Because you’re a mum

Because you're a mom
An outfit inspired by my previous post on mom jeans.
Essential items in a mum’s outfit arsenal:
1. Comfy jeans that can take you running around after toddlers to sitting on the floor and having tea and cakes with Winnie the Pooh and Tigger (and if you’re lucky, cuddling up in bed with the infant when they’re napping).
2. A button up blouse so you can nurse on the go, and still look stylish.
3. A hat to hide the fact you haven’t washed your hair in days.
4. A watch to make sure you’re on schedule for that play date (or ballet class, or swimming lesson, or park outing…)
5. A gigantic diaper/nappy bag to bring half the house.
6. Sandals that can take you to said play date/ballet class/swimming lesson etc. There’s only so many times you can wear runners.
7. The biggest coffee your local cafe can make for you.

How to wear: mom jeans

In keeping with my growing #normcore collection (Birkenstocks, all white sneakers), I now inadvertently own a pair of mom jeans. I had bought them online (which is always fraught with danger, given how painful it already is for me to shop for jeans in bricks and mortar stores) and didn’t realise how long and high the rise of these jeans were. I’m talking about beyond my belly button high rise. Granted they actually aren’t meant to be mom jeans, but low-slung tapered jeans, but on my 5’0″ body low slung jeans make my legs look about 30cm long so I decided they should be worn as high rise jeans. And of course, because I had bought them on sale, they were non-returnable.

Yes, I am a mom, but I never was a fan of these mom jeans. They just look so unflattering, even more so if you’re as short as me. So how do I wear these without losing shape or height?

1. Always tuck your shirt in. This helps make the jeans look a bit more polished and lengthens the legs.

Heloise, one of our French employee and model, is wearing the High Waist Jean in Medium Wash Indigo and the Women's Blazer in Navy by #AmericanApparel.:

2. Mom jeans are typically worn with cuffed hems, but this would make my legs look even shorter than they already are. I probably wouldn’t cuff them, or if I had to, just do one turn up.

50 Unparalleled Street Style Looks Courtesy of Jessica Alba: Jessica tucked a white tee into floral denim, then spiced things up with a coral bag in West Hollywood. : Even on a casual coffee run in LA, Jessica looked stylish in brown riding boots, a black Bulgari bag, and tortoise sunglasses. : Jessica Alba rocked a pair of high-waisted jeans with a striped tank and a red cardigan in LA.:

3. Wear nude heels. Obviously not an everyday option, but it’s nice to dream.

Love the casual vibe of this outfit: boyfriend jeans, nude sandals, and a gray jacket.:

4. Wear nude sandals. These look more accessible, but note that there is still a bit of a heel.

25 Ways to Make Mom Jeans Look Modern - floral print sleeveless blouse, mom jeans + chunky heeled leather cut-out sandals | StyleCaster:

5. Pair them with sneakers so they don’t look so daggy.

6. Wear with a white button up shirt, and leave some of the top buttons undone. White is obviously dangerous when you have an infant who is just figuring out solids, so I’d probably go with a printed button up which can easily conceal food stains.

7. Be Man Repeller because anything looks great on her. Or wear with a casual blazer and a nice pair of oxfords (note the heel again).

Street Style:

I’m hoping that by wearing these jeans high on the waist, these would actually help my legs look longer than they actually are. Any other ideas on how to wear the mom jeans trend?

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Style Challenge: #basicscheckin

via Instagram: @kirstyashestyle

I just participated in my first #stylechallenge on Instagram with @mumscloset_au and @kirstyashestyle. The Basics Check-In Challenge involves assessing your wardrobe, looking for the essential basics for spring/summer (tee, shoes, dress, swimwear, handbag, and accessories) getting rid of anything that hasn’t been worn or used for a long time/is unrepairable/doesn’t fit anymore, and if need be, replacing it with a current trend such as 70’s boho or print. It was nice to actually consciously think of what I would wear to fulfill every day of the challenge, rather than looking in my wardrobe and selecting the most comfortable option as my outfit for the day.

Check out my Instagram @5.foot.short to see how I completed the challenge!