Mom Style: Six Ways to Look Your Best

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Who has time to think about mom style when you’re juggling so many other priorities in life!?! But here are six simple tips to have you looking your best in no time!

True Confession:

I don’t really have a huge platform to talk about mom style. As a 10-year-old, I tried to wear bright purple high-top kids with teal knee socks. Until my dad staged an intervention. . .

I’ve been confronted by a random kindergartener on the playground who said I looked “yucky.”  At that stage in my life, I had newborn, 2-year-old, and 4-year old, so playground style wasn’t at the top of my list of priorities! But it clearly was for her perfectly coiffed and designer-clad mother across the swingset.

But there is a middle ground between totally letting yourself go and being a slave to fashion. Now that everyone in my house can usually get dressed and buckled in the car without lots of assistance from me, I have more time to take care of myself.

Do I still walk out of the house with chaotic hair, no makeup, and mismatched workout attire from time-to-time? Of course! And if you do, too, no judgment from me. Life happens, and sometimes you’ve just got to do whatever works to take care of everything else. Something’s gotta give!

But we don’t have to look like we just walked off the runway to hold our own at the carpool line. Here are a few style tips that have helped me, and can help you avoid the same mistakes I’ve made.

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1. Know your body type.

We were not all cut from the same cookie-cutter, and that’s okay. But that means not all styles look great on everybody. After three c-sections, I have come to terms with the fact that form-fitting crop tops are not my friend, but blousy tops are great.

Some of us have amazing shoulders, but flabby midsections. So get a great sleeveless top! Others have slim waists, but we don’t love our legs– so invest in fitted tops and flowing skirts. When we dress in clothes that flatter us, we feel more confident to tackle the world.

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2. Find your best colors, and play them up.

In the same way that not all styles of clothes look great on everybody, there is no color that looks amazing on everybody. How do you find your best colors? Think about that favorite top or dress. You know, the special clothes you wear and get lots of different compliments.  Chances are, they’re in a similar color palette, which looks amazing on your skin. Those are probably your best colors.

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3. It takes just as much time to put on a cute outfit as it does to put on an ugly one.

Sadly, many times our cutest outfits are in the wash and we’re stuck with something we know we shouldn’t really wear in public. So it’s important to wear clothes that leave you looking and feeling your best, which brings us to our next tip:

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4. If you have clothes that aren’t flattering, give them away.

That way, you’re not tempted to wear them! I held on to some pre-pregnancy clothes for years thinking I’d wear them again. But they just sat collecting dust in my closet, only to be way out of style when I finally donated them to Goodwill. Sometimes we hesitate to give things away since we know how much money we spent on a certain item, or it was a gift.

But do you really have room in your closet for a bridesmaids dress from 2002 when you were 15 pounds lighter? Look into consigning your nicer clothes, so you can get some money back from them. ThredUp makes it really easy to send a bunch of items. But local consignment boutiques like Worth the Wait in Virginia Beach will probably offer you more money for your clothes. You can even consign kids’ clothes!

If you really want to streamline your wardrobe, you might even want to consider a capsule wardrobe, so you’ll only keep a few key pieces, but they’ll all work well together.


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Carter bangle and Bendall bangle in gold. PC: Addison Weeks

5. Invest in a couple of really great accessories.

A really great pair of earrings, a necklace, or handbag can make an otherwise bland outfit feel special. Many accessories will match anything, too, and they’ll always fit you. I personally am a huge fan of statement earrings, but others go crazy for handbags or shoes. It’s all about adding that little extra pop to make you give you an incredible sense of mom style.

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Whitten studs and bracelet in aqua. PC: Addison Weeks

6. Pay attention to trends, but don’t be enslaved by them.

Trends come and go, and you don’t have to try them all. Denim or even jumpsuits can usually look great on anyone with the right styling, but other trends might not work on everyone.  Also, I will never understand why the high-waisted, pleated cropped pants have come back in fashion? Why?!?! Or mom jeans? —but if they look good on you, go for it!

While it can be great to follow trends, you’ll always look better in clothes that flatter you. That being said, here are a few Fall trends to kick off the school year.

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Fall trends to spice up your mom style

  • Denim– including the controversial Canadian tuxedo
  • Plaid– in either the preppy ’90s Cher Horowitz-style, or more casual
  • Wide-leg pants– so say goodbye to skinny jeans
  • Western wear– from fringe to booties
  • Fall florals– even in Little House on the Prairie-style
  • Pinks and orange– especially in bold, rich hues
  • Animal print– walk on the wild side!
  • Sequins, and sparkles, and psychedelic prints- so brighten things up

Developing your personal mom style

Some of us are casual, sporty people who will feel fancy in athleisure, rather than our 5-year-old yoga pants. Others like to dress up. Having a great style doesn’t mean you need to adhere to some obscure set of standards. It’s all about knowing who you are, and being comfortable with that.

It might sound really cheesy, but if you’re comfortable with yourself and take pride in your appearance, you’ll almost definitely look fantastic! And if you’re ever wondering whether or not something is the right look for you, ask your friends and family on FamilyApp. They’ll usually give you the most honest feedback!

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