Stylish Summer Mommy

Just because the majority of my days are spent running after a rug rat, does not mean that I can’t look half-way put together!  This outfit is at the core of my wardrobe: cute and comfortable top, flattering bottoms that don’t restrict my movement and shoes that allow me to run without twisting my ankle.  Add a big piece of jewelry or a cute jacket and voila, you look put together!

THE TOP: This top is great for mommy for a number of reasons.  The tunic-length hides all manner of body issues (muffin-top, booty coverage, whatevs…) and allows you to move freely without worrying about flashing anything you don’t want to flash (whale tail anyone?)  Look for a top in a bright color that suits you…it’ll instantly make you look fresher and happier.  And pick a tunic with some fun details, perhaps beading, buttons or embroidery.  You can’t really tell in the photo, but the hem of this top is intricately embroidered which gives this a definitely step-up over a plain old t-shirt.  I’ve even worn this tunic as a dress with flat sandals and as a bathing suit cover-up.  It’s also a breeze to breast feed in because of the buttons on top.  Here are some that I found on ebay using search words: “cotton tunic embroidery -black -white, Used”

THE BOTTOMS:  Nothing special here…just a flattering dark wash of capris with a zipper detail down the side.  With tunics, be sure to go for a pant that hits somewhere between the knee and the calf.  Unless you are planning on wearing your tunic as a dress, it can look weird to wear short shorts with a tunic unless you get the proportions JUST right.  Also, a more fitted leg is better than a wide leg.  You need to balance the volume of the tunic on top with a narrower pant down below. Here are some that I found on ebay using search words: “cotton capris used” 

 THE SHOES:  I LOVE cute flats.  The pair I’m wearing feel like tennis shoes but have a cute lace pattern and bow on them that dresses them up.  It’s all about the details…  Here are some that I found on ebay using search words: “flats -loafer -flip -crocs -mules -slides -sandal, Pre-owned”

 THE OUTFITS: So you can see I’ve created a jazzier, more colorful version on the left hand side pairing a deep purple, a butter yellow and an acidic green.  The overall effect is casual but fun.  On the right is a more sedate version of the outfit with a subtle floral design on the tunic, some very clean and flattering white capris and then a cute athletic-styled shoe with a funky plaid print to make the whole outfit a bit more va-voom.  Add some fun bangles or a chunky necklace and you are ready to chase after the baby all day long AND STILL look put together.  Happy hunting!