7 Style Resolutions for Moms in 2012


Ok Mamas, whether or not you are a resolution person (and I am…in a big, obnoxious way)…I've put together a list of my top 7 mom-style resolutions for 2012.  

So repeat after me:  I, Mama… 

(See? I warned you about my obnoxious thing)

1.  …will buy one pair of fabulous everyday shoes (or boots).  

And wear them – everyday.  Because shoes matter.  Shoes make the outfit.  But these will not be sensible shoes, oh, no.  These will not be shoes that "match" everything in my closet.  They will not be black because I already have a black bag.  They will not be brown simply because I already have black.

They will be whatever color makes my heart beat fast (and that might be black or brown, but I vow to think outside the shoebox).  They will have gorgeous details.  They will make me happy.  And I won't even think about bringing them home unless they are also comfortable.  I will be incredibly picky, and wait (all year if I have to) until I find the perfect pair.

Mamas, to illustrate, look how even Garnet Hill figured out that gorgeous footwear is the chic-outfit cornerstone.  Both outfits are cute on their own, but the footwear makes them amazing.

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(photo credits: garnet hill) 

2.  …will figure out the whole cropped-pant thing.

 I will find a pair that are perfectly cropped right above my ankle bone.  I will not confuse ancient, baggy, cropped-halfway-up-my-calf pants as being the same thing.  I will instead burn those cropped-halfway-up-my-calf pants.  I will wear my new, cool, cropped trousers with with socks and flats when it's cool, and amazing sandals and flip-flops when it's hot. 

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(photo credits: coldwater creek, j.crew)

3.  ….will try wearing a dress while running around with the kiddos.

How hard can it be?

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(photo credits:  Lesley Evers Silvie | Piperlime Ark & Co Maxi Dress | Madewell Deep Woods Shirt Dress | Shabby Apple Tuileries )


4. …will try at least one crazy color combination

Like blush and maroon.  Or mint and spruce.  Or cobalt and camel.  Or red and orange and green all together.

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 (photo credits:  Vanessa Jackman | The Sartorialist | Wayne Tippetts


5.  …will wear colorful pants and lips

(and maybe at the same time)

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(photo credits: Piperlime | Le Blog de Betty


6.  …will make sure I have one fabulous Spring jacket.

And layer it now over a pile of cozy sweaters and later over a t-shirt.

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(photo credits: Anthropologie's Rain Dotted Anorak | Emerson Made's Black & White Car Coat)


7. …will wear white.  Like, now.

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(photo credits:  from Eat, Sleep, Denim's great article on wearing white pants in winter | Bloomingdale's Aiko Chrissie dress)


Here's to juggling style and spit-up!





  1. Numbers 5 and 7 scare me. But I’m up for it, I’m already on #1. I’m on a hunt.
    I’ll have you know I pulled the socks and sandals (cute pink socks and gladiator sandals) and the husband mocked. You heard me mocked. But hey I liked it so I think I’m going to do it again. The socks were awesome, they had little bulls on them. How cool is that?!
    So here’s to a more stylish year, or at least more fodder for my husband’s weird sense of humor…

  2. Love it! I’ve been thinking about my style resolutions lately too. One of mine is finding a new great casual shoe. Every girl I know is wearing a tall flat boot with jeans – and it looks like we all came out of a mom factory somewhere – annoying!!! I’ve got to find a replacement for mine – they’ve been my go-to shoe for three fall/winters now. any ideas?? i’ve been thinking clogs…

  3. About 2. I haven’t figured this out at all and wonder if you have insights. What’s the difference between cropped ankle pants and narrower pants that are too short for me? (I’m between petite and regular, so sometimes I buy petite, but then if they shrink at all I’m in trouble.) e.g in your Oct 10 2011 column (yes, I’m a faithful reader!) you showed a picture of your jeans unrolled and said they looked awkward and you would never wear them like that. I have a pair that look like that, and I’ve been obediently rolling them, but they look like ankle pants to me (admittedly fashion is not my strong suit!). Help! What am I missing?

  4. Kristen – your socks and gladiators sound adorable. For what it’s worth. 🙂
    Stephanie – I hear ya. I’ve been turning to my short moto boots and my duck boots quite a bit this year. Clogs would be fab also.
    Kate – working on it. I haven’t found any yet that I wanted to pull the trigger on….but j. Crew’s is really, really soft.

  5. I’m going to try to do 1, 3, 4, and 6…my other resolution is to buy a good pair of jeans and a pair of high-thread-count sheets. I have never done either because I start to have an anxiety attack when I look at the price tag. But I have been convinced by your discussions of jeans that I will feel much better about my body if I get a great-fitting pair (instead of a cheap pair). (The high-thread-count sheets aren’t a fashion resolution, I understand, but in my head they go with the jeans resolution because of the money thing.)
    I’m afraid Dave is going to forbid me from reading this blog any more.

  6. Hi, I am brand new to your blog. I’ve been following petite blogs for two years trying to figure out how to dress my body type. Most of the amazing blogs I’ve followed have been young, early 20 something bloggers…with no kids, no waistline sags, and no tired eyes, and all the time on their hands to shop. So I googled “stylish moms”…and bingo…I hit the jackpot!!! I will be reading everyday now! I have always been interested in fashion, and expression…but I am soooo seeing things I’ve never seen before after reading your blog for only half an hour…I am guilty of calf cropped pants, bootcuts only, steering clear of skinnies, low waisted belts, very short shirts…etc…the list goes on. I have exactly no flat boots and about 80 pair of heeled somethings… Somehow, even though I love fashion, I got stuck back about 8-10 years ago. I do however feel “special needs” in the dressing department b/c my body is not like other women (I’m guessing we all feel that way)…but seriously I am 4’10 and wear a 00P or kids 10/12 in the waist, but have a size 28/30D breast (please take note of the “D”- this makes dressing the rest of my body difficult. I don’t really like being this small, but I am stuck with it. I don’t know how to dress myself like a mom, or a professional, or anything really…so I am going to stick with you and try to figure it out in 2012… One Question please?!….Do all of the rules still apply to a shorty momma like me? I thought ankle pants, skinny jeans, and flat boots, with long shirt torsos, would only make me look even shorter…..???? Do you have any advice for finding clothing that fits? Surely there are more super shorty-legged mommas, with a large chest? I am like a very short stick with boobs…alright I know thats a scary visual…but basically thats me. Thanks for all your research!

  7. Checking off:
    1. trying to find a replacement to the uniform (steve madden intyce boots) that everyone has now
    2. Cropped pants, check. finally found them in petites that fit right at Gap online (just ordered the second pair)
    3. dresses with the kiddos, check (with my plush tights during the cold season)
    4. color combos – working on it (maybe spring)
    5. colored lips, check. colored jeans, not there yet.
    6. bright spring jacket, check (from Ann Taylor loft based on your recommendations)
    7. wearing white, check.
    Finally, some resolutions I can stick with.

  8. I am so on board with this, but probably not until the spring when my baby’s born. I was just making a resolution to myself last week about focusing more on style once the baby’s born. I haven’t thought about my clothes since I became pregnant with my son in the fall of 2008. Since then, it’s been all about the comfort, and that needs to change! Well, I would hope it would still be comfy, but cute as well.

  9. I love your blog, and the resolutions – great motivation for all of us mamas! Re #3 – this ties to a concern I have, and I’d love your input! I left my professional job a little under a year ago to be a full time at-home mom. So, as a practical matter, most of my wardrobe consists of “work outfits”, primarily skirts/tops/tights/boots and dresses. Because I have these, and because I frankly think I look better/leaner in them then in pants/jeans (pear shape), I wear them – but I worry, do I look overdone/trying too hard/fashion victim as mentioned in your post on the denim skirt post? Most of the outfits you post are ADORABLE but in jeans/pants – do us moms in skirts look silly/fussy in dresses in the winter??? Thank you for your help!!!!!

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