New mums told to work with your body
A FASHION guru who has written a new book for young mums has described the current street trend of gym Lycra as the “terry towelling tracksuit of our age’’.
Hunters Hill resident Dijanna Mulhearn has written for fashion magazines, styled celebrities and written a book about wardrobe basics. Now she has turned her interest to the group she believes struggle with fashion the most: mothers.
Her book Wardrobe 101 for Mums: Fashion Formula for Modern Mothers will be launched at the Hunters Hill mansion where The Batchelor was filmed this week. It covers everything from celebrity style secrets to “shopping your closet’’.
“When I wrote my first book the people I saw struggling the most were these women who fell into a funk when they had a new baby, they lost their sense of self,’’ Ms Mulhearn said. “Once you’ve done that for a couple of years it is hard to come back.’’
She encouraged women to throw out the tracksuits and the “faux fitness gear’’.
“It really is a cop out, you’re not fooling anyone,’’ Ms Mulhearn said. “I don’t understand how anyone can think they look good in stretchy, shiny Lycra. I just don’t get it.’’
She lists 10 items in the “mummy core wardrobe’’ such as jeans, tshirts, jackets, a shift dress and is insistent this fashion makeover shouldn’t involve shopping or dieting.
“Work with your body, not against it,’’ Ms Mulhearn said. “I done talk about body shape, shape is irrelevant to me. Don’t wait until you lose weight to look good.’’
She is also a firm believer in recycling.
“Shop your closet,’’ Ms Mulhearn said. “I’ve never met someone who doesn’t have enough clothes. I do wardrobe edits and I show people 30 different outfits they didn’t know they had. It’s my version of sustainability. Don’t just buy more clothes.’’
Ms Mulhearn said the key to Wardrobe 101 for Mums was about boosting self esteem.
“When you’re in that funk you think everything is too hard,’’ she said. “If you take care of how you look, you’ll feel good. You’ll say yes to that catch up with people, yes to that event you’ve been avoiding. If you’re in a better mood then it trickles down to everyone including your family.’’
101 for Mums
No gym gear outside the gym
Chose a celebrity you respond to and learn their “fashion formula’’
Have 10 core items in your wardrobe for everyday
Work with your body
Have a go-to outfit for every occasion from playdates to weddings
Shop you closet and see what’s in there
Find your signature and ignore trends