’s Time To Go Back To Basics:
There are key pieces you can add to your wardrobe to not only give your more options in dressing but to make you look more effortless and stylish. These pieces should be the best quality you can afford, in a basic colour and they should be something you can wear with most of your casual wardrobe. I’ve hand picked some of my favourite options from Australian brands below for you to consider when making your next purchases:
Alarna Hope is a Fashion Stylist and Body Positive Influencer. Based in Sydney, Alarna has spent the past several years in the fashion industry and over the span of her career she’s had the opportunity to dress and assist some of the biggest names in the entertainment industry. Alarna has since launched That Effortless Bitch, a blog aimed at women who can’t afford a personal stylist, but who have real, everyday issues. Her blog provides realistic and genuine information for the women fashion forgot about.