Mom Monday-You’re a Mom And Can Rock These In The New Year

6 Jan

Just because you’re a mom doesn’t mean you have to rock a dirty ponytail and yoga pants everyday. Many moms go through an identity crisis once their kids are born—can you really wear those fun and fashionable items you wore before having kids? Yes! Strut your way into the New Year with these five stylish mom essentials:

Mom Style 2016 by Jen Monahan on Helicopter Mom and Just Plane Dad

Classy Structured Jackets

An easy way to make an outfit look polished and put together is with a structured jacket. A trendy moto jacket in black or cognac is perfect for fall and winter when layered over a blouse with a scarf and jeans. For a more professional look, try a blazer—they’re not just for the boardroom anymore! Opt for a brightly colored blazer with jeans and a t-shirt or blouse to dress things up for a play date while still staying comfortable. Blazers are also great for a date night or evening outing. Simply throw it over a shift dress or pencil skirt for a polished and chic look.

If a blazer is too intimidating, try a more relaxed denim jacket. This piece is perfect for wearing with shorts and a t-shirt on your way to the park, or for pairing with a sundress during the warm spring months. Get the most use out of a classic, medium-wash jacket with a slightly tailored look. Denim jackets are versatile enough that they can be worn nearly year round.

Statement Jewelry Adds Flash

Jewelry can be tricky for moms, especially if you have young children who like to grab and pull things. But even if you can’t wear it everyday, statement jewelry is a great accent to have in your fashion arsenal. A bold necklace can quickly dress up a plain shirt or dress when running errands or meeting friends, just like dangling earrings or a bright bracelet can be the perfect finishing touch to an outfit. Statement jewelry can quickly take an outfit from average to extraordinary with very little effort.

Don’t Shy Away From Boots!

Any outfit can be transformed with a pair of great boots. Many moms shy away from anything withMom Style 2016 by Jen Monahan on Helicopter Mom and Just Plane Dad a heel, but statement boots come in a variety of heel heights for customizable comfort. Try a pair of detailed cowboy boots with skinny jeans or a skirt, or toss on a pair of flat riding boots for a comfortable trip to the park. These boots can be worn with leggings or skinny jeans for a casual outing or worn with skirts and tights for a layered fall look.


The Non-Mom Jeans

Good-fitting jeans can transform how your body looks and make even a casual outfit look just a little more put together. Forget the old stigma that moms have to wear unflattering, baggy jeans—today’s options are stylish while still being movable and comfortable for all those ups and downs during the day. Ideally, you want nice jeans in a few different styles and washes, but start with a dark wash in a straight leg, which is universally flattering and slimming. A Mom Style 2016 by Jen Monahan on Helicopter Mom and Just Plane Dadnice pair of jeans can be worn with a loose t-shirt or blouse for running errands or dressed up with heels and a blazer or sparkly blouse for a meeting or night out.

Jeans are one of those items where you really get what you paid for, so save up to invest in quality jeans that will last for years. Many discount stores, such as Ross and TJ Maxx, frequently sell designer jeans at low prices.

Shorts Are In Again

In most places you won’t be able to wear these for months, but don’t be afraid to break out shorts once the warmer weather rolls around. Shorts are back in style, which means there are a ton of options for your personal style and body type. Universally flattering options include Bermuda shorts in dark denim or a neutral color or a pair of classic khakis that hit mid thigh. You can also show some style with brightly colored shorts, fun patterns, or trendy high-waisted linen shorts. Pair shorts with a tank top or t-shirt for a day at the park or beach, or dress them up with a linen blouse, denim jacket, and fun sandals.

2016 is a few days away, and is the perfect time to revamp your style and closet to redefine what it means to dress like a mom. Add some bold statements, carry a little flare, and show some flash. Bring in the New Year with a bang!

Jennifer Monahan is a freelance writer and a mom of 2 fantastic kids out of Jackson Hole Wyoming. When she’s not working around the house and cleaning up after her husband, she likes to keep up and write about the newest fashion trends. You can follow her on twitter @Jenmonahan76

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