Body image is something we all seem to battle with. I don’t think I’ve ever been happy with my body. I know that even when I was playing copious amounts of sport and was really quite petite, I still wasn’t happy. I hated the constant callouses on my hands from hours upon hours of gymnastics training and the way my limbs were really muscular. When I was in my teens, I didn’t think muscles were pretty. Now, I’d give anything to have those muscles back!
Pregnancy changes your body in so many ways. I’d love to be one of those mums who is at peace with my ‘new’ body, but I’m not. Nor do I think I’m particularly stylish. Consequently, the idea of posting selfies is a little bit much for me at the moment. But I follow quite a few mums on Instagram who do. Claire from Life on Wallace is one of them. She is always posting photos of what she’s wearing that day. It’s achievable style. Style that works with both a mother’s physique and a mother’s lifestyle – be that heading to work after school drop off, or running errands. Don’t get me wrong, I love looking through the pages of Vogue or InStyle… but when I’m looking for a look I can re-create, it’s usually going to be other mum’s I’ll take advice from. On the weekend, Claire let me know about a hashtag on Instagram, #realmumstyle You might already know it. I didn’t. Now I have a whole heap of people to take cues from. Because after I’ve dressed two children and weighed in on what my husband should be wearing that day, I don’t have the mental energy to think about my wardrobe!
And it’s not just about getting their style tips. Actually, that’s not even the main reason why I love this hashtag. I love this hashtag because it’s a collection of mums saying (well what I imagine they’re saying) – it’s ok we don’t look like a supermodel, we’re so happy with our bodies and our style that we’re going to post pictures of ourselves out there on the world-wide-internet. Now that kind of confidence has to be applauded. So when I look at all their pictures, I don’t necessarily always like their style, but I always LOVE their confidence.
In case you’re interested, here are some of my favourite women on Instagram;
Ok, so Lauren from The Thud may not use the hashtag, but I like her style AND her honesty.