photo via Rainer Hosch
I've loved Carson Kressley ever since the Queer Eye for the Straight Guy days...He's funny, he's smart...and he KNOWS style! So, when I got the chance to chat with him last week, I jumped on it. I had you lovely readers in mind when I composed my questions for Carson and decided that it would be great for everyone to get his take on style advice for moms. I know I'm not the only mom who has struggled with things like post baby body issues, time management and translating celebrity style inspiration looks into outfits that make sense in my every day life. So, I threw a few of these topics at Carson and this is what he had to say...
Q: New moms often struggle with body image. How can we feel great about ourselves and comfortable in our skin when we leave the house during that tricky transitional period post baby.
A: There are some practical things that you can do. Whether it's a great bra, shaper or something like Depend protection....All those foundation garments really affect how you feel. They also affect everything you put on top of them. Things aren't what you remembered right? The big thing for new moms is to embrace your new body. You need to get a bra update for instance. 85% of women are wearing the wrong size bra! Your bodies change after kids. My goal is to get women feeling more confident so they're not thinking about their body issues. Do whatever you need to feel confident. Embrace it...Own it...Go be FIERCE!
Q: What tips do you have for a busy mom who's simply short on time, but still wants to look polished?
A. Make it easy...My first tip for anyone who's busy is start with a really great wardrobe. Clean out your closet and get rid of everything that doesn't look great on you right NOW. I don't care if you store it...Just get it out of your closet. In the morning when you go to get dressed you want to be met with success. If you try on your skinny jeans and they don't fit, you've started your day with a buzzkill. Also, carve out five minutes a day to do something for you. It could be a workout, manicure or a bubble bath. Remind yourself that you are worthy of being cared for.
Q: If you had to pick some universally flattering, must have pieces that every mom should have in her wardrobe, what would they be?
I love a good wrap dress. Anything that you can tailor to your shape is fabulous and they are something you can wear every season of the year. We all live in denim. When you find a great pair of jeans you love, buy two pairs. Go with a darker wash. I think sometimes we make things too complicated...Remember, if it has shape on the hanger it's going to have shape on your body.
Q: Our moms often look to celebrities for style inspiration...Can you give us a celebrity example of a mom who you think is doing a great job with dressing with confidence?
I just worked with Nicole Richie. She has great fashion sense AND she's a busy working mom. Gwen Stefani always looks amazing...Sara Jessica Parker...I love that she takes risks. I think celebs are a great source of inspiration, but you don't have to emulate the entire look. You can pick and choose different celebrity inspired pieces that fit in with your life.
Q: What are some fall fashion trends that you're loving for moms?
A: Everything is getting longer for fall. Crops are being replaced with vests and dusters. The midi is kind of going away for more of a maxi look. It's a season where anything goes. You're seeing seventies inspiration, faux fur and a lot of color!
Carson Kressley is a spokesperson for Depend. To to learn more, go to www.underwareness.com.
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