Sept 4, Striped Camisole

Today’s OOTD is my distressed black jeans paired with a printed camisole. What I want to point out is how in the before photo the camisole has a wide band right around my tummy.

Since this is my ‘problem area’ I really don’t want to wear anything that draws the eye there. So, my solution is to tuck the top in- therefore removing the offending horizontal stripe. By switching from cropped dress pants to distressed jeans I look less dated, and the strappy sandals are an improvement over the ballet flats. Now I’m off to the dentist. Ugh! Wish me luck.

Sept 2, Fall Transition

Happy Labor Day! Hope everyone is having a wonderful day!

For today’s outfit I have chosen shorts and a button down plaid blouse. I think this is a good transition outfit because while it’s still warm outside (hence the shorts), I also want to recognize that summer is over and fall is on it’s way. I choose this plaid button down because to me, it is a perfect fall shirt.

But as always, it comes down to the styling. In the before outfit, I have on my denim cut off shorts and Converse All Stars. It’s a super casual, relaxed outfit. But I think it’s a little too casual, so I swapped out the denim shorts for these cute linen ones with the tie belt. Tucking in the shirt defines my waist- which as a result makes my legs look longer. Rolling the sleeves and unbuttoning one button also help make this outfit a little more stylish.

Shirt- Nordstrom

Shorts- American Eagle

Slides- Target

August 27, Frumpy Mom

One of my worries when getting dressed is that I don’t look like a frumpy mom! It’s so easy for me to fall into a pattern of wearing jeans, a top and a cardigan. It’s casual, it’s comfy and it works… but can I elevate this look?

While I don’t HATE the before picture, in fact I kind of like it, I think the after look has a little more style to it. Something about the edgy jacket and the peep toe shoes take this regular mom outfit up a notch.

However, since I am running errands all day- I will compromise. I’ll wear the jacket, but switch to tennis shoes. My poor old feet can only stand heels for so long. #keepingitreal

Jacket from Evereve, Top from Nordstrom

August 26, Striped Shorts

I’ve worn these cute striped shorts from Athleta a few times already this summer, but always with a white top. So today I decided to pair them with this bright orange top instead! I love blue and orange together- it’s such a great combo.

A few things to note:

  1. In the before picture, you can see my bra straps, which looks terrible. If I was wearing a bralette, that might be cute- but in this example, it’s not a good look.
  2. The denim shorts in the before photo don’t fit well. I used these the other day in a post and compared them to a baby’s romper. There is just something super weird about the way they look! They are not flattering at all!
  3. The black Birkenstocks are comfy, but add very little style.
  4. In the after photo I have on neutral wedge heels. I love the way they make my legs look super long- and don’t distract at all from the outfit.
  5. In case you were wondering, my before shot is from an old post- hence the reason why my legs are so much tanner in the after shot!

And there you have it! Simple, easy changes = a much cuter outfit!

August 25, Jeans and a Tank

Today’s look is a very basic, very simple look of just jeans and a tank, but as usual, it all comes down to the details.

In my before look I’m wearing straight leg cuffed jeans that look really awkward, especially paired with these orthopedic shoes! Paired with this boring logo t shirt- I look dated and out of style.

So, instead I will wear skinny jeans and this cute v neck tank. I’ve tucked it in to give it some shape, and added a belt, bracelets and my leopard slides. These little details make all the difference in the world. Happy Sunday!

August 24, Maxi Dress

I have to say I have the BEST friends in the world- and I am so grateful for them. Yesterday, to keep my mind off my son being 2000 miles away, my friends Alice, Annie and Christy planned a girls day out of tennis, lunch & shopping. This is what I wore!

I started off with this cute grey maxi dress that I found at Marshalls for $20.

I love a maxi dress. It’s such an easy and comfy outfit- but a little plain on it’s own. So, I swapped out my flip flops for my cute snakeskin sandals. I then threw on my denim jacket (rolled the sleeves of course) and added a cute long necklace with a turquoise stone.

Have you noticed I’ve been finding some great stuff at Marshalls lately? I love that store! The key is going often and being very particular. I know what brands I like- and I study what is currently trending- and then see what I can find. Some days I walk away empty handed- and that’s ok!

My jacket is from Target (similar), the shoes are old and from Clarks, but here are some similar ones. The dress is Marshalls, but Here is a similar one I found on Amazon!

August 23, Spirit Wear

I just got home from dropping my son off for his freshman year of college, (sniff!) so now I feel like I can officially wear TCU spirit wear!

The last night I was in Fort Worth a group of Washington parents got together to go out for dinner after moving the kids in all day. This is not actually what I wore, but I thought I’d show it as a cute example of how to wear spirit wear.

In the outfit on the left the baggy grey pants are too long and I don’t care for the 2 shades of grey. My Birkenstocks, while comfy, aren’t adding any style to the look. On the right, I have replaced the baggy pants with my distressed skinny white cropped jeans. I’ve tucked the front of my t shirt in and added a belt for polish. My neutral sandals with a block heel add some height and style to this otherwise super casual look.

And what’s that, you ask, on my shirt? Why it’s a Hornfrog! Not sure I’ll ever get used to saying ‘go Hornfrogs’, but I’ll try! 🙂

August 20, New Joggers

You all know I love my joggers, and today I am super excited about this brand new pair I just bought at Marshalls. They are Tencel, which is one of my favorite fabrics because it is so soft, and I LOVE the color! Gorgeous!! It’s sort of olive green/ grey, which will be a great neutral going into the fall.

One thing I like about these joggers is the length, they are just a tiny bit cropped, which gives them a super relaxed look. I also love the cargo pockets- which is a fun detail. The joggers in my before photo are too long (see how they actually cover my shoes?), plus they have this weird puckering thing going on down the sides. Not sure what that is all about?! To make matters worse, the logo t shirt isn’t adding any style. In my after photo, I have paired my new joggers with this super cute striped silk top from Ann Taylor (old). I’m always a HUGE fan of stripes, and I love how this top looks like a t shirt, but is actually silk- so fun! My Target slides complete the look.

Friends, I need your love and support for the next few days. I’m dropping my son off at his first year of college 2000 miles from home, and my heart is literally breaking. But, I’m super proud of him- and know he will have a fabulous time. It’s just hard to leave him. Please send virtual hugs my way… thanks!

August 18, #Keepingitreal

I almost didn’t post my outfit today- simply because it’s such a casual look that most of us moms already wear… but I decided that:

1. I want to keep it real here on Everyday Mom Style, and this is what I’m really wearing today as I get all my chores done around the house.

2. Plus, I think you can put a tiny bit of style into even the most casual look. So here goes…

Switching to cropped leggings instead of full length ones is more on trend. I also altered the t shirt by rolling the sleeves and tucking a bit into my leggings. This takes away the straight line across my hips and looks a little more stylish. Now, that being said- looking at the photo I realize I have now emphasized my curvy hips- which isn’t the most flattering look! So if I were to go run to the grocery store, I’d tie a denim jacket around my waist to hide the lumps. But, since I’m home I’ll just keep it as it is. No one judges me here! 🙂 Have a great Sunday!

August 15, Ankle Socks

It honestly almost pains me to post this before photo because in my opinion it is SO BAD!! And please note, I wouldn’t actually wear this- but I have seen women that do, and I feel it is my duty to point out that ankle socks with tennis shoes are a major don’t!

It’s not just the ugly socks that are wrong in my before look, the denim shorts are also a problem. They don’t fit well- they are too tight, creating almost a baby romper look! They pinch at the thigh- which is not flattering at all. The after shorts allow a little room- making my legs look thinner. I also like the lighter denim for this casual outfit.

While this is adorable on a 2 year old, it’s not so cute on me! Photo creds: Ruffle Butts!

But the problems don’t even stop there. The oversize, crew neck is also bad. As mentioned, it is too big- you can see how the shoulders drop down my arms, and I had to tuck it in or else you’d wouldn’t have even been able to see the shorts. And to be frank, it’s just a plain, boring shirt. The Michael Stars shirt in the after photo is a better option. It’s still super casual, but also has some style to it with the Henley neckline. My Converse All Stars (with no socks) complete this easy outfit.