It’s probably not news to most women, but a recent study by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation & Development found that on average women undertake 2 hours 13 minutes of housework each day, compared to just over one hour for men!
The Institute for Public Policy Research also found that only one in 10 married men do the same amount of cleaning as their wives!
With the lion’s share of childcare also falling to women, many women find themselves regularly shifting from mummy mode to employee to domestic goddess throughout the day!
Having a look that works whatever the task is the key to feeling on top of things. With time a luxury few women can afford, especially in the morning, opt for a haircut that is easy to maintain and does not require too much styling. Getting your wardrobe in check will also help alleviate those time-draining ‘what do I wear’ crisis. Before you head off shopping, think about what a typical day involves, if it is jumping from task to task such as work and childcare, then you will need to invest in staples that can be dressed up or down.
A pair of well-fitting black trousers is great for work and teamed with a pair of Comfort Plus black suede-effect court shoes with ruffle detail (£19.99) will help you to feel put-together and because of the low heel, they can be worn all day. What’s more, slip off the heels and add a pair of suede effect ballerinas with bow and gold stud detailing (£12.99) and you are ready for the school run!
This Summer prints are everywhere, so to take on the trend and make it work for a day out with the kids or even at the office, vary your accessories. A flower-print dress teamed with a long length bead necklace and Shoe Zone’s Lilley & Skinner beige mule sling backs, (£16.99) featuring the on-trend laser-cut detailing, is great for the office. Lose the jewellery and add a pair of white lace up canvas pumps (£7.99) and Shoe Zone’s multi-coloured floral cross body bag (£9.99) and you are ready for a day of fun with the kids!
Keeping up with everything that needs to be done can be exhausting, but thankfully, research also shows that women in the UK are also experts at making the most of their leisure time!
So, after a hard day juggling all those tasks, what better way to relax than a night out with the girls! Whatever the occasion looking great will help you feel great (and help boost those flagging energy levels!). For a low-key night out, such as cinema or a meal, we suggest teaming Lilley nude patent wedges (£12.99) with a pair of skinny jeans and fitted blazer for a look that is casual yet sophisticated. For Summer, pastels are set to be a key trend and while they can leave some people looking ‘washed out’ working the trend into your footwear looks great on everyone. We recommend laser-cut ballerinas in a pretty shade of pastel pink (£12.99), they are smart enough to wear on an evening out and they nail two trends at once: pastels and laser-cut – multi-tasking at its best!
And if it is time to ditch the marigolds for the evening and revamp into party-girl, look no further than Lilley black velvet courts (£14.99), the high, gold heel, is bang on trend and looks great with dresses, skirts and even skinny jeans.