I write this post with hesitancy. I’m afraid that some of you will take this as a free pass to live in activewear. I understand the allure of yoga pants and leggings, tshirts and tennis shoes. But unless you are headed to or from the gym, or are taking the kids for a sporty outing, living in athletic gear is just another example of the sloppiness of our society.
We have gone from Donna Reed raising kids and vacuuming in a dress and heels to pajamas in the pickup line at school. If you’re a mom, I completely understand the need to feel comfortable. I’m not asking that we all become Donna Reed. But can we have a little self respect?
I have days that I’m throwing something on to just cover my body and get out the door. It happens. I will try not to add to the judgment that we mothers face. But I know this, when I feel best about me, it isn’t those mornings. I want you to feel good about what you have on and feel good about yourself!
Okay, that said. Some of these looks are fun. HERE IS THE KEY. You cannot wear these looks like you would to the actual gym. For example, in the outfit below, you will not find tennis shoes and a headband with ponytail. If you have some really snazzy sporty wedges or a cute basketball jersey, don’t wear them with head to toe sporty looks.
Also, consider who is wearing the legging look. Mostly under 30 year olds. Can you pull off the legging look? That’s your call. But it isn’t something I would want my mother to be sporting. Unless, of course, she was headed to the gym.
It’s time for a little fall fashion! I’ve prolonged it as much as I possibly could as I’m busy working away on house projects. But I’ll save those for next week.
I could give you the lowdown on the runway trends. But I get bored with those easily. They are predictable (surprise, surprise, some shade of purple and animal prints are trends) and come around every fall. And the rest typically don’t trickle down to us regular folk. Why bother.
So get ready for my cooler weather looks! You’ll find these trends surprising. Starting with today’s. Fall trend #1…ripped jeans. Sure, a little distressing has been around here and there but these are full on ripped. Like Alan Jackson 1992. I have even seen some of the jeans advertised as “mom jeans.” They are high-waisted, light or acid washed and holey. There is just part of me that can’t go there. But a smallishness of distressing… okay. Keep in mind if you are wearing said mom jeans on purpose, you better be under 30. The rest of us are still trying to avoid looking like a candidate on What Not to Wear.
How to wear ripped jeans:
1) Keep in mind that pairing with flannel and combat boots are going to be reminiscent of the 90s. I prefer to keep the look more modern with an oversized cardigan and trusty white Converse.
2) Don’t pair this with too much skin on top. Unless you are a teenage rock star.
3) Structured looks are by far my favorite. So if you’re dressing up in a blazer and breaking out the heels anyway, these jeans will keep you from looking stuffy.
In your mom jeans. 😉
(FYI- red is a big color for fall. It hasn’t been around lately and I’m finding it refreshing.)