By NICKY CHAMP
You may have kids, you may be about to have a kid or you may have no kids and have clicked on this post because you are wondering what the hell a ‘playground outfit’ is. Well, I feel that I have now sufficiently flashed my undies and cleavage to enough small children, mums, dads and nannies to tackle that one particular query.
Playground fashion – and the need for this post – is not about pitting mums against each other in a round of sartorial one-upmanship. But that does sound like a pitch for a super-fun reality TV show. And it’s not about the kids (for once). For their clothes, just go to Target or K-Mart for that – it’s the playground – they’re supposed to get dirty.
Today is about solving the fashion dilemma that is caring just enough not to wear your weetbix-stained tracksuit pants for the fifth day in a row, while also ensuring your outfit is practical enough not to give little Tommy an eyeful while swing-pushing and slippery-dipping.
And that’s actually really hard to do, especially when only one-eighth of your wardrobe still fits you post birth(s). So with that in mind I’ve put together three killer playground outfits for under $200 each (some for a whole lot less):
Coloured jeans are a great way to add a pop of colour to your outfit. I love these red ones from Wrangler as the waistband is high enough (yet you can still breathe) to avoid any muffin top or coin slot scenarios.
Before you gasp at the thought of wearing a tight singlet top, think of it as a great layering piece to add to your wardrobe this Autumn/Winter. This one from Seed is the best one I’ve found for length (especially for tall women). Throw a cardi or long-sleeved knit over the top and layer with a jersey scarf.
Ballet flats are a great option for chasing after runaway toddlers and at $14.95 you could buy a whole rainbow. Riders by Lee straight (not skinny) jeans are really comfy as the denim is two-way stretch and you won’t be needing a coathanger to pull them up.
For more playground fashion inspiration take a look at our celeb gallery:
If you’ve got any fashion questions leave them in the comments below. Want to know how to wear a tricky trend or what to buy this Autumn/Winter? Ask away.