Four Looks, Mom-Style: Falling into Fashion


For many, mom-style means no style, but that doesn’t have to be the case. If you have young kids, most days you’re struggling to squeeze in a shower, never mind put together an outfit. However, as much as I love my yoga pants, there is something about being dressed in “real clothes” that reminds me that I am more than a mom. I am a wife, a role model, and a woman. I like to think that if I’m going to have spit up on my sweater, at least it will be a cute sweater.

On a typical morning, I have 30 minutes to get ready. On a rough morning, I have 10 minutes. I’m a professional and a mom.

My life requires me to stand for long periods of time and walk a lot. I work with teenagers and chase a toddler. I like clothes that make a statement. Clothes that flatter but are still modest and comfortable. I’m on a budget, so I like pieces that I can get a lot of mileage out of.

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easy mom style

I love leggings. There’s a good reason most women already have them in their wardrobe, and that they have become the “mommy freak flag.” They’re comfortable. They’re versatile. But, when it comes to fashion I have a few hard and fast rules.

  • If I wear one fitted item of clothing, the other should be flowy, and when I wear leggings I need to cover my behind.
  • This sweater accomplishes both of these, while still serving as a comfy layering piece perfect for those cool fall mornings.
  • Another versatile and comfortable piece are my TOMS. A well-placed scarf and a pair of earrings make even this simple outfit look pulled together.
  • The best part about this style? You can throw this on without much thought and be out the door in time for the bus.

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casual mom style

This outfit serves me well when I’m out and about and want to look a little more fashionable. I need clothes that can take me from the grocery store to bank, and from the bank to hair salon.
  • Pair a sleek pair of flared jeans and a floral top with great accessories, and voila. The jewelry picks up the yellow in the shell, and the playful, retro feel is both fun and feminine.
  • The color of this hobo bag from Anthropologie complements the outfit, while the crosshatch pattern and texture keep it from being too matchy-matchy.
  • Booties are also on my “lust list” for fall. COME TO MAMA!

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work style

I’m pretty lucky to be able to take a fair amount of liberty with the term “business casual” at work, but I still like to bring my A-game now and again.

  • I chose this green patterned sheath from Boden for its sophisticated cut and vintage- inspired neckline and paired it with this gorgeous merino knit blazer (also Boden).
  • There’s been a lot of chatter online about Tieks. I don’t yet have a pair, but you can bet that their promise of being both dressy and foot-friendly has me saving my pennies.
  • Add a bucket tote made of butter-soft leather, a pair of simple gold earrings, and tie the whole look together with a coordinating belt.

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How to style one dress two ways for date night

When I get an opportunity to hit the town with my husband, it’s a chance for me to spend a little extra time on my appearance. No matter what we’re doing I like to remind him of the woman he married. That’s why I love this dress from Francesca’s.

  • The shape flatters any figure, and white can be as versatile as black, but has the benefit of being unexpected.
  • Depending on your mood, you can easily add an Express faux leather motorcycle jacket and studded booties to give this angelic number an edgy rocker feel.
  • Or, lean toward a  romantic style by adding pretty shoes like these Badgley Mishka crystalized flats and this striped denim jacket, a pretty take on a closet staple.