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How To Fake Looking Put Together

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November 8, 2012 // Beauty

This morning was a scramble to get both kids put together and out the door for our walk to Ben’s Jr K morning class. I got the baby dressed and then got Ben fixed up and looking half decent (despite the gum in his hair), then it was time for me. Well, it was sort of time for me. There was no morning shower going on and I threw on whatever clothing was laying around from the day before. I put my hair into a top knot and dashed out the door with the kids. On really good days I swipe on some coloured lip balm and put on a pair of dangly earrings for good measure.

Today my jeans were covered with spots from Josie’s sweet potato dinner. There were also some unidentified spots ground into my jeans. Maybe an Arrowroot cookie? My black top had Ben’s yogurt smeared on the shoulder from a smooch he had given me earlier. I was really looking like a hot mess! All I can say is, thank goodness for outerwear! A longer coat and a flashy scarf totally concealed things and I might have even looked somewhat pulled together.

“There was no morning shower going on and I threw on whatever clothing that was laying around from the day before. I put my hair into a top knot and dashed out the door with the kids.”


My current uniform for going out of the house is a jacket that comes to above my knees and cinches in at the waist. Since it’s a bit chilly in the mornings I chose one of my colourful scarves to give the impression that I actually spent time on myself. If a peak of sunshine is shining I always put on some big black shades to hide my tired morning eyes. No one can see the baby food smeared on my pants and shirt when I wear a coat!

I love a longer coat as it tends to conceal more and also keeps the chill out. While I do admire a brightly coloured coat, I’m more likely to choose a neutral colour if I’m investing in a piece. It is so easy to change things up with a fun scarf and have the coat match more of your overall wardrobe. I like my coats to have clean lines and not a lot of extras like overwhelming zippers or buttons. Simple is great for outerwear and there is always room for subtle patterns too.

Starting on the thriftier side of things is this fleece peacoat from Old Navy. It is under $20 right now and has great structure. I think if you are going to do a splash of colour, you really can’t go wrong at this price point.

I’m more of a mid range girl when investing in a coat and like to keep mine rotating for years to come. One of the best coats I’ve ever bought was at Andrew’s department store in Toronto. Despite being on sale it was still a bit $$$ but at 5 years old it’s holding up as well as the first day that I wore it. It’s a classic houndstooth print with large black buttons. This black puffer coat from J Crew is described as a Wintress puffer. Love that name!


I imagine her yelling, ‘Alright kids! It’s time for school! Get your bags. Let’s go…NOW!”

My last pick for outerwear is this belted wool wrap from Banana Republic. I really love the draped collar and think it looks ultra cozy too. Again, I gravitate towards the belted coat as I think it is really flattering on many body types.

The other day the baby got yogurt in my hair while I was feeding her. I’m not going to lie, I didn’t wash it out. I just brushed it out and hoped for the best. What tips do you have to camouflage your ‘mom at work’ outfit flops?

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Hi! I'm Andrea, a 30 something girl who loves living the downtown lifestyle and didn't want to give it up once I started a family. Mama in the City since 2008 and blogging since 2009!

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