Mama’s Playground Style Refresh (Starring Free People)




Facebookers have spoken:  Mama needs some playclothes.  And while there’s only so much that can realistically be done with playground style (due to uh, extreme conditions – and I’m not talking about the weather), I thought it would be fun to try and nudge our playground uniform in a fresher direction.  (Nudge, rather than trying to start a new thing, like #velvetattheplayground or something.  Actually, brocade would be better – it’s so stiff, I’m pretty sure all of the dirt would wipe right off.)

ANYWHO.  Assuming that your playground uniform is basically some form of jeans, sweater, flat shoes, done…..we’re nudging.  Ready?

Cozy Knits + Military + Quirky Hat

If you don’t have a perfectly drapy, cozy knit, you’d be hard pressed to do better than this Free People turtleneck sweater.  Pair your something cozy with some flat military boots for a little edge and a quirky pom-pom hat for fun.








The soundtrack to this picture would be, “UUUUUUNNNNNHHHH!”  6 year old boys are shockingly heavy.







And the soundtrack to THIS picture is Pax going, “MOM!  Peetend I TCHOKE YOU.”


There are just so many things, you guys.  So many things I never imagined my children would do.  #pretendtochoketheirmother  #actuallytrytochoketheirmother <– Pax only.  (My disclaimer)




hat: Topshop (sold out)…but Jonathan Adler’s hat has a similar vibe (more hat picks at the end of the article)

sweater: Free People Turtleneck Sweater (size XS)

jeans: Rag and Bone Stretch Skinny Jeans

boots: old, but Steve Madden’s Troopa boot is similar (a few more boot picks at the end of this article)



Ratty Sweater (you know you have one) + Interesting Cuffs + Faux Fur Scarf

I’m amazed by how much cooler anything looks when you let contrasting cuffs peek out.  (And a little faux-fur never hurts either.)





I’m kinda obsessed with these Free People Apline Cuff henleys.  They are nice and long, super cozy warm, perfect for nursing, come in a zillion colors, and the cuffs?  I dream of these cuffs.  Instant outfit upgrade.




Raines challenged me to a fence-climbing contest.  Guess who won?


NOT YET LITTLE BOY.  NOT YET.  (My look of glee?  Thinly disguised desperation.  It was close.)




ratty sweater: old, well-worn Vince…but this Free People Teddy Bear sweater has a similar vibe

henley:  Free People Alpine Cuff Henley (size Med)

faux fur scarf: old, but BP’s faux fur infinity scarf is similar

jeans: Rag and Bone Stretch Skinny Jeans

sneaks: regular Converse hightops, but I’m loving these Fancy Hi sneaks by Converse.  Same thing, but better.


Just for fun, here are a few other Free People favorites that would be amazing for the playground.  (And I couldn’t help but throw in a few more options for military-ish boots, quirky hats, and faux fur scarves).





A huge thank-you to Nordstrom for sponsoring this post.  As always, all product choices, thoughts, and opinions are my own.  (Or as Pax would say, “MINE OWN”.)  Thank you for supporting the retailers who help support The Mom Edit.

photography credit: by Mike Draugelis