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6 Little Things Moms Can Do to Look Less Frumpy

by Nicole Fabian-Weber on November 20, 2012 at 10:25 AM

haircutHate to be the bearer of bad news here, but unless you're a Real Housewife, once you become a mom -- sorry! -- party's over. Well, in some aspects (in others, party's just beginning). Long gone are your days of aimlessly wandering through malls, trying to find the perfect dress for dinner that night. And your long-standing Saturday mani/pedi -- ha! That's a cruel thing of the past. When you're a parent, getting ready is more a feat of speed and efficiency than leisure and luxury.

Being a mother is amazing, but it isn't always glamorous. But there are ways to look less frumpy and frazzled -- even if you don't have time. Here are six little things moms can do for their appearance that will make a big difference.

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Wear All Black

There's a reason New Yorkers are always praised for being so stylish: They wear all black, all the time. It's simply impossible to not look chic in fashion's favorite color, and it literally will never go out of style.

You don't need to get fancy. Throw on a pair of black leggings and a black t-shirt. Promise you, you'll feel much more put together than if you had on a million mismatched colors. And hey, black hides spit-up the best.

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  • Felip...


    November 20, 2012 at 11:46 AM

    Wait, I'm confused. Am I suppoed to LOVE my lashes, or change them by dyeing/adding extensions to them?

    I think I'm going with option #1, thankyouverymuch

  • Anna...
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    Anna Potts

    November 20, 2012 at 12:40 PM

    so because im a mom im frumpy! maybe you but im 21 i never look frumpy

  • Sarah
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    November 20, 2012 at 3:27 PM
    Poor you, only 2 pedicures in 7 whole months!!!!! Since having my baby, 9 years ago, I haven't had a single pedicure.
  • Evaly...


    November 20, 2012 at 5:46 PM

    I agree with most of these. My son is two months old and I think I'm wearing the same polish on my toes that I had on when he was born :-p I'm getting my groove back though, gotta get a cut and dye on the hair pretty soon and I bet that'll do wonders.

  • UmmNo
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    November 23, 2012 at 11:03 AM
    1. New Yorkers don't wear "all black" every day. Go to New York and look around. 2. Black doesn't hide spit up. Baby spit up is white and almost impossible to hide on black clothes.
  • Chris...
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    Christina Huddle

    November 23, 2012 at 11:26 AM

    Too be honest, I'd rather be frumpy. At least, I know then that I am comfortable. My daughter is 3 and while I don't dye my hair, I do get regular hair cuts. I've never had a pedicure. Don't want one either. My feet are way too ticklish. I do my own manicures as well.

  • brooke
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    November 23, 2012 at 11:59 AM
    gosh. ya'll are an angry little group, aren't you? it is fabulous that you have so much me time as mothers. this was geared at the mother who don't have a lot of time for keeping themselves up. i liked it!
  • Kathy...
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    Kathy Kalous

    November 23, 2012 at 4:35 PM

    I look frumpy sometimes, just like the next gal. But, I wear mascara, give MYSELF pedicures, wear black SOMETIMES (so I don't look like Morticia!), have several pair of comfortable shoes....Nothing in this article was earth shattering...

  • MomLi...


    November 26, 2012 at 3:48 PM

    While caring for a very young baby takes most of your time, there is alwasy something you can do to keep up your nice look. Make it a rule, for example, to  put on some mascara and a lighr shade of eyesahdow to brighten up your eyes. If no time to do your hair, brush it,  put it up on a NICE pony tail or bun. Also, keep only cute blouses or shirts handy, no need to buy expensive, jeans, nice leggins, clean sneakers, and some nice flats. If your ears are pierced, put on a pair of earrings that you can keep on at all times. If mom  feels OK, baby, husband and the rest of the family will be Ok too.

  • irish...


    November 26, 2012 at 4:34 PM

    Maybe the title should read "to make you FEEL less frumpy". If I see a frumpy outfit with pedicured toes, I'm still going to think the person is frumpy. KWIM?

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