As a stylist and personal shopper, I work with lots of new moms who feel like they’ve lost their style mojo. Having kids often triggers a wardrobe shift: suddenly, everything has to be functional and easily cleaned, the high heels move to the back of the closet, and our number one priority is comfort. And, because new mommies often have no clue how to fit their ever-changing, post-baby figures, schlumpy sweat pants become everyday attire.
4-5 black and white tanks. You’ll wear them under everything, and trust me!, having a strong collection of crisp, non-faded, well-fitting tanks eliminates a ton of what-am-I-going-to-wear-today stress. And, since these tanks are available at Old Navy or Target for about $6 each, you can stock up guilt-free, and replace as necessary.
While most people associate 1920s fashion with flapper and gangster type Brecha, those styles weren’t actually popularized until 1925 and forward. Before the flapper girls and dresses were dancing around the speakeasies, women were wearing long drop waist dresses which stood approximately 12-14 inches from the floor. The onset of the different styles was a move towards rebellion by women in an attempt to draw attention to women’s rights. Girdles were dispensed, hems rose, sleeves disappeared and women were in control of their bodies for the first time in history. Its a tribute to these women and the fight for women’s rights which makes 1920s style vintage bridesmaid dresses a social, as well as fashion, statement.
Stella Zotis, age 42, is the oldest female competitor. Also from New York, this designer got her start designing for punk rockers. From there she transitioned into denim clothing and leather designs that are worn by some of today’s most notable rock and roll stars.
Capes. They’re Denim clothing perfect for fall. Lighter than a winter coat, but cozy to keep you warm on a rainy, 50 degree, Minneapolis fall day. Macy’s and Nordstrom have a variety of shapes, sizes, colors, and designers.
A word of warning: DON’T go through your home like a tornado, throwing stuff out here, there and everywhere — only to bitterly regret what you’ve done once it’s all gone. (And of course it goes without saying that it’s not okay to get rid of anyone else’s stuff without their say so.) This exercise takes time and thought and patience. It may take a year to complete and that’s fine — the results are going to benefit you for the rest of your life.
Knowing what your true monthly expenses are is the first step to getting them under control and having a doable budget or spending plan. And those are crucial steps to getting yourself out of debt and beginning to grow truth wealth.