Based on what I know about fashion and style, there are few instances when looking like a mom can be considered a good thing.
In fact, now that I’ve put my mind to it, the only time I can come up with is when you’re a five year old lost in an amusement park. Then, finding someone who looks like a mom, with a slew of kids in tow to prove it, is the best thing ever.
Otherwise, the mom look isn’t really doing it for people.
For example, Dudes don’t pile out of cars at the club saying, “Let’s find some moms tonight!” –Okay, some do, but ew, no one likes those dudes.
And, probably, you’ve never heard a bride to be say, “You know what I want? I want all of my bridesmaid’s to look like moms!” –She doesn’t. And if she says that it’s because she’s having a major meltdown and needs an immediate intervention. And probably to get out of David’s Bridal before she hurts someone.
As good friend, you’d never compliment your bestie with, “I love your dress. You look SO like a mom!” –She’d wonder why you’re mad at her, and also being so mean.
And, on those rare GNOs when the stars align and you with all of your closest mom friends are able to hit the wine bar together sans kids, even you don’t start the night with, “Let’s go out tonight and party like a bunch of moms!” –Because then you’d be home in bed by 9. Drinking your wine out of a coffee mug with kid sticky on your college sweatshirt and lime green slipper socks on your feet.
Like mom shoes. And mom bags. And, please-God-no mom jeans.
Mom shoes are comfy. Mom bags are big and bulky. And, mom jeans, you know what mom jeans are about.
I hate that motherhood seems to be synonymous with sloppy, out of date, unimaginative, and can-be-accomplished-in-your-sleep style choices.
All moms aren’t like that.
I’m powered by the belief that we, fashion-conscious-trend-loving-moms-who-don’t-think-fleece-is-the-best-thing-to-happen-to-modern-clothing, can change that.
Looking like a mom should mean looking like a boss. A well styled, put together, confident, problem-solving boss lady with poise and grace under fire. And by fire I mean a baby on your hip and a spirited toddler dressed as Captain America hanging off your pocket.
I call it functional fashion and it means intentional styling that is on trend and in line with your lifestyle. The type of fashion that gives you the power to conquer screaming toddlers who think they’re Captain America and don’t get why going to school in blue tights with a metal shield just isn’t an option real life while also looking good.
And, it doesn’t matter if you woke up like that (stop it, she’s lying anyway, unless her team of stylists actually work on her while she’s sleeping) or spent 2 hours, a bottle of hair spray, some seriously powerful retinol treatment, and $225 bucks worth of clothing to make it happen.
For me, because my style awesome usually goes from the bottom up, this is what functional style looks like right now: a pair of adorable Rockport ankle booties that I received directly from Rockport’s Total Motion line.
They’re perfect for my daily calendar that involves working from home, going to a PTA meeting, and hitting up the football field for team mom duty. But they also can be paired with an edgy dress or leather paneled leggings for a night out with DudeDad. When football season ends. And I am a normal grown up with free time I don’t have to spend in a stadium wearing spirit wear.
In my pre-What-NOT-to-Wear life, heels were a thing of the past, but I love that Rockport makes heels you can live in. They’re chic and stylish but also comfortable enough to give women (including moms) the power to get through EVERY day looking good.
Need some inspiration?
Check out my #PoweredByHeels Rockin’ the Rockports video for a week’s work of ways to wear your Rockport ankle boots!