I think because fashion was always such a challenge for me, my wardrobe was easily the first to go when the budget got tight. Because I was no longer working and was usually covered in whatever my kids were eating and often their bodily fluids it became less important what I was wearing. The kids were growing and needed new things all the time, my husband works in an office and needs to look presentable.
I really feel like I've lost touch with what I actually like and what would look good on me. At this point in time I literally have two pairs of shoes, sneakers and some high black leather boots which I only wear when I have to dress up and it's cold out. Which isn't often, and is just as well since I really only have two semi dressy outfits, which I've owned since before I had kids, so at least 11 years LOL!
The other things I'm wearing are some jeans, shorts and t shirts that I've also owned for ages. I really must go shopping, problem is I don't know where to start and the budget is tight!
This is an example of what I would like to wear, cute and comfy. When you are the mom you need a good sized tote to lug all the families stuff around like sunscreen, sunglasses, hats, water and snacks.
day out by ladiesholiday featuring apt 9 capris
Fashion is yet another area where my daughter and I have had many a heated discussion. She is about to turn 10 and since she was probably 4 she has been asking me why I don't wear heels and make up all the time. Once on a trip to Target we saw a very well put together mom, head to toe perfection. Cute outfit, make up, hair done and heels. Gigi was about seven and really put the pressure on me, asking why I don't want to dress nice or look good. Well I ended up feeling so bad about myself I yelled at her and asked her where she thought I was going to get all the time and money for shopping. I still feel bad about this, I could have handled it so much better than I did.
Truth is I used to love to wear makeup and take an hour to do my hair. Before we had kids I could spend $100 on pants if they were the only ones I could find to fit. Even then I didn't like to spend that much but could if I needed to. So this year since I'm essentially starting from scratch I hope my daughter will help me find my sense of style and be my shopping buddy. I hope I can teach her how to find good stuff without spending a fortune.
Below is an ensemble she put together for me, and with the exception of the lipstick and nail polish colors I really like it! I am however shocked there are no heels LOL!
Gigi's Choice by ladiesholiday featuring macs cosmetics
If you are shopping for new items this Spring I wish you lots of luck finding things you like that are also budget friendly.