My sister often makes fun of me for caring so much about my appearance when I am the Mother of two wild little girls. However, I don’t try as hard as I make it seem – I just do a few things that give off that impression. Whenever I leave home, I fix my hair, slap on a little makeup, and choose my clothing wisely. Staying stylish as a Mom is something that’s important to me because it makes me feel good about myself!
Style is about what makes you feel AMAZING.
I love to Layer my Outfits
Layering your outfits has two benefits: it keeps your warm and it’s stylish. I always layer my long sleeve tops with knit cardigans or plaid button downs with puffer vests. My closet is filled with sweater cardigans I’ve had for years in a variety of colors, fabrics, and lengths. I also own a few solid puffer vests that are easy to wear, always stylish, and comfortable.
Find the Perfect Pants
The perfect pants for a stylish Mom are basic, comfortable, and forgiving. Aside from an awesome pair of dark denim skinnies, many Moms prefer bottoms that are easy to wear. We all know leggings aren’t considered pants, unless you find a pair that break the rule. My Gigi pants from J.Crew Factory break the leggings as pants rule. I own a few pairs in black and navy, always adding to my collection when they’re on sale. The Gigi pant is stretchy like a pair of leggings, but thick like pants. J.Crew makes a pricier version called the Any Day Pant and they come in four different colors.
If you prefer leggings, fleece lined or faux fur lined will keep you warm in the winter and stylish. I also love Zella leggings and for a little more money, Lululemon has amazing high waisted leggings that are thick and hold you in all the right places.
Splurge on classic pieces, not “trendy” items
I’ve always loved fashion, so much that I used to share my outfits on a “What this Teacher Wore” series here and on Instagram. After I became pregnant with Annabelle, I knew my love of clothing, shoes, and handbags would take a backseat while I spent my money on her. To compensate for my spending freeze, I learned to buy timeless pieces that would withstand any fashion trends. I think quality over quantity when I go shopping!
You can find a lot of plaid, cable-knit, and cozy items in solid colors in my closet. From shoes to handbags to winter coats, here are some of my favorite items (for the cold months) I’ve owned for years:
One of the biggest mistakes a Mom can make when trying to be stylish is falling into a fashion trend trap. Everyone can attest to a time in their life when they tried to wear something just because everyone else was wearing it. For example, Spanx leather leggings look amazing, but we just don’t get along. I’ve tried them on numerous times, but can’t get on board with them. Another example, I know my cousin (who is a Mom too!) despises overalls, but I think they’re adorable. Find your personal style, stay true to your personal style, and stick to what you feel good wearing.
Wear what feels right.
I’ve become pretty good at determining what looks right on my body and there are some items I avoid at all costs – shoes in particular. I really want to wear Over-the-Knee boots, but I don’t think they are right for me. Other shoes that are closet staples for many women (even Moms!) are stilettos and high heeled knee high boots. I can’t walk right in high heels and feel too dressed up most of the time that I wear them. I only buy shoes that I’ll wear more than once. Therefore, I am an ankle bootie, ballet flat, loafer and bean boot kind of girl.
The moral of the story: I won’t force myself to wear something I’m not comfortable in… unless it’s for a special occasion. I know what I like and I know what makes me feel stylish. I’m sure there will be a day when my daughters say that dreaded phrase – “MOM, you CAN’T wear that!” But for now, they’re too little to notice or care what looks good or bad. Happy Thursday!