Lately it seems like stereotypical mom clothes have taken over my wardrobe. First there’s the yoga pants. If it doesn’t have an elastic waistband, forget about it. Then there is the same t-shirt you have in 3 different colors on rotation. And lastly, there’s the mom bun.
When I looked in the mirror last week, I wondered what happened to the young woman who used to have at least a mild sense of fashion and didn’t require an elastic waistband. Somehow I said goodbye to mom fashion and embraced the frump after baby number two.
I was officially in a yoga pants rut.
It was time for a change.
What I needed were some mom clothes that flattered lumps (let’s be honest), were as comfy as yoga pants without being yoga pants, and helped me feel good about myself again.
I immediately hit up Amazon because if you are a busy mom, then you don’t have time to wrangle three kids in isle six of Target. Just skip to drinking a glass of wine and shopping on Amazon. You’ll have it shipped right to your door and actually enjoy shopping.
Stylish mom clothes to flatter any figure.
If you are ready to overhaul your mom wardrobe, then you may want to Kon Mari your closet. Look at all your clothes and ask yourself, “Does this bring me joy?”
If the answer is “Nope, no joy here,” throw it in the garbage or donate to a thrift shop.
If the answer is “Yep, I love this piece,” keep it.
Chances are you are going to have a very clean closet after this simple exercise. Now it’s time to fill it with a few mom clothes staples. Thankfully, you only need a few cute mom outfits to take you out of the mom fashion rut.
The yoga pants of dresses.
Casual and light. This is perfect for being outside, yet a dress makes you look wayyy more put together. It’s basically the yoga pant of dresses.
Another perk: if you are breastfeeding, you should be able to pull the stretchy material down for nursing. Be sure to buy the correct size. If you buy it too small it will cling too tight.
You can also get a shorter version of this dress here.
This one is perfect if you have more curves or want more coverage.
This is a another option. It doesn’t need any maintenance – no wrinkles, super easy! Light, breathable material makes it great for day or night.
Go for at least one maxi dress.
Maxi dresses allow moms of young kids to dress up a bit while still being able to sit on the floor and play or bend down to pick up a baby (or spilled food) without showing everything! So functional and the price is right.
Also love this alternative women’s racer back maxi dress. Another “yoga pants of dresses.”
Say “No” to Traditional Diaper Bags
Love this smaller bag because it functions as a wallet and is small enough to throw in your diaper bag. When you aren’t going to need the whole diaper bag, all you have to do is grab your this purse out and you have a purse with you, but you don’t always have to carry two bags around.
Love this diaper bag because it looks like a purse not a diaper bag. Quality of Kate Spade will hold up over time, so you can use as a diaper bag during the early years and as a great purse when your kids get older. So stylish!
Choose items that are multifunctional.
Love this dress up, dress down blouse. The baggie makes it easy to nurse in if you have a little one and hides the mom pooch. Throw on with a pair of shorts and look your age around town or put on a pair of black ankle pants and you can wear it out or to a meeting. Best part – it’s still comfortable even though it’s dressier!
Go for the trendy sweats.
Love that sweats are now being made in a trendy form. Throw these on to head to the playground or drop your kids off at school and you’ll be comfy. The best part is that this still looks trendy if you pair with a simple top and your toms.
This still tops traditional yoga pants and a Hanes t-shirt in my book. It pulls it altogether without sacrificing the comfort or style.
Cover up with style.
Just say no to the hoodie. Each time I grabbed a plain sweatshirt, it didn’t do me any favors in the frump department. No matter your figure, there is always a better way to show it off then through a hooded sweatshirt.
Swap it out with this must have! Not only is it comfortable and can dress up or down, it doubles as a nursing cover. The fabric lays gently enough to help cover any stubborn areas. Every mom needs one of these!
Hold it all together.
Feel a little loose after having a kid or two? Throw this camisole under, it’s multipurpose. Pairs with see-through items, holds everything together, and allows you to pull-up/pull-down if you’re nursing.
This is a perfect way to flatter your figure since the cami helps overlayed shirts to lay nicer.
Kiss your yoga pants rut goodbye…
Now, I’ll be honest. It’s not like you’ll never see me in yoga pants or a stereotypical mom outfit. Baby steps!
But each day that I part with pieces of clothing best labeled as a “mom wardrobe malfunction” and replace it with something more fashionable and flattering, I’m doing myself a huge favor.
Over ten years ago a friend shared a quote with me that I’ll never forget:
“Look good, feel good, do good.”
This still resonates with me today. Putting a little bit of style into our daily wardrobe can make a huge impact on how you feel.
When motherhood seems to take and take and take, leaving little left over for yourself, remember this: Always keep something just for you.
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