Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Mom Style Isn't Mom Style Anymore

Not all that long ago, you could spot a mom trying to relish a few moments of shopping alone just from her clothing.  I mean, we've all heard of the term "mom jeans!" In the not so distant past, moms were known for their lack of style. It's like we had children and suddenly, we were no longer allowed to wear frilly skirts or cute shoes. We had to trade in our heels for scuffed up running shoes because, well, let's face it. We'd be doing a lot, I repeat A LOT, of running after that toddler on a daily basis.

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 Flats: Target ($5, on clearance)

And if you're like me and you're a working mom, then it's easy enough to find excuses for wearing that same ole pair of black slacks or khaki pants to work each day. I mean, when it takes everything you've got just to get out of bed in the morning, putting together a stylish ensemble can be too much. Not to mention, that in the past, moms have fallen into the "I can't wear that because I'm a mom" trap.

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Top: maurices ($7)
Pants: NY&Co ($15)

You know, we've been able to find cute and stylin' moms, but they've always been the ones that are wayyy up there. You know, the adorable Jessica Albas and Isla Fishers of the world. Basically, they're in Hollywood or NYC, and yes, I guess they give moms hope that there is stylish life after the bump.  But still. When I see those moms, I just think, "Well, of course, they look good. That's what they get paid to do. They have hundreds of thousands of dollars to spend on cute clothes and they have nannies and all that jazz." So, yeah, while they are totally stylin' with their cute babies and toddlers, I still want to sit back and say, "But I'm just a normal person. I can't do that."

But here's the thing, ladies. Times are a changin'.  We can do that!  There are all kinds of adorable bloggers popping up to help us with our style.  We've got gorgeous Jill at Glamamom, the stylin' ladies at BonBon Rose Girls, the adorable mom and daughter pair at Style Journey and the incredibly cute and witty Tricia at The Domestic Fringe. The truth is, I can go on and on, listing bloggers that are putting themselves out there and showing the real world that not only do we know how to get dressed, but we can actually be fashionable about it, too! These are real ladies, not movie stars, who are showing the rest of us that we can still be fashionable and stylish, even with tots and babies on our hips.

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Ladies everywhere are breaking free of the Mom Style rut! They're tossing out their boring mom jeans and hopping into colored skinnies.  They're trading their scuffed up running shoes for cute flats and sparkly sandals.

So, here's to me and you, not running away from "mom style", but embracing it! Because I'm learning that "mom style" doesn't have to mean frumpy. It doesn't have to mean boring. It simply means that I can do my thing, while chasing kids and cooking dinner and teaching third graders (that one's just mine). And you know what? We can pass for cute and stylish while doing it all!

I'm linking up today with The Pleated Poppy, Wardrobe Wednesday, Dear Abby Leigh, Transatlantic Blonde and Rolled Up Pretty.  


Cara said...

Phew! I always love knowing that children (even if they're a little further down the path than I'd like!) won't ruin clothing because of function!

Kelly @ Kiwi Womens Style said...

Hear, hear! I find all it takes is a bit of planning and the will. It's amazing the impact of a cheap colourful scarf or pair of flats!

Thanks for sharing with Wardrobe Wednesday xo

Style Journey said...

What a great post and well said! Awesome moms unite, LOL! Fashionable and function can be done with a small amount of effort. I think moms can definitely do both and still look great.

Thanks for the love too. You are one stylish mama yourself :)


Mummy's Got Style said...

Love those leopard print flat...so wish we had a Target in the UK! Looking good girl!

oomph. said...

yes, mom style has definitely changed...for the better! love those cute little flats!


the domestic fringe said...

Goodness, Tiffany, this is SO inspiring! I woke up in a bummy mood this morning, but you just gave me a kick in the pants in THE sweetest way. I will take a minute to put on something cute this morning.

You look as adorable as ever. I love those purple pants and your shoes are super-cute.

You really are a fashion inspiration for me. I hope one day we'll get to hang out in person and have some fun. Maybe we can go to Target shopping or something. :-)

And thank you for the shout-out. I don't deserve to be named among the fashion bloggers, at all, but I appreciate your kind words very, very much. Thank you.

Robin Hardeman said...

The flats are cute and you can't go wrong with a $7 top any day! You look like a very cool Mom!


Saw you on Rolled Up Pretty!

Leelee said...

Love the embellished top :)

BonBon Rose Girls Kristin said...

Heart you lady!

Sheila said...

Cute top!!

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rlutz said...

Exactly the reason I started my blog...to show this!! thanks for reminding us moms that we can do whatever we want!!

Abby said...

adorable! i love your mama heart! thanks for linking up with dress for the day!

Abby said...

Love those shoes! What a simple yet chic outfit :)

By the way, I've updated my blog with a new post. I'd love for you to swing by :) www.fashchronicles.blogspot.com

Katie said...

i have those flats too!! so cute! love the color of your pants!

Melaina25 said...

Love those flats and what a great deal!

✰Transatlantic Blonde✰

Meera said...

Love those shoes! This is such a lovely outfit.

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