As a modern mom, you know to steer clear of “mom jeans” and bedazzled sweater vests. But somewhere between playgrounds and PTA meetings, those comfy sweats and ragged tees undoubtedly became personal style staples. It may seem impossible to care for yourself and still put everyone’s needs first, but a tired look could lead to tired parenting. “It’s crucial to our self-esteem to look and feel good during this huge life transition,” says Style for Hire stylist and mother of two, Marlisa Sailer for Redbook. For super moms, this means tossing exhausted threads and redefining yourself with pieces that cultivate strength, confidence and vigor like a leather tote and Italian-made cat-eye sunglasses. Show the world who’s boss with these upgraded classics that will elevate your style from frumpy to fabulous.
Jeans, that is. No need to fast or go on a juice cleanse. Believe it or not, skinnies actually help flatter any figure and accentuate the post-baby assets you’ve been hiding under baggy, stain-ridden clothes. For curvier shapes, stick to printed options like the Labdip Lana Skinny Jean from Anthropologie. The pattern adds casual flare while the cropped and fitted shape creates a comfortably seamless look. More of a classic jean type of gal? Try the A Gold E Sophie High-Rise Skinny Jean. Its versatile and universal fit make this denim staple an ultra flattering silhouette for all shapes and sizes. As an added bonus, the dark wash easily matches any accessory and can be worn with booties, wedges or flats for day or evening wear.
Toss the Sneakers
Unless you’re working out, sneakers (and any exercise wear for that matter) are off limits. You don’t have to trade comfort for style. Opt for ballet flats that enable you to tame the children, run family errands and, basically, conquer the world—only you’ll look, cool, calm and collected while doing it. Patent leather options, like the rock-studded Ballerina from Valentino, provide durability for long days on your feet. The subtle embellishments make a style statement that’s a little edgy and totally in control, just like you.
Bye Bye Bulk
It’s time to say no to bulky diaper bags that scream “I am a mommy.” Say good riddance to that over-sized beast and welcome structure. Introduce a posh Coach Georgie Satchel and rediscover the fashion diva you truly are. Sophisticated leather adds class to this chic designer handbag. Consider it a key addition to your modern mom wardrobe.
Dress it up
When you’re rushing around from one obligation to the next, getting dressed in anything remotely presentable becomes a challenge. If only we could find one clothing item that was comfortable, versatile and polished. Enter the maxi dress. Like the LBD for busy moms, a maxi dress like the versatile designs by Free People offers an effortless option that looks anything but sloppy. An ideal pick for any body type, empire-waist and draping elongate the frame for a sophisticated ensemble that is as functional as it is simple. Pair it with your stunning new leather clutch and pair of city sandals and you’ve reclaimed your independence.