Let’s chat mom fashion… No but seriously, like “mom” fashion. The fashion people picture when you say that out loud. Most days you’ll find me cheering you on to avoid looking the way people would assume a mom looks. You know, not look all “dead mommy”. Mommy Zombie. Mommified? You get it. Most days we just need to take that extra step to change out of the basic tee and sneakers. Feel beautiful. Have one more cup of coffee and add a little bit more concealer under our eyes to just “fake it ’til we make it”.
But then there are the days that we mommas go from faking it to barely holding on. Where sleep from the night before can be counted using 3 fingers. Be it from growth spurts, to new teeth, to monsters under the bed, or [insert drama here]! It’s rough out there. On the other hand, there’s the great days. Where the spring sun is shining with a gentle breeze. And the playground, long walks, and carefree outside-time all keep you moving until the sun has long since set. While polar opposites, these days call for a little more comfort. They demand that basic tee and sneakers. And I like to survive the former and embrace the latter in realistic style. A small amount of effort goes a long way with fashion. One added element can take a total “mom” outfit and make it cool.
From the beginning of posting on here I’ve tried to make it clear that I will rarely be kick-starting any fashion trends. This 90’s look of the shirt around your waist has been back for quite some time. But, it is spring and layering is practically essential. Here in Colorado we get like 40º shifts in temp in a single day. Hence, I embrace any look that combos with versatility. However, it can be tricky. It all comes down to how you wear it and what colors you do it in. Oh, and don’t forget that outfit you’re pairing it with.
My favorite ways I’ve seen this look are typically monochromatic and let the shirt around the waist be the pop of color or interest. Going “all black” looks great with chambray shirts. Denim jeans paired with a simple white or black tee looks great with plaid, white, or even denim on denim. You want to look effortlessly cool. Like you stole that shirt from your date the night before. You know, just grabbed it on your way out the door and slung it around your hips.
Clearly there are more, but these three start with the basic momiform as the core.
The Grunge Chick
Beanie, Vans, Docs, black Sneaks, loose white tee, biker jacket, jeans, cutoffs, black pants — it all works here. The girl that looks like she smokes. In a hot way (if that is even possible). Tough and casual. And she’s almost always paired with a plaid button down.
The ‘It’ Girl
This is the pulled together / chic version. Monochromatic outfit — almost always all black, booties, hair down and done, long statement necklace(s), nice bag, impeccably fitting clothes (fit is everything here). Ok, so maybe not so effortless. But damn. It looks good! And she almost always pairs with the chambray button down.
The Carpool Crush
Plain white tee, denim, hair up, another denim shirt, and Chucks. She’s effortless. She may have just cleaned the house right before running carpool. She looks like she actually plays with her kids. On the floor. And runs all around the playground with them. All while still looking that good. And the Carpool Crush kinda works with all 3: plaid, chambray, and plain white button downs.
While I love all three of these looks I probably attempt to rock “The ‘It’ Girl” and “The Carpool Crush” the most. But no matter who you are channeling the rules typically remain the same:
✔ The shirt is kept unbuttoned while around the waist. You button it, you lost the look.
✔ It’s low slung and not too high. Nothing says “mom with no style” like when it’s up above the button on your pants.
✔ Use a single twist and not a knot. You knot it… you’ve gone dork.
Relaxed is the key here. Trying without trying. A tiny effort for those days where that’s all you’ve got. And let’s be honest, those days come far too often. I’ve gathered some of my top button-downs if you wanna try out this upgrade!
Wearing In This Post:
Shirt: Old Madewell (Similar)
Shoes: Vans ‘Classic’ Sneaker
peace ‘n love — OE
(Opening pic photo credit — left/right: Dunno [Pinterest Abyss], middle: Ivana Revic)