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It doesn’t take much time or effort to put a little pizzazz into your wardrobe, even if you are a mum who’s always on the run.

The holidays are over and, for many of us, Mum’s Taxi is back on the road. How fashion forward are you on a busy day of running around? From the school gate, to the gym or work, then a quick stop at the shops to run an errand or two, and back to the school gate again before afternoons filled with extra-curricular kiddie activities… We know – you want to be comfortable and it’s tempting to let your busy diary deny you the time to look presentable, let alone ah-mazing. But, like they say, there’s no second chance on a first impression. Just ask The Style Report’s Laura Churchill, a busy mum herself who spends her time working on major projects such as Brisbane Fashion Month and the Ekka Natural Fibres Fashion Parades (read: Bris fashion guru).

“The on-the-go wardrobe or ‘smart casual’ is often the hardest to get right and that’s because it’s normally the area we give the least thought to,” Laura says. “Our in-between wardrobe can definitely be tricky.”

According to Laura, just a few simple tweaks is all you need to take your weekday run-around outfit from ‘whatever’ to ‘wow’. Here’s how…

Mix and match

If you’re a comfy cut-off denim shorts kinda gal (and don’t we love them!), there’s absolutely no harm in rocking some run-around denim. What takes this wardrobe staple next level, however, is a smart top or jacket and a pair of espadrilles or even a neat little heel. Likewise, you can rock a comfy old band/slogan tee with a chic pleated midi skirt and belt. See where we’re going with this? Just like you aren’t supposed to double-denim, we implore you not to double-dag. “Just let one thing in your outfit be dressy,” Laura says. “Blazers also make everything better. The most casual pants and tank top can be instantly lifted with the right jacket. They’re magical like that.”

Hair care

Pinterest is piled high with easy-wear hair ideas. All it takes is 30 seconds to nail a tres chic messy top knot or maybe 60 seconds to achieve a slick-back pony tail. If you don’t have time for the full morning blow-dry or straightener session, don’t think you can’t look the goods via an easy up do.

“Pull hair that’s overdue for a wash back into a low pony and tie with a narrow scarf,” Laura suggests. “Sportsgirl and Seed have really affordable ones in a variety of prints and they add a nice pop of colour to an otherwise unassuming look.”

It’s all about the details

A comfy run-around outfit can look way more polished via a selection of on-trend jewellery pieces and a great handbag. It’s a bit like Grandma’s china – don’t save your special accessories for special occasions only. Make the most of them everyday.

If the shoe fits…

Yes, we will let you wear your fave comfy Converse boots or that pair of worn-in sneakers on your run-around day, but we will only let you do this if you team them with something a little more spesh. Maybe a flowy dress and some jewellery? Remember that old band/slogan tee and chic midi skirt? Laura would suggest you rock a sneaker with that.

Colour rules

And Laura has one last tip for nailing your on-the-go wardrobe. “One of the easiest ways to look polished is to dress tonally rather than in contrasting colours or prints,” she says. Noted.

1. Sportsgirl Frankie animal border hair tie, $14.95, www.sportsgirl.com.au
2. Sass + Bide ‘Make your move’ knit midi, $250, www.sassandbide.com
3. Kmart curved hem midi, $12, www.kmart.com.au
4. One teaspoon ‘Rocko’ skirt, $150, www.oneteaspoon.com.au
5. Thrasher tee, $59.99, www.citybeach.com.au
6. Ramones tee, $12, www.prettylittlething.com.au

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