The first day of spring and my husband and I were fortunate enough to be able to leave parenthood behind for a few hours and escape on a date. As we exited the movie theater that evening, we were greeted by an unusual sight.
It was snowing.
Large, wet flakes fell furiously from the sky. They continued to fall the rest of the evening.
The following day was spent indoors, huddled under a variety of blankets, wondering when our Southern state decided to mimic the climate of the Northern regions of our fair country.
Eventually, the sun decided to make an appearance again. Temperatures have returned to seasonably appropriate levels, trips to the local park have become a daily event and I have bid a final farewell to the burdensome clothing of winter. Gone are the bulky layers I sported December through March. This Spring I plan on sporting a perky mommy wardrobe. Want to know how I am going to look stylish yet still be able to navigate the murky waters of Motherhood? Check out my spring wardrobe essentials below.
- A trench coat with a pop of color. Back in the dreary days of February, I stumbled across a purple trench coat marked down to a fantastic price. I snatched that pretty little thing up and hurried to the check-out counter before someone else stumbled across my great find. Spring still has cooler temperatures, especially in the mornings when mom is doing carpool or heading out for an early doctor's visit. A colorful trench coat is the perfect way to stay warm and fashionable at the same time.
- Light scarf. Scarves have been around for awhile now and are not making a sudden exit anytime soon. The springtime's scarf's purpose is to not keep one's neck warm, but merely to serve as an easy accessory. I love to pair a light, gauzy scarf with a simple tee, jeans, and sandals.
- Embrace your feminine side. Spring is all about being a girl. Layers of ruffles are popping up on standard cardigans, fabric flowers are being attached to t-shirts and long, sparkly earrings are hanging from fashionable moms ™ ears. A ruffled light cardigan sweater, tossed over a white tee, and paired with a simple skirt is a great outfit for doing preschool pick-up or hitting the grocery store aisles.
- Tunic Tops. The tunic top can almost be considered a timeless spring/summer wardrobe item. Tunic tops can do double duty as a swim cover-up at the pool as well as look great when paired with a pair of sleek white pants on date night. The tunic's cut is flattering to most body types, especially for moms who want to disguise that last little bit of lingering baby weight.
- Big bag. As a mom, I have come to embrace the big bag. I bid farewell to diaper bags years ago, but I still feel the need to carry around a large amount of junk at any given moment. In fact, yesterday I reached in my bag in search of some lipstick when I found half of a waffle. Seriously. Metallic colors are huge this spring for the purse/big ol mom bag. The great thing about metallic shades is that they look fabulous with anything. I scoop my bags up at inexpensive accessory stores. There I can find inexpensive and trendy bags that perk up any spring outfit.
- Ballet flats vs. the wedge heel. There are two types of shoes that are emerging as popular styles for spring: the ballet flat and the wedge heel. I prefer the wedge heel because it gives me some height yet is stable enough to chase two children around a playground. However a ballet flat is simply darling when paired with a pair of skinny jeans. Tuck this winter's boots back into their boxes and let your toes breathe in a pair of sassy spring shoes.
With spring making its presence known and temperatures on the rise, I encourage you to find some ways to perk up your mommy wardrobe. Save those old stretchy pants and t-shirts from past collegiate days for the gym and toss on something cute and kicky this season!