Style Challenge: Romantic Tops Get Edgy Details

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I’ve realized that in the past few years my style has changed dramatically. I used to wear dresses and lace and tights and ruffles way more often. Now, as you know, it’s jeans, boots, jackets and sweatshirts…and a raincoat, obvs.

I’m sure much of that change has to do with chasing a busy child around and another big part of it is living in a super rainy, messy climate. But I think a little bit of it has to do with a shift in my personality. I was a quiet person who didn’t speak up very much for a long time. Now I just want to wear moto jackets and tell people what I think. It’s probably part of getting older. Ha!

You know I love edgy and casual and am drawn to anything denim and black. So, for my style challenge, the TME team agreed I needed to go more romantic and feminine. My only stipulation was no statement necklaces – I mean, I had to draw the line somewhere. But, when I wound up choosing a lacy top that Scotti already has in another color I knew I was on the mark. Haha.

Don’t mind me, neighbors…just prancing around the streets with a glass of rosé, as one does.

This style challenge was fun because it was all about taking on something out of our comfort zone but making it ours – hence, the ripped jeans and the edgy sandals, in my case. It’s fun Scotti and I have the same top. You can see her rocking it in black in a different style here.


Top – Free People Secret Origins Pieced Lace Tunic – This was one of the first pieces I tried out for this challenge and I instantly loved it. The top is really flattering. I love it in white and black and it now comes in an olive green that is to die for. Runs true to size. Wearing a Small.

Jeans – Madewell 9″ High Riser Skinny Jean – My favs. True to size. Be sure not to dry your jeans with stretch in the dryer and they’ll stay nice and fitted for a long time.

Shoes – Jeffrey Campbell Cors Suede Peep Toe – These are the best. They have a comfy heel height and run true to size and are super badass. They come in a gorgeous taupe suede, too. So tempted…

Earrings – (similar rose gold wires) Vince Camuto Rose Gold Twist Earrings

Tank – (similar) Calvin Klein Full Cotton Slip – I adore having a cotton knit slip to wear under sheer top and tunics, wear as a coverup, or wear to bed. I like black here because I have on black jeans and nude or white were actually distracting. Black looked cooler.

Bracelet – (similar) Corded Leather Multi-Strand Bracelet

Romantic Tops To Pair With Edgy Pieces



I’m not sure if it’s the lace or the vacation, but I think I should try this look more often! To see whether I follow through, follow me on Instagram @elletrain And, be sure to follow all of us at @themomedit, our new IG location. Trying out some of these styles? Use the #TheMomEditStyle hashtag so we can see what you’re up to!





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Meet Laura! She's a reader turned contributor and we couldn't be happier to have her as part of the team. Her fun, creative style is, as she says, "somewhere between Madewell and Joan Jett" (YES.) and she delivers some mean dressing room selfies so keep an eye out for those. Fun fact? She loves getting her haircut and we love to see what she has up her sleeve.  

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  1. You look amazing! Yes, I want to scoop up all of these shirts now. Somewhere along being a mom of small, messy people, going back to work, and doing a big move and closet purge-I lost a lot of my lacey tops. Need to replace some of them. Also, I try to avoid your posts during the months when I am trying to grow out my pixie cut. You always inspire me to chop it off again.

    • Thanks so much! It typically does better on days without washing and I use R+Co Badlands Dry Shampoo Paste on the roots, plus a little hairspray and backcombing a tiny bit now that it’s getting longer. Then, I use a bobby pin to hold it in place.

  2. You look gorgeous! And I love every pretty top you linked. Now if I could just get myself to change out of the workout clothes and into all these pretty tops 😉

  3. My favorite of the challenges so far — if this is out of your comfort zone, it sure doesn’t look like it. You look awesome. (And yes, I have serious pixie cut envy over here, too.)

  4. I love the Prancing!.. it looks like you had a wonderful vacation with your family…great look too! I seriously would not have given that type a second look but you made it very interesting with such a cool Vibe great job Mama

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