Following up on a question last week from a new mom on how to transition her style from “teenager” to “almost adult”, I’m happy to share a dedicated post from Nina Sutton. Nina is the author of Chic Mom’s Guide to Feeling Fabulous, runs the blog of the same name and is a Beauty, Fashion and Mom Lifestyle consultant. Most recently she has been named the resident beauty and style expert at the website SheKnows.com and is the host of Style Showdown. This question was right up her alley! And check in later today as I will be posting some of her advice on what she learned along the way that helped her start her own business in her late 30s.
Q. I’m a 20 year old mother of a 22 month old and a 1 month old. I don’t feel old enough to dress fully as an adult, but I know I shouldn’t be dressing as a teenager anymore. I was just wondering what I could do that’s both affordable and trendy?
A: You are actually very lucky- there are so many options that are comfortable, trendy and affordable these days- and youthful. Utiliarian clothes- such as military jackets and cargo pants are hip and comfortable. You can wear them with a simple button down shirt and pair these with some wedge sandals or embellished flats.
To give your outfit a more trendy flair, you can find an oversized metallic or sequined tote bag to use as a diaper bag/carryall. It will add that youthful fashion-forward feel to your clothes without being over the top.
This summer, 70’s styles are super hot as well and a pair of bell bottoms with a cute t-shirt would be a great look….pair it with some fab oversized sunglasses. Since you are younger, you can try a lot of different looks and it won’t look like you are trying to be younger 🙂
I am also a fan (for moms of all ages) of chic lounge or sweat suits. I know a lot of people say don’t wear these…. but the truth is when you are running after your kids it can be the easiest outfit. Just make sure that the outfit is fitted and the top and bottom match. Brands like Juicy Couture and Twisted Heart have hip, fitted options…but if these are too expensive try getting a less expensive plain sweat suit and add your own embellishments.
Finally, now that the weather is getting warmer, dresses are a great option for moms of all ages. Like the sweat outfits, not a lot of thinking, since its one piece, and I think everyone looks fabulous in a dress! Stores like Old Navy and Target have super cute dress options that are not expensive. I also love Forever 21 for trendy dresses. Stores like Marshalls and TJ Maxx have a lot of designer overstock clothes/dresses as well, so check those out for brand names at lower prices.
Thank you Nina. Be sure to check out her take on Utilitarian Chic at Style Showdown for some more fun with new mom fashion.