Tracy Harris is a wife, mother, teacher, podcaster and blogger and the creator of Mums With Hustle. She has boundless energy and a true desire to support mums in business to achieve their dreams. Tracy shares her mum style, how it has changed with motherhood and her fabulous tips on self care.
In the past, clothing for me was ALL about style. Now, not as much. I have to be able to breastfeed, sit and play, be active at the park and be able to sprint after my little boy at a moments notice. I’d have to say comfort has been winning over style since he’s come into our lives.
I like to be able to get on the ground and play with my son and being able to sprint after him is also an important consideration, so when I’m hanging with my mini-me I’m often in things that lend themselves to still looking great with a pair of Sketchers Go-Walks. Even when I’m in my day-to-day mummy threads, and not feeling particularly spesh, I can always chuck on one of my Michael Kors watches and that usually makes me feel a whole lot more chic. Sometimes it’s the accessories that make a girl feel like a million bucks!
I am an absolute chameleon! I dress for my mood, not the occasion. In a nutshell, my style is definitely more on the girly side, but I am also in love with tees and ripped jeans! While I was breastfeeding frequently, my style did change. Now that my little boy is almost 2, I’m loving not having to worry about that as much anymore!
I love CUE for the classic cuts and fabrics, their clothing is perfect for work and grown up outings, like a night out with the hubby or a day at the races. Like I mentioned, I’m a girly girl, so I also love Alannah Hill. The more casual me loves Witchery, Sportsgirl, Topshop and Zara.
I’m super passionate about active living and my favourite brand for style and sports has to be Lorna Jane. I was the Lorna Jane ambassador in 2010-11 which may be a little unknown fact to some.
In the first trimester of my pregnancy, I popped out fairly quickly because I am naturally petit so it was a shock to me when I couldn’t wear my fitted Cue dresses and skirts anymore! I found dressing for work the most difficult. As my belly began to grow into a beautiful baby bump, I thoroughly enjoyed styling my bump. I didn’t wear maternity clothes. I just looked for clothes a couple of sizes up that were flattering to a bump; stretchy fabrics, fitted dresses, maxi’s too! I was my biggest during the summer months. Sportsgirl and Erin Louise were my pregnancy go-to’s.
I really wish that I got my hair done more often before I became a Mum because it’s something that I REALLY miss now! Starting 3 months ago, I began getting eye lash extensions at Miss Lushes Lashes in Camden. It’s honestly taken me a while to get used the whole thing and I’m not talking about the lashes, they’re GREAT. It was losing the guilt around taking that hour to do something that was just for me. I’d lay there thinking about what I wasn’t doing, that I should be doing but it was only me putting these demands on myself. My son is either sleeping or off having quality time with his Dad at this time so really, it’s just me having massive FOMO (fear of missing out).
I also have a daily skin care routine that I do twice a day, and have done since I was 13. Trying to be fully present and mindful while I am doing this is something I’m also working on, so I’m not always doing it in a crazy rush like I’m trying to get a PB every time. I don’t believe self-care has to be in big things like appointment for hair, nails, eyelashes… not everyone can afford that or plan that into their schedule but I think we can be present to the little moments of self-care without the frantic rushed feeling. Be present and allow yourself the time to enjoy the small acts in peace and wholeness of heart.
If I could go back and give my 15-year-old self fashion advice I would tell myself to experiment with fashion. Don’t box yourself in to a particular style. Don’t be afraid to wear your personality on the outside. Dress for yourself, not the occasion. Having skin showing all over the place doesn’t mean you’ve got confidence, it actually means the opposite. Stay classy.
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Photography by Sara Keli. Words by Tracy Harris.
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