Another popular capsule wardrobe plan designed specifically for working moms is available to download!
This capsule plan covers ALL your work wear needs for a professional office setting or the classroom (for all of you wonderful teachers!)… from tops to accessories, shoes to completer pieces and pieces for all seasons of the year.
This simple, no-fuss set of pieces is also stunningly feminine. It’s modestly classic with just enough trending items to keep your looks fresh.
A plus is it’s an extension of the Stay-at-Home Mom’s Full Year Wardrobe Plan which covers your at-home/casual wardrobe needs.
To help you maximize what’s in your wardrobe, about half of the pieces in the business capsule wardrobe are drawn from this at-home plan. That means you can double up on the uses for MANY of the items already in your closet! I show you how.
More About the Free Style Guide Download
I’ve put these visuals into a mini “style guide” that you can download for FREE.
This free PDF style guide also gives you:
- an easy-to-print shopping checklist that you can use to shop your closet first.
- tons of shopping links to affordable options for each item online
- 4 outfit examples of the 78 total unique outfits possible!
Click the button to download it now!
Q. What exactly makes this specifically a MOM’s professional wardrobe?
A. Like all the capsule plans I offer on the blog, every item is mom-friendly AND budget-friendly. That means you can be with your kids at the beginning and end of a work day without twisting an ankle or being stressed about staining your clothes. All the shopping links to similar items online also keep in mind that you’re working with a family budget! We look for affordable items!
Q. Can you show me how to put all these pieces together into outfits?
A. Yes! You can purchase the accompanying outfit guide for this capsule plan right here! It includes visuals that show you how to combine all the tops, bottoms, dresses and completer pieces as well as how to accessorize.
Q. Does this work for plus size?
A. Absolutely! We include plus size shopping link options as well. This plan is also highly adaptable, so you’re encouraged to swap in items that work for your specific body type. (the descriptions for each item are loose enough to allow for this, but specific enough to allow any substitutions to work!)
Q. Can this be adapted for pregnancy?
A. Yes, in the shopping links document we include notes about what you would buy as maternity items and which items can simply be adapted wear with a growing belly! This makes a gorgeous and fuss-free maternity capsule wardrobe for work.
Let me know in the comments below if you will be grabbing this style guide!
The product used for the tutorial in this post is sponsored. I only endorse products I personally use and love.
The Wet Hair Styles series is back with one of my favorites! The Twisted Tuck is SO romantic but only takes 5-10 minutes, and you can do it on wet hair right out of the shower!
I’m excited to be utilizing a new favorite hair accessory… the Flexi Clip for this hair style.
Flexi Clips, by the company Lilla Rose, give you a way to grab all of your hair with just one clip while giving an incredibly polished look to your hairstyle. That’s why they’re perfect for wet hairstyles!
They are made with piano wire, which makes them super strong and yet comfortably adjustable– a quality that sets these apart!
Marie from our Frumpy Fighters mom group reached out to me about these clips and I’m so glad she did.
She is an independent consultant for Lilla Rose and hooked me up with a couple of their flexi hair clips to try.
I think they are perfect for busy moms who want to look put together fast.
These are just a few of the easy hairstyles I’ve tried them on…
Check out some of the other ways you can use them…
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Before jumping into our hair tutorial for the Twisted Tuck, be sure to enter this easy giveaway to win a flexi clip!
The Twisted Tuck
Hair Length: Medium, Long
Time: 5-10 Minutes (speed improves with practice)
What You’ll Need:
Two ways to finish this hairstyle…
When it comes to the tuck on Step 12, you can either tuck it over and in for this look:
or down and under for this look:
In the video I tuck it under.
- Start with clean wet hair and comb it through. Flip head over to loosen hair.
- Gather a small portion of hair from the front and divide portion into two equal pieces.
- Fold the front (lower) piece over the back (upper) piece once.
- Gather a bit of hair from the top to add to the top piece and from the bottom to add to the bottom piece.
- Twist the lower piece over the top piece so that the lower piece becomes the top piece.
- Repeat the steps until you reach the back of your head: Add more hair to each piece and twist the lower piece over the top piece. TIP: As you twist, keep directing the twist backwards and downwards to avoid lumps and end up in the bottom center of the back.
- When you reach the back/center, stop adding hair and just twist the pieces about halfway to the end.
- Flip up gently and secure with a jaw clip so that you can do the other side without this one unraveling.
- Repeat the same steps on the other side.
- When you have both “pig tails” finished, release the jaw clip for the first and twist the two pig tails over each other until you are about halfway to your ends.
- Fasten this twisted braid with a thin elastic, leaving the hair looped inward at the bottom.
- You can tuck the twisted braid either 1) down and under or 2) over and in, depending on the look you’re going for. (Video does down and under)
- Take your Flexi Clip and stick it through the knot in the back, making sure to go through the tucked loop tied with the elastic so that it stays tucked. Fasten on the other side of the knot.
- Use bobby pins to tuck away stray hairs as needed.
- Finish with hair spray.
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Joggers are a very trendy right now. I’m sure you’ve been seeing them in stores for a few seasons, but you probably only think of them as sweatpants. Well, today some awesome members of our Frumpy Fighters Facebook group are showing us 20+ ways to look cute in jogger outfits.
I’m also sharing easy tips on how to find joggers that look great on you.
First off, what exactly are joggers?
Joggers are pants that taper at the calf and/or ankle.
They are often in sweat pant material, but not always– as we’ll cover below.
As I like to say about our lively Facebook Group… if you want to start a conversation in the group just mention joggers.
Here’s the deal.
- Joggers are popular right now. That means you can look trendy if you wear them.
- Joggers are comfortable. It’s the new sweatpants, without just being plain sweatpants (as you’ll see in the outfits below).
- Moms need comfortable. While I think jeans and other kinds of pants can be comfortable too, there are just those days in the week when you wanna pull on your husbands sweatpants and big hoodie.
It’s at least on those kind of days that the joggers trend can be extremely handy. Because you can be ultra comfortable while being ultra trendy.
So joggers are comfortable and you will look on-trend wearing them. A potential win-win if you ask me!
But the problem with joggers?
It’s easy to look frumpy in them if you don’t get the right pair.
The two factors making joggers frump-risky are:
- Casual material. Cotton is a common material for joggers and they don’t provide structure which many body types need.
- Tricky shape. Joggers are often looser on top and taper at the bottom. That means the wrong pair can make you wider at the hips. And do we need wider hips mamas?
Here are my tips for avoiding these problems with joggers so that you can find a pair that you feel CUTE in.
How to find joggers that flatter
#1 Look for joggers with structure.
Many of the cheapest joggers you’ll find out there are a stretchy cotton material–like the French terry cloth type or with fleece-lining. Exactly what you would expect sweat pants to be made of.
If you are a very slim or have a straight body shape you might be able to look great in unstructured, stretchy cotton.
Here are a couple of outfit pics I took when I just purchased my cotton pair from Old Navy.
I loved them, however, I’ve found that while I felt good in them the first few weeks, they lost their shape after a couple of washes and I got the “big butt” or baggy look.
To avoid this, you can look for non-stretchy material such as twill or chino material.
#2 Look for quality joggers in polyester or nylon material
Polyester and nylon material are both heavier (if good quality and in thick knit) and they have a nice shine to it. It also doesn’t pill after washing (again, as long as it’s good quality).
For these reasons polyester or nylon joggers look less casual and are easier to dress up. They are also slimming.
Just check out how Alison from Get Your Pretty On dressed up her polyester joggers! (I love Alison’s post on 3 ways to wear joggers!)
Here are some more polyester/nylon jogger options:
Athleta (by GAP) offers some of the best quality and flattering joggers out there!
#3 Look for slim-fit joggers
Ideally you want your joggers to be slim fit from top to bottom. While they will taper the most right at the ankle, you want to avoid the balloon look on the top.
Getting joggers in the right material (twill, polyester or nylon) will help provide the slim fit.
But there are even joggers made in the French Terry cotton type that are cut to fit slim, regardless of how often you wash them. You’ll want these cotton joggers to have minimal spandex/elastane in them so that they keep their shape even after washes.
Finding Quality Joggers at Affordable Prices
Buying quality will be expensive. But you can find tons of Athleta and other quality brand names on Poshmark or Amazon for much cheaper.
Here’s my screen recording showing you how to sort your results to get just what you need.
What’s awesome about Amazon is most items have fast shipping and free returns!
I now get about half my purchases from Amazon just because of this. If you look carefully at ratings and reviews you will land amazing deals on quality items. Use my link to try Prime’s free 2-day shipping for free:
Here’s a list of joggers on Amazon to get you started:
Cute Outfit Formulas using joggers
- With a tee or button-up top, partially tucked in the front
- Slip-on or canvas sneakers
- Add a cozy infinity scarf and vest for warmth
- Add a fitted jacket like a denim or leather jacket to your top
- Wear flats instead of sneakers
If you really want to get bold, you can actually dress up your slim-fit, black or navy, polyester joggers for a trendy date night look.
- Wear with a blouse, partially tucked in the front.
- Add pointy pumps
Below I’m sharing examples of these looks by ladies in our group Frumpy Fighters.
Joggers Style: Button Up
Button-Ups are an easy layering piece that don’t add a lot of bulk. Try them closed over a tank or open over a printed top! Open is also a great way to style your button-ups during pregnancy. They are very versatile!
Joggers Style: Jean Jacket
Jean jackets are a classic piece everyone should have in their wardrobe. They add more warmth than a button up but should also have a fitted look which is always flattering!
Joggers Style: Stripes
Stripes are almost a neutral all of their own. They pattern match well and create a basic, classy look without much effort!
Joggers Style: Cardigans
Cardigans come in a variety of lengths, colors, and styles which means everyone can find one (or a few!) that fit their personal style best. They are the perfect, comfy layering piece that can easily step up your outfit!
Joggers Style: Scarves
Scarves also come in so many different options you can create outfits for any season and style with them. Especially if you don’t want to add too many layers a scarf is an inexpensive, simple option!
Joggers Style: Vest
Vests are probably one of the most worn completer pieces in my wardrobe, besides cardigans. I love how quick and easy they create warmth without the bulkiness of a jacket.
Joggers Style: Dressy
I know, I know, this is where you are all hesitantly looking at me with raised eyebrows. But with the right joggers (material is everything!) you can totally create a great going-out or date night outfit. Try it and you might be surprised how chic and trendy you are!
Notice how some of these looks are styled for being at home and some for being out and about? Isn’t that what mom life is all about?! Some days we are fighting the battle to be cute, yet relaxed at home as we chase kiddos around, cleaning up after them, and other days we are in and out of the car, running errands, dropping kids off at school or sports, fighting the frump while feeling harried.
Just like these lovely ladies, YOU CAN DO IT! Small investments, like comfy joggers that aren’t frumpy can have a big impact on how you feel conquering day to day life.
On you go, mamas, pull on those joggeres, grab some accessories and show us how you are styling these comfy bottoms over at Frumpy Fighters!
Now it’s your turn to share! Please tell us what YOU think about joggers after reading this post!
Here on the Frump Fighters blog written specifically for moms, we make it our goal to help you wade through the fashion world and easily find the bright, exciting new things that can help you step up your wardrobe.
While we do try to focus on classic styles that can carry you through many years without looking dated, an easy way to avoid “frumpy” is by incorporating seasonal trends into your closet.
It helps freshen and update your look–eliminating the risk of “falling behind” or looking “dated.” Nobody wants that!
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Can you believe we’re heading into another new season? Maybe you can because you are already enjoying warm, sunny weather or maybe you’re like me and the idea of sleeveless tops and shorts feels like a far off dream world – ha! Either way, spring is quickly on it’s way and with it another season full of new trends and styles we can hardly begin to navigate.
As you learn what’s “in style” your confidence while shopping and dressing will skyrocket.
But figuring out what’s in style each season can be time consuming.
We’re here to make it easy for you to feel confident about what you wear, what you buy, and what you don’t buy.
So, ladies, here’s our Spring/Summer 2018 edition of “Fashion Trends That Are Mom Friendly.”
These 13 current trends made the cut, and there are others that we chose NOT to include either because they were 1) expensive, 2) not modest/classy, 3) not conducive to mom life!
Tip #1 before getting started: BE PICKY WITH YOUR TRENDS.
Only try out the ones you really love and can be added to your wardrobe on a budget. Speaking of which, don’t forget to grab this post’s freebie that covers several ways you can incorporate trends for free or for cheap.
Tip #2 before getting started: BUILD UP YOUR BASICS WARDROBE BEFORE YOU ADD TRENDS.
If you feel like you don’t have any basic outfits to start with, buying trends will only frustrate you. Make sure you have those basics first: good fitting white tee, jeans, shorts, dress. See more about basics here. When you have a good foundation, adding a trend or two to your style becomes fun and adds value to your wardrobe!
If you’re reading this on your phone, be sure to slide to the left on images to view all the examples.
On Trend Right Now In: Colors and Patterns
Look For: Blush & Lavender
It’s typical in the spring and summer to see a few lighter colors play a main part in new styles and this year is no different. Blush and lavender are both popular springy tones you can very easily incorporate into your wardrobe. A basic top is a particularly easy to way to do this, but don’t be afraid to try a dress or pair of bottoms!
Look For: Polka Dots
This is one of my favorite patterns of all time! Polka dots can be pretty classy, but also super fun! They’re out in strength this year in everything from shoes to purses, from blouses to swimsuits!
Look for: Gingham
I know, I know, you’re thinking “duh, plaid has been ‘in’ all fall and winter” and while that’s true, gingham in particular is very popular this season! A type of plaid, gingham is usually a solid color paired with white. Navy and black appear to be the most common colors, which is awesome because this is a very easy pattern to mix and match and having some neutral colors makes your options endless!
Look for: Denim
Obviously denim jeans is a forever piece almost everyone has in their closet, but there is denim in almost every piece this season, including overalls, tops, and utility styled jackets.
Lots of raw edges, however cuffs are also still popular. Be on the lookout for different colored denims paired together in one piece as well as lots of distressing and even embroidery.
On Trend Right now In: Specific Style Tops, Dresses & Pants
Look for: Ruffles & Bell Sleeves
Ruffles. SO MANY RUFFLES. Go to the store and you’ll see ruffled tees, ruffled blouses, ruffles on swimsuits, ruffles on dresses and especially on sleeves!
Bell sleeves are also popular and often are ruffled as well! This is a fun, feminine trend you can incorporate with almost any kind of outfit piece you desire!
Bell sleeves barely passed our mom-friendly test. I know I wouldn’t clean or change diapers or COOK wearing the gray blouse on top/center (mom’s on FIRE!), however there are some less pronounced or “tighter” bell sleeves that would work (the white or olive variety above).
Look for: Jumpsuits & Rompers
This trend isn’t for everyone, but if you want to take the plunge on something different jumpsuits and rompers are all the rage right now with many styles to choose from! Tanks, Sleeves, shorts pants, slim cut, wide leg, you can take your pick!
Note: Not recommended for nursing mamas unless you find one with buttons down the front.
Look for: Athleisure
Not that most of us need any encouragement to pull out our yoga pants, but this is a trend that’s starting to branch out with fun, dressier details. Even for gym days, if you want something trendy to wear the rest of the day you can grab styled tops and pants that look cute on and off the treadmill.
On Trend Right Now In: Shoes & Accessories
Look For: Slip Ons
Ease is the name of the game with this trend. There are many different styles to choose from, whether you like wide straps, skinny straps, sparkles, bows, just about whatever your heart desires!
Look for: Sneakers
I love it when basic styles are super popular. Sneakers are everywhere this season and they pair easily with hosts of different outfits!
Look For: Crossbody Purses/Totes
In my opinion, crossbody purses and bags are the epitome of mom-friendly. Baby in one hand, toddler in another and you’re not losing your purse off your shoulder. WIN!
Trends Still Going Strong
This section is for trends we’ve talked about over the last year that are still popular this year!
Look For: Trenches
Trench coats are a very classic styled coat that are pretty much always out there if you look in the right places. This season, however, they are popping up everywhere in many materials and colors. You can’t go wrong with a basic outwear piece like this!
Look For: Florals
Florals have been going strong for a while now and it doesn’t appear to be a trend that will be fading any time soon! A newer floral you might see this season is smaller, ditsy florals. Florals pattern mix really well, but also are fun on their own. You can’t really go wrong with whatever floral you choose!
Look For: Utility
We’ve seen utility vests and jackets for a few seasons now, but this spring and summer you’ll see them in lots of styles including skirts, shorts, dresses and even jumpsuits!
The Full Year Wardrobe plan includes both a utility jacket and a utility vest. Because spring mornings can be chilly, these are pretty classic pieces you should be able to easily utilize! Get the plan free here.
That rounds up our mom-friendly trend picks for Spring/Summer 2018.
Like I mentioned before, take note of the ones you love and look for those details/styles when you’re shopping.
You can be confident that when you incorporate some of these looks into your spring/summer wardrobe, you will be looking relevant, stylish, and super cute!
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The Wet Hair Styles series has been very popular… next only to my stay-at-home-mom wardrobe plans! 🙃 I think they are so helpful for us moms because while hair is such an important part of looking put together each day, time is limited with everything that goes on with kids in the morning. We need something that takes 5 minutes or less!
This tutorial is somewhat the opposite of a wet hairstyle. It’s for when you DON’T have time to shower and need a quick look that will disguise the matted mess. 🙂
It’s been a while since I released a new hair tutorial for moms– thank you all for your patience! This video was actually recorded several months ago and I just barely whipped it into an edited tutorial. But don’t worry, there are more tutorials coming down the pike in the next couple of months!
No-Shower Hair Style: The Romantic Loose Braid
Hair Length: Medium, Long
Time: 4 Minutes
What You’ll Need:
The key to getting beautiful volume with this hair style is letting the hairspray and dry shampoo accumulate in your hair over 1-3 days.
If you don’t have any product in your hair on the morning you’re trying it, you can go ahead and apply some to create that texture. (Link to my favorite dry shampoo under “What You’ll Need” above.)
If you usually shower at night, you can apply the hairspray before bed and just add the dry shampoo for more texture in the morning.
- Apply dry shampoo to the hair by your face as well as the roots of your scalp on the top half of your head. Use anywhere else that still looks greasy. If using a spray, allow to dry and then work it in with your fingers until it’s all absorbed.
- Starting about halfway up your hair, lift hair in portions and spray a light hairspray all over hair (not too much!). Allow to dry and then use your fingers or brush to comb out. (Be gentle so that you don’t break your hair!)
Your hair is now texturized and ready to create a “fat” braid.
- Grab top portion of hair, leaving bangs or other shorter hair out in the front. You can also pull it all back by wearing a headband as shown in the pictures where I’m wearing the blue tank.
- Start a french braid slightly off to the side opposite your hair part.
- Braid all the way down and secure with a clear hair elastic. You can also take a bit of hair to wrap around the elastic and tuck into the elastic on the back.
- Use curling or flat iron to add soft waves or curls to the front hair that you left out.
- Tug and pull on braid carefully to loosen and add volume.
- Secure with bobby pins and finish with hair spray all over braid.