Fashion is usually thought of as an individual matter. However, style and fashion can often be a family affair as busy families struggle to get everyone dressed and out the door each morning. If sending your family off in style seems like an impossible mission, try these four family fashion fixes to dress up your daily routine.
Plan Outfits Ahead
An easy way to save time and make sure your kids' outfits always look great is to plan a whole week's worth of outfits ahead of time. Purchase a set of seven stackable storage drawers for each child and write a day of the week on each drawer. Put together an outfit for each day and place in each drawer. Shoes, scarves, backpacks and purses can be placed on top. You can even add an extra drawer or shelf for homework, lunch money, permission slips and other essentials.
Practice Easy Hairstyles for Girls
If you have little girls with long hair, you know how time-consuming it can be to brush and style each morning. Spend some time on the weekend to look for easy hairstyles and practice with them. Make a note of which styles look the best, are easiest to do and take the least time. You can also take time to check out http://www.cutegirlshairstyles.com/ for additional ideas. Up-dos, braids and styles that make use of barrettes, clips and pins are usually your best bets.
Mix and Match
When your family makes a clothes shopping trip, look for easy mix and match pieces. Stick to neutral colors like black, gray, khaki and denim for pants, shorts and skirts. Shop with the goal of being able to pull out any bottom with any top on a busy morning and know they will match. If you purchase trendy, dressy or eccentric items, store them separately from everyday clothing to avoid fashion disasters.
Sharing is Caring
If two or more members of your family wear the same size, don't be afraid to share clothing, shoes and accessories to save money. Avoid purchasing copycat items for twins or children close in age or size. Purchase quality items that will last and can be passed down from older children to younger children. Parents can hand down or share clothing with their older teenaged kids.
Putting these four simple steps to work will have your whole family looking spiffy and arriving to school, work and activities on time. You may even find extra minutes in the day for breakfast, studying, sleeping or catching up on the news.
Rachelle Wilber is a freelance writer living in the San Diego, California area. She graduated from San Diego State University with her Bachelor's Degree in Journalism and Media Studies. She tries to find an interest in all topics and themes, which prompts her writing. When she isn't on her porch writing in the sun, you can find her shopping, at the beach, or at the gym. Follow her on Twitter @RachelleWilber