If any of you have been paying attention to the major trends of Fall 2010, you can’t miss the fact that 3/4 length skirts were all over the Fall runways. While I love their ladylike look and retro sensibility, I had originally dismissed this trend as being both impractical for moms and hard to wear…and then I met (at the playground no less!) Ramune.
This article is the third in a multi-part series based on “rules” I’ve applied again and again when doing style consultations / closet clean-outs with moms….if you are just joining us now, check out our New Style Rules For Moms, Part 1 and Part 2.
Lest we take ourselves and our “rules” too seriously here at Ain’t No Mom Jeans…please direct your attention to the picture at left. This picture is of my little sister Scotti (aka the makeup maven who wrote 5 Easy Tips To Look Your Best in Photos)…who is showing how well interesting sweaters, skinny jeans (and now tall, flat boots) can make you look amazing whether you are going out for lunch, to the playground, or, in her case, catching the Hogwarts Express.
For those of you who have been craving M’s J.Brand Houlihans (pictured at left) as much as I have…let me warn warn you: the following Skinny Cargo picks will be nowhere near as fabulous. There’s a reason those Houlihans cost so much: super-crazy-bum-flattering fit, and premium fabrics that will last (through many, many washings). M makes a good case for going for the real thing in her article, Splurge: A CPW Analysis of J.Brand Houlihans (as well as some killer pics for ways-to-wear ’em).
However, if you are still a bit undecided about the skinny cargo trend itself…or are still nervous about your ability to pull off skinny in general (or really, just short on cash these days)…starting with a low-cost route might be a good idea.
One thing made abundantly clear by our readers last week, is that weaning ourselves away from bootcut jeans is a scary, scary prospect. (See our second style rules article for all of the great comments). So I wanted to highlight some momiform style inspiration that focuses on straight-leg jeans (although skinnies would work just as well).
I’ve been eyeing up a new momdrobe necessity, something along the lines of a more interesting sweater: the sweater vest.
While the term sweater vest conjures up images of school-boys in argyle, the modern sweater vest is a cool and cozy way to add a bit of warmth (and style) to summer’s basics as we ease into Fall. And once Winter hits in full force, vests can easily be layered for maximum warmth.
So here’s how I’d wear it now…and later:
Last Friday, Raines and I met a friend (and her two little girls) at Boulder's Clementine Studio for some kiddo art classes. Clementine Studio is a…
44681-p-DETAILEDYup, you read that right: Danskos. As in the much-hated (at least previously, by me), much debated (here and again here – and don’t miss the reader comments), mom-shoe.
And what brought about my change of heart? Two things: first of all, Danskos came out with a version that looks like an actual clog, styled enough to make – dare I say it? – my heart beat fast (I’m such a sucker for a camel shoe)…and the recent trends that give a nod to ’70’s fashion at its best.
This article is the first in a two-part series based on “rules” I’ve applied again and again when doing style consultations / closet clean-outs with moms….
…while trends, in recent years have been all over the map….there’s a few constants that have started to emerge. And as I’ve been doing a few more “closet clean-outs” with friends and other moms…I’m finding that these constants are passing many of us by, unnoticed. The problem? Ignoring trends year after year after year is exactly how you wake up one morning, 20 years later, with a permed mullet and legwarmers wondering why everyone else looks so different.