I will answer that: You need to feel good about YOU and be a mommy at the same time! I find it is so important to my mental well being to "feel" like an adult even though I might not be doing adult things for most of the day!
So back to business, this is how Erika described her needs:
I am a busy mommy of 2 an almost 6 year old and a 3 year old so my wardrobe needs to be comfortable so I can get down on the floor and play, read, etc. but I still want to look stylish. You can usually find me in a pair of jeans (I have 2 pair of COH jeans) and t-shirts that have some sort of design on them or some kind of detail on it to "dress" it up, and one of my staples right now are comfy summer dresses to beat the Texas heat. I would not call myself a slave to fashion, I just find things that fit with my body type and try to look put together. NO sweat pants for this mama! I have an hourglass figure and I am short which poses so many challenges for me. I have to get everything hemmed...bummer! I like to look like I have a clue about the trends but not so trendy that I look like i am trying too hard. I would like something for a date night with my hubbie, cool and comfortable.
My budget is $200.
With this in mind I set to work on a "shopping" list for her. I included one pair of Citizens for Humanity (COH) jeans for her - but didn't include them in the budget. For about $200 (I think I was a hair over) I came up with 13 new wardrobe pieces for Erika! This is what her shopping list looks like:
I came up with six outfits total, but really the options are endless. Here are a couple of them:
Keeping in mind her comment about wanting to stay up on the trends, but not be "too trendy" I chose these grey bermuda shorts. Bermuda shorts are hot, hot, hot this season and are a very flattering short for most women. But instead of the standard khaki or black short I chose grey. It adds interest and style to an outfit without going overboard.
I really like this outfit for a casual dinner date with her husband or lunch with the girls. The white pants are super flattering and great for hot days and warm evenings. Adding the gold accessories makes the outfit instantly modern as gold is THE color for accessories this season!
Using the same white pants again, this time I just added a nice(r) t-shirt with a flattering v-neck line and some pops of color in the accessories and the sandals. This outfit would be great for play dates or errand running! Don't be afraid of white with kids... spot treat! spot treat! spot treat! (that's what I do!)
One last outfit to include the Citizens of Humanity denim that she already owns... paired with a simple tank and some fun accessories is 100% a kid friendly outfit.
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