What Does Mom Style Mean to You?

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Growing up in the 80’s with a Punjabi mom, I was never really exposed to “mom style” in the traditional sense. My mom wore; salwar kameez on special occasions, or to the gurudwara, sweats at home, and matching floral sportswear (usually, pink pants and a floral blazer) when going out. It wasn’t until I went to high school and started taking an interest in fashion that I realized that the mainstream audience saw mom style as high waisted jeans, sneakers, and baggy sweatshirts.

Fast forward about eight years and I had my first child right in the middle of the lululemon revolution. Everywhere I looked moms wore yoga pants or sweat pants. So many women I knew in my corporate life as well dressed, and fashionable, wore their messy look like a badge of honour. The general consensus was; the more disheveled you looked, the better mother you must be. After all, you couldn’t possibly be a good mom if you were taking the time to look after yourself every day, right?

Just like everyone around me, I started dressing down after becoming a mom. For about ten months I spent my days in sweatpants and my husband’s baggy tees feeling miserable. The “baby blues” had quickly turned into post-partum depression. One afternoon I looked in the mirror and barely recognized the person I saw. At that moment something just clicked. I took a shower, got dressed in a great outfit, and threw out every pair of sweatpants I owned. And that was the start to my discovery of what mom style means to me.mom style{These days a kurti & leggings is my go-to outfit}

s a work from home mom, on any given day I can be juggling school drop-offs, meetings with clients, and play dates, so I need double-duty clothes. Although I love dressing up, my “mom wardrobe” must be comfortable, easy to move around in, and easy to put together. To create a wardrobe that works this way, you need to invest in a few key pieces that always look and feel good (even on frumpy days), decide on a basic colour palate, and then repeat the things that work.

Mom’s today have a lot on their plate. We have family, work, social, and volunteer commitments, so it’s really easy to put ourselves on the back burner. Some people may disagree with me, but I thinking getting dressed and looking good (whatever that means to you) is a part of self-care. And all moms know; when we take good care of ourselves, we take better care of our families.

So take a few minutes this week to think about what your mom style is. When you look back at family photos in 20 years, what do you want to see? I smile every time I think about my mom’s great 80’s sportswear, and love the memory of watching her get ready to take on the day.