Fashion tastemaker and consultant, Tash Sefton's professional career has centred around the fashion industry for over 20 years. The Sydney-based mother-of-two has a unique perspective on style, influenced by years of assessing global trends. Now, Sefton's latest project, Where Did Your Style Go, sees the sartorial superwoman helping others to look and feel their best. MOJEH.com spoke exclusively to Sefton to find out how her style changed after having kids and what fashion advice she would give to new mums.
How does a woman’s style change once she because a mother?
To be honest, for me it didn’t really change at all. Other than maybe buying a size (or two) up, I think it’s really important to keep to your true self even as you are going through this lifestyle change. There is obviously a comfort factor involved when it comes to dressing, especially if you are feeding, but I encourage women to get dressed in order to feel themselves. Being a new mother can be very daunting, but dressing can help you find yourself when you’re feeling exhausted and out of your comfort zone.
What advice would you give to a new mum who’s struggling to find her style identity?
You need to remember what you like about dressing. Just because you have a baby, it doesn’t mean your world has to completely change. Although it is a challenge, try not to forget about yourself. Even if that simply means going to the salon to get your hair blow dried or your nails done. Becoming a mother is also a great opportunity to try different clothes. Especially if you have come from a corporate job where you dress up for work, now’s the time to embrace casual clothes and try different silhouettes.
How did your own style change after giving birth to your children?
My style didn’t change. I dressed the same but wore my clothes a little slouchy for comfort. I used great shoes and accessories to dress up my casual outfits. Wearing activewear as outerwear is completely normal now, which is great, because it’s very comfortable and chic, particularly for new mums.
What does your day-to-day “mum” uniform look like?
I don’t really have a mum uniform, but I have embraced the sneaker trend. I can drop the kids to school, go to work and it is acceptable in sneakers. I wear them with dresses and suits and it is a game changer. When I first had my sons I would raid my husbands wardrobe for his jeans, white shirts and basic tees for a slouchy look with a cool vibe.
What essentials should every mum have in her wardrobe?
Definitely basics and oversized is better. Also a great handbag can really elevate a simple outfit.
Which celebrity mums do you look to for style inspiration?
I love Pernille Teisbaek and Miroslava Duma.
What’s the best piece of fashion advice you can give to busy mums?
Build a uniform and find shapes that work for you. You can check out my guide for pre and post pregnancy dressing on my website.