New mum Laura Skel­ton’s self-es­teem has been af­fected by clothes that put com­fort over style – now she wants to achieve both

Good Housekeeping (UK) - - GH Special -

Be­fore I had my son, Jesse, I worked as a de­signer and would spend a long time in the morn­ing choos­ing my clothes for the day. I was fairly fash­ion-con­scious and liked to try out new smart ca­sual op­tions, mix­ing black jeans with bold pat­terns and state­ment jew­ellery.

Now I feel a bit out of the loop. My usual day­wear con­sists of old jeans and a plain coloured top or jumper, which I throw on with­out a sec­ond thought. Of­ten, I’ll wear the same out­fit two days in a row, which feels mun­dane and repet­i­tive af­ter a while. Not tak­ing an in­ter­est in your­self def­i­nitely af­fects your self-es­teem.

I have a wardrobe full of clothes, but ev­ery morn­ing, I stare at them all be­fore pulling out the same easy, com­fort­able out­fits. When you chuck on some­thing dull, I think it af­fects your mood and en­thu­si­asm for the day. An im­age re­vamp would make me feel like my old self again. I’d like the con­fi­dence to put to­gether more in­ter­est­ing and colourful out­fits – ev­ery­day wear that’s in­ter­est­ing and trendy, but still prac­ti­cal.

‘I feel a bit out of the loop,’ says Laura be­fore Laura wears: mac, £199, 8-16, Hobbs. Jumper, £25, 8-18, V by Very (very.co.uk). Trousers, £29.99, XS-L, Zara. Train­ers, £125, 3-7, Whis­tles. Bag, £65, J by Jasper Con­ran at Deben­hams. Stack­ing rings, £60 for three, Lola Rose (lo­larose.co.uk)

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