I think we'd all agree that once we become moms, our fashion standards slip a notch -- or three. One day you leave the house in a hoodie with baby drool on the sleeve, and the next thing, three years later, you're running into the office in stretched-out black floods that once upon a time were sleek black capris, and a blazer with shoulder pads the size of a linebacker's. Oh, mom!
Listen up: we may never be the office fashionista again, but we can avoid getting trapped in a pre-motherhood fashion time warp. Here are 6 common mom fashion faux pas and 5 easy -- and affordable -- ways to avoid them. And maybe even look (dare we say it?) yummy, mummy.
Faux Pas 1: Knapsack as statement bag
Yes, they're somewhat ergonomic. But no, you're not backpacking through Nepal.
Sure, moms, especially new moms, need storage galore for all those diapers, wipes, bottles, changes of clothes, sunscreen, bottled water, snacks, hats, first-aid kits, agenda books, cellphones, sunglasses, BlackBerry-like devices, baby-care manuals, and other clutter bits of mommy paraphernalia we tend to cart around. However, a stylish diaper bag is a more elegant (and fun!) solution. Not only do Fleurville, Petunia Picklebottom and SkipHop bags feature cavernous storage, they come in stain-resistant fabrics, great patterns and many strap options, so you can lug your nursery-in-a-bag on your side, back or even hang it from your stroller. Best part? These bags look stylish enough to use as gym bags or weekend totes even three or four years down the road.
Shown: Fleurville's Mothership in Floral Sky, $190, babyguru.ca
|Faux-pas 2: Wrecked work slacks
Stretched, faded, creased, possibly even stained, work pants that somehow just don't feel right -- they're either too short or too tight or...pleated.
Shown: Wide leg trouser jeans, $89.50, Gap
|Faux-pas 3: Yucky white aerobics shoes
You bought 'em in the 90s and they never fell apart, so...you kept wearing them?
Shown: Converse Chuck Taylor All Stars Low in navy, approx. $50. (Money-saving tip: Try a large youth size; if it fits, you'll save about $20!)
|Faux pas 4: Mom jeans
High-waisted, stone-washed, tapered-leg, possibly even cinched with a braided leather belt? Yep, those are Mom jeans. Much parodied, yet very common.
Shown: Classic boot cut jeans, $100, Banana Republic
|Faux Pas 5: Baggy sports jerseys or logo sweatshirts
Wearing your husband's cotton button-downs can be cute, but his oversize sweats? Not hot.
Shown: Coverall tank, $39.50, lasenza.com
|Faux Pas 6: Stringy, bedraggled ponytail
Hurray for ponytails! They're fast and cute, and for that, a mom essential. But they should also show off glossy, healthy hair. If your pony's looking ratty, you need to see a vet -- er, stylist.
Shown: L'Oréal's Vive Pro line has formulas for all hair types. Check out lorealparis.ca and take the interactive Pro-Scription quiz to find the right formula for you.