Mommy Style Through the Ages

 

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Mommy Fashion Through the Ages

 

 

While being a mom is hands down the most important job a woman can have, it doesn’t exactly come with a style guideline. Sometimes a mom’s style gets neglected resulting in a certain lack of luster, verve or respect that other professions have. It’s just so easy to wake up five or 10 years down the road and realize you’ve been neglecting yourself for far too long. Is it time to kick up your mom fashion and go beyond the look you’re in?

 

Can mom wardrobes be both functional and fashionable? Yes! Here’s a guide to Mom Fashion at any age and stage.

 

Moms with babies and toddlers

Your clothes need to be safeguarded from normal baby wear and tear. Don’t buy anything without reviewing the care instructions first. Replace your dry-clean-only silk blouses with washable cotton, knits, or sweaters that will tolerate the normal or delicate cycle in your washer. Patterns or prints camouflage baby spills easier than solid colors. To liven up grab-and-go outfits, accessorize with crinkle scarves, inexpensive costume jewelry or necklaces that are safe for babies to chew on. Always pack a backup shirt in the baby’s diaper bag. You might need it by noon!

 

5 Great Pieces

Jeans with built in stretch

A non-clinging cascading cardigan sweater

Flat boots

A scarf that captures your best colors

Ruched cotton tee shirts

 

Moms with grade school kids

Your wardrobe needs to be on the go because your kids are on the go. You might find yourself with an hour to spare between gymnastics class and soccer practice. You can have a nice lunch with a girlfriend when you rely on your emergency clothing kit stored in the back of your car. That kit could include “grownup items” like a cute wedged sandal, a brightly colored cross-body bag to take the place of your over-sized hobo bag, and some favorite bangles. Add some lipstick and enjoy your well-deserved break.

 

5 Great Pieces

A thicker pant style legging that can be dressed up or down

Jersey knit tee shirt dress

Cute tennis shoe that’s not a running shoe

A stack of bangles

A Fedora

 

Moms with high schoolers

While your eyes are still on your kids, you control more of your time and your look. Be the mom your high school aged kids will be proud of. The kids are older now. If you’re in a fashion slump, pull yourself out. Take a fresh look at your style. Your hair and makeup need an update. Lip-gloss and ponytails aren’t going to cut it anymore. You have more fashion choices now so be strategic. Adorn yourself in flattering silhouettes and colors and don’t forget the accessories. Think about creating pairings of necklaces and earrings or bracelets and belts that make every outfit look sharp.

 

5 Great Pieces

Cropped leather jacket

Sheer patterned blouse with solid-colored camisole

Color-blocked handbag

Well-fitting dark denim jean

A long cardigan that can be belted

 

Moms with college bound young adults

The kids are off to their next adventure and it’s time to start your own. Your kids have changed; you’ve probably changed too, but has your wardrobe changed? This is a time for transformation. New colors, fabrics, accessories and styles of clothing can help define the new you. You’ve also gotten older so clothes may fit you differently. It’s best to reassess and hone in on new flattering shapes. Focus on your best assets and be sure to bring attention to them with well-chosen pieces. It might be time to splurge on some pieces you’ll get a lot of wear out of. A smart handbag, quality shoes, a well-tailored blazer may be perfect for you now.

 

5 Great Pieces

A suit that can be separated and worn in multiple ways

A statement necklace

Cashmere sweater

A trench coat in a modern fabric or print

Metallic flats

 

Moms with grown kids

Life has taken some twists and turns. You may find yourself dating again, developing a new career, or turning a hobby into a business venture. The rules have changed and you need to know how to dress the part. Clothes have inherent messages. The message of a color, texture, or print can go a long way toward sending the right signals. Take the opportunity to shop in new stores or different departments and look for items that support your new roles. A whole new world awaits you!

 

5 Great Pieces

A patent pump

Ankle pant

Mixed materials in a jacket (leather and lace, jersey knit and suede, silk and sequins)

A classy watch

Updated eyeglass frames or sunglasses

 

Every stage of motherhood has its own pitfalls and triumphs. You can meet each day with calm and confidence when you look and feel your best. Even though it seems impossible to find the time, “you” time is always a good investment.

 

Happy Mother’s Day!

 

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