I’m a fashion girl. Total clotheshorse. And I love everything about fashion – from head to toe, clothes, accessories, jewelry, bags … I love it all. Needless to say, I’m a junkie when it comes to fashion blogs and magazines and fashion trend lists. One of my favorite things about the changing of seasons is the new trends list that tells you what’s hot for the new season. But a list I hate is what you should not be wearing. Not because it’s out of style. But because you’re … wait for it … too old.
Now, I know what you’re thinking. Caroline, you are NOT old. No, I’m not. Yet. But one day I will be and I don’t want anyone telling me I can’t wear my favorite piece because I’m too old or (hopefully) a Mom!
I’m a firm believer in wearing things that make you look and feel good, a lesson I learned from my own Mom. So for this post, I consulted some of my mom friends and my favorite mom … mine!
Isn’t she cute?
Fitted t-shirts, tunics and long tees are easy go-tos.
Fitted t-shirts – T-shirts are not all created equal (and neither are we!), so when you find a style you like, grab it in every color.
Cardigan – We’re not talking about the sorority pearls kind of twin set. I’m talking about a long cute boyfriend cardigan. Perfect for Texas’ finicky weather and great for hiding a few flaws!
Blazer – A classic blazer that hits at the waist is an easy way to dress up a casual outfit. Pair with belted jeans and cute flats and you’ve gone from Carpool Mom to Lady Who Lunches!
Jeans – Jeans can be tough because they’re not all comfy. But like tees, once you find a brand you love, grab several pairs. Skinny jeans really do look good on just about everyone and a mid-rise will prevent that dreaded “mom jeans” look and keep you from showing off all your “assets”, if you know what I mean.
If skinny jeans aren’t your thing, “boyfriend” jeans are a good alternative. They have a straight leg, but still loose through the thigh with a slight taper at the ankle. And they’re designed to be a little baggy (read: super comfortable!).
Leggings – Leggings are awesome because they’re extra comfortable and you can wear them with any kind of shoe. Wedges, flats, sandals, flip flops … even boots! The key to a good legging is making sure they’re not so thin that they’re see-through and not so thick that they feel restrictive. And I love that leggings come in tons of colors and patterns instead of just basic black. Bust out of your comfort zone and break out the color!
My mom friends have all told me that this is the main area where comfort is key! Save those high heels for work, date night or GNO. Even Victoria Beckham has given up her heels for daily mom duty. But you don’t have to sacrifice fashion for comfort. For day to day, it’s about function. But you can be functional and cute! Flats are on trend now and tennis shoes aren’t just for the gym! You can find cute sandals or slip-ons everywhere from Target to Nordstrom.
Flats – My mom friends (and a few that aren’t moms) swear by Tieks. They’re foldable leather flats that are available in just about every color under the rainbow. I will warn you that they are a little pricey, but think of them as an investment. If you have to spend your day on your feet, shouldn’t it be in comfort?
Tennis shoes – Sure you could throw on your cute Nikes but do you want to look like you’re going to the gym all day, every day? For tennis shoes, my mom’s LOVES her Converse Chuck Taylor All Stars. Stylish, comfortable and available in a rainbow of colors. I know this because my mom has every color. She practically lives in them!
Accessories are my favorite! You can transform the same outfit just by changing accessories and it’s an easy way to update your wardrobe without spending a lot of money!
Sunglasses – Aviators are a classic but my personal favorite is an oversized frame. Because, wrinkles are real.
Purse – For day-to-day running around, I love a big bag. It holds everything (which I’m told is what kids need. Everything!) and it’s stylish. Win-win.
Scarves – If the bulk of your wardrobe is black, an infinity scarf is an easy way to add some color to your wardrobe. Plus the thinner ones are lightweight enough to wear throughout the spring.
So there you have it. Mom fashion advice from actual moms and approved by a daughter! So tell me, what are you looking forward to wearing this Spring?