I’ve always been a trainers kinda gal, but since becoming a mum trainers are even more of a wardrobe staple than ever before. However, the past year or so has seen me flounder in my trainer quest. I think, if I’m honest, I’ve been a bit stuck in a style rut due to general sleep deprivation and all-round chaos of life with two little people. So when the gorgeous clothing site LUX FIX got in touch to see if I’d be interested in putting together an outfit using a piece from their site, I knew what my outfit would be based around: the perfect pair of mum trainers.
My choice? The Flame Jaguar Print Sneaker by Seven Boot Lane. I wanted a pair I could wear on cooler summer days, when my toes needed something more than just Birkentocks or Saltwaters. But then again, I didn’t want to limit my trainers to only summer, so they needed to be made of sturdier stuff than flimsy canvas. And lo, all my trainer dreams came true when I discovered these beauties waiting for me on LUX FIX.
Once I’d made my trainer decision, I started to think about things I could wear with them. It felt fun – if a little frivolous – to be thinking about clothes again. I realised how much I’ve got used to just chucking on whatever’s clean at the end of the bed, instead of taking two minutes to think about what I’m going to feel great in. Call me shallow, but wearing something that looks good can have an instant impact on my mood – thinking about outfits again reminded me of that.
I’ve been wearing these trainers with all sorts of outfits, from skinny jeans to my ripped boyfriends, my denim pinafore dresses to a plain black maxi. But the outfit I love more than any of them at the moment revolves around this pair of red culottes.
I think that may be why these are the ideal mum trainer – they go with just about anything, are incredibly comfortable and can be put on in two seconds flat. This is an important factor to consider when you’ve got a toddler who can move faster than the speed of light.
I’m loving my culottes for those days when the UK weather can’t make up its mind. They’re cool enough for hot days but don’t leave my goose-bumped, untanned legs on show when it gets chilly. Plus, the cut is forgiving enough to mask my post-baby (she’s now 20 months old – how long can I get away with that excuse?!), pre-workout tummy.
Clearly when these photos were taken I was without two small children hanging off me (they’d gone to their grandparents for the day), and I’d made extra effort to avoid any tiny jammy finger marks on my trousers or in my hair. However, the noise of my husband moaning about being roped into taking pictures for a blog post was enough to keep me grounded. But even amidst the reluctant Instagram Husband’s commentary (“Quick! Do a pose! Someone’s coming! This is SO embarrassing!”), the trainers and their corresponding outfit were enough to keep me cheerful.
So thank you LUX FIX, for making me love clothes again.
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