No pant has greater potential to turn totally croptacular (particularly for those of us with bums and thighs or who are vertically challenged) than the cropped pant. But done right, cropped pants are incredibly flattering and uber functional for moms.
Pre-babes, as a 5’4″ (and 5/8ths!) chicky, 3-1/2″+ heels were a near-daily part of my wardrobe. I loved the colors, the patterns, the bows, the peep toes, the purposeful clickity clack of my gait and (of course) how they made my legs look, but most of all, they made me feel like I was the height I was actually born to be. . . But as a heavily pregnant soon-to-be mom, somewhere in the middle of an ice lake/parking lot in January, it occurred to me that my heel habit might in truth be a borderline form of child abuse. What if I slipped and fell on my cute round belly? What if I tripped whilst baby wearing? Or was unable to dash after my toddler due to a footwear malfunction? Thus began my slow acquiescence to flats and (gasp! so much worse!), mid-height footwear.
So. You are looking for a jean skirt that is (reasonably) mom-friendly, and less than $200. Got it.
The “less than $200” part is easy – there are a million options. Finding something that’s mom-friendly is a bit trickier — I agree that running around the playground in a denim pencil skirt is…well…humph. Not even sure how to describe. Too fashion-victim? Just plain scary? I mean….you can’t even climb the steps to help your kiddo down. So yeah – I think the pencil-skirt-at-playground scenario is out.
Even if we rule out the denim pencil skirt, I think we have several other cool options. Here are my favorites:
Nude pumps are everywhere and we’re convinced this comely trend is here to stay for a while. We love nude pumps (and platforms and flats and sandals) because not only do they make your legs look miles long, they’re total mom-brainers (i.e., your exhausted, multitasking brain can rest assured, once you’ve selected the perfect pair, that they’ll compliment virtually anything you put on with them).
I really feel like we should be talking about summer. Writing about shorts, and flip-flops, and sunscreen. But instead, the weather in Denver has been breaking my heart. Rain, rain, and more rain (with the occasional sleet and snow thrown in) is our forecast for the next week or so. Ugh.
If you’ve been feeling my pain, this post is for you. Here are my current favorite Spring jackets, to help you face the weather when really….we just all want Summer.
There’s something stealthily sexy about a day dress. Perhaps it’s because the day dress is so unabashedly feminine. Perhaps it’s because the silhouette is so different from the normal uniform of jeans and drapy tees. Perhaps it’s because these dresses are cut to celebrate the real female form (you know – the one with curves). Whatever the reason, the sexy day dress is worth another look. And you’d be hard pressed to find a better version of the day dress than the one that Lesley Evers has perfected.
I was pleased to find that as a Mother’s Day special, Who What Wear Daily covered celeb moms in their versions of “mom style”. While not all outfits are easily pulled off, they do provide a healthy dose of inspiration.
It doesn’t seem like fashion trends could get any mom-friendlier right now. What happened? Was it the celebrity baby boom of 2008/2009? I mean, rock hard abs are a distant memory, the hottest footwear out there right now are cork wedges and flat sandals and muffin top is actually in. But it’s true ladies, the gettin’ has gotten even better. Now we have fabulous, mom/baby-friendly neck gear to boot.
What are your suggestions for moms other than wearing jeans or legging daily? Thanks!
Oooo…Cindy. You are pushing me out of my comfort zone. As you may have guessed, I’m a big jeans/leggings girl. But never fear, there are so many great options out there that I could drone on at length. In fact, one could argue that this entire website is built around the concept of helping moms find their own daily uniform. Let me highlight three easy options that are readily available now: the chino, the cargo, and the linen drawstring pant.
NYC is a tough one as a tourist. You want to look edgy and up-to-date, but New Yorkers walk, on average, two miles a day, and tourists probably walk more. So, to get the absolute most out of the city, footwear choices have to be spot-on.