6 tips on getting dressed w/ kids

jenny greenstein
Despite priority shifts when entering motherhood, first and foremost we are individual women. So whether it’s showing up at the office, running our own business, interviewing for preschools or hanging with your fellow mama-tribe at the park, it’s vital to pay attention to the very fact that outside of being “mommy” we are our own people. That said, personal style can lose momentum when juggling this new normal, but self-care is imminent when it comes to retaining a strong sense of self. I drive this message home with mama clients because entering a day strong and empowered will domino into either positively or negatively affecting everything that follows, including role as mama. I completely understand the challenges of keeping it together in the early hours of the day when you have one eye-open, one-eye on kiddo and one-eye on the day ahead. I have my own two-year old toddler tugging at my legs saying, “hold you, hold you, hold you” (= “hold me”) while trying to get myself presentable. It’s extremely challenging, but fortunately not impossible! So as your trustworthy Personal Stylist, here’s a few strategic styling tips to make what could be deemed a grueling process, a successful one.

6 TIPS ON GETTING DRESSED WITH KIDS:

Simplify: The idea of returning to pre-baby style seems far away and that’s because it is. Life has evolved and you need to embrace that. While taking risks before baby arrived felt very doable, things are more complicated now, time is of the essence and simplifying is key. Without compromising your creative vision, try and peel it back and find a uniform that works. Have conviction in your groove, become empowered by that and streamline daily dressing. Vision boards are super helpful to establish your new lane.

Create a Capsule: Once you find your “new normal”, simplified look, organize your closet in a way that hones in on that capsule, which should be mix & match friendly with pieces that flex from work to play and everything in-between.

Plan Ahead: Once baby (and/or babies) are asleep, and after bottles are washed, dishes are clean and your belly is full, more work sounds daunting. But styling your look the night before is the most essential tool to minimize stress in the AM hours. If this daily task seems overwhelming, put aside 30 minutes every Sunday night to organize an entire week’s worth of outfits so you only have to think about it once a week.

Find Your Color Story: Whether it’s neutrals, pinks, all-black, blues, etc. choosing a wardrobe in the same color story/palette will make pieces flexible and coordinated, thus getting dressed easier!

Eliminate the Clutter: Maybe you haven’t lost all the baby weight, or maybe you’re holding on to the item you wore in 2010 to that epic NYE party you attended with your partner (that you haven’t worn since). Either way, none of these pieces are currently working in the rotation and create noise in your closet while getting dressed. Pull the unworkable clutter together and move it to the back (less focal part) of your closet to be revisited at a later date. If none of those items make it back to front and center in the next 6 months, they need some serious reevaluating.

Undergarments: Each item/silhouette in your wardrobe will require a different undergarment be it thongs vs. nude bras vs. strapless bras. vs. nursing bras, etc. Don’t get tripped up each day trying to figure out what goes with what. Stock up on all your intimate staples to ensure you are prepared with the right styles to work back to each outfit.

For more info on one-on-one Styling Sessions and how I can support you, click here for details.

*photo/collab with ana gambuto 

finding your soul style

jenny greenstein

A few months back I was asked to participate in a ‘Mothering In Style’ online event that brought together 20 experts in the areas of pregnancy and postpartum services, fitness and health, fashion and style, and mindfulness and intuition. I spoke on behalf of style and how vital it is to pay attention to this practice of self-care as you moving through the various transitions in motherhood. Check out my interview titled, Find Your Soul Style: Strategies for Knowing Yourself on the Inside in order to Dress with Purpose on the Outside to get some FREE expert styling advice, and see what each of the 20 experts had to say by following the link on the page.

besos xx jenny

photo via marisa erin photo

WRNY: postnatal closet cleansing

jenny greensteinSharing some MAJOR guidance on how to cleanse your closet post baby! Head over to Well Rounded to peep my step-by-step on how to detox, reboot and rebuild after this monumental transition. I’d love to help you in person too, just read what my latest postnatal client had to say about her experience. Contact me for a free consultation at jenny@yoursoulstyle.com and let’s get to it. besos, xx jenny

mothering in style

jenny greenstein

Your Soul Style is about teaching women how to embrace authentic style, and supporting them on the journey while moving through life’s transitions. I’ve worked with women from all different walks of life, but motherhood, a space that has become a huge focus for me, is one of the biggest shifts that can influence and affect our personal style. My goal has, and always will be to help you look in the mirror and not just love what you see, but WHO you see, and as mother’s, we can sometimes lose ourselves in the process. 

I’m super SUPER excited to have been invited to join forces with Molly Ades Maternity as a contributor for her online FREE “Mothering In Style” summit taking place from May 30th – June 7th. Sign up and gain access to experts speaking on pregnancy & birth, fashion & style, health & fitness, and mindfulness & intuition, plus my one-on-one interview with Molly where I share strategies to create a perfect wardrobe to look and feel your best and function better as a mom. My interview will take place specifically on June 2nd, 12pm central time + we will be offering bonus styling sessions for the first 10 people who sign up. Head over to the “Mothering In Style” page to reserve your space. I can’t wait to see you there! besos, xj

you’re invited! private shopping event

jenny greenstein

Mama’s, Clients & Friends,

Happy Monday! I wanted to invite each of you to a private shopping event in honor of upcoming Mother’s Day, that I’ll be co-hosting with Silver ContinentHania by Anya Cole (+ more), with a mission to bring together brands that focus on sustainability, social responsiblity, empowering women, while remaining absolutely beautiful from the inside out. In these current times, there is nothing more powerful than joining forces, rising up and coming together in support of one another.

In addition to a day of shopping for either yourself or another woman in your life, a portion of proceeds from your purchases will be donated to Every Mother Counts, a non-profit organization dedicated to making pregnancy and childbirth safe for every mother.

I’ll be offering on-hand styling advice, plus 15% off future bookings on any Your Soul Style service.

Take a peek at the invitation for details, and come by to say hi, shop these incredibly beautiful brands, and to support Every Mother Counts. Please RSVP directly to me at jenny@yoursoulstyle.com.

We can’t wait to see you there!

xx ~ jenny