We can all hear, and picture her perfectly: “I’m not a regular mom, I’m a cool mom!” the infamous line Amy Poehler declares as she prances around in her baby pink Juicy Couture tracksuit. I’ve always loved this scene as much as everyone else, but, it wasn’t until I actually became a mom this past summer that I started to understand ‘Mrs. George’ on a level that I never had before. Something happened to me after I gave birth. Not only did I quickly become (even more) obsessed with shopping, but suddenly I had a burning desire to revamp my wardrobe with more trend-driven pieces than I ever, mostly in order to feel more like a “cool mom” vs. a “frumpy mom”.
It’s hard to explain, but once you catch a glimpse of yourself with all sorts of baby-related doodads hanging off you, and spit up all over your shirt, it can be a struggle to find the middle ground between your pre-baby style and how to translate it to your new, baby-filled world. At least, this is how it’s been in my case. Not only did I long for new pieces to feel ‘fresh’ and ‘current’ but I also needed ones that could keep up with my new lifestyle, since most of my wardrobe, I soon realized, wasn’t baby or breast-feeding friendly at all.
Keep reading for some key trend pieces that help make mom style cool, while still being practical:
leopard print fanny pack from Aritzia
Fanny packs of “bum bags” whatever you want to call them, are one of the most essential bags you can have as a parent. Thankfully, they are currently the coolest bag to wear, whether you’re a parent or not! One of the biggest changes you face as a new parent is how to navigate life without ever having free hands anymore. Along with this, you also need to get really good at pretty much only having one hand free to do everything, if you’re lucky. So, you need things to be really easy to access, with one hand. Since my baby refused to go in a stroller for a solid five months, I had to wear her in a carrier pretty much everywhere. This meant I needed to keep things light and had limited options for carrying a purse. A fanny pack proved to be the perfect solution that is both cool, and practical!
This is one trend pieces that I actually wish I had purchased during my pregnancy, instead of waiting until after I gave birth. I mean, pregnancy is most definitely a time when you deserve to wear super comfy, roomy shoes! In my case, my feet were in pain for most of my pregnancy so they would have really come in handy. Thankfully, the pain went away right after I delivered, but, once I got more comfortable leaving the house and started walking around the city with my baby strapped to me for most of the day, I quickly realized I needed a sneaker that could keep up with us. Now that I’ve *finally* given in to the dad show, I honestly hope this trend never goes away (lol).
Unfortunately postpartum hair loss is a real thing and it hit me real hard at four months in. The best solution to cover up a receding hairline and still feel cute? Headbands. I’m normally not very big on head accessories, but this is one major hair trend that I couldn’t ignore. Even if you are fortunate enough to not experience postpartum hair loss, a lot of mom duty days require hair to be out of your face so a headband is honestly just super handy either way.
Leggings by Michi
I’ve been a big fan of the ‘athleisure’ trend for many years now, and thankfully it shows no signs of going away anytime soon. Now that wearing workout leggings outside of the gym is more socially acceptable, I definitely wouldn’t shy away from wearing them all day everyday when you become a new mom. Stretchy, comfy, easy to wash (and pull on)… these things were made for keeping up with a new baby!
fleece bomber by Patagonia
For the first few months as a new mom, getting dressed was all about whatever I could manage to throw on as quickly as possible. Even nearly six months in, this still rings true on most days. ‘Momming’ in cooler weather also meant finding things that could easily be wrapped around the baby to keep us both warm. Thankfully, if you step outside wearing workout leggings, dad shoes, and a fleece with a fanny pack added on top, you’ll quite likely be mistaken for a teen mom!
Scrunchies from H&M
Another hair accessory from my early grade school years that has made a major comeback, and I ain’t complaining! I already wore my hair up about 90% of the time before having a baby, but now it’s definitely at least 99%. Rocking the messes ‘mom bun’ can feel tiresome pretty fast, so at least a scrunchie can help you feel cute and on trend while keeping your hair out of harm’s way.
Cargo pants by Nike
Teethers, baby crackers, wipes, emergency diapers… as a mom to a new baby there are all kinds of random things that you quickly learn you must have on hand nearby at all times. I am someone who generally likes to pack as light as I can, so this has been a bit of an adjustment. Since I inevitably end up a ‘bag lady’ every time I return home from wherever I’ve been (probably shopping), I try to reduce the amount of bags I have to carry when I leave the house in the first place. Strategically filling a fanny pack and my pockets has been very key to reducing the amount of bags I need to bring with me, and I can honestly say I love the return of the cargo pant for being able to cart around a few more things that can be carried on my body, vs. in a bag.
(Story by Editor-in-Chief, Gracie Carroll)