Dress Mom First

dress mom firstBefore I get into the nitty gritty of what everyone should wear I’m going to start with my #1 most important tip.  As a mom you often put your wants and needs last.  You are selfless and you care about your family.  That is great, your family appreciates you and they love you so much but it’s time for you to break that cycle for my most important rule.  Dress mom first!

Rule #1: Dress Mom First

You need to look good and feel good.  Too often I’ve seen mom pick out coordinating outfits for everyone in the family.  She usually starts with anyone but her.  Then she ends up compromising her own outfit and style to coordinate with the already picked out outfits for the rest of the family.

Stay true to your style

You will probably go to Pinterest or Instagram and see some fun styles that you wish you could pull off. I do this all the time.  I see a new trend and I’m confident that it will look amazing on me.  After spending more than I should on an outfit I realize it’s either not comfortable or simply not my style.

Take it for a test run

Whether you buy something new or get a favorite outfit from your closet it’s a good idea to test it out.  Put on the outfit and take some selfies.  Have someone else take pictures of you with your phone.  When you look at the phone pictures you will be able to see what you like and don’t like.  Don’t be too critical of yourself in this step.  When picture day comes around I’ll put you in flattering poses and use lenses that are much more flattering than your phone.

Colors matter

In my next post I’ll talk more about coordinating outfits, colors and what patterns to avoid etc.  Colors can be tricky.  You want your final images to be cohesive and look good hanging on your walls and I’ll talk about that later.  Right now we are looking at your complexion.  Most women know what colors they do and don’t look good in.  Using the phone test is a good way to help you determine this.  Some colors should be avoided in pictures.   I discourage red, bright pink and neon colors.  These can cause weird color casts that you will want to avoid.  Skin tones are very important and most of us don’t want a lot of red in our faces.

Avoid Contrast

Remember the 90s when everyone wore white shirts and blue jeans in pictures?  Ugh, not a good style.  This may have seemed like a really easy way to dress everyone; however, our eyes are drawn to the highest point of contrast.  A white shirt with blue jeans brings our eyes right to the mid section.  I’m pretty sure that isn’t where you want everyone looking.


Go figure out what you want to wear and then we will focus on the rest of the family.

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