What Moms Wear: Uggs (And How I Learned To Love Them)



Contributing author Madeleine Burka Hill is a writer, shoe-lover, and girly-girl raising two boys with her fabulous naval aviator husband. In her spare time, she indulges her online shopping habit and practices yoga. In Dec. 2010, her husband's Navy career took this self-proclaimed east coast girl and her family to live in central California.


I swore I’d never wear them.

Here's why: in the early 2000s, it seemed like all of young Hollywood was being photographed in Uggs with shorts and bare legs. I still see this a lot today – It might work for celebrities, but in my opinion, it’s not an attractive look for anyone, especially not for a mom.

But there I was. It was February 2010 – there were uncharacteristically frigidly cold temps in Virginia Beach, Va. My beloved clogs just weren’t going to cut it. So off to the department store I went – and out I walked with a pair of the formerly sworn off Uggs (black, of course – I can't help it). And I fell in love. They were so warm, so cozy and comfortable. They are definitely not for trudging through huge snow drifts, but they do serve a purpose. 

An Uggs look that works for most is to slide them over leggings or very skinny jeans – this avoids bunched up pants. The slimness of the pants balances out the bulkiness of the boots.The trick is to avoid looking sloppy. On top, a chic, simple sweater or a long and drapy style works best. My friend Sharon (pictured) is a perfect example of how to wear Uggs and look polished – slim pants and a cozy sweater – kind of like an urban snow bunny. 

If you're squeamish about wearing a waist-length sweater with slim pants (which Sharon pulls off beautifully), go with the long drapy look. I like one that I can wrap around myself.

 Ladies with muscular calves should stick with a shorter Uggs style, of which there are many. Like the look but don't want to invest in a pair of Uggs? Try the Bearpaw brand – it's the same look but at a cheaper price.

Here are a few cozy and chic winter looks for Uggs & leggings/jeggings…

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the loose, exaggerated cowl neck on this Anthropologie sweater – a perfect long drapy look (and good for post-partum!). The dangly earrings add a little sparkle and a delicate detail to help balance out the bulkiness of the boots. 




If you're feeling a little more adventurous, try a pair of Uggs in a color. A perfect time to add a little brightness – in February when we're all sick of short, gray days. Uh – oh – I'm getting some online shopping ideas….



Centered Pullover
$88 - freepeople.com
Knit sweaters »








The corduroy stretch leggings accomplish everything a simple legging does – but with more texture and added warmth. The fair isle pattern of the sweater is both classic and on-trend. 







Readers, where do you stand on the Ugg front?  Love 'em or hate 'em?

– Madeleine


  1. Love them! I’m warm, am able to chase and can look somewhat put together. In fact, you’ve just inspired me to want another pair. Uggs for V-day anyone?

  2. Just got my first pair for Christmas (black too). And have barely taken them off since.
    They are clunky, but so darn warm. And they look great with my skinny pointe pants (black too).

  3. I’m. In the upper Midwest & LOVE my Bearpaws! My “momiform” is my black Bearpaws, dark skinny jeggings, a nursing tee or tank, and a cute sweater to top it off. I’d definitely wear any of these outfits. Alarming trend at the mall though: local teens were wearing sweatpants with them. Kinda put the ugg in ugly!

  4. Lisa and Lyn – they are so addicting, aren’t they?
    Nell – Valentine’s Day? I love the Bailey Button with the flower detail…just a thought if you’re looking 🙂
    Maman A Droit – Uggs and sweatpants – ouch. Definitely NOT a good way to look polished. But then when I remember some of the things I thought were “cute” when I was a teen…
    Amy – I don’t blame you!
    – Madeleine

  5. A note regarding my above link to Bailey Button with Kimono Flower – I personally wouldn’t choose the Kiwi color 🙂
    Pink and Cloud Gray are cute, though. You can see the flower detail when you select “pink.”
    – Mad

  6. Oh yes – yet another reason I love them – I don’t have to worry about finding socks for ME! They’re like flip flops for winter.

  7. Iam a fan of uggs it will keep you warm and comfortable! I recently bought ugg boots and can say without a doubt that its the best uggs i have ever bought. The best quality for a reasonable price. Highly recommend!!

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