Feel-Good Fashion for Moms
Spring and summer trends for moms
As new life emerges with delicate buds and colorful blooms this month, spring and summer call for easy, unfussy styles. After all, three months of layering beneath heavy knits, wool coats and hats have taken their toll.
It can be tricky reporting trends, as many carry over from previous seasons. It can even be argued that the importance of trends is far less relevant than previous decades. Women are making their own rules and embracing diversity through fashion and individual style — and that includes the modern mom.
Nonetheless, industry trends will come and go. Some of the biggest and brightest for spring/summer 2018 consist of throw-on-and-go jumpsuits, dare-to-bare sheer dresses, large-print ’60s-inspired florals, sparkly summer sequins, pastels, head-to-toe brights, oversized earrings, and fanny packs or “belt bags.” Strapping on multiple bags is both stylish and utilitarian in purpose. Denim continues to rule and a trench coat is an investment piece that will tie your wardrobe together.
Where can you look for inspiration? Style can often be found in the most unassuming and unexpected of places. Always keep your eyes open. The tiniest detail can spark a unique idea for what to wear. Social media and, particularly, the community of designers on Instagram bring the world of fashion to anyone with a smartphone 24/7.
What does “mom” style mean anyway? Answers will range from one mother to another, but for a large majority comfort, ease and practicality reign.
Advice to moms looking to update their wardrobe: Buy pieces that double for day and night. Vintage is always a good idea and most moms can get behind responsible fashion. Los Angeles designer Christy Dawn, for example, produces dresses using deadstock fabric from larger fashion houses, significantly minimizing the items’ environmental footprint. Feel great buying and wearing designs that help protect Mother Earth.
Below is a roundup of suggestions for the mom who manages to do it all. For those of you minding a budget, lower-priced alternatives are listed below each product.
The Christy Dawn Lottie Dress is all about that full skirt and features kimono sleeves, a fitted waist and a beautiful floral print in rayon crepe. christydawn.com, $212.
Price-conscious alternative: H&M Dark Blue Floral Dress. hm.com, $69.99.
The Christy Dawn Phoebe Jumper features a vintage flair, ’50s-style sleeves and a button-up front in rescued deadstock linen fabric. christydawn.com, $212.
Price-conscious alternative: ASOS DESIGN Washed Cotton Boilersuit With Button Detail, asos.com, $60.
Creatures of Comfort’s Small Bucket Bag comes in eight colors and is made of smooth Italian calf leather with a gray cotton twill-lined body, brushed gold hardware and an adjustable strap. creaturesofcomfort.com, $525.
Price-conscious alternative: H&M Faux Leather Powder Pink Handbag. hm.com, $34.99.
Current/Elliott’s High Waist Kick Jean in Harvey Destroy is subtly flared and captures the best “found at a flea market” details, but also offers a flattering modern fit. currentelliott.com, $238.
Price-conscious alternative: Madewell 9-Inch High-Rise Skinny Jeans in Allegra Wash Rip and Repair Edition. madewell.com, $135.
Diane von Furstenberg’s Short-Sleeve Linen T-shirt is a poncho-style, cropped shirt cut in a comfortable and lightweight woven linen gauze. Wear it poolside and beyond. shopbop.com, $168.
Price-conscious alternative: H&M Studio Collection Knit Cotton Sweater. hm.com, $129.
Diane von Furstenberg’s Linen Wide Leg Pants come in a bright, multistripe, sheer linen that is easy to pack and even easier to wear. shopbop.com, $228.
Price-conscious alternative: Urban Outfitters Tie-Belt Striped Culotte Pant. urbanoutfitters.com, $59.
ASHISH’s Sequin Grocery Bag adds bold style to your shopping experience. This slouchy tote features a lined, 1-pocket interior and double handles. shopbop.com, $640.
Price-conscious alternative: BAGGU Duck Canvas Bag. urbanoutfitters.com, $30.
Raquel Allegra’s Poppy Bloom Silk Georgette Dress drapes you in hand tie-dyed silk marvel. vermillionstyle.com, $755.
Price-conscious alternative: ASOS Sequin Mix Ditsy Raw Edge Print Midi Tea Dress. us.asos.com, $103.
SCOSHA’s Chain Drop Hoops in Gold feature a droplet motif with a pear-cut tourmaline and sapphire on the front, and a bezel-set diamond hanging from a delicate chain. These hoops are handmade in Brooklyn, New York, and can be dressed up or down. scosha.com, $1,350.
Price-conscious alternative: Sorrelli Mixed Media Large Hoop Earrings. nordstrom.com, $55.
Kate Young for Tura Cecelia Sunglasses come in a modern cat-eye style in bone acetate with gold metal detailing. vertandvogue.com, $350.
Price-conscious alternative: Topshop Handmade Premium Acetate Cat Eye Sunglasses. us.topshop.com, $100.
FRAME’s Le Denim Trench takes a casual approach to the dramatic trench coat and is crafted from light wash cotton denim in a loosely structured silhouette. frame-store.com, $425.
Price-conscious alternative: Miss Selfridge Longerline Trench Coat. us.asos.com, $94.
No.6’s Coco Cross Front Sandal features a two-cross, front-heel clog in violet leather with an adjustable ankle strap, natural wood base and rubber sole. Wear these with dresses, skirts, shorts or jeans. vertandvogue.com, $290.
Price-conscious alternative: Topshop Valerie Platform Sandal. nordstrom.com, $80.
Note: Prices listed were accurate at press time, but may have changed since then.
Helen Banzet Wallace is a freelance writer, fashion blogger and mom. Her work has appeared in local and regional publications.