When I told my husband that it was "going to be the summer of dresses", I'm pretty sure he had no idea what I was talking about... probably was just wondering how much it would cost...
For years I have sought after the perfect sundress that was flattering AND comfortable... FINALLY... this season, and the last, have brought some amazing options: A-lines and halter-styles that are a comfortable mom-short length (not too matronly, and not too street cornery).
I'm not sure what it is about sundresses that I love so much, but any way I can extend the sundress season, I'm all over it! Unfortunately, spring in Minnesota doesn't mean it's warm enough for a spaghetti strap (unless, of course, you're that person that wears shorts all winter... and if you're not, you know that person... we all do).
Luckily for we fashionista moms, jean jackets are back in style!
Where did this ensemble's inspiration originate? I saw Mila Kunis in a similar outfit in the movie Bad Moms, and I've been waiting for the weather to warm up so I can start spreading the good fashion word here.
Layers are anyone's best friend because they add so much versatility to a wardrobe, and any mom on a clothing "budget" (I hate that word) can certainly use as many ways to justify new purchases to her significant other...
This look is great for weekday dropoffs, PTC/PTA/PT-whatever meetings, weekend fun, probably just not work. Okay, let's start from the top down...
Earrings, well, I bought these at Express (in the actual store), but I can't find them online. Just go with a large, mixed metal dangle that is lightweight (not one of us needs another stretched out body part)... if it's too heavy, it's not COMFORTABLE, and you won't wear it! Mom's don't need to be worrying about their accessories when they're trying to keep their kids alive and well all day...
Jacket - OMG... I was scared of a jean jacket. Why? Never had one... I don't think. Regardless, I'm up to try any new trend (eventually), and who would be there to judge me as I tried it on in the comfort of my own bedroom? No one... I love shopping online - it's very efficient. I like this jean jacket (link below) because it's a crop top so it can be worn with any length shirt and most styles of sundress.
Dress - I think I bought this sundress in 4 colors... and I plan to wear them a LOT this spring and summer. What I love is the adjustable spaghetti strap, the crisscross bodice with a thoughtful detail of an eye hook closure (for those of us who are afraid of a wardrobe malfunction at a parent-type function), and who doesn't love an A-line skirt?! The only downer... it says "hand wash", but so does a cycle on my washing machine!
Shoes - Shoes can make or break an outfit... and like I've said before, buying versatile statement footwear will never be a bad idea. Yes, these shoes aren't cheap; however, I loved them the minute my foot slipped into them... a nude for versatility, black for elegance, and snakeskin for visual interest... Love at first sight! OH - AND they're - let's all say the magic word together... COMFORTABLE!
Friends, spring is the time to stop and smell the roses and to wear feminine ensembles with confidence and a smile! Add an extra spring to your step with something new!
Per requests of the fans... my first dedicated mommy fashion blog!
Ever since becoming a mom, I have feared "looking like a mom". I guess I don't even know what that means, but I wanted no part of it. So if you're a mom with a sense of style but also need practicality and comfort, this blog will be the place for you!
This pic shows exactly how I walked out the door to drop off my youngest this morning, and upon arrival, I heard "Cyndi, that shirt looks great on you!" Nothing makes a stress-filled early morning better than a compliment... especially when you make a conscious effort to put together an outfit before stepping out the door. And while my husband would only notice how I looked if I grew a third (insert body part here), a compliment is still a compliment, and I'll take it.
To be quite honest, I've always been afraid of floral prints because for some reason, I thought that they were a "grandma" print and would instantly age me 30 years. However, the great thing about prints, versus the solids I love so much, is that with young kids (and things like doing dishes and ending up with a wet mid-section), they can be very forgiving as far as your shape and little spots that may be the result of kid tears or kid snot (you pick... for me, it depends on the moment!). Floral prints on a flowy fabric like this are also perfect for hiding that bowl of ice cream you had after the kids went to bed... the treat that you swear you can see hanging off your body in the morning!
The distraction of a print can be your friend, AND it's always good to add visual interest to an ensemble.
What I love about this shirt (link below) is that there's a little shoulder-exposing slit in the cap sleeve, and this cut and fabric are great with leggings or skinny jeans. My only complaint, even though I have a ton of shirts like this in my closet, is that they are prone to static cling in the winter with heavy coats... (so carry a dryer sheet in your coat pocket for emergencies!).
Jeans - well, no two pairs of jeans are created equal when it comes to women's bodies. I like the Express stretch jeans that are more like leggings with faux pockets that aren't functional, but anything with a stretch is okay in my book!
Stretch = comfort... look for spandex blends!
Boots - I just can't tell you how much I love these red patent leather boots! I think I ordered them online from DSW many years ago, but I have gotten more compliments on them than I can count... one "cat-call" from a fellow mother at pick up (out her car window, no less)! Statement boots that are comfortable and visually exciting are a MUST for any fashion-forward mom. Pick some out in your signature color, and wear them with confidence... even if that means a catwalk strut down a fluorescent-lit hallway toward a room slowly filling with the aroma of gag-worthy diaper presents!
Regardless of how busy you are, you still have to wear clothes... so just make a few tweaks, and feel comfortable and confident! You're a mom, after all, you've got this! #momfashion
Shirt: Floral Print-V-Neck Cold Shoulder Rolled Sleeve Blouse from Express
Bottoms: Dark Wash Mid Rise Jean Legging from Express
Boots (something like this): Nine Seven Patent Leather Women's Square Toe Chunky Heel... from Amazon or wherever you like to get your boots
"Love being a Mom, Just Don't Dress Like One"
- Cyndi Frick