Rachel Bryce From Style Me Now Shares Her Top 5 Style Tips For Mothers

Rachel Bryce From Style Me Now Shares Her Top 5 Style Tips For Mothers



While style in terms of fashion is hard to define it is readily apparent in those that possess it. What is the secret? Rachel Bryce shares her top tips...

To say Rachel Bryce knows a thing or two about personal style is somewhat of an understatement. She’s responsible for introducing cult international fashion labels (think Vanessa Bruno and Stella McCartney) to her hometown of Brisbane,  ran a successful women’s and kidswear boutique for over 20 years and has now firmly established her recent business, Little Kisses, as the go-to digital destination when it comes to baby gifting in Australia. No small feat considering she also has three young children to care for… Rachel was kind enough to share her top tips for shopping, styling and maintaining a foolproof wardrobe after kids, and we’re sure you’ll be as inspired to update your personal style and shopping habits as we are. Image: Bridget Wood | For more information, go to www.stylemenow.net  


Accessories go a long way to elevate your look, for example, great earrings, sunglasses, a cross body bag and new season sneakers, suggests Bryce...

You cannot underestimate the punch of a perfectly placed accessory. For instance, a round straw bag (from the likes of The Paradise Catcher or Mango) slung across a black tank dress, or a silk scarf as a kerchief around your neck or hair make a big statement with minimal effort. On the beauty end, a moody dark nail polish or red lacquered lip make it look like you’ve tried a lot harder than you really have! These are the perfect accompaniments to your trusty basics such as a white T-shirt and denim, so the overall look is easy to achieve.


Buy a few stand out pieces each season that are versatile enough to be worn several ways. You don’t need a lot, just identify some key items, advises Bryce...

A pleated metallic skirt is a simple but powerful look with a silk cami (try the Mango one pictured above), but just as fabulous with a white T-shirt and sneakers for day wear. A few quality on-trend items can really elevate your trusty basics. Let’s be honest, you are probably going out a lot less now than you used to pre-kids, so you don’t need lots of options, just the right piece for the right occasion.


A good hairdresser does wonders for your overall look, so it's important you see the right stylist who comes highly recommended...

The right cut and colour looks fresh and gets rid of any feelings of appearing “mumsy”. Try searching Instagram for inspiration and start collating images and styles you love for reference (Pandora Sykes, pictured, always has great hair).


At the start of the season, research a few of the key trends and colours - then shop inside your wardrobe...

You might find you have a few of these pieces already, so by adding a couple of new pieces, putting your own stamp on new trends becomes a lot easier (and affordable!). Now, where have I hidden those bootleg jeans and leopard print?


Give some thought to your outfits and personal style direction, and if you can’t do this on your own seek some help, such as a personal stylist...

Give some thought to your outfits and personal style direction, and if you can’t do this on your own seek some help, such as a personal stylist. A bit of advance organisation and planning at home will identify the gaps and help you beeline for the key pieces that will tie it all together and set you up with multiple options. Regular editing and rotating seasonal pieces will help getting dressed in the morning become entirely effortless. Remember, a little effort goes a long way when it comes to looking and feeling good, so once you’ve got your every-day styling down pat, the hard work will pay off in spades (and compliments).  


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