A working mom has to juggle office and home, and everything in between. So, fashion takes a backseat. But with some planning, busy moms can look good and feel great! Here's how.
By Ashika Kumar
“Mummy, I’m thirsty,” one of my daughters cried just as I was just about to put my foot on the accelerator. Leaving my twins in their dad’s care, I ran back three flights of stairs to retrieve the diaper bag that I had forgotten in the first place.
As mothers, we innately know that our brains have changed; ‘everything changes after a baby’ is literal, to an anatomical level. The amygdala in mothers’ brains — a set of neurons that process memory and drive emotional reactions — becomes bigger after birth, sensitising mothers to the needs of their children. With children, home and work taking up most of their time, it is only natural that mothers delegate low priority to fashion.
“But, it doesn’t have to be that way,” says Bangalore-based fashion consultant, Nisha Vinod. “Giving a little thought to what you wear, picking up something comfortable and making it trendy with your own style inputs, can do wonders to the way you look and feel,” she adds.
This applies to working women too. As HR manager with a top IT company, Judith Xavier’s mornings with her school-going daughter and toddler son are incredibly busy. “I use the weekend to decide what to wear for the next five days,” she says. Spending precious time in the morning on deciding what to wear can be all it takes to leave you stressed for the rest of the day. But it's not just about being fashionable, it's also about appropriate attire. “It’s good to be trendy, but it’s important to keep it comfortable and wear what suits you and, your workplace best,” points out Shobika Somburajan, a Chennai-based freelance fashion designer.
Here are five different looks that working women, mothers in particular, can bank on to make busy mornings breezy.
While fashion is ever-changing, style is eternal. Create your own singular 'look' and feel great. And carpe diem your weekends to get your mind and wardrobe organised for the ensuing week — we promise, your mornings will never be the same again!
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