Where does our style philosophy start? I recently came across a fabulous website that inspired me to think about the way our moms dress — and how sometimes they can get stuck in a rut. While we are all too familiar with the phrase “mom jeans,” momstyleicons.blogspot.com celebrates user-submitted photos of moms in their heyday — before cooking, cleaning and carpools came calling. And since many moms have held firm to their styles throughout the years — for better or worse — TODAY style editor Bobbie Thomas offers ideas to help modernize moms’ tried-and-true style with one easy update.
Fun footwearAlthough she may be chasing her little ones around, a mom in motion can still look great on the go. Footwear has been a major focal point in fashion, and a fun pair of flats may be the only accessory needed. Bejeweled sandals are like jewelry for the feet, and compliment everything from jeans and a tee to a sundress. From the carpool lane to lunch with the ladies, embellished sandals are a great gift or investment.Bedy sandals, silk printed blouse, $89.90 each, Mango.com; Bermuda jean shorts $49.50, Gap.com
Feminine flairFor the lady who loathes the idea of putting on a skirt, but still wants to feel feminine, bold bangles, exotic earrings or a notice-me-now necklace will add an element of “pretty” to any outfit. In addition, a long colorful strand will visually streamline and lengthen her frame. From sweet to sophisticated, jewelry can help Mom make many statements. Jones New York turquoise blouse, jewelry, $60-$94, Macys.com; Not Your Daughter’s Jeans, $98, NYDJ.com; Bare Traps Veravee sandals, $30, FamousFootwear.com
Working moms know that an office wardrobe can sometimes stifle personal style, especially during warmer months when you long to be laid-back and carefree. The answer? Accessories. Organic soft elements such as straw, raffia or canvas will add a casual yet appropriate touch, while electric hues of shocking pink, yellow and orange are a juicy way to leave “serious” on summer vacation.
Straw tote, $19.95, HM.com; AGB dress, $24.99, Tjmaxx.com; Calvin Klein coral cardigan, $89, Macys.com; Bold Elements and a.n.a jewelry, $18-$24, Jcpenney.com; Petrella sandals, $107.95, Sofftshoe.com
A signature scarfFor the woman who loves neutrals, owns oodles of black, but wants to add a more youthful, bright pop, a signature scarf can make a world of difference. As most people know, wraps and scarves are extremely versatile, making them a great cost-per-wear item. The key is to frame the face with a flattering hue, so anyone can wear any color. And believe it or not, prints can be more versatile than solids, as they encompass a variety of elements to help blend, but also stand alone as a personal swoosh of style!
Accessory Street Infinity scarf, $24, Nordstrom.com; Theory Indigo dress, $99, Tjmaxx.com